Check out Bluegrass Today’s post on Greenbrier’s “The Back of the Book” here.
Singer-songwriter, Jimbo Whaley is pleased to announce the release of his original song, “I Know Where You Are” to the gospel music market. The CD includes a vocal track and also a non-vocal performance track with a full orchestra.
Whaley penned the emotional song after a couple in his church went through a miscarriage. He recalls, “It just crushed them. I just started thinking about that one day. Although they were very sad, they could have some comfort in knowing that their child had gone to heaven. The Bible says that if one is taken before the age of understanding, then that soul goes to heaven, so even though they never met, they will one day.”
Whaley announced that all proceeds from the single will be donated to his home church, Gum Stand Baptist Church in Pigeon Forge. God has truly blessed me – from my family, to my home, to my music, so I thought this would be a good way to give Him just a little bit back.”
“There is such a sweet spirit in our church,” Whaley explained. “Not the building, the church. Too many people confuse the two. The church is God’s people – the place you meet, is your building. Although we just built a new building in the center of Pigeon Forge, we have already outgrown the building and need somewhere for our youth to meet. We need more Sunday School classes, a game room, a place where our young people can come out on Friday and Saturday nights and not be worried about drugs, alcohol, sex and whatever else our world offers today.
CD request can be sent directly to Gum Stand Baptist Church, 3031 Veterans Blvd., Pigeon Forge, TN 37863, phone 865-774-5997
Bluegrass band, GREENBRIER is proud to announce the title track from their March 29, 2008 album, “The Back of the Book” has been released to bluegrass radio as the first single. Musicians include regular Greenbrier band members, Jimbo Whaley (vocals and guitar); Roger Helton (guitar, banjo, Dobro, vocals); Scott Carris (bass), and guests, Danny Barnes (mandolin); Shad Cobb (fiddle).
Last month Greenbrier kicked off the The Back of the Book with what has become an annual CD Release Concert. Guests included: Marty Raybon, Trey Hensley, Danny Barnes, Dr. Eric Littleton, Whaley’s son, Turner, and many more. The concert featured the songs from The Back of the Book including the new fan favorites, Barabbas, Breakin’ Jail at Midnight, You Take the Lead to name a few.
The band is known for surprising the audience, so Greenbrier kicked off the song Next To You Next To Me, then Raybon joined the band on stage leading the song he made famous with the group Shenandoah in the mid 90’s. Greenbrier is very well known around the East Tennessee area, but due to the band’s high energy performances, they now perform select dates around the country – most recently, last week’s sold out Atlanta show with Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain.
Greenbrier has one previously released CD, I Want to Know More released in 2005 and Whaley has numerous solo projects including: a live performance DVD/CD, Jimbo Whaley & Friends released in 2007, The Kings of Orebank released in 2006 and his self titled album released in 2005.
The Mountain Press, Sevier County Tennessee’s popular news service, has just named singer, songwriter and entertainer, Jimbo Whaley as their Reader’s Choice Award Winner as the “Best Local Entertainer.” Whaley performs numerous dates fronting bluegrass band,
Greenbrier and also making solo appearances around the Sevier County area. Greenbrier not only is in hot demand locally, but they also perform select dates around the country including upcoming performances in Wisconsin and California. Band members include multi-talented musicians and other local favorite entertainers, Roger Helton, Roscoe Morgan and Scott Carris. Whaley told The Mountain Press, “..it’s absolutely a rush every time we go on stage …. We feed off each other and the audience feeds off that.” Greenbrier is set to begin recording their second album later this winter.
Whaley has also enjoyed recent success of numerous solo projects including “The Kings of Orebank,” “Jimbo Whaley,” and the fan favorite and most recent Live Performance CD and DVD combo titled, “An Evening with Jimbo Whaley and Friends” that was captured during a live concert at the Smith Family Theater in Pigeon Forge, TN earlier this year.
Check out Bluegrass Today’s article on the new CD/DVD here.
Jimbo Whaley will host a live CD and DVD recording concert Friday, March 2, 2007 at 7:00 p.m. The special concert event will be held in his hometown of Pigeon Forge, TN at the Smith Family Theater.
Whaley is a member of the bluegrass band Greenbrier who will join him on stage as well as numerous other special guests.
Whaley is a previous and founding member of the band, Pine Mountain Railroad then left the band in 2004 to spend more time at home with his family and concentrate on his songwriting. He later formed Greenbrier and the band has since released two albums, Bluegrass Songbook and the gospel project, I Want to Know More. He has also released two very successful solo projects, one self-titled and also The Kings of Orebank.
Whaley recently appeared on the popular WorldWideBluegrass.com radio show, Muldoon in the Afternoon and host Gracie Muldoon said, “Jimbo Whaley is one HUGE talent! Songwriting – fresh and creative. An excellent storyteller, and his pickin’ and vocal talents leave others behind in the dust.”
Over the years Whaley has sustained a very loyal fan base and continues to sell out concerts. “My first impression of Jimbo was ‘man what a showman.’ He has a magnetism that I think is similar to Jimmy Martin, The King of Bluegrass. He’s a great lead singer and writer and knows how to connect with an audience. He holds them in his palm, working with the band and the audience to entertain. There are many great singers on the Bluegrass circuit today, but I don’t think there are many super entertainers, those that know what to do to make the audience and the band feed off each other, “ said Sam Jackson, Host of the WANT Fiddler’s Grove Bluegrass Radio Show.
Whaley has been honored on numerous occasions for his songwriting talents. Just some of his original tunes include, Knoxville Train, Fly, The Foundation, All the Hay’s in the Barn, M.R.’s Rolling Store and The Old Radio (co-written with Roscoe Morgan.) which spent eight months on the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine National Bluegrass Survey Chart and climbed as high as #3.
The live CD and DVD recording concert is sponsored by the Five Oaks Tire and Service Center in Pigeon Forge, Tennessee.
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