“My first real love is bluegrass music,” says Lee. “When I was nine-years-old, I played in my first band and it was a bluegrass band. Ricky Skaggs has always been my hero, and even back in the early days of the Skaggs and Rice records; that’s really where I cut my teeth.”
With their reverence for legends such as Bill Monroe as well as contemporary torch bearers like Ricky Skaggs, THE ROYS have crafted a debut set that combines the best of bluegrass music’s traditions with the promise of its future. In recording the album, Lee and his sister Elaine, enlisted Skaggs’ famed band, Kentucky Thunder, and the amazing Randy Kohrs, and even recorded in Skaggs Place Studios.
Faith, music and family are the cornerstones of The Roys’ life and they all intersect on LONESOME WHISTLE. The album showcases Elaine’s beautiful, emotion-laden voice and Lee’s effervescent tenor. The project also shines a spotlight on the duo’s songwriting abilities.
There are numerous highlights on the album including: “Coal Minin’ Man,” the first single, a tribute to the life of the miner and the high energy “Give A Ride To The Devil,” which offers up the sage wisdom that if you “give a ride to the devil, someday he’s gonna want to drive.” “Trailblazer” is Elaine’s nod to one of her heroes, Dolly Parton.
THE ROYS are excited about making their debut in the bluegrass music community. They have listened to and respected bluegrass music for so long and are so honored to be getting validation from musicians they have long respected. Andy Leftwich, album co-producer, told us, “You are bluegrass vocalists. You are made for this format, it is who you are. This record is going to be huge because you guys are just so new and refreshing to the bluegrass community. You are going to be a household name!”
Leftwich knows great bluegrass music and with one listen to LONESOME WHISTLE, it’s a sure bet others will agree. It won’t be long before everyone is singing the same tune.
Here’s what other top industry people are saying about THE ROYS:
“I love THE ROYS…really good stuff!”
Les Butler – The Singing News / Front Porch Fellowship Radio Network
“Wow…THE ROYS sound incredible. This sounds like a home run”
Terry Herd, INTO THE BLUE – Bluegrass Radio Network
“Traditional, yet fresh, bluegrass…strong songs…gorgeous harmonies…It doesn’t get any better than that.” – Kyle Cantrell, SiriusXM Satellite Radio, Bluegrass Junction