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Merle Monroe - "Back to the Country"

"Our goal is to choose songs that relate to everyday life and go “back to the country”. Be that with heartfelt vocals, a ballad, a hard driving banjo, or an upbeat song that takes your mind away from today’s current distractions, we have worked extremely hard looking for and writing songs we feel are different enough, yet reflective of our heroes' music from years past." ~ Daniel and Tim

Pinecastle recording artists Merle Monroe is a band created by musicians Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff.  Using their collective experiences as professionals in the music business - Merle Monroe's  sound is vocally driven and has a mix of hard-driving Bill Monroe - style Bluegrass proficiency all the way to a tear at your heartstrings Merle Haggard style ballad. Merle Monroe believes Bluegrass, Gospel and Traditional Country music is America’s music - the stories of the common man and the sounds of the mountains. 

Merle Monroe'S Highly-Anticipated Concept Album ‘Back To The Country’ on Pinecastle Records is here!

Nashville, Tenn. – The newly formed Bluegrass band Merle Monroe is excited to announce the release of their debut project, Back To The Country, is now available!

Released via Pinecastle Records, Merle Monroe was created by members Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff. On the 12-song collection, the dynamic group show exactly why Country legend Merle Haggard and Bluegrass icon Bill Monroe are the inspirations behind both their band name and signature sound. 

“American Music- the Carter Family, Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Jim and Jesse, Merle Haggard, Roger Miller, Flatt & Scruggs, and many others - the sounds of the great pioneers was our inspiration to record this album and form this band. Respectfully, we do our part to create something new, yet reflective of our hero’s influences and carry the torch with every song we write and sing” ~ Tim Raybon & Daniel Grindstaff 

Merle Monroe brings a new and invigorating sound, showcasing both Tim and Daniel’s hard-driving Bluegrass style and ability to deliver a song with both prowess and feeling.  

Back To The Country consists of 12 tracks, including a combination of covers, along with all-new music written by the band.