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February 2014

Diamonds in the Rough

 
Going Up Home To Live in Green Pastures
 
Cabin in the Corner of Gloryland
I Am Bound For the Promised Land
Glory Land
Traveling the Highway Home
Beautiful Home
On the Rock Where Moses Stood
 
The South Carolina Broadcasters first gospel album to be released in early 2014. Recorded live around vintage RCA ribbon microphones, "Diamonds in the Rough" is the Broadcasters latest venture in old-time country music.

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March 2013

Short Time to Stay Here

 
Write Me Sweetheart
Little Birdie
Waiting For My Darlin’
Let Me Fall
Fifty Miles of Elbow Room
East Virginia Blues
 
 
Where The Soul Never Dies
Brown’s Dream
Blue Eyed Boy
Sing, Sing, Sing
The South Carolina Broadcasters are about as perfect an old-time trio as you’ll ever hear. And “Short Time to Stay Here” is a brilliant recording, with instruments providing luxuriant atmospheres for the trio’s riveting lead and harmony singing. David Sheppard (guitar), Ivy Sheppard (fiddle), and Sarah Osborne (banjo) share an uncanny blend of voices that unite in that magic space where frequencies transform to a single, vibrant chord. With passion, power and precision, they carry forward the inspiration of the Carter Family, whose 1920s and ’30s recordings provide the model for the Broadcasters and other contemporary old-time string bands. The latest CD from the band, which recently moved to Mount Airy, features several songs popular in the old-time heartland stretching north from Mount Airy to Galax, Va.: “Brown’s Dream,” “Let Me Fall” and the Grayson and Whitter classic, “Short Life of Trouble.” David Sheppard’s “Waiting for My Darling” fits seamlessly with the Carter Family’s “When I’m Gone” and “Blue-Eyed Boy.” The Broadcasters excel on old-time gospel. Osborne’s solo on “Fifty Miles of Elbow Room” shines the spotlight on her as one of today’s most compelling voices singing old-time country songs. The trio’s a cappella rendering of “Where the Soul Never Dies” highlights their ethereal harmonic blend. And Sheppard conjures the fire-baptized affirmation of Brother Claude Ely on Luther G. Presley’s “I’ll Have a New Life” as a transcendent flight from this cold world to the Promised Land. Hank Williams’ “Sing Sing Sing” closes this splendid recording, which masters the difficult challenge of capturing in the studio the energy and spirit of the band’s live performances. ¬Jack Bernhardt (Raleigh News & Observer)

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April 2012

Can You Hear Me Now

 
Can You Hear Me Now
 
Take Away This Lonesome Day
Can’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore
Fall on My Knees
 
When You’re Not Looking
Train 45
Home To Stay
When God Dips His in My Heart
 
The follow-up to their first self-produced and critically acclaimed, "A Thousand Miles From Home." This new recording released on Flaming Heart Records displays the seasoned artistry of the trio and produces some finely crafted new songs...those who appreciate old-time mountain music will fall in love with the rich texture of the Broadcaster's guitar/banjo/fiddle instrumentation and their warm and aching harmonies."

--T. Ballard Lesemann, Charleston City Paper

December 2010

A Thousand Miles Away From Home

 
Bummin’ an Old Freight Train
 
Diamonds in the Rough Put My Little Shoes Away
 
Bonnie Blue Eyes
 
I Never Will Marry
Take Me in Your Lifeboat
Babies in the Mill
 
 
This release introduced The South Carolina Broadcasters to the world of traditional music. Recorded around a single mic in Wesley Easter's "Eastwood Studio" in Cana, Virginia, The Broadcasters hearken back to a sound of bygone days. This recording is beautiful and the mix of the three voices and instruments is a truly rare and great find.