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October 13, 2015 (Pre-Order NOW)

Tell Me Truly

1. Tell Me Truly
2. The Rambler’s Life
3. Backstep Cindy
4. Little Darlin’ Pal of Mine
5. J’ai Passe Devant Ta Porte
6. The Storm
7. Lost John
8. Silence or Tears
9. When The Roses Bloom In Dixieland
10. Days of Grey and Black
11. Haystack Blues
12. We Shall Meet Someday
If you are just learning of the South Carolina Broadcasters, you are meeting them at a good time. This being their fifth album, they are at the peak of their powers, and still climbing. In spite of their name, they are based in Surry County, North Carolina, which along with neighboring Galax, Virginia, and surrounding areas is ground zero for much of the old-time and bluegrass music that exists today.

Ivy Sheppard honed her craft of fiddling and banjo and guitar picking while performing with the renowned Roan Mountain Hilltoppers under the tutelage of the late Bill Birchfield of East Tennessee. (Bill died as this album was being made.) The fiddle Ivy plays here was made by Bill using only a pocket knife and a piece of glass.

Andy Edmonds is an expert performer on anything with strings, and was a band mate and collaborator of famous Surry County old-time fiddler Benton Flippen during the last decade of the elder icon’s life.

David Sheppard is a master luthier capable of building or repairing practically any acoustic instrument. He plays the driving rhythm, sometimes on his self-built guitar (he calls it the Recording King Ray Whitley model that Gibson should have made), and sings lead with a powerful clarion voice that cuts a clear path for a song. Ivy and Andy also sing lead when a song calls for it, but when all three perform their unique take on harmony they turn into a goose-bump generator that can make you re-live the heart-ripping emotion at the source of a song. It's not quite bluegrass with the two-finger banjo and old-time rhythms, and it is not strictly old-time with the powerful three-part harmonies, but it is Old Timey in a way that bridges the two worlds and yet stands alone. Even original songs such as Andy's "The Rambler's Life," written on the day his second child was born, sound as if they were a hundred years in the making. The Broadcasters’ music would be right at home on late 1930s Bluebird 78 RPM shellac records.

The songs come from the Broadcasters’ strong connection to the old-time and bluegrass pioneers. This would include names like Troy Brammer, Benton Flippen, Bill Birchfield, and Cullen Galyean. There is also Ivy's passionately curated music collection and the sounds she has heard from the library and archives of WPAQ Mount Airy – “The Voice Of The Blue Ridge” -- where she works as a DJ on a popular afternoon show. WPAQ is also the place where the Broadcasters have resurrected the art of the daily musical radio show with their 15-minute program that airs four times a week. They are legitimate broadcasters.

Play this record and be transported to a time and place when music was real, from the heart, recorded on one microphone in one take, and unmolested by the business of music. The South Carolina Broadcasters still live there.

Jim Beaver “Cousin Jimmy B” - August 2015

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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

When I’m Gone
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)