I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry – CD Release 14th Sept.
Rural Rhythm Records has announced that they have signed Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band to their label and will release the group’s new album, I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry on 14th September 2010.
Rodney Dillard is a founding member of the legendary group The Dillards, and beloved member of the most often seen Bluegrass group in the world, The Darlings. His long and illustrious career has resulted in two Grammy nominations, induction into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, a well-known acting stint on The Andy Griffith Show, and worldwide acclaim for over 50 years of recording both traditional bluegrass and his own brand of DillardGrass.
In 1962, The Dillards, who had a new recording contract with Elektra Records, were asked by the producers of The Andy Griffith Show to play a bluegrass-playing family (The Darlings), whose patriarch was to be played by popular Hollywood actor Denver Pyle. To this day The Dillards are seen nearly every day somewhere in the world thanks to the still enormous popularity of The Andy Griffith Show re-runs. October 2010 is the 50th Anniversary of the first airing of this popular show. Rodney Dillard wrote and collaborated with others to write such classic songs as There Is A Time, The Darlin’ Boys, Ebo Walker, and Dooley. These songs, plus more Dillard and Mayberry classics, can be found on their upcoming album.
There Is A Time
I Wish Life Was Like Mayberry contains all of the Darlings and Dillards classics performed by Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band including the first radio single release, There Is A Time. The song will be released to both bluegrass and country radio stations on July 19th via Rural Rhythm Record’s Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks CD and also available at www.AirplayDirect.com at that time.
In addition to all the classics, there are four new original songs written by Rodney Dillard and friends of Rodney including: There Goes The Neighborhood, Wicker Rocking Chair, The Mayberry Hat and The Andy Griffith Show.
As a bonus, the album will also contain five episodes from the popular radio show Mayberry Minute, a show that ran nationally for 3 years and was narrated by Rodney Dillard.
Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Bandhave been chosen as an official International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Showcase performer at this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass held in Nashville, TN this coming October.