IBMA Banjo Player of the Year Scott Vestal and Bluegrass 2022 have announced the next single from the critically-acclaimed collection. Their take on the Bill Monroe classic Gold Rush will serve as the next release from the project, which also features instrumentation from Cody Kilby, Byron House, Randy Kohrs, Tim Crouch and Jonah Horton.
The full Bluegrass 2022 is also available for download and/or streaming here.
For decades, the traditional fiddle-driven tune has been covered by a variety of different artists including Tony Rice. With origins dating all the way back to 1968, Vestal and company set out to reimagine the song with a modern twist. The result is a recording that stays true to the original, but with a new-found energy that fits in perfectly with the latest tracks on the Bluegrass charts. Prior to its release, the cut has already made its way to No. 15 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart.
It follows previous charting singles Lonesome Fiddle Blues and the IBMA Instrumental Recording of the Year nominated lead hit EMD. When the popular series first launched in the mid-90s with Bluegrass ‘95, it was met with high praise, even taking home the coveted IBMA award for Recorded Event of the Year. After taking a 19-year hiatus, it was revived in 2020, reigniting the concept of featuring the instrumentalists who are currently doing active sessions with Vestal at his studio Digital Underground, located outside of Nashville. By incorporating these elements, it helps to create a musical experience for listeners that is memorable, while also staying fresh with the latest trends.