Kristi Stanley Debut Album

by | 14 May, 2022

Heartbreak Hill Kristi Stanley

(615) Hideaway Records has just announced the debut album release by Kristi Stanley titled Kristi.

The debut album releases today and contains 11 songs written by some of today’s top hit songwriters. Heartbreak Hill, the first single from the album, (Billy Droze, Eddie Wilson, Irvan Parker), 40 Miles of Bad Road (Irene Kelley, Dave Robbins, Van Stephenson), Diggin’ (Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, R. Howard) and the classic Angel from Montgomery (John Prine).

Kristi by Kristi StanleyBorn and raised in Pikeville, KY, Kristi Ison Stanley was brought up among a rich history of bluegrass and country music, immortalized along the famous Country Music Highway. Heavily influenced by Dolly Parton at a young age lead Kristi on a pathway to recording and performing in front of big crowds, as well as, crossing paths with her husband Ralph Stanley, II and growing the Stanley family with two beautiful children Taylor Stanley and Ralph Stanley, III.

This new project embodies all that I love when it comes to music. It’s an eclectic mix that ranges from old school bluegrass to traditional, classic country sounds, with a little bit of soulful folk and rock. As you listen, you’ll catch a glimpse of my roots growing up in Eastern Kentucky and hear a snippet of what my music collection sounded like. It’s very special to me because it’s a reminder of where I started out with music as a young girl and an opportunity for me to truly unveil myself as an artist to the world. To me, when my ear hears a good song, it doesn’t matter what the genre is, good music, is just good music. I absolutely love every song on this record and for so many different reasons. I really hope you love them too – Kristi Stanley.

I’m so proud of Kristi for her terrific work on this new record! She has really gone deep bringing together the styles she loves, the best elements of traditional and contemporary bluegrass and country. Her voice is a natural fit on these songs she brings it all home for us to enjoy – Jim Lauderdale.

Produced by Steve Wilson and Kristi Stanley, Kristi is the perfect showcase for Kristi Stanley’s beautiful mountain soul voice and is supported by some of the top Bluegrass musicians today including Andrew Crawford on guitar, Blake Young on mandolin, Steve Wilson on banjo, Glen Crain resonator guitar, Deanie Richardson on fiddle, Michael Branch on acoustic bass), Adam Plott on percussion, Aaron Bowen on keyboards, Shawn Lane, Gena Britt and Sarah Logan  on harmony vocals.

Kristi Stanley is carrying on the family name and tradition of delivering Country Heart and Mountain Soul music that brings enjoyment to listeners who appreciate a variety of music styles that honors the traditional roots laid down by the previous generations and at the same time create a freshness and excitement for today’s listeners.

Track Listing for Kristi:

1. Diggin’
2. 40 Miles of Bad Road
3. Just A Little Girl
4. Heartbreak Hill
5. Angel From Montgomery
6. A Man’s World
7. Did You Tell Her All About Me
8. Speakin’ of the Devil
9. She Is A Flower
10. Biggest Risk
11. Nothing Can Hold Me Here


Kristi is available NOW for download to D.J.’s and program directors on AirPlay Direct.

The album is available commercially wherever digital downloads are available including on iTunes and Amazon and streaming on Spotify and Pandora.
For more information on Kristi Stanley go to the official website.

About Kristi Stanley:

Born and raised in Pikeville, KY, Kristi Ison Stanley was brought up among a rich history of bluegrass and country music, immortalized along the famous Country Music Highway. From her upstairs bedroom, Kristi recalls spending hours singing along with the legendary Dolly Parton and dreaming of becoming a big star. She recorded her own renditions of Dolly’s songs, singing them over and over again until every note was perfect, and then garnered the nerve to let her parents listen in. It was her Mom that convinced Kristi that she was good enough to consider singing for a bigger audience.

At 15, Kristi performed on the live radio show, Home Spun Country. The DJ, Tim Michaels, a musician as well, was quite impressed with her talent. It wasn’t long before Tim and Kristi formed the band Sandy River, opening for National acts like Kenny Chesney, Billy Ray Cyrus, and Ricochet. Kristi continued to perform with her band throughout high school at music festivals, weddings, talent shows, and radio stations, as well as the VA/KY Opry and The Mountain Arts Center.
The highlight of her career came when she was asked by Dr. Ralph Stanley to be a part of the Grammy-nominated album “Clinch Mountain Sweethearts”. She joined not only her hero, Dolly Parton, but other stars including Pam Tillis, Sara Evans, and Chely Wright on the project. Kristi, just 18 years old, sang “I’ll Never Grow Tired of You” with the bluegrass legend himself, and was both honored and humbled by the experience.

Kristi met her husband, Ralph Stanley II, while on vacation with her family in Nashville, sitting in at a taping of Prime Time Country, with then host Gary Chapman. Ralph II spotted Kristi in the audience while performing on stage with Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, and they later met at the meet and greet following the show. Two years later, the couple was married, and they now have two beautiful children Taylor Stanley and Ralph Stanley III. While staying home full time with her family has been a blessing, Kristi felt it was time to start performing again and has had great success with her first studio venture Heart Wide Open, released in 2018. Through that process, she began to find herself as an artist, and Kristi realized the kind of music she truly wanted to make and the sound she desired to establish for herself as a creative force in the music industry. She teamed up with engineer and producer, Steve Wilson, and they got to work on pre-production for her next project in 2019. Unfortunately, when the Covid shutdown occurred, things were put on hold. However, the album is finished, and Kristi is signed to the 615 Hideaway Record label to release her forthcoming, self-titled album in 2022.

About 615 Hideaway Records:

When Sammy Passamano, III founded (615) HIDEAWAY RECORDS he was carrying on a very long line of tradition both in family and music history. The Passamano name has had an impact in the music community for over three generations, starting in the 50’s when Sam Passamano, Sr. began his celebrated career as a top Executive at MCA (Universal) Distribution. Sam, II followed in his father’s footsteps in a top marketing post at MCA Records and later brought Rural Rhythm Records to international recognition as one of the today’s top producers of Bluegrass music.

As the third generation in the long family line, Sammy, III was an integral part of the development and success of Rural Rhythm Records, now forging his own path in the steeply rich family and music tradition.

In 2019 Sammy III hit the ground running with his (615) HIDEAWAY RECORDS with the release of Bluegrass veteran Audie Blaylock’s debut album “Originalist”, which yielded two #1 hit Bluegrass singles. This immediate label success was followed up with Top 10 Bluegrass hit singles from Nick Chandler and Delivered, the Crowe Brothers and Banjo master Bill Emerson which also yielded a #1 hit Bluegrass single. 2021 promises to be a big year for (615) HIDEAWAY RECORDS as it continues its quickly developing rise in the Bluegrass community. In addition to new releases by the Bluegrass hitmakers mentioned above, the label will be releasing eight albums from the vastly rich catalog from the legendary Ronnie Reno and his Reno’s Old-Time Music library…and look forward to some exciting new artist additions to the label roster.

In addition, his commitment in keeping traditional Bluegrass music alive, under the banner of BLUEGRASS MUSIC FOREVER!…Old School, Always Cool” motto, Sammy III created Bluegrass Music TV in 2020. In January 2021, partnered with Ronnie Reno, Bluegrass Music TV launched its subscription service, Bluegrass Music TV-Prime, to Bluegrass and Old-Time Country fans including four separate channels; Reno’s Old Time Music, The (615) Hideaway, WoodSongs and Stan Hitchcock’s Heart to Heart.
Several Seasons are now available with more Seasons becoming available throughout the year. Performances include Bluegrass legends along with today’s Bluegrass hitmakers and fresh new talent from the rising stars in Bluegrass.

Sammy III, has a strong vison for the future as he combines his family and music traditions in both audio and video formats and new media to provide great entertainment for today’s generations and beyond.