Audie Blaylock

Audie Blaylock

 Garrett, Indiana, USA
BandCountryBluegrass

Biography

AUDIE BLAYLOCK takes center stage again in 2010 with his self-produced album
Cryin' Heart Blues, his sophomore album on Rural Rhythm Records. He continues to wow audiences with the energy of the early days of bluegrass to every show. Blaylock, who plays guitar, is joined by his band Redline composed of exceptional fiddle, mandolin, banjo, and bass players. “Whether these guys are unlimbering their formidable talents on a Carter Stanley classic (“Let’s Part The Best Of Friends”), an old Jimmy Martin gospel staple (“Pray The Clouds Away”), a contemporary honky-tonker (Keith Stegall’s “Matches”) or a reprise of a ’50s Ray Price country hit (“Talk To Your Heart”), the result is first-rate. If artistry and authenticity still really are bywords, then Cryin’ Heart Blues assures Blaylock’s place among the leading ranks of bluegrass’s headliners.”--BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE

“One hesitates to say ‘third time’s the charm’ when an artist has been as honored and critically acclaimed as has Audie Blaylock, but on this, indeed his third album, second with the sterling band Redline, he’s settled into a traditional bluegrass style full of energy and soul to burn that sounds as durable as the music itself has been over time.”
--THE BLUEGRASS SPECIAL

TODAY'S COUNTRY MAGAZINE writes, “...Cryin’ Heart Blues is arguably Blaylock’s best overall album to date as it combines a little bit of everything, crossing through genre borders, and rolls it all together into one cohesive effort worth giving a spin to.”

“Blaylock is not your classic bluegrass high lead voice, but that’s what makes him interesting. His restrained power, crisp phrasing and ability to hit the high notes when warranted (as on Bill Monroe’s “Stay Away from Me”) are what makes him unusually good.”--LONESOME ROAD REVIEW

“This CD has some hard-driving bluegrass and some soft, sweet and gentle ballads, all with strong harmonies and cracking instrumental support. This is the best recorded work that Blaylock and his band has yet produced.”--AUSTRALIAN BLUEGRASS

“Audie Blaylock's mellow, wailing tenor and lightening-fast guitar picking have made him one of the names to watch in the world of traditional bluegrass.”--ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Multi-Grammy® Award winner Carl Jackson writes in the liner notes of Audie's first album on Rural Rhythm Records "...This new project by Audie Blaylock and Redline is not only “bluegrass”… its GREAT bluegrass… no argument… end of discussion!!! I was blown away by the professionalism of Audie’s performance at IBMA Fanfest this past year and this album further confirms that he is a force to be reckoned with in the world of bluegrass music for years to come."

Four-time IBMA Guitar Player of the year candidate, Audie Blaylock has performed with some of bluegrass music’s most distinguished acts over the years including the great Jimmy Martin and Rhonda Vincent & The Rage as well as doing session work that earned him a Grammy® nomination for Best Bluegrass Album and an IBMA nomination for Recorded Event of the Year for" A Tribute to Jimmy Martin: The King of Bluegrass." This group project included Audie Blaylock on guitar and vocals along with a stellar lineup of musicians including former Sunny Mountain Boys J.D. Crowe, Paul Williams, and Kenny Ingram. He has also performed with the legendary Red Allen, The Lynn Morris Band and songwriting great Harley Allen. Audie Blaylock and Redline had the honor of being nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association's Emerging Artist of the Year award in both 2005 and 2006.

In October 2007, while Blaylock was the featured artist with Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock, they brought home the Instrumental Group of the Year Award at the 18th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards show held at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN. “I’m extremely honored to receive the award that so many prestigious and talented musicians have been nominated for and received in the past. This is a great honor for myself and the entire group,” said Audie Blaylock. “This is particularly humbling when you consider the caliber of the past recipients such as Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Nickel Creek, Del McCoury and others,” he adds.

Born in El Paso, Texas into a family whose roots go back to the hills of Virginia and Tennessee, Audie learned to play guitar and sing with his parents and siblings, and went on to play locally in the Lansing, Michigan area where he grew up. In 1982, at age 19, Audie Blaylock joined Jimmy Martin and The Sunny Mountain Boys and spent nine years on the road learning the craft of bluegrass from one of the music's first-generation legends.

Lyrics

Pray The Clouds Away

Written By: Jimmy Martin and Paul Williams

Pray The Clouds Away
Writers: Jimmy Martin and Paul Williams (Songs of Universal Inc/BMI)
When you hear the thunder boomin’, when you see the lightnin’ flash
When the castles you have builded have a fallen with a crash
And when everything about you has all crumbled to decay
If you’ll just start right in prayin’, you will pray the clouds away
Chorus:
Pray the clouds away, the dreary clouds, oh, so dark and grey
Pray unto the Lord, believe the promise of His word
Clouds are like the snow, when shines the sun, they all must go
Pray, my brother, pray, and you will pray the clouds away
Break
When ole Satan keeps tormentin’, tellin’ you a lot of lies
Then again, it seems his shadows come to fill your sunny skies
When he laughs at all your weakness, and he mocks you as you pray
Once again, just start in prayin’ and you’ll pray the clouds away
Chorus
Break
Chorus

Matches

Written By: Keith Stegall and Charles F. Craig

Matches
Writers: Keith Stegall and Charles F. Craig (EMI Blackwood Music Inc/BMI - EMI APRIL MUSIC INC)
Matches, I need some matches
‘Cause I still got one ole bridge I need to burn
Teacher, I need a teacher
‘Cause there’s a lesson my hard headed heart can’t seem to learn
Chorus:
Well, I told myself when the last one left
I’d never let myself get hurt again
But like a fallin’ bird, I fell from her
And now, right back where I started then
So friend, matches, I need some matches
‘Cause I’ve still got one old bridge I need to burn
Break
Chorus:
Well, you’d think by now, I would have found
At least one woman that was meant for me
But it’s been my luck to fall in love
And wake up to another memory, and another need
For some matches, I need some matches
‘Cause I still got one ole bridge I need to burn
Break

Cryin' Heart Blues

Written By: Joe Brown

Cryin’ Heart Blues
Writer: Joe Brown (Unichappell Music Inc/BMI)
Cryin’ heart blues, I’m cryin’ because I have lost you
Blues I can’t lose I guess it’s too late now to try
I tried to choose another to love, but it’s no use
Cryin’ heart blues there’s nothin’ left for me to try
Chorus:
I’ll always remember I loved you
My teardrops won’t let me forget
Each tear is a wish to be near you
It started the day that we met
The trail of tears will lead you to me if you want me
And from my tears, my hopes are my cryin’ heart blues
Break
Cryin’ heart blues, I’m cryin’ because I have lost you
Blues I can’t lose I guess it’s too late now to try
I tried to choose another to love, but it’s no use
Cryin’ heart blues there’s nothin’ left for me to try
Chorus

Discography

2009: Cryin' Heart Blues

2008: Audie Blaylock and Redline...
...hard drivin' bluegrass