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"New Artist Spotlight: TelluRide"

Wednesday, November 28, 2007



MUSIC CITY MADNESS FINALIST: TELLURIDE. TelluRide is a five-piece band which formed in 2006 in Nashville with each member coming from different parts of the U-S. And within the past year since their debut, TelluRide has performed with some of country’s most popular acts including Billy Ray Cyrus, LeAnn Rimes, and Lonestar. The group’s drummer Brian Smith explains their life on the road interacting with other artists is a great inspiration for their live show. (Cut #4) “TelluRide – we don’t feel at home if the wheels aren’t spinning. If we’re not seeing pavement go underneath the tire because we tour so much and we’re big believers that country music is a live music and it needs to be encountered live.” TelluRide performed with Luke Bryan in Nashville last night. And the band was a finalist in CMT’s Music City Madness competition with their track “Phone Song.” Voting for the online competition continues on
- Country Music News

"Wildhorse Saloon GM quote"

TelluRide puts on such an amazing show that we have booked them to open for most of our National Talent this year.
These guys ARE the next big thing!
- Mike Davis, GM of Wildhorse Saloon

"WBJI 98.3 Real Country"

Telluride... The Band!
They lived the life... They paid their dues...
They wrote the songs and they can do it live!

It's how it works... Now it's their turn!
Well if someone doesn't get them on country
radio across the nation then I'll do it!

~ Mark Ricci-Program Director
for WBJI 98.3 Real Country
- WBJI 98.3 Real Country

"The band to keep your eye on!"

There has been a lot of buzz around the Nashville based band TelluRide as of late so when I was in Nashville I made sure to stop off at the Wildhorse Saloon to check out their live show and quickly saw why they were being talked about. They are currently in the studio working on their debut album, but have released two songs to the public as a bit of a teaser. The opening track is a Keith Urban styled song called “I’ll Take You There,” chalked full of catchy guitars and harmonies that display just how talented this band is when it comes to their vocals. You will most likely find yourself bouncing around a bit as you listen to this track, but that is just the lead into what I thought was one of their best songs I heard them play called “Sing (As Loud As You Can).” The vocal style, especially on the chorus, on this song rivals that of the Rascal Flatts and the lyrics on this one show the roots of the band as they mention songs by the Guns-N-Roses, AC/DC, Bon Jovi, etc…These two songs should be more than enough to draw your interest to TelluRide and I can’t wait to hear some of the songs they played at the Wildhorse blaring out of the car speakers with the windows down this summer. This is the band that you need to keep your eye on.
~Gone Country Magazine
- Gone Country Magazine

"Ready, Set, Ride"

APRIL 2008
Country Weekly

New group TelluRide sang the national anthem in front of 70,000 racing fans to kick off the Nicorette 300 on March 8 at the Atlanta Motor Speedway. The group is currently at work on its debut album. - Country Weekly

"TelluRide teams up with NASCAR driver John Andretti for a good cause"

TelluRide and NASCAR driver John Andretti recently joined forces to raise money for Riley Children's Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. The "Race For Riley" three-day event included a visit to the children's hospital, a benefit dinner featuring TelluRide in concert, and a go-kart race with Andretti.

The beneficiary of the week's events, Riley Children's Hospital, was TelluRide's first stop.

"There were five floors of amazing doctors, nurses and techs helping kids with every medical issue you could think of," said drummer Brian Smith.

"Visiting these families made us even more appreciative of how lucky we are to be able to give back to those going through hard times."

TelluRide performed at the Race for Riley sponsors dinner, which recognized the event's donors and sponsors, and donated all proceeds from the show's CD sales to the hospital.

The conclusion of the Race for Riley was a go-kart race, where participants competed to race against John Andretti. TelluRide's own Ryan Jones made it to the final round and competed against the NASCAR driver.

"The entire event was a great experience for us," said lead singer Adam Craig. "We were able to connect with the families that we're helping, have a fun show, and even race with one of NASCAR's best!"

Nashville-based TelluRide is a country music group with national accolades.

The band catapulted to the top eight of's Music City Madness 2 competition last year, with the hit video for "Phone Song." TelluRide keeps a busy touring schedule and has recently opened for artists such as Gretchen Wilson, Sara Evans, and Little Big Town in cities across the country. The band will release its debut CD later this year. For more info about the group, visit
- todayscountrymagazine

"Next up to graduate from Acoustic Corner to Main Stage"

In the Mary Kay Acoustic Corner, Rachel Williams introduced a cute, new song she’d written about our celeb-obsessed culture called “I’m a Star.” She was followed by the harmonic bliss of TelluRide. This band is definitely my bet to graduate from the Acoustic Corner to a main stage next year. By the way, this venue now operates at full capacity throughout the festival. - Music Row Magazine

"A Country Helping Hand- Musical Fund-Raiser: TelluRide Concert Benefits Victims of 2007 Flood"

Judging by the fact that it was a sold-out event and folks were still being turned away, the
TelluRide Flood Relief Concert Saturday night was nothing short of a success.

“It’s great,” says enthused lead singer Adam Craig about the sold-out 500-seat performance.
Funds raised will be distributed by United Way of Lewis County to flood ravaged communities
in Lewis County.

Debbie Campbell, the local United Way executive director, said a final total had not been
tabulated, but at $20 and $25 per ticket, the concert probably generated more than $10,000.

Craig is both singer and guitarist for the country rock band, which has a sound likened to
Rascal Flatts. The group is already making a splash on the Nashville music scene, and was a
contestant on a March Madness-style online musical competition last year.

Craig, 25 and a former Tenino resident, was motivated to organize a benefit concert for the
Lewis County area after returning home to visit family at Christmas time.

“He used to play baseball in the fields at Boistfort and Adna,” recalled his sister, Cristi Burke.
“He grew up on a farm and seeing all the livestock that died, it was just awful.”

“My mom had called and told us when the floods were happening, but we didn’t understand
the intensity until we were here at Christmas,” Craig said. “We drove out Highway 6 and
seeing all those farms and seeing people who had lost their livelihood and everything they
had, that really affected me. I wanted to do something.”

That something was to speak to the other four members of TelluRide, including cousin and
keyboardist Ryan Jones, 31, an Olympia and Toledo native; Brian Smith, the percussionist
from Spokane; bassist Jimi Hendrix of Lexington, South Carolina, and guitarist Cain Hall of
Hymera, Indiana. The members worked through their engagement calendar and found a date
to fly to Washington state and perform at the benefit.

The band performed a number of their new and already popular hits, including the “Phone
Song,” which was voted one of the top 10 video clips on CMT. Other popular songs already
getting airtime include “Cheatin’ Jesus” and “Pencil Marks.”

“We’re just excited to be here,” agreed Hall. “It’s a win-win situation (to help out) and to see
where Adam and Ryan grew up,” he said, adding he felt empathy for the local residents of
the small communities still suffering from the flood. “I’m from a small town in Indiana all the
way across the country, but it’s (the people) all the same.”

After witnessing the devastation up close, Craig and Jones were inspired to write a song
about the area called “Four Square Miles,” a song, Craig explained, that tells how a small
town area can be overlooked as not offering much to a young person, when in fact a lot of
good living can be found within its borders.

An enthusiastic crowd greeted TelluRide as they took the stage at Corbet Theatre at
Centralia College.

“They seem like a really good group,” enthused Sherri Lingle, who, with husband Steve, was
seated close to the stage. “They have really good energy. - The Chronicle in Centralia, WA


2 song EP released on American Roots Records including:
"I'll Take You There"



The five young men of TelluRide have catapulted to the top of the competitive Nashville music scene since forming in 2006.

TelluRide has played more than 300 shows, including opening for such acts as LeAnn Rimes, Sara Evans, Little Big Town, Gretchen Wilson, and Lonestar, just to name a few. The band has also opened for such legendary rock groups as Foreigner and REO Speedwagon.

Band members Adam Craig, Cain Hall, Ryan Jones, Jimi Hendrix, and Brian Smith came together in Nashville in August 2006 to form a new group with the harmonies that define country music and with an explosive energy that is causing a stir in the music industry.

The group’s infectious sound has also caught the attention of thousands of fans, which helped launch the popularity of the band’s “Phone Song.” The video was accepted into the Music City Madness 2 competition last fall and was voted into the top eight out of 64 videos by the band’s active and rapidly growing fan base.

In 2008, TelluRide has appeared in Country Weekly magazine, performed the national anthem for NASCAR at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the Kansas City Royals, the Chicago White Sox, and is considered “the group to watch” by the Country Music Association.

TelluRide’s first album is near completion and will be released soon. Producer Rex Schnelle worked with the band to recreate the energy from its live shows and infuse that energy into the project. The album not only showcases the band’s vocal harmonies, but also the skilled musicianship of each member. While many bands in today’s industry rely on session musicians, the members of TelluRide are formally trained musicians and each plays on the entire album.

The band’s name has led many to believe that they hail from the small town in Colorado, but in fact, the name was inspired by a fan. Members Craig, Hall, and Smith had already developed a fan base from a previous group, so when Jones and Hendrix completed the new group, they turned to their fans for a name. Smith recalls, “A girl from Missouri said, ‘This is your name. It’s a Tim McGraw song called ‘Telluride.’’ It’s about a poor kid moving up to the mountains working ski lodges. The song title just feels good to us.”

Ultimately, Telluride knows that hard work and dedication to making and performing great music brings success. They’ve earned their successes one show and one song at a time. They love to play, they love to write songs and they love to perform for fans. Most importantly, they love to be a part of a very new and unique brand of country music. Their infectious harmonies, catchy lyrics and driving grooves already have country music fans singing out loud.

And that makes quite a sound—one you don't get to hear very often. It's the sound of a band ready to make history.