The New Relics

The New Relics

 Morgantown, West Virginia, USA
BandCountryRock

Somewhere between coal mines and steel mills, mountain streams and majestic rivers, where blue collar meets corporate America, The New Relics have absorbed life around them and set it to country music. Having been described as a band that “writes the perfect driving music”

Biography

Some of the best advice comes from country songs. Turn on your local country radio station, and you'll hear life lessons from men and women who have done it right, done it wrong, and put it all in a song.

For The New Relics, the best advice they ever heard was from a Brad Paisley song: "When you're living in a world that you don't understand, find a few good buddies and start a band."

With best friends by your side, how can you fail?

These five friends--Bryan Martin, Michael Arbogast, Josh Swiger and Marshall Lowry, Zach Fanok--have been living that vision for the past 11 years.

Based out of Morgantown, WV, The New Relics don't take the city's "small-town" atmosphere as a disadvantage to making it big; in fact, they embrace it. Singing about personal experiences--the ups and downs of life in rural North-Central West Virginia--the band speaks to the common person. They know that everyone has a story to be told, and it is their music that paints a picture for under-represented America.

Their feel-good brand of country music has struck a chord with audiences across the country, though you wouldn't know it to talk with the band. Instead, The New Relics have let their accolades speak for themselves.

Making it to the Music Row Breakout Charts in just one week after the release of their first single, "Beautiful," was only the first step.

For 14 weeks, "Beautiful" would be a mainstay on the Billboard Country Music Charts, ranking in near the top 50 throughout that duration. Being mentioned in the same breath with performers such as Taylor Swift, Brooks & Dunn and Kenny Chesney, The New Relics also won the Music Row DISCovery award for best release. And it's only gotten better from there.

With their third single "Dixie Queen" currently being released, The New Relics have found their sing-alongs played not only at the bars, clubs and festivals they frequent, but also across the airwaves in nearly 30 states.

That success didn't happen overnight.

The fat cats of the country music industry aren't exactly searching for the next big thing in small-town pubs, so The New Relics are building their success from the ground up; the band has taken it upon themselves to keep close contact with their loyal supporters, who they consider friends rather than fans. They never turn down an opportunity to play a show, and have dipped into new markets as often as possible. Making waves in ten states along the east coast, the band has proved their relevance and is constantly searching for new opportunities.

The notion of inspiration can come to mind when learning about The New Relics. Using the musical styling and grassroots success of Zac Brown Band, Alabama, and fellow West Virginia native Brad Paisley, the band has been inspired to follow in their heroes' footsteps.

At the same time, they encourage budding musicians the meet to do just what Paisley taught them:

"Find a few good buddies and start a band."

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"BEST BAND" - Graffiti Magazine
"Best Unsigned Band" by WV Radio Corporation
"Best Live Act to See" by Graffiti Magazine.
Featured "The Life Lounge" KDKA - Pittsburgh
Featured Voice of America - Washington D.C.
Endorsed by Community Pro Audio
DISCovery Award - Music Row Magazine
BDS/Billboard Country Breakout Chart Top 60
Music Row Breakout Chart notice
Official Band of West Virginia University Alumni Association (187,000) members.
Video "Beautiful" on CMT/GAC

See more on the band and VIDEO at www.myspace.com/thenewrelics

Notables
“This West Virginia band adds an infectious enthusiasm to its poppy brand of rock, and guitarists Jim Bidwell and Mike Arbogast adeptly throw in some joyous six-string sparks throughout the rocking “Shotgun” and the cheery “Beautiful.” The New Relics’ lyrics incorporate the same free spirit, filled with images of weekends, fast cars and moments spent with a favorite girl. – COUNTRY WEEKLY MAGAZINE – Jessica Phillips
"The New Relics prove that great music will find masses” Aaron Scott – WPDX
“The songs on Monongalia reveal the group's musical influences in a way that made me feel instantly familiar with the music, while creating a whole new sound of their own.” Chris De Carlo – Pittsburgh, PA Veteran radio Personality
"The best kept secret in Pittsburgh" - Nightwire Magazine
"Their alt-country-pop-rock sound has something for everyone" - The Daily Athenaeum

Lyrics

Real Love

Written By: Arbogast

Real Love

Words and Music by Michael J. Arbogast

Look at them two up on the silver screen, dancing in the rain

You know that used to look like you and me before life got in the way

And we could sit around while I try to count the ways that I love

But fantasy compared to real life just doesn’t stand up

I don’t know the perfect thing to say

But I’ll give my love in my own way, so today

I brought home a box of wine I bought from the Five and Dime

It’s not the expensive kind, but you know it’ll do just fine

Baby grab the Dixie Cups

She says “Baby not tonight, I gotta get up at five

‘Cause I’m pulling double-time on the production line

But I swear to you I’ll make it up”

‘Cause this is real love

I know my words will always be just one step away

From showing you what you mean to me, ‘Cause work comes before play

And even though times are getting tough we still got it good

‘Cause we moved past that puppy love and the glitter of Hollywood

Where they can’t read between the lines

But here I’ll keep you satisfied, ‘cause tonight

I brought home a box of wine I bought from the Five and Dime

It’s not the expensive kind, but you know it’ll do just fine

Baby grab the Dixie Cups

She says “Baby not tonight, I gotta get up at five

‘Cause I’m pulling double-time on the production line

But I swear to you I’ll make it up”

‘Cause this is real love

I gotta give it one more try

To show you how I feel inside, that’s why

I called home from work today, just for the chance to say

That baby by the way, you are everything

I ever could have dreamed up

And it’s magic every time your body lines up with mine

And I see it in your eyes that we’re gonna be just fine

And there’s no chance of giving up

On this real love

Copyright 2007 Michael J. Arbogast, Blues Alley Records

Beautiful

Written By: Arbogast/Martin

Beautiful

Got a ‘65 Mustang out in the driveway

Shining like a brand new penny right off of the press

The smell of perfume says it must be Friday

Another chance to paint on that little black dress

I don’t know where you got those ribbons in your hair

But you know me, I just can’t help but stare

You hop into that hot rod, and put the ragtop down

Said “I love you baby, but I gotta go paint the town”

What are you doing when you’re not out being beautiful?

Where are you going, always dressed up like a baby doll?

Won’t you turn that car around, come on home and let your hair back down?

You blow me a kiss, down-shift, and you gun it

I just smile and shake my head from the door

I understand that you feel like you got to keep on running

I just don’t know what you’re running for

You said “I gotta get away when I need some time alone

But you know I’m always gonna find my way back home

I don’t think that I can settle down just yet”

I said I ain’t got it all, but I’ll take what I can get

What are you doing when you’re not out being beautiful?

Where are you going, always dressed up like a baby doll?

What are you doing when you’re not out being beautiful?

Where are you going, always dressed up like a baby doll?

Won’t you turn that car around, come on home and let your hair back down?

Copyright 2006 Michael J. Arbogast, Bryan Martin, Blues Alley Records

Falling

Written By: Arogast/Evans

Falling

We grew up in a small town

If I needed you, you were just a stone’s throw away

Skipping rocks by the water’s edge

As our reflections danced together in the coolness of the waves

Innocent as it started

Everybody else could see what we didn’t understand

More than friends, but still to young to know

That a lover could be made with the touch of a hand

Share this moment

This may be the best of our lives

Together for the moment

And I know that I am falling for you

In your voice, I hear my conscience

And the gentile touch of your hand leads me where I need to go

And I find myself wanting

I’d give anything on Earth just to let you know

You are my friend, my best friend

Share this moment

This may be the best of our lives

Together for the moment

And I know that I am

Falling for you, Love, falling for you, Love

And today, as I fall in love

I know now that I’ve been blind to what others have seen all along

Every day’s a new day, a new adventure that I know

I never want to go through on my own

You are my friend, yeah, you are my friend, my best friend

Share this moment

This may be the best of our lives

Together for the moment

And I know that I am falling for you

Dixie Queen

Written By: J. Edmondson, D. Edmondson, A. Patrick. A. Heller

Momma said Kentucky is the place to be.
So I went there to meet a girl and bring her home with me.
The girl was young and free, and quite a sight to see.
She went west and I went home to see my dog and my buddy Lee.

Sometimes I wonder, from time to time,
I think about the day, when you'll be mine

We'll sit and talk all night long;
talk about how we'll beat the devil and all
And how we'll be together for all time.
Yes we'll have one or two, and
I promise to marry you
I can watch you grow gray and old
My Dixie Queen.

Momma said contentment is the place to be.
She preached it like the gospel;
thought I'd never know what she means.
The girl she had a face; it took me to that place
The best is yet to come and the rest is history.

Sometimes I wonder, from time to time,
I think about the day, when you'll be mine.

We'll sit and talk all night long;
talk about how we'll beat the devil and all
And how we'll be together for all time.
Yes we'll have two or three,
if you promise to marry me
You can watch you grow gray and old
My Dixie Queen.

Sometimes I wonder, from time to time,
I think about the day, when she'll be mine.

We'll sit and talk all night long;
talk about how we'll beat the devil and all
And how we'll be together for all time.
Yes we'll have three or four,
up the isle and out the door
We can watch each other grow gray and old
My Dixie Queen

Discography

Monongalia - Album 2009

Single "Pictures" - Radio Play AAA, AC, Country 2007
Single "Beautiful" Radio Play - Country,
Single "Real Love" Radio Play - Country,

KKOW Pittsburgh KS
KNAF Fredericksburg TX
KREK Bristow OK
KTJJ Farmington MO
KWOX Woodwards OK
WPPL Blue Ridge GA
WYZO Kalamazoo MI
WQSI Auburn AL
WBYZ Baxley GA
KBCR Steamboat Springs CO
WCJW Warsaw NY
KJAM Madison SD
KLQL Laverne MN
WMEV Marion VA
WTCM Traverse City MI
WUPY Ontonagon MI
WRSF Nags Head NC
KEAN Abilene TX
WTHI Terre Haute IN
WHKX Bluefield WV
WKKW Morgantown WV
WTCM Traverse City MI

Set List

1. Shotgun
2. Beautiful
3. Goodnight
4. Hard Road
5. Clean Up Good
6. She Believes
7. Something New
8. One Too Many Heartaches
9. Middle America
10. Fly
11. Guardian Angel
12. Don’t Give Up
13. King of Beers
14. Falling
15. Pictures
16. Fastlane
17. Real Love
18. Brand New Day
19. Dream
20. Home

Covers
1. Measure of a Man - Jack Ingram
2. Mud on the Tires - Brad Paisley
3. Feel Like Making Love – Bad Company
4. Free – Train
5. Meet Virginia - Train
6. Haven’t Seen For A While – Pat McGee
7. Folsom Prison - Johnny Cash
8. Wave on Wave – Pat Green
9. Long Day – Matchbox 20
10. All for You – Sister Hazel
11. Mr. Jones – Counting Crows
12. Old Apartment – Bare Naked Ladies
13. Summer of 69
14. Don’t Break My Heart Again- Pat Green
15. Bittersweet – Big Head Todd
16. Lighthouse – Nickel Creek
17. Walkin’ In Memphis – M. Cohn
18. She Talks to Angels – Black Crows
19. Long Train Runnin – Doobie Bros.
20. Already