Marty Raybon has plenty of good memories of growing up in Florida. When he's traveling the state with his veteran country band, Shenandoah, he often sees many of the campgrounds and parks where he, his brothers and father performed as American Bluegrass Express some 15 years ago. "I'll tell them, `Look, right down that dirt road. We played that bluegrass festival every year when we was kids,' " Raybon said in a recent interview. "I remember them like it was yesterday."
As lead singer with Shenandoah, he is the focal point of one of country music's highest flying bands, whose chart-topping successes like If Bubba Can Dance, The Church On Cumberland Road, Somewhere In The Vicinity Of The Heart and its current single, Darned If I Don't (Danged If I Do) have made them country fan favorites for almost a decade.
Raybon, with band members Mike McGuire, Ralph Ezell, Stan Thorn and Jim Seales, have woven together a highly polished sound built around precision musicianship and pristine harmonies, very much a hybrid of Raybon's bluegrass roots.