It's HIGH GEAR for Robinette & the Drive's 3rd Single!

Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive officially shift things into high gear with the release of the third single, “I’ve Got to Work on The Ark,” from the self-titled, 12-song album, distributed last fall through Bluegrass powerhouse label, Rural Rhythm Records.

 "This is one of the most fundamentally Bluegrass songs from the album and Tammy's vocal talent really shines through on this track," says Sam Passamano, President of Rural Rhythm Records.


"'I've Got to Work on the Ark' soundly exposes Tammy's bluegrass roots and demonstrates what she brings to the musical fold--great Bluegrass, unique delivery, and a consistent message of down-home Gospel," he explains. "It's a great, uptempo tune and it really highlights her brand, so we wanted to spotlight it for our radio programmers."

Since the release of TAMMY JONES ROBINETTE & THE DRIVE late last fall, Robinette has been on anything but cruise control. Her debut single, To Be a Kid Again” debuted at #6 on Bluegrass Today’s singles chart late last year. The follow-up single, “I Think I’ll Let You Drive,” released in January, is still gunning up the Southern Gospel charts (motoring from #7 to #5 for April on Singing News magazine’s Bluegrass singles chart). The album was also listed in the Top-10 on the Roots Music Report in February. 

The flurry of chart activity in both Bluegrass and Gospel is not at all surprising to Tammy or her label, given her musical roots. Raised in Middlesboro, KY, a blue-collar town nestled on the Cumberland Gap in the heart of coal country, and in both the Bluegrass and Bible belts, Tammy fondly remembers her childhood home with her father’s mandolin leaned against the wall and the family Bible on the kitchen table. Faith and family led her to a tremendously successful, (and still ongoing) 20-year career in Southern Gospel music.

As a songwriter, she has charted over two-dozen Top-10 songs by groups such as The Perrys, Bishops, Telestials, and Singing Cookes and as an artist, she celebrated two back-to-back #1s and was named “Favorite Female Vocalist” at the 2015 Diamond Awards. Despite all this, Tammy’s deep love for Bluegrass music never subsided. 

This led Tammy to release her sophomore Bluegrass project, TAMMY JONES ROBINETTE & THE DRIVE, and her debut on the Rural Rhythm Records label, in October. Produced by Mark Fain (award-winning bass player/band member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder), Robinette is flanked by a collection of superstar pickers including Fain (bass), Aubrey Haynie (fiddle), Ron Block (banjo), Seth Taylor (rhythm guitar), Rob Ickes (dobro) and the legendary Sam Bush (mandolin). Steve Gulley, Jamie Dailey, Jimmy Fortune, Dale Ann Bradley, Jennifer Wrinkle and David Casteel provide supporting vocals. The album has been well-received by both Gospel and Bluegrass fans, as well as critics. 

“This is a 4-star recording.  If you are a lover of Bluegrass or Bluegrass Gospel, this project is a must for your collection and one that will be played many times over.” 
—Carol Lawson, Absolutely Gospel Music magazine

“I'm not always sure whether a bluegrass gospel song is sung out of actual religious conviction--as listener all I care about is whether the band manages to carry the song--but in Robinette's case, there is no question. She is possessed of an alto voice used to sterling effect. Much of the charm of this album is in its natural, unapologetic honesty, its willingness to evoke raw feelings, and its ability to find beauty and hope even in the hardest of circumstances. You don't hear that much anymore. Let's hope we hear a whole lot more of the bluegrass Tammy Jones Robinette.”
Jerome Clark, Rambles.net

"Tammy Jones Robinette brings a refreshing new sound to the Bluegrass domain. There is great emotion in her voice. You can tell she isn't just standing in front of a studio mic and singing (so many artists fall into that trap). Instead, she is really projecting the emotion behind 'I Think I'll Let You Drive,' written by Steve Gulley. I think Tammy does a tremendous job and through it isn't what I would call a traditional sound, it isn't supposed to be. Instead, it's a sweet departure with great appeal."
—Bob Cherry, Cybergrass

The label will feature the song on its latest edition of FRESH CUTS & KEY TRACKS – 2016 (No. 1.)delivered to Bluegrass radio on a Radio CD, as well as made available to programmers via AirPlay Direct this week. The public can preview or purchase the single through iTunesAmazon or other digital sources. 

For more information of Tammy Jones Robinette & The Drive, please visit: TammyJonesRobinetteandTheDrive.com.

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