Bluegrass Music :Rural Rhythm Records recording artists, The Bartley Brothers, have a long history in Bluegrass and Acoustic Music. They begin their journey as a brother duo with great enthusiasm. They will offer a blend of original songs and some traditional numbers as well, which will be fast-paced, entertaining, well rehearsed, and polished. The primary focus of the band is its great harmony vocals and songs of home and real life.
Rick Bartley began his journey in music at a young age learning to play old-time clawhammer banjo from his grandfather and then began learning the three finger Scruggs style. He began playing in a local band as a young man in East Tennessee, but providing a living for his young family forced Rick into the business of Strip Mining Coal. He always kept picking around home and after moving back to his native Kentucky, began playing mandolin and guitar in local and regional bands on the weekend. In the early 1980’s, Rick began writing songs. The first song he ever wrote, “I’m a Hobo”, was recorded on JD Crowe and the New South’s most recent cd “Lefty’s Old Guitar”. He currently has the title track on Junior Sisk’s cd “Blue Side of the Blueridge”, and has cuts by other Bluegrass artists to his credit. He recorded a solo project for Lonesome Day Records in 2004 which garnered widespread airplay. Rick is known for his rich sounding voice and strong rhythm guitar. He undoubtedly is one of the best lead singers in the business today.
Shayne Bartley has the been one of the most in demand musicians in the last 25 years, having worked with some of the top acts in Bluegrass Music. Shayne started learning to play at the feet of his older brother Rick and his dad Roger. At the age of 16, Shayne took the stage as a part of his brothers band Newground, playing guitar. In 1984 at the Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington, KY, Shayne met Don Rigsby and formed a life long friendship and musical kinship. Shayne joined Don and Johnnie Lewis in a band called The True Grass Band. All three have gone on to make their mark in the Bluegrass world. In 1986, he took his first full-time road gig, playing mandolin with Dave Evans. After two years with Dave, Shayne moved on to play mandolin for The Charlie Sizemore band for a year when The Lost and Found came calling on Shayne to replace Ronnie Bowman as guitar player and lead vocalist. After two years of living in Virginia, Shayne was ready to move back to Kentucky. He then resumed his position as mandolin player with The Charlie Sizemore Band until the fall of 1993, when he joined Rickey Wasson and Wayne Fields in the highly acclaimed band Southern Blend. Shayne stayed with Southern Blend until the band stopped touring. He then went to work with Unlimited Tradition, a band of young veteran musicians and singers including Ray Craft, banjo great Jack Hicks, and Scottie Sparks. UT won the SPBGMA International Band Championship in Nashville in 1996, and signed a recording contract with Tim Austin’s Doobie Shea Records. Their Doobie Shea release “She’s Gone” got rave reviews and the band was heralded as the hottest thing to come along since the Johnson Mountain Boys. Since UT disbanded in 2000, Shayne has worked with Rarely Herd, David Peterson and 1946, Karl Shiflett, filled in with both JD Crowe’s New South and Wildfire, and was part of Country Music super stars Brooks and Dunn’s 2003 Neon Circus tour. Shayne was also a featured artist on the 2006 IBMA Album of the year, “ Celebration of Life Musicians Against Childhood Cancer”.
The Bartley Brothers’ Band:
Glenn Gibson on Dobro: Glenn from the Louisville, Ky area began his career playing with Gary Brewer and the Kentucky Ramblers in the early 80's and is known as one of the top performers on his instrument. Glenn has worked for some of the top names in bluegrass including, Dale Ann Bradley, Marty Raybon, and Karl…