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DEADWOOD, S.D. (05/11/18) – When country music lovers talk about the greatest groups in the genre, Shenandoah is always at the forefront of any discussion. Fueled by Marty Raybon’s distinctive vocals and the band’s skilled musicianship, Shenandoah became well known for delivering such hits as “Two Dozen Roses”, “Church on Cumberland Road” and “Next to You, Next to Me” as well as such achingly beautiful classics as “I Want to be Loved Like That” and the Grammy winning “Somewhere in the Vicinity of the Heart” duet with Alison Krauss.
Today that legacy continues as original members Raybon and Mike McGuire reunite to launch a new chapter in Shenandoah’s storied career and will make a stop at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Event Center on Saturday, December 15th.
Raybon and McGuire formed the band in 1984 in Muscle Shoals, Alabama with bassist Ralph Ezell, keyboardist Stan Thorn and guitarist Jim Seales. McGuire invited noted producer Robert Byrne out to see the band perform and he was so impressed he recorded a demo on the group and pitched them to Columbia Records. Shenandoah inked a deal with the legendary label and began establishing a national fan base with their self-titled debut in 1987. However, it was the band’s sophomore effort, The Road Not Taken, that spawned their first top ten hits—“She Doesn't Cry Anymore” and “Mama Knows.” Shenandoah followed with three consecutive No. 1 hits—“Church on Cumberland Road,” “Sunday in the South” and “Two Dozen Roses.” “The Church on Cumberland Road” spent two weeks at the top of the chart and made country music history as it marked the first time that a country band's first No. 1 single spent more than one week at the summit. It also helped propel sales of the album to more than half a million units thus giving Shenandoah their first gold album.
“We were fortunate enough to have songs that seemed to touch a great deal of people and while doing so it created a lot of memories,” says Raybon. “I truly do believe that there are seasons in life and I believe that there is a time and a place when God allows things. We’ve sat down and talked about reuniting before but it wasn’t the right time for it then, but I do believe it is time for it now.” McGuire agrees. “We are really proud of the quality of the material that we have in our catalog and how it’s touched so many people’s lives,” McGuire says. “As far as the future goes, I’m expecting more of the same. We’re still the same guys. Marty still has the same voice he had back in that day and I still have the same harmonies that I sung on all those records. I expect the records we cut in the future are still going to sound like Shenandoah and the songs are going to be just as good if not better.”
Tickets for Shenandoah go on sale for Deadwood Mountain Grand Rewards Center members at 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 15th and to the general public at 10 a.m. Friday, May 18th. They are available at the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office -- The Company Store -- or at ticketmaster.com. Both hotel reservations and ticket arrangements may be made by calling 877-907-GRAND. For more information, visit www.deadwoodmountaingrand.com or call 605.559.0386.
Beware of third party ticket brokers. The only official ticket outlets are Ticketmaster and the Deadwood Mountain Grand Box Office.
To open your free Grand Rewards Center membership and enjoy the benefits of purchasing advance tickets ahead of the general public, bring a photo ID to the Grand Rewards Center counter, located in the Deadwood Mountain Grand Casino.
Deadwood Mountain Grand Hotel, a Holiday Inn Resort, in the newly restored 1906 Homestake Mining Co. ore processing plant that overlooks Historic Deadwood, has a 98-room luxury hotel, 210 state-of-the-art casino games, high stakes gaming action, a 2,500-seat entertainment-and-event center, two restaurants and a multi-level parking garage.