Daywind Music Group, home to top gospel labels Daywind Records and New Day Records and upstart mainstream bluegrass label Billy Blue Records, is relaunching Thoroughbred Records, a gospel bluegrass label with historic ties to the genre. Thoroughbred’s first signing is Chosen Road debuting with a brand new upcoming album titled Appalachian Christmas featuring the veteran band along with several artist friends including Selah, Point of Grace, and more.
Thoroughbred Records emerged in 1995 as the premier outlet for gospel bluegrass music. Thoroughbred was home to the incomparable Lewis Family, Hall of Famers in the bluegrass and Gospel genres, from 1995 until shortly before their retirement in 2009. The Easter Brothers, a Mt. Airy, North Carolina, genre mainstay with the brothers Edd, Russell, and James Easter, followed and were later joined by Chigger Hill Boys and Terri, who joined the label in 2003. Along with these great artists, the label brought attention to the Gospel side of bluegrass during the period of tremendous resurgence of the bluegrass genre. after the release of the hit film, O brother, where are you through his two-volume collection of Bluegrass Gospel music, O Lord how great you are, which featured cuts from artists such as Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Bluegrass Cardinals, Alison Kraus, Ricky Skaggs and more. Thoroughbred culminated its successful first run with an audio and video collaboration featuring Jeff and Sheri Easter, the Lewis Family and the Easter Brothers, aptly titled We are a family.
In 2018, Daywind Music Group formed Billy Blue Records, a mainstream bluegrass label under industry veteran creator Jerry Salley. The highly successful label includes Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver (recently retired), Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers, Donna Ulisse, Jason Barie, Appalachian Road Show, Authentic Unlimited, and more, and is home to multi-artist projects like the winner of the IBMA award. Country Faith Bluegrass and Grammy-nominated I will sing, I will shout. The revival of Thoroughbred Records fits perfectly with Daywind Music Group’s move into the bluegrass genre and will give Chosen Road and other strictly bluegrass Gospel artists their own label.
A&R and Creative Director of Thoroughbred Records/Billy Blue Records, Jerry Salley, commented: “Christian Hearts with a Musicians’ Mind – that’s what reminds me when I think of The Chosen Road. Over the years of knowing this band and its founder, Jonathan Buckner, I have been impressed not only by their musical abilities, but also by their heart for the God they serve and sing about. I’m so excited to launch Thoroughbred Records, our new all-Bluegrass-Gospel label with such a heartfelt and exciting band.”
Jonathan Buckner of Chosen Road adds, “As a band, we couldn’t be more excited about the relaunch of Thoroughbred Records and the opportunity to be part of the Daywind family. Thoroughbred Records has a rich history in bluegrass and gospel roots music. We grew up listening to the legendary artists who once called Thoroughbred home. We are honored to be part of this legacy. Daywind has had such a positive impact on the world through Gospel music, and that’s why Chosen Road exists. We look forward to bringing hope to audiences and listeners alike with exciting new music very soon.
Thoroughbred Records will be distributed to Christian retailers through New Day Christian Distributors.