One Way Rider (May 2003)

- for the Grateful Web

One Way Rider is a family band that performs a unique combination of Traditional Bluegrass, Newgrass, Country, Gospel, Acappella & Progressive appalachian. Consisting of mother Valerie Fay, father David Lee, & their children Amanda Lynn, Chittlin', & Bass Boy. Together they create an enchanting spectrum of sound, that sends the listener on a mystical journey through time. With an entertaining and comedic stage show that the entire family is sure to enjoy. "You cant help but feel good listening to One Way Rider! Their musicality draws you in, from their intricate and fast-paced instrumentals, to their smooth vocal harmonies, the talent of this family bluegrass band literally bursts from the stage.

Seeing One Way Rider live is an uplifting and unforgettable musical experience." ~ Catherine Cala, WYSU FM "One Way Rider has taken Nashville by storm! It was an honor to have them perform on the Interstate Radio Network a network of over twenty stations that broadcast from Music City and airs nationwide and in Canada. Locally in Nashville, the IRN broadcast on WSM 650 AM, the home of the Grand Ole Opry. The response was great! We cant wait to have them come back on the air and play for us again. It was so good to be with folks that live and love the bluegrass way, truly a blessed family. David and Valerie are a great example of what a family can accomplish together." ~Marcia Campbell, Interstate Radio Network WSM Nashville, TN "One Way Rider are a throwback to a more simple and wholesome time in American music in which traditional family values and musicianship were more important than image and electronics. One Way Riders music can best be described as Bluegrass, although there is a healthy dose of Country and Appalachian music on their latest disk Guesses River, as well as an amazingly effective "Newgrass" cover of Tom Pettys' "Won't Back Down" which translates wonderfully to the genre. Perhaps the most impressive aspect of this disk are the abilities of the two youngest Mayfields, Bass Boy (age 18) and Jessica (age 11). Jessica, nicknamed Chitllin'' by her family (who seem to have a fondness for such things), has a vocal presence that far exceeds her years. She is definitely worth watching over the next decade. Bass Boy is, in so many words, amazing. This 18 year old is a multi-instrumentalist, being equally comfortable on bass, guitar, and mandolin. He also served as this disks producer. This disk is a must have item for anyone with an interest in truly American music -Jon Epstein, Rocklists

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