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Rick Hayes New Solo CD "Fly By Night"

By Mandolin Cafe
April 2, 2008 - 10:30 am

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Rick Hayes

Rick Hayes

Cincinnati, Oh. — Rick Hayes, mandolinist for The Gibson Brothers is in his studio putting the finishing touches to his first solo CD, "Fly By Night" with an expected May release.

Rick plays mandolin, guitar and bass on the project. Supporting musicians include Ron Stewart of The Dan Tyminski Band on banjo, Jim VanCleve of Mountain Heart on fiddle and Josh Swift of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver on dobro.

Rick takes on lead vocal duties with the exception of a guest lead each by his band mates Eric and Leigh Gibson. Harmony vocals are by Dwight McCall, the Gibsons and Clay Hess. The CD includes a bonus track sung by his father, Green Hayes.

The song selection includes covers as well as five original tunes, three by Clay Hess of Mountain Heart and two by Mark Cole, formerly of Larry Sparks & the Lonesome Ramblers. The CD was recorded in his studio, Hayes Productions and will be released under his new label Kang Records, an homage to the bluegrass pronunciation of the legendary King Records.

In preparation for the release of the CD, Rick has officially launched his own website and has overhauled his studio site that caters to the bluegrass market. Past CD releases from his studio include Dwight McCall's "Kentucky Peace of Mind" and Clay Hess's "Red Haired Boy".

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