The Back Forty: Shenandoah

You never know who’ll walk into our studios – welcome to The Back Forty. This is where we highlight artists who walk the line outside of today’s country chart with their music, as well as the folks who have made an impact on country music – yesterday and today.


Shenandoah’s blend of country, gospel, and bluegrass made for an iconic sound that was a staple of ’90s country radio. With hits like “Church on Cumberland Road,” “Two Dozen Roses,” and “Sunday in the South,” there’s no doubt about the impact they had on country’s next generation of hit makers from Blake Shelton to Rascal Flatts.

In fact, Rascal Flatts’ Jay DeMarcus is the producer behind Shenandoah’s new album. Once Jay heard that lead singer Marty Raybon had reunited with the group, it didn’t take long for him to pick up the phone and urge them to join him in the recording studio. And, in turn, Shenandoah checked off an item on their bucket list – recording a live album.

In this interview with Kix, Marty and Shenandoah drummer Mike McGuire talked about getting the band back together after 17 years. Plus, they looked back on working with the “Father of Muscle Shoals Music” legendary producer Rick Hall, including one contentious recording session for “Sunday in the South.”

Watch it all go down in The Back Forty:


Look for Shenandoah’s album Reloaded in stores on Friday, March 16th. For tour dates and more, visit


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