Merle Monroe nominated for New Artist of the Year Award 

Published 11:16 am Thursday, August 5, 2021

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Debuts Their Latest Project SONGS OF A SIMPLE LIFE To a Sold Out World Famous Station Inn
Merle Monroe had a busy week starting July 20 with the honor of being a featured performer for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Award Show Nomination Ceremony, and then back on Saturday, July 24, for their album release event premiering their latest project, SONGS OF A SIMPLE LIFE to a sold out show at the World Famous Station Inn. 
The first appearance was on Tuesday for the IBMA Awards Nomination Ceremony at The Station Inn hosted by Peter Cooper of the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum with IBMA Board Chair Mike Simpson, and IBMA Executive Director Pat Morris.
Including the honor of performing two songs, Merle Monroe received a nomination for New Artist of the Year. 
After a long wait due to the pandemic, Merle Monroe was able to premiere their latest project on Pinecastle Records, SONGS OF A SIMPLE LIFE for their second event of the week at The World Famous Station Inn in Nashville on Saturday, July 24.
The show kicked-off with an introduction by Paul Schiminger, retiring Executive Director of The International Bluegrass Music Association, to a standing room only crowd, and was was also attended by present Executive Director, Pat Morris. Another incredible honor for the band was the presence of the Grand Ole Opry’s Bill Anderson who celebrates his 60th year as a member.  Anderson wrote the song “Saginaw Michigan,” another cut on Merle Monroe’s newest project, and was present for its live debut. 
SONGS OF A SIMPLE LIFE features four number one songs, “Hello Sunshine,” “God’s Still In Control” and “I’m Leaving Town Tonight” all written by Merle Monroe’s lead singer, Tim Raybon, and the latest “Goodbye Marie,” a classic country hit by Mel McDaniel and Dennis Linde. 
As an iTunes Featured New Release on both Country and Americana lists, SONGS OF A SIMPLE LIFE was officially released June 4, 2021, and is the second installment from Merle Monroe’s Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff featuring seven new songs written by Tim, and five Country and Bluegrass originals and classics. 
SONGS OF A SIMPLE LIFE is the #1 Roots Music Report Bluegrass Album for the weeks of July 10, 17 and 24th, with “Goodbye Marie” as the latest #1 single for week of July 10.
A continuing theme from their first number one Country/Alternative and Bluegrass project, “Back To The Country,” SONGS OF A SIMPLE LIFE continues to pay homage to heroes with a mix of Merle Haggard and Bill Monroe styles. Tim Raybon and Daniel Grindstaff forge forward with original Country / Bluegrass songs that have become the trademark for Merle Monroe’s American Music theme. 

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