When Mike McGuire and guitarist Jim Seales started a band in the clubs of Muscle
Shoals, Alabama in 1984 they never dreamed their dedication to great music would lead
them down such a long and illustrious road. By late 1985 they had added bassist Ralph
Ezell, keyboardist Stan Thorn, and a struggling bluegrass singer named Marty Raybon to
the mix and were confident they had the winning combination they’d been looking for, and
the Grammy award winning group Shenandoah was born.
Within their first two years on CBS records, the band scored 5 number one records
including “Church on Cumberland Road”, “Two Dozen Roses”, “Sunday in the South”, and
“Next to You Next to Me”. But after a lengthy legal battle over the name ‘Shenandoah’
they moved to RCA records. In no time at all they hit again with 4 more number ones
including “If Bubba Can Dance, I Can Too”, written by drummer Mike McGuire and lead
singer Marty Raybon, and the heartfelt “I Want to Be Loved Like That.” Also during this
time their friendship with Dallas Cowboy Superbowl quarterback Troy Aikman lead to his
video debut as 'Cowboy Joe' in the classic Shenandoah song "Her Leaving's Been A
Long Time Coming" also written by McGuire.
In 1996 the band was lured by music legend Jimmy Bowen to Capitol Records and it was
during this period that Shenandoah’s live shows took on an exciting new dimension and the
band produced more chart toppers like ”Janie Baker’s Love Slave”, and the Grammy
award winner, “Somewhere In The Vicinity of the Heart”, a beautiful duet with the incredibly
talented Alison Krauss.
Some acts would have played it safe after establishing themselves as a successful
country “Supergroup” and winning a CMA award, TNN and ACM group of the year
accolades, and the much coveted Grammy, but not these guys. With thirteen number one
songs, countless chart hits, Gold albums, and a reputation as one of the hardest working
touring acts in the business, this band is still evolving, taking chances, and striving for the
musical perfection and performance that have made them radio and concert favorites around
Shenandoah credits country radio and their many fans for their longevity and
appreciate their loyalty in continuing to come out and see them in concert. "It's funny how a
song can take you back to a place and time in your past", McGuire says. "Our fans are the
best in the world and still come out to sing along and revisit all the wonderful times we've
had through our music. If it weren't for our fans, we'd have never had such a memorable
career. And we thank them ALL."
Dillan Cate is a singer/songwriter raised in Piggott, AR. With a love of music Dillan began playing guitar at age 13 and would begin singing with local musicians in his last years of high school. After growing up in Piggott Dillan relocated just a few miles from his home town to Jonesboro, AR. After a few years in town Dillan began honing his craft in local venues and events from Jonesboro to Little Rock. 2012 would be a big year for Dillan. Connecting with what would now be his backing band, production started on what would become his first original album....Miles From Here. At it's core, Miles From Here is a country album that harkens back to 90s country as well as tracks with Strong delta roots.
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The Boat House Wine Co
Boat House Wine Co. nestled in the hills of Stoddard County. Setting on a hilltop overlooking our 3 acre lake, Boat House offers a perfect getaway. We offer live entertainment every weekend on our large outdoor covered stage. From events as big as Lorrie Morgan to our local favorites like John D. Hale and Matt Stell Boat House is the place to be! We offer a full menu, 6 wines and a large variety of beer. RV hookups, cabins, and tent camping are available. Our friendly staff is looking forward to seeing you!