MARTINSBURG, W.Va. (June 3, 2022) - Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band is releasing its version of the bluegrass classic "There Is a Time" to radio broadcasters. Featuring lead vocals by bassist Libby Files, the single includes a haunting melody, recalling English folk ballads (albeit with an authentic Appalachian flavor). "There is a Time" was originally performed by the Dillards (as the Darlings) on the Andy Griffith Show.
Stoney Creek is also releasing a music video for the single. The video is available on YouTube, Facebook, and the band's website.
In a recent interview with bluegrass podcaster Devon Jamieson, Stoney Creek's Brett Smeltzer described "There Is a Time" as "one of the songs which we have a lot of fun with in a live setting. Libby sings lead on this and I'm always introducing her as 'Miss Charlene, coming down from Mount Pilot to sing lead on this one.'"
"There Is a Time" is the third single from Stoney Creek's latest album, A Miner's Life. "There Is a Time" follows "A Miner's Life" and "I Wish I Had a Lifeline."
During the fall of 2020, Stoney Creek's recording of "A Miner's Life" spent five weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report's Top 50 Bluegrass chart. The song spent six weeks at No. 1 on the Bluegrass Jamboree's Top 15 chart. "A Miner's Life" was featured on West Virginia Public Broadcasting's Inside Appalachia program and was among the top played songs for 2020 on numerous bluegrass radio stations. By April 2021, "A Miner's Life" reached No. 1 on the Fan Voted Chart, a rigorous process that includes passing through ten levels of voting. The follow-up single, "I Wish I Had a Lifeline," spent three weeks at No. 1 on the Roots Music Report Chart, and twenty weeks at No. 1 on the Fan-Voted Chart.
During the studio sessions for A Miner's Life, the band chose original material and cover songs that would sit well alongside the album's title track. The album's layered production and field recordings evoke the roots of bluegrass, emphasizing the 18th and 19th century English and Scotch-Irish folk roots that still resonate in the music. The album's artwork matches the tone of music, depicting dusty coal towns in the early 1900s.
Stoney Creek Bluegrass Band will be promoting "There Is a Time" with concert dates, including an appearance at Bill Monroe's Bluegrass Festival in Morgantown, Indiana, on June 14.
"There Is a Time" is available to radio broadcasters through AirPlay Direct. A Miner's Life is available through all major online digital music services. Physical copies may be purchased from Amazon, or directly from the band's website, http://stoneycreekbluegrass.net.