The spiffily attired bluegrass group offers another single to lift your spirits.
With the release of the foursome’s latest single, their irresistibly upbeat and contagiously cheery cover of “I Call Her Sunshine,” The Kody Norris Show continues its campaign to bring its respectfully yet rambunctiously old-school take on bluegrass music to both diehard fans of the genre and newly initiated audiences. The group — comprised of Norris on guitar; his fiddling “sweetie,” Mary Rachel Nalley-Norris; Josiah Tyree on banjo; and Cousin Charlie Lowman on the bass — neatly balances the traditions established by Bill Monroe, the showmanship of Jimmy Martin, and the classic harmonies of the Stanley Brothers.
And as the new music video for “I Call Her Sunshine” illustrates, they are mighty spiffy dressers as they provide what Norris describes as “dern good entertainment.”
“I Call Her Sunshine,” Norris says, “is a song that, upon hearing it for the first time, I knew I had to record it. A catchy title with a bouncy groove weaved with lyrical genius are right in line with the Kody Norris Show sound. When we began to arrange this song, I knew right away that it needed a strong high-lead vocal — and Josiah Tyree is definitely the man for the job.”
Tyree adds: “Kody and I had tossed around the idea of me singing lead on a song or two for the new album. I was grateful, nervous and excited when Kody approached me about taking the lead on ‘I Call Her Sunshine.’ With Mary Rachel singing tenor and Kody singing baritone, it created a fresh blend and some new chemistry. I never dreamed it would become one of the singles selected from our new album.
“I've always been a huge fan of Cowboys and Indians, and I'm truly speechless to know they were willing to premiere ‘I Call Her Sunshine.’”