CJ THE DJ & Kentucky Rain
releases their new album
"Old Friends New Memories"
and what a release this is.
This has got to be some of the best bluegrass that has come out of the great state of Kentucky in quite some time.
CJ THE DJ has a voice that
is heartfelt and his vocal performance definitely informs the listener
that this man knows his music and is not afraid to sing it to the world.
CJ's voice is deep and rich in tone and is complimented by a killer
band “ Kentucky Rain", these musicians are compelling and their
licks are unblemished. The production is first-rate and every track on
the CD has hit potential.
It just doesn't get any better than this for any bluegrass fan and radio will be spinning this CD for their listeners till the cows come home.
Reviewed By: Robert Bartosh
ROOTS MUSIC REVEIW/CASHBOX MAG.
There is a lot of phenomenal talent coming out of Eastern Kentucky. This area has given the world of country music such talents as Patty Loveless, Dwight Yoakam, Loretta Lynn, Crystal Gayle and Billy Ray Cyrus. One of our local talents whose star is on the rise is CJ the DJ. CJ as he is most commonly known is actually named Carl Jarrell Jr. He was born in a community known as Slick Rock near Prestonsburg in Floyd County Kentucky, a beautiful area nestled with in the Appalachian Mountains. He cut his teeth listening to Conway Twitty and George Jones; He was also influenced by a couple Eastern Kentucky Natives; Keith Whitley & Ricky Scaggs. CJ has been a radio DJ for well over 20 years. He has made several trips to Nashville to cover events like Fan Fest and others. CJ also is the co-host and producer of" Big Sandy Bluegrass Time" with bluegrass hall of fame member Melvin Goins. That show can be heard every week on wsip radio 98.9 fm in Paintsville,Kentucky.
His role as a country DJ has given him numerous opportunities to meet and greet the stars of yesterday and tomorrow. He has been a MC for several local events both contry & bluegrass. What’s more he has also had the privilege of singing along side many of these wonderful entertainers. CJ's Voice is not what you would typically expect to hear. His deep, southern mellow tones embrace any music style. Perhaps one of our fellow DJ's said it best, "Ranger" Rick Caudill, says "he sounds like a young Carter Stanley".
His Last CD which was a local release was called Music among Friends, and featured such wonderful artists like Jack Green,Melvin Goins,Dave Evans,Charlie Louvin, Doyle Lawson, Dr. Ralph Stanley and others.
CJ’s newest offering features fourteen tracks in all and will include some old friends like Bobby Osborne of the Osborne Brothers. Bobby brings his High Tenor vocals to an old gospel classic called “What a Beautiful Day for The Lord to Come Again”. The CD will also include Jessie McReynolds of the famous Duo Jim and Jesse. Jesse will lend his vocals for a duet with CJ called “Copper Kettle”.
You will also hear a recitation by Dr. Ralph Stanley himself giving his blessing to the newer generations of Bluegrass performers on a never before heard song called “Bluegrass Rulz” CJ’s version of the song written by Marty McKinney also from Floyd County talks about remembering the founding fathers of bluegrass and how their tradition is still going strong. McKinney hosts a Saturday morning bluegrass show on WMDJ 100.1FM and on line at www.wmdjfm.com. CJ actually made the radio debut of his CD on McKinney’s show. The CD was an instant success. With request after request coming in daily.
Look for other surprises on CJ’s CD like old familiar tunes such as “Charley Pride’s “All I Have to Offer You is me” and Elvis’s “Early Morning Rain” performed with a bluegrass twist. There are several old favorites, some never before heard original songs, as well as several bluegrass gospel tunes like “Mansion in the Sky” and “Way Faring Stranger”. It is an enjoyable ride from beginning to end. This project is full of old friends and new memories with appearances by Tad Huff on banjo. It also features John Rigsby on the fiddle and mandolin. Dan huff not only is the CD’s engineer but he also plays a major role in the music as he plays dobro, bass, guitar, and even throws in a little percussion. The CD was recorded locally in Big Appal Studios in Paintsville and is produced by Dan Huff along with CJ the DJ.
All in all I must say that this could prove to be CJ’s most successful and enjoyable album yet. Keep your eyes open and your ears listening for this one folks, it is going to be a good one.
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After the global success of “Bluegrass Rulz” and “Angels Calling at my Door” and other songs from CJ the DJ’s 2012 breakout CD “Old Friends and New Memories”, CJ has been back in the studio again and his long awaited Follow up CD is Poised to Surprise, Impress, and inspire. The new CD titled “The Same Once More” is ready to go! CJ or Carl Jarrell Jr called BY his friend Marty K McKinney (BMI) who wrote “Bluegrass Ruiz” once again and McKinney has brought forth two new original songs that CJ Delivers with Power and conviction. Those songs are “Last Kiss Café” and “The Coffee in my Thermos.” McKinney’s “Last Kiss Café “ is somewhat reminiscent of the old Kenny Rogers hit “The long arm of the law” with a twist. The song involves a poor ole sharecropper who falls in love with a Rich Judge’s daughter and they want to get married but the Judge wants no part of it. So he schemes with the local Sherriff and plans a way to get the young beau out of the picture and into prison or worse. The plot thickens when gun play and murder is involved. You’ll have to listen to hear the rest of the story. CJ also hit a home run with McKinney’s song “The Coffee in My Thermos” which tells the story of a poor old coal miner who loses his love and how the magic elixir in his magic Stanley Thermos will help him cope as he tries to work that woman off his mind. All in all These two ole boys, from Floyd County Kentucky, both of which are radio DJ’s make a pretty good writing / singing combination. They hope to once again spread their style of bluegrass from the mountains of eastern Kentucky to the World.
CJ is also stepping out on an emotional limb with a personal song he wrote after the death of his dad earlier last year and his 2 uncles the year before, with a touching tune called “My Precious Angel” a tribute to his dad. Also another CJ original song which also happens to be The Title Cut, “The Same Once More” will inspire anyone who listens and touch your heart.
CJ steps out a little more with a few cover songs like old country classics “Tennessee Stud” and the ever popular “Somewhere Between” and as the CD twists, turns and delights, he also does a cover of REO Speed Wagon’s “ Time for me to Fly” There is also some great traditional bluegrass on there as well like a cover of Flatt and Scruggs’ “ Blue Ridge Cabin Home” an old tear jerker from JD Crowe “ If I Could Only Go Back Home Again” and the ever popular Doyle Lawson Classic “The Hard Game of Love”
As if all this music wasn’t enough, what would any Bluegrass CD worth its salt be without some great bluegrass gospel? And you guessed it; CJ delivers there too, doing some great gospel as only he can do it. You’ll hear “What Heaven Means to me”; “I Won’t Have to Worry Any More” and a gospel favorite written by the late Dottie Rambo called “I’ve Never Been This Home Sick Before”
And again, what would a great bluegrass CD be without some great picking to back it up? You know the answer to that, that’s why CJ’s Latest CD “The Same Once More” is packed with plenty of inspirational and awe inspiring picking by the likes of John Rigsby on the Fiddle and Mandolin. Dann Huff on the Guitar and Bass. By the way, Dann wears many hats on this project as before, he is also is the Engineer and Producer of the CD at Big Appal Records. CJ joins in with some rhythm guitar and all harmoney vocals and Brad Powers Delivers with his performance on the banjo. This will make CJ’s 3rd Project on Big Appal and it is shaping up to be one of his best efforts yet. It looks like things just keep getting better for “this ole boy from Slick Rock.”floyd county,kentucky
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R.I.P GEORGE JONES 1931-2013
CJ WITH TOM T HALL,MELVIN GOINS,CHARLIE SIZEMORE @ THE M.A.C
If you like the the song Lonesome Old Home you need to hear this version.The guy is a local DJ called CJ the DJ his name is Carl Jarrell Jr. and i just was touched by the way he sang this song.Just the sound of his voice i found very fitting to to the tune.So if you have a chance just give it a listen and see what you think.very very nice job,and if i may say the CD is very good too! QUOTE FROM BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE.
"CJ'S VOICE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF AS HE DELIVERS ANOTHER SET OF SUPERB VOCALS, GREAT SONGS, AND ALL THE HEART AND ENTHUSIASM AS ONE OF THE BEST MALE VOCALISTS IN ALL OF MUSIC TODAY!!! THERES NO DOUBT ABOUT IT... BLUEGRASS RULES.
" I JUST LISTENED TO CJ THE DJ'S NEW CD AND LIKED IT VERY MUCH. I SANG ON THE CD AND IT IS TRADITIONAL. I WOULD RECOMMEND YOU TAKE A LISTEN AS WELL".
"I'VE KNOWN CJ THE DJ FOR ABOUT 16 YEARS, A GOOD FRIEND AND A GOOD OL' COUNTRY BOY. IF YOU LIKE BLUEGRASS AND COUNTRY MUSIC, YOU HAVE TO ADD THIS ONE TO YOUR COLLECTION, THIS MAN HAS A MOST UNIQUE VOICE, IF YOU WANNA HEAR THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN VOICE OF BLUEGRASS MUSIC THEN HERE IT IS"
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From the hills of old Kentucky, CJ, is one of the most talented artist in Bluegrass Music. He was born and raised in Floyd County and not only is he a wonderful musician and singer but his voice has been heard all over the country. He has been a radio disc jockey (DJ) for over 23 yrs and MC's many events as well. He is the most down to earth and caring person I have ever met. He will tell you that his influences are Keith Whitley, Merle Haggard, Carter Stanley, Bill Monroe, George Jones, Vern Gosdin and list keeps going.
Now booking for 2014I2015 and the dates are filling up fast.