Yankee Grey

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Yankee Grey
Origin Cincinnati, Ohio, U.S.
Genres Country
Years active 1986–2002
Labels Monument, Stonewall
Associated acts Josh Leo, Robert Ellis Orrall
Past members David Buchanan
Matthew Basford
Joe Caverlee
Kevin Griffin
Lyle Gudmunsen
Jerry Hughes
Tim Hunt

Yankee Grey was an American country music group originally composed of six members: David Buchanan (bass guitar), Matthew Basford (lead guitar), Joe Caverlee (fiddle), Kevin Griffin (drums), Jerry Hughes (keyboards), and Tim Hunt (lead vocals), all of whom met in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Founded in 1986, the band toured throughout the state of Ohio before being signed to a record deal with Monument Records in 1999. The same year, they made their debut on the Billboard country music charts with the Top Ten single "All Things Considered", followed by the release of their debut album Untamed, which produced two more hit singles on the country charts. After exiting Monument, the band signed to the independent Stonewall label in 2002.

Biography[edit]

Yankee Grey was founded in Cincinnati in 1986 by drummer Kevin Griffin and guitarist Matthew Basford.[1] Bass guitarist David Buchanan and lead vocalist Tim Hunt were added soon afterward, and the group began to perform in various bars and clubs around Cincinnati.[2] Eventually, keyboardist Jerry Hughes and fiddle player Joe Caverlee were added as well, completing the band's lineup. After several years of playing local venues in Ohio, Yankee Grey was eventually spotted by an engineer who had connections to Nashville, Tennessee, record producers. He then asked the band to record a demo tape; Cliff Audretch, Senior Director of Sony Music Nashville, heard the demo tape and traveled to Ohio to see them perform.

By 1997, the group was signed to Sony's Monument Records division. Their debut album, Untamed, was issued in late 1999, with Robert Ellis Orrall, Josh Leo, and Ronnie Thomas serving as producers. "All Things Considered", the first release from the album, reached a peak of No. 8 on the Billboard Hot Country Singles & Tracks (now Hot Country Songs) charts.[2] In addition, Yankee Grey received a nomination for Best New Group or Duo at the Academy of Country Music awards that year.[3]

The second single from Untamed, entitled "Another Nine Minutes", peaked at No. 15 on the country charts in 2000; it was followed by "This Time Around", which failed to enter the Top 40. By the end of 2000, Yankee Grey had exited Monument's roster, and Tim Hunt had left the group's lineup due to vocal problems.[3] After Hunt's departure, the band began a search for a replacement lead.[3]

Signed to an independent label known as Stonewall Records. Their second album, Yankee Grey 2, was issued in 2002, with keyboardist Jerry Hughes taking over as lead vocalist on the album.[1] Later on, Lyle Gudmunsen was briefly signed on as lead singer. The band broke up shortly after Gudmunsen joined, and he began a solo career.[4]

Discography[edit]

Studio albums[edit]

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country
[5]
US
Heat

[6]
CAN Country
[7]
Untamed 41 31 19
Yankee Grey 2
  • Release date: 2002
  • Label: Stonewall Music, Inc.
  • Formats: CD, cassette
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles[edit]

Year Single Peak chart positions Album
US Country
[8]
US
[9]
CAN Country
[10]
1999 "All Things Considered" 8 54 16 Untamed
2000 "Another Nine Minutes" 15 74 23
"This Time Around" 43 67
"Untamed"
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Music videos[edit]

Year Video Director
1999 "All Things Considered" David Abbott
2000 "Another Nine Minutes" chris rogers [sic]
"This Time Around" David McClister

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Result
1999 Academy of Country Music Awards Best New Duo or Group Nominated

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Artists: Yankee Grey". Music City.com. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  2. ^ a b Ruhlmann, William. "Yankee Grey biography". Allmusic. Retrieved 2008-01-04. 
  3. ^ a b c "Yankee Grey loses lead singer". Country Music Television. 2000-09-30. Retrieved 2008-01-04.  [broken link as of June 6, 2013]
  4. ^ Kvamme, Thomas A. (2006-06-19). "Gudmunsen sings lead song on "Cars" CD". Williston Herald. Retrieved 2007-12-28. 
  5. ^ "Yankee Grey Album & Song Chart History - Country Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Billboard's Heatseekers Album Chart". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. January 8, 2000. Retrieved September 3, 2011. 
  7. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Albums/CDs". RPM. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  8. ^ "Yankee Grey Album & Song Chart History - Country Songs". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Yankee Grey Album & Song Chart History - Hot 100". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved September 2, 2011. 
  10. ^ "Results - RPM - Library and Archives Canada - Country Singles". RPM. Retrieved September 2, 2011.