About CJ the DJ
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 \nthe 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
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 the late bluegrass hall of fame member Melvin Goins. That show can be heard every week on wsip radio 98.9 fm in Paintsville,Kentucky.
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 heschemes 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.
DR RALPH STANLEY
"IVE KNOWN CJ THE DJ FOR ABOUT 25+ 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, " I JUST LISTENED TO CJ THE DJS 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".
CHARLIE LOUVIN OF THE LOUVIN BROTHERS
"I HAD THE PLEASURE OF SINGING A SONG WITH CJ THE DJ ON HIS CD,CJ IS A GREAT SINGER,PICK UP YOUR COPY AND LISTEN.
THIS MAN HAS A MOST UNIQUE VOICE,IF YOU WANNA HEAR THE MAN WITH THE GOLDEN VOICE OF BLUEGRASS MUSIC THEN HERE IT IS"
ANNETTE GRADY, WWW.1080WNCT.COM GOLDSBORO,NORTH CAROLINA
"CJS 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 RULZ!