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Rhyne McCormick
January 2011

Rhyne McCormick was born and raised in the mountains of central Pennsylvania, and at an early age began singing, playing the guitar and creating an impressive collection of vinyl. Influenced by a wide variety of musical genres such as country, rock, blues, folk and soul, McCormick melts all these genres together when making his own music, for a result that can be classified as truly “American”.

Friends and fellow musicians have described his music as “heartfelt” and having “soul;” a true slice of McCormick goes into each of his songs. He had more than 150 inspired performances this past year, and his passion is evident as he puts his heart and soul into each performance as though it were the first and the last.

McCormick demonstrates this ability on his most recent album, Live at the Capitol Theatre, produced by McCormick and Dave San Soucie, fellow musician and friend. This 5-song EP was recorded in April of 2009 at The Strand Capitol in York, Pennsylvania.

The album includes songs that have his traditional, rock and soul sound such as Deeper and 5104 while he taps into a deeper and more moving sound in songs like Through These Eyes, The Train Song and Storm Runner, each song touching the listener in a way that McCormick is able to achieve through his thoughtful and inspirational lyrics.

But it’s not just others’ lives that have been touched. McCormick’s life was also touched by a dear friend and brother who had been a part of his life for more than 10 years, passing away in 2000. When McCormick met with his dying friend, he knew that it may be the last conversation they ever had and listened as his friend told him that he felt that no matter what he did, the storm—death—just kept chasing him. That conversation later became the song, Storm Runner, undeniably his most moving track on Live at the Capitol Theatre, if not to date.

He will be back in the studio in spring of 2011, and he is aching to be there. McCormick is diligently working on new songs and is ready to put out a studio-recorded, full-length album that will remind his fans and new listeners alike of why we listen to music—his music. We listen to it because we all need our own, daily dose of that feel-good, deep down in your soul passion—the kind that moves you and drives you to do something, be something, believe in something. And if McCormick is known for anything among other musicians and fans alike, it is his passion for his music, his drive to do more and his belief in the human spirit.

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