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”.
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.
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.
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
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.