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Nashville, TN (April 18, 2013) – Country’s Family Reunion, the popular RFD-TV show,documents the songs and stories of country music’s greatest performers. “Kin Folk,” the newest series, which brings together the family duos, trios and quartets of country music, will feature appearances by the The Whites, The Roys, The Forester Sisters, The Lennon Sisters, The Gatlin Brothers, The Bellamy Brothers, Sweethearts of the Rodeo, Rhonda, Darrin and Carolyn Vincent and more.

“Family harmonies have long existed in the country music genre, traceable back its earliest roots with The Carter Family, The Osborne Family, Ira and Charlie Louvin, The Everly Brothers and many more,” said Larry Black, creator of Country’s Family Reunion. “The ‘Kin Folk’ series embraces these hereditary connections with a gathering that documents the stories and performances of country music’s greatest family acts.”

Catch the following episodes, April 19th and April 26th on the RFD network and of course FamilyNet.

April 19: The Gatlin Brothers, The Forester Sisters, Rhonda, Darrin and Carolyn Vincent, The Roys, The Bellamy Brothers and The Whites

April 26: The Lennon Sisters, The Forester Sisters, The Bellamy Brothers, Sweethearts of the Rodeo and The Gatlin Brothers

Air times for Country’s Family Reunion are Friday at 8 PM CT / 9 PM ET and Saturday at 6 AM CT / 7 AM ET. For more information on Country’s Family Reunion, “Kin Folk” or to purchase the entire series, please visit www.cfrvideos.com or call 1-800-820-5405.

Since 1996, Gabriel Communications has been bringing artists together into one room to reunite and reminisce about their careers, perform signature songs and share stories while the cameras roll. The result has been pure magic, leading to popular TV airings and successful DVD sales, leaving country fans clamouring for more.

Hailing from Darby, Fl., The Bellamy Brothers were one of the few country artists that found success in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s, starting with the release of their crossover hit “Let Your Love Flow” in 1976. Consisting of siblings David and Howard Bellamy, the duo’s hits include the “You Ain’t Just Whistlin’ Dixie,” “Sugar Daddy,” “I Need More of You” and “Kids of the Baby Boom.” The Bellamy Brothers’ commitment to country music is proven by their 2002 CMA “International Artist Achievement” nod, the 1980 Grammy nomination for “If I Said You Had a Beautiful Body, Would You Hold It Against Me” and their record-setting duo nominations from both the Academy of Country Music and the Country Music Association.

Kathy, June, Kim and Christy Forester make up the The Forester Sisters. The sibling quartet found commercial success in the 1980s, charting fifteen Top Ten singles on the Billboard Hot Country Chart. In 1986, the group was named “Top Vocal Group” by the Academy of Country Music. Some of their most memorable hits include “I Fell in Love Again Last Night,” “Just in Case,” “Mama’s Never Seen Those Eyes,” “Too Much is Not Enough” and “You Again.”

The close family harmonies of Larry, Rudy and Steve Gatlin gave the trio a signature sound that led to country classics like “Houston (Means I’m One Day Closer To You).” The brothers won a GRAMMY Award for their 1976 breakthrough hit, “Broken Lady,” and reached #1 with “I Just Wish You Were Someone I Love” two years later. Along with five career nominations for the ACM Vocal Group, the Gatlin Brothers picked up three 1979 trophies – Single of the Year (“All The Gold In California”), Album of the Year (Straight Ahead) and Male Vocalist of the Year for Larry Gatlin, also a talented songwriter who composed all of the group’s singles. To date, the brothers have 36 Top 40 Hits to their credit.

Three siblings from a family of 12 children, The Lennon Sisters consist of Mimi, Janet and Kathy Lennon. Their Christmas Eve 1955 appearance on The Lawrence Welk TV Show was the beginning of a career that welcomed them into millions of homes across America every Saturday night for 14 years. They achieved their first hit “Tonight, You Belong to Me” in 1956 and reaching No. 1 in 1961 with “Sad Movies (Make Me Cry).” The Sisters have sung for seven Presidents, have their own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, and were recently inducted into the Vocal Group Hall of Fame. They continue to perform to "standing room only" loyal fans across the United States several times a year, and they also star in the Traditional Christmas Show at the Andy Williams Moon River Theater in Branson, MO. Their instant stardom has lasted over 55 years.

The Roys are a bluegrass duo and have twice won the Inspirational Country Music (ICM) “Bluegrass Artist of The Year” (2011 and 2012), been named two-time ICM “Duo of the Year” (2009 and 2010) and were awarded theInspirational Country Music Single by Power Source Magazine (2012). The Roys consist of siblings Elaine (vocals, guitar) and Lee Roy (vocals, mandolin). The band’s sophomore album, New Day Dawning, topped its predecessor, Lonesome Whistle, by debuting at No. 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart and by achieving Top Ten album sales on Amazon.com in three categories. The Roys are set to release their third album, Gypsy Runaway Train, on June 4.”

One of Country music’s finest and most beloved family harmony groups, The Whites, have enjoyed a prolific music career which has spanned across the past four decades. Buck White (vocals, piano, mandolin), Sharon (vocals, guitar) and Cheryl (vocals, bass) officially comprise the group which originally started out at a Bluegrass group, but the family trio became well known for their string of Country hits in the 1980s culminating in their induction as Opry members in 1984. They were involved in the 2001 hit movie and soundtrack, O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and have gone on to win multiple awards, including GRAMMY, CMA and Dove Awards, among others.

Sisters Janis and Kristine Oliver began singing while in elementary school and performed bluegrass music as the Oliver Sisters during their teenage years. Later renamed Sweethearts of the Rodeo, the duo was discovered by Emmylou Harris and began to secure slots for opening acts and background vocalists. After winning the Wrangler Country Showdown in 1985, the sisters were signed by Columbia Records, recording a string of Top-Ten hits including: “Since I Found You,” “Midnight Girl/Sunset Town,” “Chains of Gold,” “Gotta Get Away,” “Satisfy You,” “Blue to the Bone,” and “I Feel Fine.” The duo also received four CMA nominations for “Vocal Duo of the Year” (1993-1996) and five ACM nominations for “Vocal Duet of the Year” (1986-1990). They continue to tour across the country, playing their hits for excited fans.

Started in 1997 as the idea of long-time disc jockey, Larry Black, Country’s Family Reunion specializes in “Reunion Videos” that documents the songs and stories of country music. The success of this television and DVD series spurred the creation of more than a dozen more projects featuring the country music artists of yesterday and today, Country’s Family Reunion News, a monthly newspaper which highlights the music of yesteryear, as well as a weekly format spin-off television show on RFD-TV called “Larry’s Country Diner.” Country’s Family Reunion is a product of Gabriel Communications which has additionally applied the Reunion concept to sports and created videos involving the legends of stock car racing and collegiate football teams. For more information on Country’s Family Reunion products, please visit: www.cfrvideos.com.

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