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Walkersville native to headline Mount Airy Carnival

July 24, 2014

By Ike Wilson, The Frederick News-Post, Md.

July 24--Shane Gamble recently returned from Nashville, where he performed at the Country Music Awards on the Sirius XM radio stage.

"That was huge," the Walkersville native said.

Gamble, whose new single "Beautiful Work" goes to more than 300 radio stations in September, will headline the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Co. Carnival at 7 p.m. Friday.

"If you haven't yet fallen head over heels for Shane Gamble, then you're about to," Gamble's publicist Amanda Charney said.

Gamble is coming off the success of his self-titled album and its Top 10 hit on the SiriusXM radio station The Highway, "Turn My Way," with the follow-up album "American Heart."

"American Heart's" 12 tracks showcase Gamble's ability to seamlessly blend rock, pop and country, Charney said.

Gamble said he spent nearly two years perfecting the songs on his latest effort, co-writing lyrics with heavy-hitting Nashville songwriters like Derric Ruttan, Andrew Dorf and Zac Molloy. In studio, Gamble worked closely with Rick Beato, who not only produced "Turn My Way" but is also credited with tracks by Needtobreathe, Shinedown and Charlie Mars, as well as Parmalee's No. 1 hit, "Carolina."

"I recorded most of my music in Frederick in my own studio, and it's been working pretty well," Gamble said. "I've been touring quite a bit."

Gamble grew up listening to all kinds of music, including Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen.

"My lyrical content isn't so Bro-country," Gamble said, referring to a recent trend in mainstream country music. "It's not about beers and trucks. It's a little wider array of writing topics."

Gamble is most comfortable onstage.

"Playing live is my thing; that's how my songs come to life," he said. "I play 200 shows a year."

Playing at the Mount Airy Carnival will be great, he added.

Locally, Gamble has played at Taste of Reston and Friday Night Live in Reston, Virginia.

Gamble embodies what it means to be a working musician, Charney said.

"Shane attacks his guitar with passion and sings jangly songs about the good times with a distinctly American feel," she said. "Close your eyes and imagine if Tom Petty or Bruce Springsteen were to emerge now on country radio, then add a modern twist. That's Shane."

He recorded the video for "Beautiful Work" in Frederick with producer Carl Glorioso, director of the Frederick Film Office.

The video is featured on The Frederick News-Post'

The video features all kinds of Frederick landmarks -- Bushwaller's, Carroll Creek, Baker Park and others, Gamble said.

"I like doing cool things like that in my community rather than using the same locations that other country artists use in Nashville," he said. "As a matter of fact, I just shot a video for my next single, 'Country Road,' in my hometown of Walkersville. The video was shot at a friend's farm. I invited about 60 friends and fans as extras. It was basically a big party that we happened to videotape."

Gamble has garnered enthusiastic new fans from around the globe and buzz within the music industry thanks to the SiriusXM country music channel The Highway, Charney said. "And, with the release of 'American Heart,' Gamble shows no signs of slowing down."

What: Shane Gamble in concert at the Mount Airy Volunteer Fire Company Annual Carnival

When: 7 p.m.July 25

Where: Carnival Grounds, 1008 Twin Arch Road, Mount Airy


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