Album sales are great! Last week we released “My Heart Is In Haiti”, our first Love In Stereo compilation. Proceeds from the album go to helping our friend Roberta feed kids in Port-au-Prince, Haiti. Thank you so much to everyone who has purchased an album or sent in a donation. We’re thankful to everyone who has made this project possible! A special thanks to the artists who donated their music. These musicians are great people and it’s our honor to share them with you. For the next few weeks we invite you to Get to Know the ‘My Heart Is In Haiti’ artists.

Pulling from the musical influences of Nashville and prestige of Belmont University, the boys that make up Apache Relay have only been together for a short while and yet have made big waves in the neo-bluegrass genre that is growing in and around the southeast.

The Apache Relay wouldn’t be who they are today without front man, Michael Ford Jr. who, being frustrated playing gigs alone, met the band in their early stages while they were all taking classes at Belmont University in Nashville. After one impromptu gig, The Apache Relay was born.

Michael Ford Jr. and The Apache Relay recorded their first LP 1988 in a live-to-tape format and featured the talents of artists like Jessica Lea Mayfield, Byron House and The Avett Brother’s cellist, Joe Kwon. Just one listen of their record can reveal hints of their energy and passion for music. Songs about beautiful women, heartbreak and loneliness resonate through each track. Indie music authorities Paste Magazine soon noticed this passion, and their album was featured on a Best of What’s Next in 2009 as well as Paste assistant editor, Rachel Maddux’s list of the most auspicious debuts of 2009.

After shortening their name to Apache Relay, They sat down and planned out a 2010 touring schedule that is almost guaranteed to wear them out. You can catch the boy’s touring across the south with bluegrass buddies, Cadillac Sky throughout the month of March and April and future dates this summer. If you’re in Nashville this weekend (April 17th), the boys will also be a part of Lightning 100’s Earth Day concert at Centennial Park. They will be sharing the stage with the legendary Bela Fleck and Nickelcreek’s Sara Watkins.

We can’t help but be supportive of these guys not just because their music is so awesome but because of their generous donation to our Haiti relief compilation album. Soon after a show in Nashville, Bryson approached them with the idea of donating their favorite song and they were all for it. You can hear their track, one of our favorites, Sun Child alongside 15 other great artists who donated songs to support a Son Light Children’s Home in Port-au-Prince, Haiti.

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