Cody Shuler, a North Carolina native, began his bluegrass career 14 years ago at age 15, playing mandolin for Raymond Fairchild.
In 2004, he joined Pine Mountain Railroad and took over ownership and management of the band two years later.
The band has scored six No. 1 bluegrass songs since then.
And now, Shuler is stepping out on his own with his first solo album — a collection of 12 songs he’s written.
The first release, “My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar,” is an uptempo song about an old hobo talking about his great his life is.
“The Beautiful Hills” is a murder ballad about a man who discovers the woman he loves with another man and kills them.
“Listen To The Hammer Ring” is about a chain gang and what happens to the warden when he messes with a convict’s wife.
“Sea of Galilee” and “The Day Love Was Nailed To A Tree” are gospel songs.
The album features an all-star cast of musicians, including Terry Baucom, Scott Vestal, Ron Stewart, Tim Crouch, Rob Ickes, Eli Johnston and Scott Linton.
Can’t find it in stores? Try www.CodyShuler.com.