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Rockie Lynne : biography

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Rockie Lynn Rash (born November 14, 1964 in Statesville, North Carolina) is an American country music artist, known professionally as Rockie Lynne. He was signed to Universal South Records in late 2005, releasing his self-titled debut album in early 2006. This album produced three singles on the Billboard Hot Country Songs charts, including the No. 29-peaking "Lipstick". After exiting Universal South's roster in 2007, he signed to Robbins Nashville, where in 2008 he charted his fourth single, "I Can't Believe It's Me".

Biography

Rockie Lynne Rash was adopted in Statesville, North Carolina. His family was composed of Southern Baptists. At age twelve, Lynne bought a guitar from his uncle, as well as a record player and records from Jimi Hendrix and Kiss, which he listened to in the closet. He later played at the jazz ensemble in his high school and went on to perform in local bands.

He later enrolled in the United States Army, and served as a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division while stationed in Fort Bragg in North Carolina. After ending his term in the Army, Lynne attended the Guitar Institute of Technology on the GI bill, before moving to Myrtle Beach, South Carolina where he worked with a local musician named Mike Shane. He followed Shane to Nashville, Tennessee in the early 1990s, where he worked as a backing musician for The McCarters and Merle Haggard's son, Noel Haggard. Wanting to perform his own music, Lynne began recording on his own, issuing his own material and eventually moving to Coon Rapids, Minnesota. Later he moved back to Nashville and started a new musical career. He was eventually discovered by a representative of Warner Music Group, who recommended him to Universal South Records.

Musical career

He signed to Universal South Records in 2005, releasing his debut single "Lipstick" late that year under the name Rockie Lynne. This song became his first chart single, reaching as high as No. 29 on the Billboard country singles charts. It was the first single from his self-titled debut album, which was released in May 2006 via Universal South. The album's other two singles — "Do We Still" and "More" — both missed the Top 40, peaking at No. 46 and No. 48 respectively, and he exited the label by 2007. An independent album, Twilight, followed in February 2007.

In late 2007, he became the first artist signed to Robbins Nashville, a newly established independent label founded by New York-based Robbins Entertainment. He charted for the fourth time with the No. 49 "I Can't Believe It's Me" in 2008.

Lynne also performed during Ron Paul's Campaign for Liberty Rally for the Republic event.http://www.rallyfortherepublic.com

Discography

Studio albums

Title Album details Peak chart positions
US Country US USHeat
Rockie Lynne
  • Release date: May 2, 2006
  • Label: Universal South Records
  • Formats: CD, music download
29 163 4
Twilight
  • Release date: February 28, 2007
  • Label: Carolina Blue Sky
  • Formats: CD, music download
Songs for Soldiers
  • Release date: June 1, 2010
  • Label: Carolina Blue Sky
  • Formats: CD, music download
"—" denotes releases that did not chart

Singles

Year Single Peak positions Album
US Country
2005 "Lipstick" 29 Rockie Lynne
2006 "Do We Still" 46
2007 "More" 48
2008 "I Can't Believe It's Me" 49 Non-album song

Music videos

Year Video Director
2006 "Lipstick" Trey Fanjoy
"Do We Still" Stephen Shephard
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