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"If you have not heard Chad Darou Music's "Raising the Bar" featuring Cia Cherryholmes singing "Heaven" (Bryan Adams cover tune from the 80s) I HIGHLY recommend!! They seriously knocked it out of the park! Well done! Chad has most certainly 'raised the bar' with this project. This album is one for the record books! Check it out! It's now in rotation on BPR"!

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"The Special Consensusare not letting themselves coast after the album: they're among the guest pickers on Raising the bar, the new CD by dobroist Chad Darou, along with Valerie Smith, Donna Schacher, Alecia Nugent, Ryan Paisley, Dave Adkins, Jim VanCleve, Merl Johnson, Cia Cherryholmes, and others. The CD can be bought from Chad Darou's website."

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"Heaven" Chad Darou was nominated for best Producer

Mike Pokalsky was also a nominee for Executive Producer/Producer

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Chad Darou launches his debut album,”Raising the Bar” on September 4th, 2018

"Chad Darou joins the ranks of those who have made exceptional Bluegrass  recordings. Although many great voices lead the pack of these classic songs, it is Chad's playing and arrangements which provide the heart and soul of the project and strings them all together!"- Claire Lynch

"The arrangements and use of vocals on this project are uncommonly good. When you consider Chad’s lengthy performing career, a wide spectrum of different and varied genres emerges.....but it is his mastery of the Dobro that has brought him the recognition he deserves. And that, fellow listeners, is what you will hear.”

Jaqueline Kame,  
The Huffington Post

Nashville, TN, September 4, 2018 – Chad Darou’s debut project, “Raising the Bar,” does just that, raises the bar on the creative genius that embodies any recording bearing his name. The project is chock-full of collaborations with accomplished vocal and instrumental artists in bluegrass music today. “Raising the Bar” can be purchased on CD Baby, Amazon, iTunes and Chad Darou’s online store .

“Raising the Bar,” presents a powerful collection of soulful recordings that are artfully arranged, both vocally and instrumentation, featuring well renowned artists, Cia Cherryholmes, Valerie Smith, Alecia Nugent, Greg Cahill, Dave Adkins, Rick Faris, Jim VanCleve, Merl Johnson, Mike Munford and more. 

The arrangements Chad crafted on each recording are a testament to his many years in the industry, spanning across multiple musical genres. This eclectic mix of recordings is a musical exploration that goes beyond traditional bluegrass songs and ensembles.

“Raising the Bar,” shows who Chad is as an artist, his desire to stay challenged and push the creativity envelope musically and in life. Reflecting on this project, Chad said, “Raising the Bar’ holds a double meaning for me. As an artist spending most of my career playing with and supporting other artists, it was important for me to pose more of a challenge to myself and get out there with a project of my own…and in a way it is a process for upcoming artists to try new ideas and stay creative. This album is exactly that, I wanted to try new things.” 

A classically trained bassist, and skilled multi-instrumentalist, Chad holds his own on guitar, mandolin, and banjo. However, he is most celebrated for the Dobro and that’s what listeners will hear on “Raising the Bar.”

“Heaven,” performed by Cia Cherryholmes, delivers a soulful, pure sound that gracefully interacts with the acoustic instrumentation.

The title track, “Raising the Bar”, written and performed by Chad, reflect his journey to always go after the challenge and try new things and new ideas. 

“Tennessee Blues,” is a familiar tune featuring the power trio of top bluegrass artists, Valerie Smith, Alecia Nugent and Donna Schacher.

“On My Way Home,” is an original song written by …, featuring Rick Faris on vocals and instrumentals provided by Greg Cahill’s “Special Consensus.”

“Paddy on the Turnpike,” is an upbeat, spirited, traditional instrumental arranged by Chad and performed by seasoned instrumentalists, Ryan Paisley, Greg Cahill, Jim VanCleve and Rick Faris.

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