County Road 5 was established in the fall of 2003 and has exceeded the expectations of its members and fans alike. The group has endured the rough terrain like many groups do, of finding permanent members, creating a marketable product, and establishing their own identity. Finding time in their busy schedules of 250+ performances per year and writing original music, they have released three albums thus far, with two more albums in the works.
The first album titled “Drink about it” was released in the fall of 2007. This album contains “Drink I couldn’t handle”, and “Drink about it”, "Gone Fishin'" among several other songs that have been featured frequently on many occasions via radio, internet, and television! These songs were in the Top 100 Most Requested Songs of 2008 on Radio Free Texas (“Drink I couldn’t handle” - #16 & “Drink about it” - #34).
The second album “County Road 5, Out of control at the Hilltop” was released in the fall of 2008, which is a live recording at the legendary Hilltop bar in Tonganoxie, Ks. A music video was then released for the song “Drink I couldn’t handle” in the fall of 2008 and is featured on many media outlets throughout internet and tv including... CMT's "Concrete Country", GAC’s “Edge of Country”, YouTube, XM Satellite Radio, Lone Star Music, Radio Free Texas, NIXA Country, among many others.
The third album titled "Asphalt & Whiskey" was released in the Spring of 2012. The "Asphalt & Whiskey" album has finally sealed the identity of the group, given them their true sound they have been searching for, and has been the most downloaded, most sold, and most popular album released thus far. CR5 released a music video for the song "Country's What You Got" in the Fall of 2012, and it has been featured on CMT's "Concrete Country", GAC’s “Edge of Country”, YouTube, XM Satellite Radio, Lone Star Music, Radio Free Texas, NIXA Country, among many others as well.
They filmed and recorded their fourth album which is a CD/DVD Combination in the Winter of 2014 titled "Locked Up & Live at The Lansing Correctional Facility" which is due to be released in the Spring of 2014. They are also working on writing music in preparation of their fifth album titled "Brighter Day" which will be released sometime in the Fall/Winter of 2014.
County Road 5 has expanded from the KC metro area to audiences and markets throughout the Midwest. The music this group has created from their own artistic talents is currently on radio stations in many states including; Arkansas, Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, and Wyoming.
CR5 has also made several live television appearances throughout the U.S. on The Travel Channel's "Adam Richman's Fandemonium", RFD TV's "Tough Grit", as well as many local TV stations. Their music is currently on XM satellite radio, Lone Star Music, Nixa Country, Radio Free Texas, among many radio stations throughout the Midwest. Having a large presence in the online community, their MySpace, FaceBook, YouTube, Twitter, and Website pages have over 500,000 hits and mp3 downloads.
The group has been featured with national acts such as; Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Toby Keith, Luke Bryan, Craig Morgan, Joe Diffe, John Michael Montgomery, Jason Aldean, Zac Brown Band, Brantley Gilbert, Jerrod Nieman, Travis Tritt, Little Big Town, Trace Adkins, Pat Green, Eric Church, Miranda Lambert, The Band Perry, Cross Canadian Ragweed, Randy Houser, Colt Ford, Parmalee, Thomas Rhett, Scotty McCreery, Gretchen Wilson, Jimmy Wayne, Eli Young, Jason Boland & The Stragglers, Reckless Kelly, Trent Tomlinson, Rodney Atkins, Jake Owen, Emerson Drive, Randy Rogers, Kevin Fowler, Wade Bowen, Roger Creager, Turnpike Troubadours, Hunter Hayes, Dustin Lynch, JB & The Moonshine Band, Cody Johnson, Stoney LaRue, Steve Holy, LoCash Cowboys, The Cadillac Three, Matt Stell, Mike McClure, Darryl Worley, Whiskey Falls, Flynnville Train, Morgan Frazier, Sarah Buxton, Jackson Taylor, Chris Knight, Brandon Jenkins, No Justice, Casey Donahew, Cory Morrow, Rich O'Toole, Mickey and the Motorcars, Bart Crow, Bleu Edmondson, Cody Riley, Ryan Bales, John D. Hale, and Travis Marvin, among many others...
The Kansas City based country radio station 106.5 The Wolf has also taken an interest in County Road 5 and have labeled the group a “house band” for the station. A few of the venues County Road 5 have been featured are:
• Verizon Wireless Amphitheater ● VooDoo Lounge
• Kicker Country Stampede Music Festival
• Arrowhead Stadium ● Wormy Dog Saloon
• Kauffman Stadium ● Uncle Ron’s
• Great American Barbeque ● Longhorn’s
• American Royal Barbeque ● The Granada
• Kansas State Fair ● Beaumont Club
• Missouri State Fair ● The Bottleneck
• KC Live! Stage-Power&Light ● Toby Keith’s I love this Bar & Grill
• Cadillac Ranch ● Second Fiddle
• Dan McGuiness ● Rippy’s Smokin’ Bar & Grill
• Electric Cowboy • Wild Horse Saloon
• Midnight Rodeo • Cowboys 2000
• Kansas Speedway • Denim & Diamonds
......as well as many other local and regional hot spots!
No matter what the call for their unique talents and sound may be, these guys are always ready and willing to do what they love. County Road 5 has also had some local/national media companies ask to lend their instruments and voices to radio advertisement jingles and TV commercials such as:
● McCarthy Chevrolet (Kansas City Metro)
● McCarthy Dodge (Kansas City Metro)
● Champion Lending (Kansas City Metro)
● Qua Paw Casino (Oklahoma, Southern Kansas, and Missouri)
● Shawnee Mission Hyundai (Kansas City Metro)
● Tilton Realty (New York, New York)
●Texas Rally House (Throughout Texas)
.....among many others.
The boys in CR5 are familiar with hard times, when a hand up is needed they are ready for the challenge. They have been involved with several charitable events from The American Cancer Society to local groups searching for ideas to attract the masses. The following are just a few of these events:
● American Cancer Society - Crawl for Cancer
● March of Dimes – Biker’s for Babies
● American Red Cross - Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund
● American Cancer Society - Walk for the Cure
● MDA - Back Roads Bash
County Road 5 had offered their services in 2009 as the “Touring act” for the American Cancer Societies “Crawl for Cancer”. This means they will be the headlining act at many of the cities across the country that hosts this event. Some of those cities include Austin, TX, Dallas, TX, Oklahoma City, OK, St. Louis, MO, Kansas City, MO, Minneapolis, MN, Nashville, TN, and many more.