Newly-formed bluegrass group Authentic Unlimited have released two full-length studio albums simultaneously. The self-titled bluegrass album, Authentic Unlimited, pays homage to the "heart" of the group featuring the musical roots of its group members with 10 fantastic cuts, while the second album, The Gospel Sessions, Vol 1, features the group's "soul," with new and classic Gospel songs bathed in authentic bluegrass music effortlessly emulated by these fine musicians and singers.
Authentic Unlimited emerged from three of its members' involvement as part of the final configuration of the iconic Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver prior to Doyle retiring the group name at the end of 2021. Doyle Lawson himself added to the excitement surrounding the formation of Authentic Unlimited, saying, "The key to longevity for a band is creating a distinctive sound of music. Authentic Unlimited is doing just that, and with the wealth of talent among these five men, they are destined for a bright future!"
Billy Blue's Jerry Salley exclaimed, "As soon as I heard my dear friend Doyle Lawson was planning to stop touring, I started talking to his Quicksilver band members about the possibility of continuing as a new group. Lucky for me and Billy Blue Records, these dear friends are carrying on a tradition of authentic bluegrass and Gospel music while adding their unlimited talents to create a unique new sound of their own. With the addition of the impeccably talented Jesse Brock and John Meador to Quicksilver alumni Jerry Cole, Eli Johnston, and Stephen Burwell, we are very blessed indeed to get to represent Authentic Unlimited and its exciting and unique two-album debut!"
"The two-album debut allows the band to make a definitive statement from the very start," added group member Jerry Cole. "It is important to Authentic Unlimited that our audience knows we are embracing Gospel music's close connection with bluegrass music. The Good Lord gave us the talent to do this, and we will do our part to share the Gospel through music with the opportunities we are given. We know who the Boss is, and we want to pay our respects to the Boss at every show we do."
"Bookings for the group are off to a fast start," said Eli Johnston, "with appearances planned for 2022, including the debut concert for the album releases at the Union County Opry on May 28, 2022, the MACC Festival, Silver Dollar City, Malpass Brothers Country and Bluegrass Festival, the inaugural Pigeon Forge Bluegrass Festival, and many more"