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Bobby Cyrus to release debut single today

Nov. 11, 2012 @ 10:25 PM

NASHVILLE -- Country music performer Bobby Cyrus is releasing his debut single, "Milkman's Eyes," to country radio today, Nov. 12.

The up-tempo track is a tongue-in-cheek duet recorded with Cyrus' cousin, Flatwoods, Ky.-native Billy Ray Cyrus, who co-wrote the song and also appears in the music video. The cousins had performed the song a handful of times together over the years before Bobby Cyrus chose to release it as the debut single from his upcoming album, "Homeplace."

"Bobby is a great vocalist," said Billy Ray Cyrus, in a news release. "He's got a great voice. I felt honored that he chose to cut 'Milkman's Eyes.' I'm so proud of Bobby and the sound he's got going. It's got a family blend to it."

A former heavy-machinery sales and management executive in the coal mining and construction industry of eastern Kentucky, Bobby Cyrus grew up immersed in the sounds of bluegrass and traditional country music.

Cyrus credits artists like Waylon Jennings, Ricky Skaggs, Larry Cordle, Kris Kristofferson, Keith Whitley and Tom T. Hall as some of the key influences that helped define his songwriting and musical style.

You can hear the song live as Cyrus will be playing at a WTCR-sponsored concert at the Boyd County Community Center, set for 6 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 17, along with such artists as Stephen Salyers, Paul Pace and headliner, Warner Brothers Records comedian and artist, Cledus T. Judd.

Tickets are $20 and on sale now at Clear Channel's Huntington office, 134 4th Ave.

The "Milkman's Eyes" music video was directed by award-winning filmmaker John Lloyd Miller. The clip world premiered Oct. 25 on Great American Country's "Daily Countdown" program and aired again Friday, Nov. 9 on GAC's "Out of the Box" segment. The light-hearted video includes appearances from both Cyrus cousins and demonstrates the fun-loving chemistry the two singers share between them.

"Billy Ray worked really hard and took time out of his extremely busy life to be a part of this single and video," said Bobby Cyrus, who wrote seven of the 12 tracks on Homeplace. "Words could never express how much his efforts mean to me."

"Milkman's Eyes" is currently available on iTunes, as well as GMVNashville.com and most other major digital music retailers. Cyrus' debut album, "Homeplace," is set for release before the end of the year.

For more information, visit www.BobbyCyrusOfficial.com.