When Mike McGuire and guitarist Jim Seales started a band in the clubs of Muscle Shoals, Alabama in 1984 they never dreamed their dedication to great music would lead them down such a long and illustrious road. By late 1985 they had added bassist Ralph Ezell, keyboardist Stan Thorn, and a struggling bluegrass singer named Marty Raybon to the mix and were confident they had the winning combination they’d been looking for, and the Grammy award winning group Shenandoah was born.
Within their first two years on CBS records, the band scored 5 number one records including “Church on Cumberland Road”, “Two Dozen Roses”, “Sunday in the South”, and “Next to You Next to Me”. But after a lengthy legal battle over the name ‘Shenandoah’ they moved to RCA records. In no time at all they hit again with 4 more number ones including “If Bubba Can Dance, I Can Too”, written by drummer Mike McGuire and lead singer Marty Raybon, and the heartfelt “I Want to Be Loved Like That.” Also during this time their friendship with Dallas Cowboy Superbowl quarterback Troy Aikman lead to his video debut as ‘Cowboy Joe’ in the classic Shenandoah song “Her Leaving’s Been A Long Time Coming” also written by McGuire.