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Run CandW

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Genres  Bluegrass
Labels  MCA
Years active  1992–1995
Genre  Bluegrass
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Associated acts  Amazing Rhythm Aces Eagles Pure Prairie League Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Past members  Bernie Leadon Vince Melamed Jim Photoglo Russell Smith
Origin  United States of America (1993)
Albums  Into the Twangy-First Century, Row Vs. Wade
Members  Bernie Leadon, Jim Photoglo, Vince Melamed, Russell Smith

Run C&W is an American novelty country music group that was active in the early 1990s, playing mostly cover renditions of classic soul and R&B songs in a bluegrass or roots country style, including banjo, harmonica, washboard, and multi-part vocal harmonies. They also played a handful of original parody songs. The band's name is a mix of the abbreviation for the "country & western" music genre (C&W), and Run DMC, a popular hip-hop group of the time.

The band was composed of veteran musicians including lead vocalist Russell Smith, formerly of the Amazing Rhythm Aces; banjoist Bernie Leadon, formerly of the Eagles and the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; along with Nashville songwriters Jim Photoglo and Vince Melamed, both of whom played various instruments. In performance and in the album artwork and liner notes, the members portrayed fictitious non-identical quadruplets The Burns Brothers, each with pun names: Crash'n Burns, G.W. "Wash" Burns, Side Burns, and Rug Burns. Their father was known as "Dad Burns" and their mother as Augusta "Au" Burns.

Run C&W recorded two albums, both on MCA Records: 1993's Into the Twangy-First Century, followed by 1994's Row vs. Wade, and filmed at least one music video.


Itchy Twitchy SpotInto the Twangy-First Century · 1993
Ballad of the Burns BrothersInto the Twangy-First Century · 1993
Walkin' the DogInto the Twangy-First Century · 1993


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