On the self-titled debut album of THE Cumberland River Project, the German songwriter Frank Renfordt crosses with much lifeblood the vast musical soundscape of Country music with occasional influences from Pop to Blues Rock. Despite this diversity, his very own handwriting is unmistakable in each of the thirteen songs. Inspired by Jon Pardi, Alan Jackson and Jason Aldean, the album enthuses with sincerely presented feelings and melodies, which take one mentally straight to Nashville. The story of the album started, when in his childhood and even before he could play the first chords on the acoustic guitar, he dabbled on his first song. Later, after a few years off, Frank discovered Country music for himself and began to write promising songs. His lyrics took him to the semi-finals of the 'International Songwriting Contests' and among others he got second place in the lyric competition of the American Songwriter Magazine. Driven by his first successes, he began to produce songs at home. But as Frank Renfordt does not feel called to sing, he leaves the singing to others. His search led him to Dave Demay, owner of Song City Studios in Nashville, and winner of Ed McMahon's Star Search in 1989, the forerunner of American Idol. Together they continue to fine-tune the songs and along with some great session musicians and interpreters from Nashville, the recordings for THE Cumberland River Project are made a short time later. Back home again, mastering legend Eroc (Grobschnitt, Tom Jones, Little Richard) provided the final Polish for the long-player with his authentically produced, multi-faceted country songs. With THE Cumberland River Project, Frank Renfordt has created the perfect soundtrack for a long drive into the sunset on Route 66. Every single song on the album tells it's own story in a catchy and authentic way, and although of the most different influences, musicians and interpreters, Frank Renfordt has succeeded in realizing his musical vision impressively.