Ricky Schroder to Direct Debut TelluRide Video for "Pencil Marks"

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Rising country music stars continue success with their first single.

This is a very personal song, and we're amazed at the reaction it's getting from radio and the fans

American Roots Records Group TelluRide, whose debut single, "Pencil Marks," is quickly gaining traction at radio stations across the country, will head to Los Angeles this week to have their first music video produced and directed by television and movie icon Ricky Schroder.

"This is a very personal song, and we're amazed at the reaction it's getting from radio and the fans," said TelluRide lead singer Adam Craig, who also co-wrote the song. "And to Campbell Entertainment Group have someone like Ricky Schroder, like our music and want to shoot a video on us is just incredible."

Schroder has a history with country music. He won a CMA Award in 2004 for directing the emotion-charged "Whiskey Lullaby" video. Written by Bill Anderson and Jon Randall and performed by Brad Paisley and Alison Krauss, Schroder also starred as a soldier returning home from war in the clip.

TelluRide and Hall of Famer Bill Anderson share the same managers, Lee Willard and Jeffrey Catton of InTune Entertainment. Willard met Schroder on the set of the "Whiskey Lullaby" video shoot. They stayed in touch, and Schroder became a fan of the band after hearing their music and seeing their high-energy performances. When "Pencil Marks" was selected as the first single, he expressed interest in shooting the video.

The idea for the song came to Craig as he was walking out of his parents' Washington State home for the last time, as he followed his dreams to Nashville. Seeing pencil marks on the wall at various stages of his life brought back a flood of memories as he said his goodbyes.

Following the video shoot, the band will be back on the road crisscrossing the country performing from California to New York and Florida to Minnesota through the summer. Their debut album, Four Square Miles, is currently available digitally at all major music sites. Visit http://www.tellurideband.com.

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