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Asheville, NC-based bluegrass band Town Mountain have released “New Freedom Blues,” their critically-acclaimed sixth studio album produced at renowned Echo Mountain Studios in their hometown.
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I’m taking us down the turnpike to the Philly area for this week’s look into the indie music scene.
Noted bluegrass group Town Mountain unveils “Down Low” featuring Tyler Childers, the third single from their forthcoming record. A few years ago, banjo player Jesse Langlais and Childers teamed up to write what would become the closing cut for their forthcoming record, New Freedom Blues. “To me, ‘Down Low’ has a Waylon vibe, which is a damn good vibe to have,” Langlais says. “My favorite line in the song, which was a Tyler line, is, ‘I’ve been getting into meanness on the dark end of the street.’ Ahh, that’s downright lonesome.” The track is available today on Amazon, Apple Music, and Spotify.
Set for release on October 26, 2018, New Freedom Blues and Town Mountain’s upbeat, live performances have been praised by outlets like the Bluegrass Situation, SiriusXM, No Depression, American Songwriter, and Rolling Stone, who recently named the group an Artist You Need to Know. Town Mountain will appear at IBMA and continue on a Southeast tour throughout November, proceeding a December tour with Tyler Childers (full dates below).
New Freedom Blues was recorded at Asheville’s iconic Echo Mountain Studios with producer Caleb Klauder; the 11 tracks that comprise the album span the sum total of the band’s eclectic influences, from traditional bluegrass to roots pop to hardscrabble honky tonk. The album also marks the first time the band brought a drummer – Sturgill Simpson collaborator Miles Miller – into the studio.
Town Mountain is Langlais, Barker, vocalist/guitarist Robert Greer, fiddle player Bobby Britt, and bassist Zach Smith. Since releasing their debut album Original Bluegrass and Roots Country in 2007, Town Mountain have made a name for themselves in bluegrass and roots circuits and have amassed a sizable catalog of original songs. They’ve toured with a who’s who of like-minded artists, including Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others. Southern Crescent debuted at number four on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart, and held strong in the Americana Music Association’s Radio Chart Top Forty for 10 weeks. In 2016, Town Mountain made their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing both at the Opry House and at the famed Ryman Auditorium.
GRAMMY winner, producer, and musician Buddy Miller said, “Town Mountain aren’t out to reinvent the wheel, they’re like a new set of the finest tires that gives you a new ride. There’s no fat, no gratuitous notes, no extra stuff, just amazing songs, singing and playing from one of the best bands out there… or maybe they are the new wheel.”
Listen to “Down Low” on Spotify below!
The Infamous Stringdusters are one of the best bluegrass acts around today. Hot off their Grammy win for their latest studio album, “Laws Of Gravity,” the band has been touring the country to support the album.
On Friday night, the quintet made their first stop in Bethlehem, headlining the Southside Arts & Music Festival wristband stages.
In January, Easton’s State Theatre Center for the Arts Hosted a successful debut to its Stage on Stage series with an Americana showcase featuring The Trongone Band with support from locals and LVMA winners, Acoustic Kitty Project.
This Saturday, the series returns to State Theatre with a bit of folk and bluegrass flair.
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Bluegrass music has its pioneers: Monroe, Scruggs, Flatts, and many more. Fast forward to today, and the bluegrass genre has taken on a whole new light. On Sunday afternoon, young bluegrass pickers Serene Green joined the Jenni Lyn Band on the stage of the historic Godfrey Daniels.
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On Sunday afternoon, Godfrey Daniels will become the spot for bluegrass fans of all ages. The legendary South Bethlehem music venue will host bluegrass performer Jenni Lyn Gardner with special guests, Serene Green.
On Thursday, August 31, five local Americana artists will head to The Great Allentown Fair, as they vie to be discovered as part of Nash FM’s nationwide Nash Next competition.
In addition to being a locally-coveted performance opportunity in the Lehigh Valley, Musikfest has grown to appeal to bands from outside our region – including those across the country and around the world.