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Newly Signed to Pinecastle Records, local bluegrass band Town Mountain announces a CD Pre-Release Party at the Grey Eagle on March 19th
CD Pre-Release of Steady Operator
The Grey Eagle
The Black Lillies open
Saturday, March 19, 2011
A common thread that binds us to music is familiarity with tradition and the unexpectedness of progression. In a time when bluegrass music is all over the place with it’s predictability; whether it is the crisp clean sound of the contemporary side, the tones of a sixty-year tradition, or the jam band mentality, you can see it coming. It’s all great and Town Mountain is happy to be right in the middle of this bluegrass gumbo.
You’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, “Town Mountain’s not your grand daddy’s bluegrass”, or “Town Mountain is a great traditional bluegrass band”. Fortunately both of these statements are true and false all at the same time therefore canceling each other out and in turn making it hard to pigeonhole just what Town Mountain can be called. Town Mountain is Phil Barker (Mandolin, vocals), Robert Greer (Guitar, vocals), Jesse Langlais (banjo, vocals), Bobby Britt (fiddle), and Jon Stickley (bass, vocals).
How do they maintain this sound? A lot of it has to do with influence. Everybody in the band brings their own unique musical background to the table. Some of the boys grew up listening to classic country such as George Jones and Waylon Jennings, while others were paying attention to Jimi Hendrix and The Grateful Dead. But at some point in time they all started to expand their musical horizons. Some found jazz, some found punk, some found Americana, but it’s safe to say that all of them, at about the same time, either found or started to pay more attention to one of America’s oldest musical traditions, bluegrass.
Now 10 years after this discovery the band is ready to plant their foot into it’s sixth year of existence. Starting back in 2005, the band joined ranks with The Steep Canyon Rangers and Yonder Mountain String Band winning the prestigious Rockygrass band competition. That win kicked the band’s future into high gear establishing the group as a force among American string bands. Their live show is not to be missed. You are now more than likely to see the band at major festivals across the country from the west coast, Yonder Mountain’s String Summit to North Carolina’s Merlefest and all points in between. Sharing the stage with some of their heroes like The Del McCoury Band and The Seldom Scene or with their contemporaries like The Infamous Stringdusters and The Steep Canyon Rangers.
Musical influence, fine-tuned vocals, precision crafted instrumentalists, and charming stage presence are all ingredients in what makes a sound…unique. One more ingredient that is essential in producing this sound: new songs. Town Mountain has the capacity to bring fresh and exciting material to their high quality music. With topics ranging from love lost and heartache to the weariness of a midnight drive across Americas heartland to politically charged topics that most steer clear of. You will find that Town Mountain’s songwriting is heartfelt, sincere and honest.
This year Town Mountain has teamed up with Pinecastle Records to release their third album, Steady Operator in the late spring. Now the band, more musically mature and honing in on a sound that suits them collectively as well as personally, is ready to show the acoustic music world that they are in fact on the cutting edge of old and new. A recognizable sound with youthful interpretation of a music that continues to evolve, this is Bluegrass.
After 20 years in the bluegrass music industry by founder Tom Riggs, Pinecastle Records has changed hands. Today, Pinecastle is situated in the mountains of southwestern North Carolina owned by businessman and medical doctor, Lonnie Lassiter. After taking ownership on August 1, 2010, Dr. Lassiter brought two of the company’s former executives on board to head up the new venture. Ethan Burkhardt was named the company’s Vice President of Operations and Matt Hood its Vice President of Public Relations. Pinecastle is proud to announce that it has signed Town Mountain from Asheville, NC to its roster and is excited to be releasing their latest album Steady Operator in late spring 2011.
“This album is a culmination of thousands of miles traveled across America, playing for audiences as diverse as the traditional bluegrass crowd to the hippie jam band contingent in big cities and festivals to pubs and house concerts. Diverse audiences that have one thing in common, a love for inspired, original, well played music, performed with a spirit that appeals to fans of all types and ages.” -Mike Bub, Steady OperatorProducer and Grammy winner with The Del McCoury Band