TOWN MOUNTAIN with very special guest
Thursday 4/7 -
with special guest
$10 advance / $12 at the door
8:30 doors / 9:00 show
The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. They are a band of the here-and-now, yet they have a groove that is based on the bluesy and swinging sounds explored by the first generation of bluegrass pioneers of the last century. With the success of their latest album, Leave The Bottle, the word is out with some of their best reviews yet.
Thank god that Town Mountain are around to blow a hole in all the genre-juggling games of which music writers like myself are so fond, said Devon Leger, of Ed Helms The Bluegrass Situation. They play bluegrass. Period. They play it hard, they play it fast, and they play it like their fingers are bleeding and their picks are breaking.
Phil Barkers Lapdog sounds like an unearthed classic, and the groups tight harmonies alone make this record a treat for any bluegrass fan, said Juli Thanki of Engine 145, the 2011 IBMA Print Media Person of the Year award winner.
Town Mountain was formed out of the fertile music scene of Asheville, located in the mountains of western North Carolina. After recording their first two albums, Town Mountain signed with Pinecastle Records label. That led to a pair of acclaimed recordings with 2011s Steady Operator as well as Leave The Bottle. Both projects were produced by Mike Bub, a recipient of five IBMA Bass Player of the Year awards as well as many other IBMA honors won during his time with the Del McCoury Band.
The members of Town Mountain have thought long and hard about their cultivated roots music groove. The group has focused on the goal of creating a unique sound and brand while still giving a nod and a wink to the traditional side of the bluegrass genre. I feel like were closer to original bluegrass than a lot of bands out there today, says Langlais. I listened to a radio show recently that featured Ricky Skaggs and he flat-out said that Bill Monroe influenced rock and roll. He said that folks like Elvis and Carl Perkins and those guys were looking up to Bill Monroe. So, I feel like our band has a lot of that influence as well, of the blues and early rock. If you go back and listen to Monroe pre-Chuck Berry, those are Chuck Berry licks. A lot of music in the 1940s and 50s was so over-lapping. It is easy to put genre labels on it today, 60 years later. But to be honest, it was all so new and it was influencing each other at the same time.
Kind things folks are saying about Town Mountain:
This, my friends, is how bluegrass is supposed to sound.
-David Morris, Bluegrass Today
Town Mountain is not reinventing the wheel, but taking the wheel in their hands and driving the music down both familiar roads and out to new territory.
Kudos to Town Mountain for keeping the traditional spirit of the genre alive while at the same time pushing the boundaries.
-Jeffrey Sisk, The Daily News
Leave the Bottles compositions are masterful, the interplay between the musicians is astounding, and Town Mountain supply it with an army of drive An absolute triumph of a record.
-Stephen Spoerl, Pop Matters
Theres a new mountain in town Town Mountain and they get down with heart, grit, soul, and drive! Theyll get you moving!
Town Mountain is on the make. Coming out of the same NC scene that produced the Steep Canyon Rangers and Chatham County Line, this Asheville quintet is one of those bands that should make tradition-minded fans comfortable that the burning historic core of the music is alive and well.
-Music City Roots
Town Mountain, part of Ashevilles rich music scene, have released a fine follow-up to last years Steady Operator. Phil Barkers Lawdog sounds like an unearthed classic, and the groups tight harmonies alone make this record a treat for any bluegrass fan. This is one up and coming band youll want to keep an eye on in 2013 and beyond.
-Juli Thanki, www.engine145.com
Centered around strong, soulful vocals Town Mountain couples creative, original material with impressive instrumental skill to define their dynamic style. They are true to bluegrass in all the right ways and this new project keeps them firmly connected to the traditions of the genre, while also allowing them to reach out into the broad horizon of string band music. Leave the Bottle comes highly recommended.
-Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers
The Lizard Lounge (View)
1667 Massachusetts Ave.
Cambridge, MA 02138
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