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Newly Formed Asheville Band, Tellico, Raises $7500 In A Day For Debut Album
Tellico is Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle & vocals), Stig Stiglets (bass & vocals),
Aaron Ballance (dobro), and Jed Willis (mandolin, clawhammer banjo)

Help Tellico Grow Their Community By Doubling The Amount of Backers
From 100 to 200 By The End Of The Campaign (Mon 11/17)

http://bit.ly/TellicoKickstarter

More about Tellico at: tellicoband.com, facebook.com/tellico & twitter.com/TellicoBand

 Tellico is the most recent product of Asheville NC’s thriving roots music scene, with its members well schooled in bluegrass but with an unbridled organic Appalachiacana sound, and they are excited to be debuting an album in 2015. Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle, vocals) and Stig Stiglets (bass, vocals) with Aaron Ballance on dobro, as well as Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo. After playing together late last year, three former members of the Asheville bands Dehlia Low (Anya, Aaron, and Stig) and Town Mountain (Jed) decided the combination of so much history together and the excitement of a new project was so compelling that they decided to form Tellico.

Tellico in riverWell known for their rootsy, authentic singing and vocal harmony, as well as in the hard-edge nostalgic yet modern themes of their songwriting, the quartet combines some of the finest voices, songs and instrumental prowess in western North Carolina and beyond. In previous lineups, the band’s members have performed at some of the nation’s most prestigious festivals and venues including MerleFest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Mountain Song Festival, and the Freight and Salvage. Aaron also won the Rockygrass Dobro Competition in 2010. Anya, Stig and Aaron also recorded under the Rebel Records label in 2011 for Dehlia Low’s Ravens and Crows album as well as three other independent releases with their previous band between 2007 and 2010.

Folks are excited to hear the new music and within the first 24 hours of launching a 33-day Kickstarter campaign to raise funds for their debut album they had met their goal of $7500. By day nine, they had surpassed it to reach $10,000. The band is wowed by all of the support which will not only enable them to make the album, but also to expand their calendar and get their music out to more listeners across the country. Tellico has reached a beautiful milestone in this campaign and now has a bit over 100 backers! This campaign has always been about getting the music out there and growing a community around that effort and they still have more than halfway to go.

Seeing such a positive response from the community, the band would like to grow the Tellico family over the remainder of the campaign to double the amount of backers to 200 at any reward level! Getting involved before the CD is even made allows them to get as many CDs printed as they can, which will shipped out to backers before the album even releases to the public. In addition, becoming a backer means becoming a part of the project, and a feeling of investment in the album’s recording and release, as well as helping to provide us more financial options than if you were to purchase the album after it is released. Backers become Tellico’s record label, the band digs it, wants you to join them in this and for you to bring your friends along for the ride too!

“Connecting with and hearing from their fans makes such a difference in the way they think about the “why” part of what they do. It’s wonderful hearing from you,” says Anya Hinkle. One backer, LFW, wrote “Dehlia Low’s music brought me through some of the most difficult times in my life as I coped with the illness/deaths of my parents…… and, of course, still inspires me today. I’m so thankful for that and feel like I owe these wonderful talented musicians. Looking forward to hearing the great/beautiful music they will produce. Can’t wait for the CD!!!”

The songs that will be on the album reflects the sights, sounds, and feelings of living in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina capturing the resonating and universal themes of love, disaster, cheatin’, loss, busking, dreams, and change. The blend of Anya and Stig’s committed, authentic vocals with Aaron’s flowing and soaring dobro and Jed’s textured and expressive mandolin bring to the songs their foundation, rooted in the mountain music they grew up with, but taken to somewhere unique.

Check out the video they made for the campaign and listen to a few demo cuts of three new songs at  http://bit.ly/TellicoKickstarter. Please do help us spread the word with friends and family that may be interested!

By becoming a backer for our upcoming album, not only do you get an autographed copy of the disk mailed right to your door, but also other perks only available to backers, like personal thank-yous, limited edition hats, shirts, crafts and stickers, demos and pre-release tracks, photos from the studio and project updates. Most importantly though, you join us in the process creating this album.  It’s a big world but it becomes smaller when we connect with each other. And more fun.

What folks are saying about Tellico:

“Tellico’s music is easy enough to understand at first: acoustic music rooted in Appalachian traditions that is memorable and well played, with a female lead singer whose voice is as dreamy and sad as it is soulful and sweet. But there’s so much more to it than that, and uncovering all the layers of what makes Tellico special can become a kind of captivating mystery story. Here you have members of bands Dehlia Low and Town Mountain making music that is both true to their roots but unique and fresh. It’s music that can appeal to die-hard old-time, bluegrass, ragtime and blues fans while bending the ears of folks who never liked songs that even came close to a pair of overalls. Front and center is the voice of Anya Hinkle, who reminds me of Billie Holiday in a Carter Family setting; she seals the deal. I’m very much looking forward to hearing their first album.” –Joe Kendrick, WNCW 88.7 FM & Producer of Lingua Musica, Asheville, NC

“Delivering an authentic Appalachian string band sound aesthetic with modern but timeless lyrics, Tellico defines Asheville Americana. These musicians will touch your heart and mind with their cabin porch informed vocals and tasteful instrumentation….every song’s a ‘keeper’”. –Davis Tracy, WDCV Carlisle, PA & Bluegrass@Dickenson

“It strikes a chord in me…it sends chills up my spine.” –“Hippie” Jack Stoddart, Jammin’ at Hippie Jack’s Americana Festival and Council for Americana Roots Music

“I knew from the first moment I heard Anya sing that I had found the voice I craved to hear once again–a voice that is both unique yet beautiful, with a truly authentic quality. I can’t wait to review the forthcoming Tellico release.” –Dennis Brunnenmeyer, KVMR, Nevada City Limits, Nevada City CA

Find out more about Tellico and stay up to date on their news at: tellicoband.com, facebook.com/tellico & twitter.com/TellicoBand

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Chris Jones & The Night Drivers’ “Live At The Old Feed Store”
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Available Now~
Recorded at The Old Feed Store in Cobden, Illinois

Chris Jones, Ned Luberecki, Jon Weisberger and Mark Stoffel
Release Live at The Old Feed Store on October 7th, 2014

The album is now available at CD Baby:
www.cdbaby.com/cd/chrisjonesthenightdriver2

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Sign with Mountain Home at IBMA

…one of the most distinctive voices in bluegrass,
a smooth, low croon that goes down like whiskey with a little bit of honey,”
The Bluegrass Situation

How do you follow an album that features three #1 and two #2 bluegrass radio hits? If you’re Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, you give fans what they’ve been asking for—a live album that delivers a few choice new selections nestled among a flock of favorites, recorded in an intimate, small-town venue that brings out the best in the quartet’s soulful vocals, hotshot picking and easygoing humor. From its blazing opener, “Bound To Ride,” to its even speedier closer, “Pike County Breakdown,” Live At The Old Feed Store, hit the stores on October 7, 2014, and is one that long-time fans will treasure, and it’s also a perfect introduction to a group heading toward its 20th anniversary in bluegrass. The live album is a follow-up to 2013’s release Lonely Comes Easy, which was their first all-new collection since 2009’s Cloud Of Dust. Founded by guitarist Chris Jones in 1995, the Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance. Indeed, the group includes Jones, banjo man Ned Luberecki and bassist Jon Weisberger, and mandolinist Mark Stoffel.

The release of Live At The Old Feed Store comes on the heels of one of the busiest IBMA World of Bluegrass weeks ever for Chris Jones & The NIght Drivers. Topping the list of activities? That’s a hard call, but a few stand out, starting with the announcement that the quartet has signed a two album deal with North Carolina’s high-powered label, Mountain Home Music Company. Jones says, “We’ve been very impressed by the quality of Mountain Home’s roster and the strong record of results they’ve achieved in bluegrass music and beyond. We’re extremely excited about this opportunity to join the Mountain Home family.” Others on Mountain Home’s roster include Balsam Range, The Boxcars, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and The Grascals. The Night Drivers will be working on a new studio album for 2015.

Also at IBMA was the reception of two IBMA awards–one to designer, label and artist for Best Graphic Design (Lonely Comes Easy, on Rebel Records designed by Lou Everhart), the other to Jones himself for Print Media Person of the Year. The group performed a showcase for booking agent Roe Entertainment and also a Wide Open Bluegrass festival slot in the Convention Center Ballroom with long-time friend and former Night Driver Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters) on fiddle. Ned Luberecki served as off-stage announcer at the IBMA Awards Show on Thursday night, while Night Driver and IBMA Board Chair Jon Weisberger got his own shout-out from the Raleigh News & Observer when reporter David Menconi served up his Tuesday schedule as proof that the old saw that the organization’s initials stand for “I’ve Been Mostly Awake” is no joke (“Busy Days, Sleepless Nights During World of Bluegrass Week.”)

nightdrivers2014_feedstore2_ByMarkWilsonEarly reaction to Live At The Old Feed Store has been favorable, with a choice quote, “Chris Jones & The Night Drivers is a great band, not just for the mastery of their instruments, but for the sheer joy they bring to all those who listen,” with the album also earning their top rating “Bad-Ass” coming from Philadelphia’s THAT MAG.

Live At The Old Feed Store features the Night Drivers’ music front and center, exemplified by the first single, “Battle Of The Bands,” which scored a world-exclusive premiere on Bluegrass Junction. The album displays the group’s wide range of inclinations, with nods to the Stanley Brothers (“Bound To Ride”), Johnny Horton (“I’m Ready If You’re Willin’”) and George Jones (“I Cried Myself Awake”), banjo pyrotechnics (Luberecki’s own “Emergency Pulloff” and a blistering “Pike County Breakdown”) and well-crafted originals (“Like A Hawk,” “Then I Close My Eyes,” and “Lonely Town”).

Alongside these, the Night Drivers have laid in a selection of fan favorites, including Stoffel’s glistening take on The Sound Of Music’s ever-popular “Edelweiss” (followed by a lively turn on an old-time fiddle tune, “Forked Deer”), the gospel quartet of “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,” and Luberecki’s comic tour de force, “Cabin Of Death,” one of the group’s most requested numbers.

A couple of guests make appearances—Sally Jones contributes harmonies to “Follow Your Heart,” and 2013 IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year Emily Bankester recaps her Lonely Comes Easy appearance on “Then I Close My Eyes”—with the focus all on the Night Drivers, who show conclusively that no studio magic is needed for them to deliver compelling performances. From start to finish, Live At The Old Feed Store delivers a faithful representation of a Chris Jones & The Night Drivers set, and as their busy schedule shows, that’s something that audiences are always eager to share.

The group celebrates the release on October 8th with a show at the recording venue, The Old Feed Store in Cobden, IL, followed by a Tennessee weekend that includes dates in Norris, the Fall Homecoming Festival at the Museum of Appalachia and Nashville’s Oktoberfest in Germantown. The band had notable appearances this year at Big Sky Big Grass, Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, MerleFest, DelFest, Bluegrass on the Plains, The Huck Finn Jubilee, Targhee Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, and The Bourbon & Bluegrass Steamboat Tours. Big Sky Big Grass gets the award for the biggest on-stage jams with the Sam Bush Band and Del McCoury joined the Night Drivers on stage at DelFest to sing on “Wolf Creek Pass.” Luberecki was part of MerleFest’s First ever BanjoRama which was hosted by “Dr. Banjo” Pete Wernick. They’ll be traveling for a European tour for ten days in October of 2014 and will be on the road for dates throughout 2015.

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers on Tour
10/8 Wed – The Old Feed Store – Cobden, IL
10/10 Fri – Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Museum of Appalachia – Norris, TN
10/11 Sat – Kimbro’s Cafe 11am – Franklin, TN
10/11 Sat – Oktoberfest in Historic Germantown 4pm – Nashville, TN
10/22-27 – European Tour
11/15-16 Sat- Sun – Wickenburg Bluegrass & Fiddle Championship – Wickenburg, AZ
12/12: Bluegrass in the Smokies – Pigeon Forge, TN

For more information, tour dates and words from the road, please visit: chrisjonesgrass.com,  facebook.com/chrisjonesgrass, and twitter.com/chrisjonesgrass.

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Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. Photo by Mary Stoffel on The Old Feed Store Front Porch.

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Release “Live At The Old Feed Store” on October 7th
Recorded at The Old Feed Store in Cobden, Illinois

Chris Jones, Ned Luberecki, Jon Weisberger and Mark Stoffel
Release The Album’s First Single “Battle Of The Bands” This Week

…one of the most distinctive voices in bluegrass, a smooth, low croon that goes down like whiskey with a little bit of honey,”
The Bluegrass Situation, Brittney McKenna

“…in recent years the group has enjoyed growing acclaim not only for its deft musicianship and love of traditional music but also to its musical inventiveness and the songwriting genius of the group’s various members.”
Engine 145, Henry Carrigan

How do you follow an album that features three #1 and two #2 bluegrass radio hits? If you’re Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, you give fans what they’ve been asking for—a live album that delivers a few choice new selections nestled among a flock of favorites, recorded in an intimate, small-town venue that brings out the best in the quartet’s soulful vocals, hotshot picking and easygoing humor. From its blazing opener, “Bound To Ride,” to its even speedier closer, “Pike County Breakdown,” Live At The Old Feed Store, which hits stores on October 7, 2014, is one that long-time fans will treasure, and it’s also a perfect introduction to a group heading toward its 20th anniversary in bluegrass. The live album is a follow-up to 2013’s release Lonely Comes Easy, which was their first all-new collection since 2009’s Cloud Of Dust.

Founded by guitarist Chris Jones in 1995, the Night Drivers feature four distinct personalities who bring a multitude of talents to each performance. Indeed, the group boasts three radio personalities who appear regularly on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction—Jones, banjo man Ned Luberecki and bassist Jon Weisberger—and Jones and Weisberger have won acclaim for both musical and industry achievements, with the former earning an IBMA Song of the Year trophy (“Fork In The Road”) and an IBMA Broadcaster of the year award, along with a 2014 nomination for IBMA Print Media Person of the Year. Weisberger’s collected the latter honor, and was the first recipient of the organization’s Songwriter of the Year award in 2012. Luberecki has also been nominated for the Broadcaster honor several times, and has earned additional recognition as a premiere educator, teaching at banjo camps around the world and recently releasing a popular beginning banjo instructional DVD, while mandolinist Mark Stoffel has built a strong reputation as a producer and recording engineer.

It’s Night Driver music that’s front and center on the new release, exemplified by the first single, “Battle Of The Bands,” which scored a world-exclusive premiere on Bluegrass Junction before dropping on September 23rd. Written by Weisberger, Thomm Jutz and Charley Stefl, the song was first recorded by Jones on The 1861 Project (2011), a collection of new original songs about the Civil War. Based on a true incident, it’s delivered with Jones’ typical warmth, and prominently features Stoffel’s delicate mandolin work. The project displays the group’s wide range of inclinations, with nods to the Stanley Brothers (“Bound To Ride”), Johnny Horton (“I’m Ready If You’re Willin’”) and George Jones (“I Cried Myself Awake”), banjo pyrotechnics (Luberecki’s own “Emergency Pulloff” and a blistering “Pike County Breakdown”) and well-crafted originals (“Like A Hawk,” “Then I Close My Eyes,” “Lonely Town”).

Alongside these, the Night Drivers have laid in a selection of fan favorites, including Stoffel’s glistening take on The Sound Of Music’s ever-popular “Edelweiss” (followed by a lively turn on an old-time fiddle tune, “Forked Deer”), the gospel quartet of “Leaning On The Everlasting Arms,” and Luberecki’s comic tour de force, “Cabin Of Death,” one of the group’s most requested numbers.

A couple of guests make appearances—Sally Jones contributes harmonies to “Follow Your Heart,” and IBMA Momentum Vocalist of the Year Emily Bankester recaps her Lonely Comes Easy appearance on “Then I Close My Eyes”—with the focus all on the Night Drivers, who show conclusively that no studio magic is needed for them to deliver compelling performances. From start to finish, Live At The Old Feed Store delivers a faithful representation of a Chris Jones & The Night Drivers set, and as their busy schedule shows, that’s something that audiences are always eager to share.

8_21_14_layout.inddChris Jones & The Night Drivers’ Live At The Old Feed Store Track Listing:
1.  Bound To Ride (PD) 1:54
2.  Like A Hawk (Chris Jones) 2:59
3.  Introduction 1:06
4.  Battle Of The Bands (Thomm Jutz, Charley Stefl, Jon Weisberger) 3:30
5.  Emergency Pulloff (Ned Luberecki) 3:58
6.  Follow Your Heart (Harley Allen, Chris Jones) 2:52
7.  Leaning On The Everlasting Arms (PD) 3:28
8.  Then I Close My Eyes (Chris Jones) 4:47
9.  Cabin Of Death (Ned Luberecki) 4:31
10. I’m Ready If You’re Willin’ (V. Claude, J. Organ) 2:35
11. Lonely Town (Jon Weisberger) 4:06
12. One Door Away (Tom T. Hall, Dixie Hall) 3:04
13. Edelweiss-Forked Deer (R. Rogers, O. Hammerstein – PD) 4:41
14. I Cried Myself Awake (D. Davis, L. Goates) 3:18
15.  Pike County Breakdown (R. Jones) 1:22

Chris Jones & the Night Drivers on Tour
9/24 Wed – Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival – Bean Blossom, IN
9/25 Thu – Outer Banks Bluegrass Island Festival – Roanoke, NC
9/27 Sat – Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival – Vine Grove, KY
10/2 Thu – IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, Roe Entertainment Showcase – Raleigh, NC
10/8 Wed – The Old Feed Store – Cobden, IL
10/10 Fri – Tennessee Fall Homecoming, Museum of Appalachia – Norris, TN
10/11 Sat – Oktoberfest in Historic Germantown – Nashville, TN
10/22-27 – European Tour
11/15-16 Sat- Sun – Wickenburg Bluegrass & Fiddle Championship – Wickenburg, AZ
12/12: Bluegrass in the Smokies – Pigeon Forge, TN

For more information, tour dates and words from the road, please visit: chrisjonesgrass.comfacebook.com/chrisjonesgrass, and twitter.com/chrisjonesgrass.

FINALMagFest2014_PosterMagnolia Fest 2014 Schedule Announced: Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Jason Isbell, The Indigo Girls,  Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn

New additions to the lineup include:
Col. Bruce Hampton & Madrid Express, Bloodkin, and The Vegabonds

Magnolia Fest October 16-19, 2014 at the Spirit of Suwannee Music Park

~Nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida,
One of America’s finest music parks hosting some of the best in original string & roots music ~

Live Oak, FL — Magnolia Fest 2014 is only a few weeks away and we are thrilled to announce the daily schedule of music: www.magnoliafest.com/schedule/. On October 16-19, 2014 Magnolia Fest celebrates its 18th year of celebrating with some of the world’s finest performers in Americana, Roots Rock, Acoustic Blues, Singer/Songwriter, Bluegrass & Newgrass, Cajun/Zydeco, New & Traditional Folk and other forms of American Roots music. Festivalgoers will enjoy four days of camping and live music, arts and crafts, and a selection of great foods at this energetic and family friendly event. Tickets are available at: www.magnoliafest.com/tickets.

We are excited to add a few additions to the line-up including Col. Bruce Hampton and Madrid Express, Bloodkin, and The Vegabonds. They are joining the stellar lineup of Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group, Jason Isbell, The Indigo Girls, Dr. John and The Night Trippers, Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou”, Keller Williams with More Than A Little, Donna the Buffalo, The Wailers, North Mississippi Allstars, The Duhks, Rodney Crowell, Anders Osborne, Jim Lauderdale, Tim Reynolds & TR3, Tornado Rider, New Orleans Suspects, Willie Sugarcapps, American Aquarium, MarchFourth Marching Band, and The Lee Boys amongst others.

The festival takes place at the magnificent Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park, located just north of Live Oak, FL, which is a one-of-a-kind music park and premier 500+ acre campground nestled on the shady banks of the historic, tea-colored Suwannee River in North Florida. SOSMP hosts a variety of events throughout the year including Wannee, Suwannee Springfest, Bear Creek Music and Arts Festival, Hulaween, Blackwater Music Festival, Aura Music Festival and other special events.

Get your tickets for Magnolia Fest now and save. Tickets are on sale in advance for $185  in advance ($200 at the gate). Prices are inclusive of all taxes and fees and include 4 days of primitive camping and music. Kids under 12 are invited to join for free. Attendees can also upgrade for a VIP Experience which includes a four-day ticket with primitive camping, meals, swag bag, inclusion in a drawing to win an All Access upgrade and more for $300. Along with the camping, there are nearly 12 miles of trails suitable for hiking, biking, horseback riding and nature exploring. For RV hook ups, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals, please call SOSMP at (386)-364-1683.

Further information and updates can be found at www.MagnoliaFest.com, www.facebook.com/MagnoliaFestfl, www.twitter.com/MagnoliaFest, and www.instagram.com/magnoliafest.

Magnolia 2014 Festival Lineup:  
Lyle Lovett & His Acoustic Group
Jason Isbell
The Indigo Girls
Dr. John & The Night Trippers
Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
Marcia Ball & Terrance Simien “Boogie on the Bayou”
Keller Williams w/ More Than a Little
Donna the Buffalo x2
The Wailers
North Mississippi Allstars
The Duhks
Rodney Crowell
Anders Osborne
Tornado Rider
New Orleans Suspects
Rushadicus The Cello Goblin
Jim Lauderdale
Nikki Talley Trio
Tim Reynolds & TR3
Willie Sugarcapps
Col. Bruce Hampton and Madrid Express
American Aquarium
Marchfourth Marching Band
The Lee Boys
Big Cosmo
Bloodkin
Honey Island Swamp Band
Sloppy Joe
Grandpa’s Cough Medicine x2
Quartermoon
Canary in the Coalmine
The Steppin Stones
Flagship Romance
Jacksonvegas
The Vegabonds
Parker Urban Band
Juke
Bryce Alastair Band
Chelsea Saddler
Heywire
Tyler Denning Band
Rusty Shine

Ticketing Details:
Tickets $185 until 10/15; $200 at gate; kids under 12 are free.
Student / Military Ticket $150 Advance
VIP Ticket $300: Includes dinner, discounts, VIP Lounge, festival poster, & other perks
All weekend passes include music & primitive camping Thursday – Sunday nights.
Day Passes are available, more information is here: www.magnoliafest.com/tickets/

The Live Oak Music And Arts Foundation (LOMAF) will have a booth with raffles to raise money for the local music and art programs in the area.

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park
3076 95th Drive Live Oak, Florida 32060
RV sites, cabin rentals and golf cart rentals are also available, call 386-364-1683 to reserve.

SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville. Please visit the park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com or call them at the number above for more information.

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Runner of the Woods, Featuring Nicolas Beaudoing of the Doc Marshalls,

Announces Fall Tour, Releases New Single

Runner of the Woods Braces for Good Days Yet to Come


Nicolas Beaudoing, of the Doc Marshalls, Embarks on New Musical Project
Runner of the Woods Debuts First Single “Good Things will Come” From Forthcoming Album

To celebrate, the track is available as a free download: bit.ly/GoodThingsWillCome

“While frontman Nicolas Beaudoing, may not be the household name – well, in some households, at least – as [A.A. Bondy, Anders Parker and Jay Farrar], he’s certainly a talent on par with them.“ –Popmatters

Good things will come – and not a moment too soon. For Nick Beaudoing, the front man of Nashville, Tennessee’s Runner of the Woods, much of 2014 was spent in the shadow of a serious family illness. Between visits to his hometown of Dallas, Texas, he stayed busy in the studio. One night while listening to rough mixes of his work on the drive home, he had a gut feeling that things would somehow work out. “I’ve never had the experience of listening to my own music and being cheered up,” Beaudoing says. “It felt like a pat on the back at just the right time.”

Countrygaze that’s road trip-ready, Runner of the Woods’ debut album, Thirsty Valley, is set for release in January of 2015 on CD and vinyl. With punchy guitars and odes to wide open spaces, the record is dedicated to the proposition that the key to the good life is time spent in the great outdoors.

Beaudoing previously led NYC’s Cajun honky-tonkers, the Doc Marshalls. Over the course of three releases, the band evolved from Bakersfield-style shuffles and Acadian barnburners to jagged, glimmering folk. The pedal steel was still king, but now it blared from a low-watt amp with a brash fuzz tone.

This new direction, combined with his relocation to Nashville, conspired to lead him away from a project he loved, in favor of a less traditional sound. The Doc Marshalls, as a band, had run its course. “If he’s being honest,” says Beaudoing, “even a dyed-in-the wool country singer can’t pretend his record collection is pure.  For every George Jones LP on the shelf, there’s another by Big Star, Phosphorescent, or A.A. Bondy. And that’s a beautiful thing.”

In support of an inaugural run of October dates, Runner of the Woods will be touring behind the single, “Good Things will Come.” For Beaudoing, it was an easy choice. “It was the same tune that gave me a lift when my mother was in the hospital. She has since made a near full recovery.” He and his wife are also expecting a son in November. “Nashville wives will let you tour,” he laughs, “even with a due date on the horizon!” To celebrate the debut track, Runner of the Woods released a music video for the song and is offering it as a free download available at: bit.ly/GoodThingsWillCome.

Joining Beaudoing (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars) in Runner of the Woods are Jonathan Gregg on pedal steel, Joe Giotta on drums and Vanessa McGowan on bass. In a live setting, the band has the country chops to pack the dance hall floor whenever duty calls. A train shuffle beat or Gary Stewart-style weeper is never far away. But they also love it when people lay back and listen.

Either way, you’re going to feel better.

Runner of the Woods October “Good Things Will Come” Tour Dates:
10/2 Thu – Blue Moon Saloon,  Lafayette, LA
10/3 Fri – White Horse, Austin, TX
10/4 Sat – Goode’s Armadillo Palace, Houston, TX
10/5 Sun – Gruene Hall, New Braunfels, TX
10/16 Thu – Southgate House Revival, Newport, KY
10/17 Fri –  Purple Fiddle, Thomas, WV
10/21 Tue – Five Spot (Two Dollar Tuesdays), Nashville, TN
10/22 Wed – Boyd’s Jig & Reel, Knoxville, TN
10/23 Thu – Hill Country Live, Washington, DC
10/24 Fri – Hardywood Brewery, Richmond, VA
10/25 Sat – Jack of the Wood, Asheville, NC

For more information and to stay up to date on further news from Runner of the Woods, please visit www.runnerofthewoodsmusic.com, twitter.com/RunnerOTheWoods, and facebook.com/runnerofthewoods.

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Chatham County Line Announces Fall Tour 2014
Performing at IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

New Album, Tightrope, Released Through Through Yep Roc Records

“Chatham County Line is much more than your average banjo-playing, fiddle-fueled combo… they infuse their music with a seemingly effortless accessibility capable of connecting them with a broader Americana audience.”
–Blurt Magazine, Lee Zimmerman

Chatham County Line on Tour:
9/13 Sat – Mountain Song Festival – Brevard, NC
9/26 – Fri – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre – Wilmington, NC
9/27 Sat – Charleston Music Hall –  Charleston, SC
10/1-3 Wed-Fri – IBMA World of Bluegrass – Raleigh, NC
10/10 Fri – Neighborhood Theatre – Charlotte, NC
10/11 Sat – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA
10/14 Tue – Rockwood Music Hall – New York, NY
10/15 Wed – The Parlor Room –  Northampton, MA
10/16 Thu – Infinity Hall – Norfolk, CT
10/17 Fri – The Press Room – Portsmouth, NH
10/18 Sat – Brighton Music Hall – Boston, MA
11/14-23 European Tour
www.chathamcountyline.com

Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County elegantly reconcile the past and future, tradition and innovation, on the fittingly titled Tightrope, released May 20, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. The sixth studio album from the Raleigh-based four-piece follows 2010’s winsome, soulful Wildwood and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking Sight & Sound, which was released in 2012. “With anything you’ve done for a while,” Wilson explains, “a period of reflection helps you identify your strengths. Doing the live album did that, and in a way, we do that every night with the songs we choose to play at a live show. We usually don’t use set lists, we just play the songs that come to mind. That really helped us prepare for this record.”

Chatham County Line is currently on tour with Tightrope and will be performing at Steep Canyon Rangers’ Mountain Song Festival this weekend before embarking on the Fall 2014 later in September. The Fall tour kicks off on the East Coast with shows at the Greenfield Lake Amphitheater (Wilmington, NC) and Charleston Music Hall (SC). In early October they perform in their hometown of Raleigh, NC for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass before shows at Neighborhood Theatre (Charlotte, NC) and Terminal West (Atlanta, GA). In mid-October they travel North to Rockwood Music Hall (New York City) and The Parlor Room Northampton, MA. The tour finale is at Brighton Music Hall (Boston, MA). In November Chatham County Line flies overseas for a two week European Tour.

As part of the band’s unbridled excitement for year two of IBMA in their hometown of Raleigh, they have made a video for their song “Living in Raleigh Now.” The song will be available September 23rd on all digital platforms and they will have a special Cassette/Download package available at upcoming shows.

CCL_Tightrope_300Stirring, provocative, and disarmingly poignant, Tightrope was born out of a year’s worth of intense focus, during which the band examined their own legacy while carefully honing new material. All the while, the band’s four members – Dave Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano) – welcomed spontaneity and the sometimes palpable will of the songs themselves into the process.

“There’s a lot of growing up in this record,” muses Dave Wilson, Chatham County Line‘s vocalist and guitarist. “The next generation is coming. We’re maturing in this world and seeing things through a different set of eyes – and that materializes in a lot of these songs…”

Produced by Wilson and Chatham County Line, Tightrope benefits from an unusually rich, resonant sound that blends each member’s contributions into a powerful, dynamic whole. The  poetic insight of the album’s eleven original songs is grounded by Chatham County Line’s ongoing commitment to classic stringband instrumentation.

Chatham County Line allowed some songs to emerge out of informal jams or nascent fragments of melody. “Songs like ‘Should Have Known Better’ and ‘Ships at Sea’ were based on ideas that Teer had,” Wilson explains. “We’d have instruments and mics set up, record the idea, and people would take the recording home and dissect it. We recorded them informally three or four times until we got something that could fit and make sense with what we do. It’s those songs that we listen to the most now, because they were such spur-of-the-moment creations.”

Above all, Tightrope reinforces the deep bond shared by the members of Chatham County Line. The lineup has consisted of the same four men for ten years now, giving them an unusually solid foundation. They have grown up together, weathered storms together, and performed around the world – resulting in a vital, instinctive collaborative sensibility and deep reserves of trust. “This band really started out of a couple of friendships,” Wilson concludes. “I was buddies with Greg, and John and Chandler were really tight. We came together by chance. You can’t just rotate a guy out and replace him when you have these friendships and do this kind of original material. It’s become something larger than that. It’s a big train we’re riding on and everybody’s enjoying the ride.”

Watch the Music Video for the song “Tightrope of Love” ->

For more information and updates from the road, please visit www.chathamcountyline.com.

Acoustic Syndicate. Photo by Lynne Harty.

Acoustic Syndicate. Photo by Lynne Harty.

Acoustic Syndicate Performs in the Southeast This Fall, Announces Thanksgiving Show

Celebrating the Anniversaries of WNCW & Isothermal Community College in Sept
Shows in Georgia and Florida in Early November
Annual Thanksgiving Homecoming Show Set for Nov 29th at The Grey Eagle in Asheville

With a touring and recording history of more than 20 years, a strong following regionally and beyond, and a history of playing festivals like Bonnaroo and Farm Aid, North Carolina favorites Acoustic Syndicate returned in 2013 with their first record since 2004, Rooftop Garden.

The band is set to perform a select number of shows in the southeast this Fall including two shows on September 27th; a daytime performance at the Isothermal Community College (the home of WNCW radio) in Spindale, NC for the college’s 50 Year Anniversary, and another set later that evening at Pisgah Brewing Company’s outdoor stage in Black Mountain, NC to celebrate WNCW’s 25 Year Anniversary on the airwaves. In early November they return to Smith’s Olde Bar in Atlanta before heading on to Lucky’s in Valdosta, GA and the Riverhawk Music Festival in Brooksville, FL. Acoustic Syndicate is also happy to announce their annual Asheville Thanksgiving show at the Grey Eagle in Asheville on November 29th.

Having claimed the #6 spot in WNCW’s 2013 year-end Top-100 listener poll with Rooftop Garden, the band is as beloved to the Western North Carolina audience as they’ve ever been. “Acoustic Syndicate has remained one of WNCW listeners’ favorite regional and overall acts ever since they began in the ‘90’s,” says WNCW’s Martin Anderson. “In fact they were one of the Top 10 favorite WNCW artists during our big 20th Anniversary vote in 2009, ranking alongside such A-list acts as the Avett Brothers, the Allman Brothers, and Alison Krauss. When I think of bands that best represent the overall sound of what we do at WNCW – roots music, rock, jamming, harmonizing, songs that tell a good story – it’s hard to think of a better one than Acoustic Syndicate.”

Produced by Grammy Award winner Stewart Lerman (Boardwalk Empire, Patti Smith, The Roches, Antony and the Johnsons, Crash Test Dummies), Rooftop Garden features the band’s distinctive blend of rock and acoustic music, all influenced by the players’ love of a wide range of music, from reggae to American roots. “Their modern take on traditional bluegrass and rock values culminates in a glimmering, driving sound rich with acoustic textures and glowing vocals,” writes Paul Kerr on JamBase.

They have also branched out into new territory with the album as Glide’s Bryan Rodgers notes, “… in 2010, new songs began creeping into set-lists and the band began a new era. The culmination is Rooftop Garden…The passage of time, dedication to other interests (family, farming, and software engineering for instance) and newfound musical freedom helped the band create their most personal album yet, which is remarkable. All of the music… has a distinctly human touch, with topics like sustainability, the frailty of existence, love, and community. Rooftop Garden is somehow more immediate because of where the band now finds themselves musically: with no one to please but themselves and an even broader range of life experiences from which to cull material.”

“The tunes on this album were written with an essentially positive message, one about humanity, earth, responsibility and peace,” said singer/guitarist Steve McMurry. He and his cousin Bryon McMurry (banjo, electric guitar) split the songwriting and lead vocal duties 50/50 on this new album, and are joined by Bryon’s brother Fitz McMurry (drums) for the kind of three part harmony that only close relatives who grew up singing together can conjure up. The band is rounded out by always in-demand bassist Jay Sanders and dobro wizard Billy Cardine; both of whom make use of Moog synthesizers and pedals to craft a unique ensemble sound.

The McMurry family has been in family farming in the same region of Cleveland County, NC since the 1700s. Their love of the land and their serious approach to its stewardship is echoed by the love of the music they make and the care with which they make it. Rooftop Garden conveys important things about the environment we all share, grounded in the life experiences of people who truly love what they do. “Through our music, we have tried to maintain a consistent message, a reminder,” says Steve McMurry, “that this Earth is the only one we will ever have. And though we speak of some lofty ideals in our music, my most fervent hope is that when people listen to us or come to our show, they leave with a laugh and a smile and the satisfaction of having been a part of something positive.”

Acoustic Syndicate Fall Shows 2014
9/27 Sat – Isothermal CC 50th Anniv. on the Campus Green- Spindale, NC
9/27 Sat – WNCW’s 25th Anniv. Party at Pisgah Brewing Co – Black Mountain, NC*
11/6 Thu – Smith’s Olde Bar – Atlanta, GA
11/7 Fri – Lucky’s – Valdosta, GA
11/8 Sat – Riverhawk Music Festival – Brooksville, FL
11/29 Sat- The Grey Eagle – Annual Thanksgiving show – Asheville, NC
* w/ Shane Pruitt Band & Phuncle Sam

For more information and other news, please visit www.acousticsyndicate.com, facebook.com/AcousticSyndicate and twitter.com/asyndicate.

 

 

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