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THE FREEWAY JUBILEE KEEPS IT IN MOTION WITH NEW ALBUM

ON THE HORIZON VOL. 1 INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED NOV 12

www.freewayjubilee.com

Available Now →  https://lnk.to/OnTheHorizon

ASHEVILLE, NC —  With song premieres in Glide, Americana Highways, and VENTS, The Freeway Jubilee is excited to independently release On The Horizon Vol. 1 on November 12. 

Glide Magazine says, “Right out of the gate, the band lays down a funky groove that is only heightened by the presence of brass. Channeling the Southern laid back rock of Little Feat alongside New Orleans R&B and greasy blues, the song [‘Sunlight Stream’) is a testament to this crazy pandemic-laden world we have all dealt with over the last year and change.” 

The Freeway Jubilee’s evocative blend of gospel-tinged southern rock and hard-driving soulful grooves is met with a flare of psychedelic mountain music and a strong dedication to the craft of the song. Their heartfelt lyrics weave imagery through a tasteful layering of vibrant 4-part vocal harmonies, crisp Telecaster licks, smoky saxophone riffs, and an eclectic assortment of organ/piano arrangements, creating a soundscape that is both musically intricate and soulfully energetic. Rest that on the groove of a unique and driving rhythm section, and you are sure to feel the magnetic force of this band. 

The Freeway Jubilee
Photo by Nick and Chelsea Anderson / ASONMediaGroup

The group formed in Asheville, NC in 2015 and is made up of a collective of songwriters including twin brothers, both vocalists, Adam and Jonathan Clayton on keys and guitar, respectively, along with singer and bass player Kenny Crowley, blazing bari and tenor saxophonist Hunter Parker, and the John Bonham-style drumming of Cartwright Brandon.

Cultivating positivity, especially through challenges, is the overarching theme of the album. This clear optimism can be heard in the upbeat opener In Motion,” the bright rock and soul vibe of “Reachin’,” and the gospel and mountain music inspired closing track “Humble Song” (in which Chris Moe adds to the playfulness of the sound via his harmonica accompaniment.)

The Freeway Jubilee says, “As a hard-working independent band, it tends to feel like you’re constantly moving towards goals that are far out on the horizon and hard to reach. It’s a long and challenging road and it can feel never-ending, but something on a deep and meaningful level keeps driving you onward towards those ever elusive landmarks. For us it’s truly the music and the brotherhood that keeps us going. Combine that with actually being on the road a lot and literally headed towards that horizon on a regular basis, and the fact that we’ve been working on this album so long in striving to capture the real essence of Freeway, this release feels like it’s been ‘On the Horizon’ for a long time. Especially since there’s a Volume 2 yet to come…”

Produced by Kenny Crowley and The Freeway Jubilee, On The Horizon Vol.1 was recorded mostly at the band’s home studio in Asheville, NC, mixed by Robin Applewood and Kyle Brone, and mastered by Justin Weis at trakworx.com [Sammy Hagar, Papa Roach, The Polish Ambassador, NOFX]. 

With “In Motion” as the opener, the band presents their vocal harmonies front and center over a straightforward rock and roll beat with a catchy saxophone hook. This track was recorded by Gar Ragland at Citizen Vinyl—a newly converted communal space housing a record press facility, cafe, bar, recording studio, and more – located in the historic Citizen Times building in downtown Asheville. The album includes 7 original tracks and clocks in at 45 minutes, the perfect length to fit on vinyl—which is being pressed at Citizen Vinyl and is due out this Winter. Watch “In Motion” →  https://youtu.be/-9n2cRyYNnU.

The funky, groovy “Sunlight Stream” turns up the heat with the additions of Dr. Bacon’s Michael Crawford on harmonica and Myles Dunder on alto and tenor sax as well as Jacob Bruner on trombone. Penned by Crowley on a solo camping trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the song speaks of a divine communion with nature restoring a hopeful outlook at a time when the state of humanity seems to be unraveling and perilous.

Two of the more lengthy tracks include a blazing country rock suite, Not the Same,” and the genre-spanning epic, “Rugged & Free,” of which Americana Highways says, “In this song of outlaws and individualists on the run in the natural countryside, you can hear the ‘spirit of America… rugged and free.” The song features former Freeway member Freddie Barry and pays homage to the beautiful and dark history of American music, art, and literature. Crowley says, “It’s a nod to the wealth of world-influencing art that our young country has created in its short life, due in large part to the underprivileged and working class, and the cross-pollination of cultural influence throughout our history.” 

Barry also joins in on the album’s ballad “Let Me Try”— a song written by Adam Clayton about how being sincere and honest with people in life contributes to personal peace and how living openly, intently, and putting your best foot forward is the key to finding and keeping your path clear. 

Always striving to evoke an emotional experience in their listeners, the band continues to shape their lyrics and compelling vocal harmonies towards the human condition, inspired by the real life experiences of a traveling band on the current American landscape. Freeway says, “Music is such a powerful form of expression and a truly universal language. We think the thing that has always drawn us the most to music is the chance to share something meaningful that people can relate to, and hopefully we’re uplifting or moving them in the process.”

Sheryl and Don Crow of Nashville Blues Society say of Freeway, “You’re gonna hear a little bit of everything we’ve grown up with–the Allmans, Garcia-era Dead, Dylan, on up thru the likes of Gov’t Mule, the CRB, and Tedeschi-Trucks on today’s scene. We don’t want to call them ‘Southern rock,’ because, although they have Southern roots, this music is much, much more… Their incredible musicianship, collaborative songwriting, and spot-on harmony arrangements make this set special.” 

Formerly dubbed The Freeway Revival,‘ the group has been continually growing a dedicated grassroots fan base with their energetic sound. After the successful release of their 2016 self-titled EP, The Freeway Revival burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2017 with their heavy hitting debut album Revolution Road. Freeway exhibits, “an assured balance between flash and restraint. 

For this band, the song is the thing… Listeners who appreciated Delaney & Bonnie in the ’70s — or who enjoy the Tedeschi Trucks Band today — will find a similarly eclectic and soulful mindset at work,” says music journalist, historian, and author Bill Kopp of Revolution Road.

Freeway continues to show relentless work ethic and a prolific sense of creativity and in early 2019, as they stepped into a bigger and bolder sound with the addition of a saxophone, they evolved into what is now The Freeway Jubilee. Since then, The Freeway Jubilee released The Revival Days, a digital only compilation pulling from the two previous albums, and in 2020 they put out a single, “Let Me Try.” With On The Horizon Vol. 2 yet to come, The Freeway Jubilee is heading out into the horizon.

On The Horizon Vol.1 Track Listing

1. In Motion  (5:06) 

2. Sunlight Stream  (6:54) 

3. Not the Same  (9:07) 

4. Rugged & Free  (9:48) 

5. Let Me Try  (3:55) 

6. Reachin’  (4:01) 

7. Humble Song  (5:29) 

Website: www.freewayjubilee.com
Facebook: facebook.com/thefreewaymusic
Twitter: @freewayjubilee       
Instagram: @thefreewayjubilee

THE FREEWAY JUBILEE KEEPS IT IN MOTION WITH NEW ALBUM
ON THE HORIZON VOL. 1 INDEPENDENTLY RELEASED NOV 12

THE LEAD SINGLE “IN MOTION” IS OUT TODAY
https://thefreewayjubilee.hearnow.com/in-motion
Pre-save the album: https://lnk.to/OnTheHorizon

ASHEVILLE, NC — The Freeway Jubilee is excited to independently release On The Horizon Vol. 1 on November 12. The Freeway Jubilee’s evocative blend of gospel-tinged southern rock and hard-driving soulful grooves is met with a flare of psychedelic mountain music and a strong dedication to the craft of the song. Freeway exhibits, “an assured balance between flash and restraint. For this band, the song is the thing… Listeners who appreciated Delaney & Bonnie in the ’70s — or who enjoy the Tedeschi Trucks Band today — will find a similarly eclectic and soulful mindset at work,” says music journalist, historian, and author Bill Kopp.

Performing live, The Freeway balances well-structured tunes with a jam ethos that lends a raw and explorative power to the music. Their heartfelt lyrics weave imagery through a tasteful layering of vibrant 4-part vocal harmonies, crisp Telecaster licks, smoky saxophone riffs, and an eclectic assortment of organ/piano arrangements, creating a soundscape that is both musically intricate and soulfully energetic. Rest that on the groove of a unique and driving rhythm section, and you are sure to feel the magnetic force of this band. 

The group formed in Asheville, NC in 2015 and is made up of a collective of songwriters. The Freeway Jubilee is twin brothers, both vocalists, Adam and Jonathan Clayton on keys and guitar, respectively, along with singer and bass player Kenny Crowley, blazing bari and tenor saxophonist Hunter Parker, and the John Bonham-style drumming of Cartwright Brandon.

The Freeway Jubilee. Photo by Nick and ChelseaAnderson with ASON Media Group

“There’s a breezy quality to the sort of Americana the band makes, and it’s most definitely influenced by the guys’ time on the road, or their desire to get back out there. It’s the sound of Hammond organ and piano weaving raindrop melodies around an electric guitar, the whistle of wind through an open window and a dog-eared road map sitting on the dashboard. It’s equal parts Allmans and Dawes, Doobies, and Deep Dark Woods,” says Steve Wildsmith of The Maryville Times.

The Freeway Jubilee says, “As a hard-working independent band, it tends to feel like you’re constantly moving towards goals that are far out on the horizon and hard to reach. It’s a long and challenging road and it can feel never-ending, but something on a deep and meaningful level keeps driving you onward towards those ever elusive landmarks. For us it’s truly the music and the brotherhood that keeps us going.” 

Cultivating positivity, especially through challenges, is the overarching theme of the album. This clear optimism can be heard in the upbeat opener “In Motion,” the bright rock and soul vibe of “Reachin’,” and the gospel and mountain music inspired closing track “Humble Song” (in which Chris Moe adds to the playfulness of the sound via his harmonica accompaniment.)

The band continues, “Combine that with actually being on the road a lot and literally headed towards that horizon on a regular basis, and the fact that we’ve been working on this album so long in striving to capture the real essence of Freeway, this release feels like it’s been ‘On the Horizon’ for a long time. Especially since there’s a Volume 2 yet to come…”

Produced by Kenny Crowley and The Freeway Jubilee, On The Horizon Vol.1 was recorded mostly at the band’s home studio in Asheville, NC, mixed by Robin Applewood and Kyle Brone, and mastered by Justin Weis at trakworx.com [Sammy Hagar, Papa Roach, The Polish Ambassador, NOFX]. 

With “In Motion” as the opener, the band presents their vocal harmonies front and center over a straightforward rock and roll beat with a catchy saxophone hook. This track was recorded by Gar Ragland at Citizen Vinyl—a newly converted communal space housing a record press facility, cafe, bar, recording studio, and more – located in the historic Citizen Times building in downtown Asheville. 

The funky, groovy “Sunlight Stream” turns up the heat with the additions of Dr. Bacon’s Michael Crawford on harmonica and Myles Dunder on alto and tenor sax as well as Jacob Bruner on trombone. Penned by Crowley on a solo camping trip in the Blue Ridge Mountains, the song speaks of a divine communion with nature restoring a hopeful outlook at a time when the state of humanity seems to be unraveling and perilous.

Whole world’s tearing at the seams when … 

Everybody’s hiding from disease and

Bleaching and cleaning and trying not to breathe in …

It’s enough to bring a man to tears

So I let those teardrops fall into that

Sunlight stream on a

Carolina mountain evening

Holy water rolling through the boulders and the trees

I can hardly believe what I’m seeing

It’s the only kinda churchin’

A man like me could ever need

Other songs on the album include the two lengthiest tracks: a country rock suite, Not the Same,” and a genre-spanning epic homage to beautiful and dark history of American music, art, and literature, “Rugged & Free,” as well as the album’s ballad “Let Me Try.” The album includes 7 original tracks and clocks in at 45 minutes, the perfect length to fit on vinyl—which is being pressed at Citizen Vinyl and is due out this Winter.

Sheryl and Don Crow of Nashville Blues Society say of Freeway, “You’re gonna hear a little bit of everything we’ve grown up with–the Allmans, Garcia-era Dead, Dylan, on up thru the likes of Gov’t Mule, the CRB, and Tedeschi-Trucks on today’s scene. We don’t want to call them ‘Southern rock,’ because, although they have Southern roots, this music is much, much more… Their incredible musicianship, collaborative songwriting, and spot-on harmony arrangements make this set special.” 

Formerly dubbed The Freeway Revival,‘ the group has been continually growing a dedicated grassroots fan base with their energetic sound. After the successful release of their 2016 self-titled EP, The Freeway Revival burst onto the scene in the Fall of 2017 with their heavy hitting debut album Revolution Road, which appeared as #20 on Jambands.com National Radio Charts. Freeway continues to show relentless work ethic and a prolific sense of creativity and in early 2019, as they stepped into a bigger and bolder sound with the addition of a saxophone, they evolved into what is now The Freeway Jubilee. Since then, The Freeway Jubilee released The Revival Days, a digital only compilation pulling from the two previous albums, and in 2020 they put out a single, “Let Me Try.”

On The Horizon Vol.1 Track Listing

1. In Motion  (5:06) 

2. Sunlight Stream  (6:54) 

3. Not the Same  (9:07) 

4. Rugged & Free  (9:48) 

5. Let Me Try  (3:55) 

6. Reachin’  (4:01) 

7. Humble Song  (5:29) 

The Freeway Jubilee:

Adam Clayton – lead and backing vocals, piano, organ
Jonathan Clayton – backing vocals, lead guitar
Kenny Crowley – lead and backing vocals, bass, rhythm guitar, percussion
Hunter Parker – backing vocals, bari and tenor saxophone
Cartwright Brandon – drums and percussion

Special Guests:

Freddie Barry – guitar (4,5)
Michael Crawford – harmonica (2)
Myles Dunder – alto and tenor sax (2)
Jacob Bruner – trombone (2)
Chris Moe – harmonica (7)

Produced by Kenny Crowley and The Freeway Jubilee
All songs written and recorded by The Freeway Jubilee
Copyright The Freeway Jubilee 2021. All rights reserved
Mixed by Robin Applewood and Kyle Brone
Mastered by Justin Weis at trakworx.com
‘In Motion’ recorded by Gar Ragland at Citizen Vinyl
Album Art by Drew DePorter

Vinyl pressed at Citizen Vinyl – Asheville, NC

Website: www.freewayjubilee.com

Facebook: facebook.com/thefreewaymusic

Twitter: @freewayjubilee       

Instagram: @thefreewayjubilee

Red Clay Revival: Left to right: Zebulon Bowles, Doug McElvy, Daniel Ianuccie, Jacob Baumann. 
Photo by Adam Welsh

Doug McElvy’s Red Clay Revival Releases Single “Gold” – A Joyful Fishin’ Song

Out Now on All Platforms 

ASHEVILLE, N.C. — Born in the soul-basted countryside of Alabama, then brought to the heart of the Blue Ridge Mountains to marinade and mature, Red Clay Revival delivers an experience that continues to reshape the parameters of roots music with skillful, heart-driven compositions. Bandleader and songsmith extraordinaire, Doug McElvy, lays a solid foundation at the epicenter of Red Clay’s musical magnitude. The band’s high energy shows are filled with slam-grass/bluegrass breaks, with a rock feel; it’s an entertaining performance sure to get the crowd moving regardless of musical taste.

“I love this band! These musicians carve an irresistible groove that always gets the party started. Doug Mcelvy is an authentic, soulful powerhouse of a vocalist and songwriter, not to mention a world class fly fisherman! Fishin and pickin— what could be better?!” says flatpicking legend Larry Keel and bassist Jenny Keel, “Doug McElvy and his Red Clay Revival render a rootsy blend of folk rock foundation and inventive yet catchy lyrics. It’s earthy and fun music with dark overtones too.”

Red Clay Revival is excited to release a new song: “Gold.” McElvy calls it, “A song to remind us to connect with the natural world to let go of the everyday stress that life brings our way; it’s an expression of my happy place where I go to find peace and clarity.” 

Filled with jubilance and written and sung by McElvy, he leads “Gold” on guitar and is backed by Zebulon Bowles on fiddle, Jacob Baumann on drums, and Daniel Ianuccie on bass and harmony vocals. The track was recorded by Matt Williams and The Eagle Room in Asheville, NC.

Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn says, “Red Clay Revival’s new track ‘Gold’ takes you straight to the fly fishing streams of western North Carolina. Singer-songwriter Doug McElvy (who’s also a fly-fishing guide) is as natural on his guitar as with his fly rod. With festival-scene veteran Zeb Bowles on the fiddle, this is roots rock at its finest!”

Red Clay Revival’s powerful songs and live performances harness an energy that electrifies any space, leaving audiences with an embedded musical experience. “Red Clay Revival always brings the most fun and energetic crowd to Salvage Station and never fails to impress everyone with their spontaneous jams, high energy performances, and musical talent,” says the Asheville venue. “You know you have a great band on the stage when the entire crowd refuses to let a summer downpour stop the fun!” 

“Gold” has been a long time coming and a new studio album is in the works. Previous recordings include Barefoot, McElvy’s 2012 LP in which he teamed with resophonic guitar master, Billy Cardine, as creative consultant and co-producer, as well as collaborating with decorated pros, such as Keller Williams, Larry and Jenny Keel, as well as Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth. In 2014 he released an EP, Chilly, once again pairing with Cardine in production, and recruiting the talents of world class violinist, Casey Driessen, and beat master Jeff Sipe for backing elements.

Stay tuned to www.redclayrevival.com for more news and show dates.

www.facebook.com/redclayrevival 

Spotify Artist Page

Watch Red Clay Revival w/ Larry Keel – Salvage Station, Asheville, NC 10/3/20 Multi-Camera:

Tenth Mountain Division Independently Releases Their Third Studio Album 

Butte La Rose — June 18, 2021

Produced By Tim Carbone at Silo Sound Studio in Denver

Available now to stream or purchase→ https://outnow.io/t/buttelarose

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado-based band Tenth Mountain Division is excited to independently release their latest album, Butte La Rose, June 18. Produced by Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) at Silo Sound Studio in Denver, Butte La Rose captures the essence of Tenth Mountain Division—fun, danceable, and surprisingly thoughtful and heartfelt. 

Tenth Mountain Division
Photo by Mountain trout Photography

Tenth Mountain Division is built upon the long-friendship of mandolinist Winston Heuga and guitarist MJ Ouimette along with drummer Tyler Gwynn, keyboardist Campbell Thomas, and bassist Andrew Cooney. The band’s electro-acoustic sound is a high-energy fusion of roots-inspired, Southern Rock boogie that heads into unchartered territories. This is elevated even more with all members sharing in the songwriting, vocals, and arrangements. The band is named in honor of the famed military unit the 10th Mountain Division, the WWII pioneers of mountain combat who founded Vail, CO and many other ski areas across the country. 

Ouimette calls the 10-track album, “a snapshot of TMD’s last year of touring fused with new offerings that will intrigue the ear with stylistic diversity, unified by the personality etched in each song.”

With song premieres in JamBase (“Highland Morning” Featuring Elliott Peck), Glide Magazine (“Got Too Excited”), and Festy GoNuts (“Sad Summer”) the album is garnering national attention. They will perform to a sold out crowd at the Mishawaka Amphitheater on the night of the album’s release. 

What People Are Saying About Tenth Mountain Division and Butte La Rose:

“…the band’s got chops, and though Butte La Rose might feel unpredictable, it’s surely a recipe for an interesting live show.” —BandWagon Magazine, Kevin Johnston

“eclectic and rootsy” —Westword, Nick Hutchison

“Brimming with bright and hopeful horns, [‘Got Too Excited’] finds the band tapping into a soulful sound that brings to mind the bluegrass-soul-rock stylings of acts like the Gourds… Andrew Cooney commands the spotlight with his big, vibrant vocals that balance swagger and humbleness.” —Glide Magazine

“Not only did they evolve musically, the band also tackled some deeper subjects on their new album. Introspectively reflecting on questions such as self-doubt, depression, and death, the band demonstrate versatility and growth in their songwriting… Balancing those deeper reflections with hip shakers and head bangers, Butte La Rose has something for everyone. As it weaves its way through a variety of sonic stylings, the album tells a story. One that is unapologetically the rockin’ Tenth Mountain Division sound.”  —MP3 Mag, Reed Albrittain

“‘Get Out of My Head’ is soulful, somber, and subtly strong. It includes producer Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) on backing vocals. It’s quite an effective audio offering.” —Steemit, Will Phoenix

“The experience of listening to TMDs new record, Butte La Rose, instantly takes me to a place. I feel like I’m on the bus, windows down, cruising through the south. But something’s different: there’s no time, decade, or era… the mood is simultaneously classic, modern, happy, sad, earthy, and intergalactic. TMD and Carbone have tapped into a new level of artistry and creativity that will undoubtedly lead to great things in the future.” Erik Deutsch (The Chicks, Leftover Salmon, Shooter Jennings)

“’Sad Summer’ has a playful hook and surf-pop beat that would fit right in on a 60’s ‘Best of the Beach’ album. Still, it maintains a modern groove and creative sound that will have a new generation of music lovers dancing along.” —Festy GoNuts

“It’s a tie dye swirl of edgy yet familiar sounds and great songs. All of the musicianship and singing is on point.” —Jeremy Garrett (The Infamous Stringdusters)

“soaked with American flavor” —JP’s Music Blog, Jim Pasinski
Butte La Rose is a freewheeling road-trip through the soul of American music with visits to Bourbon Street, the California coast, and all-night mountain parties in their Colorado home, as the band speeds down the highway carrying a trunk full of good times with Lowell George riding shotgun and Leftover Salmon hanging out the window.” —Tim Newby, Americana UK

When asked how the future was looking for the band with live music venues opening back up across the country, Heuga said in an interview with Denver’s Westword “It’s looking up. We’re seeing a lot of offers coming in for festivals and other dates, and we’re happy to be getting out from under COVID. Because of the pandemic, it was almost a four-year process just to get this album done. We’re really excited to finally have it out there.”

This is a big shift from the previous year in which Gwynn tells The Colorado Sound, “The pandemic was a real shock to the system for the band and us as individuals. We went from having a headlining Bluebird Theater show and a six-week tour around the US, seeing a different city every night, to not being able to leave the house. It put a lot of things on pause for us. That being said, it wasn’t all negative. It gave us a chance to catch our breaths and look at our creative enterprise from simply the musical standpoint. With no shows at first, we could really dive into the new tunes we have been working on the last year or so. When we were able to actually record them at Silo Studios a few months ago it was clear we had evolved and grown as a band in a short time.”

Ouimette recounts, “Summer of 2020 saw a greater understanding of the precautions one could take to better arms oneself against contracting the virus, which in turn allowed Todd, Tim, and us to strategize a Covid-safe plan to get the album back into production. In June, at Silo Sound, we spent 7 days recording the remainder of Butte La Rose. It’s our third album, but man does this one feel different. The quality is higher, the songs are stronger and it really SOUNDS the way a lot of the songs have in my head, which is the ultimate in creative realization.”

“Making Butte La Rose with Tenth Mountain Division was like being a kid in a candy store,” says Carbone. “The songs all have their own personality and the band was open to exploring new sounds and ways to approach how each song was recorded. The spirit of wanting to get the essence of each song permeated the sessions and I hear it every time I listen to it. And we all had a blast!”

TMD has always loved having horn sections sit in throughout the years, so it was only fitting to record a few songs with horns on the record. Ouimette elaborates, “Tim was on the same wavelength and knew just the crew. Due to Covid, we actually had to stay out of the studio while the horn players were recording. It was a really cool experience to not be involved in the recording of the horn lines of our own songs and then seeing how much the energy and the whole song had changed afterwards.”

Bringing together some of the hottest horns from the area—Scott Flynn (ODESZA) on trombone, Gabriel Mervine (Lettuce, Karl Denson, The Colorado Symphony) on trumpet, and Nathan Peoples (Coral Creek) on saxophone—the results of these sessions can be heard on two of the albums stand out tracks: the album’s fiery opener “Hot Sweaty South,” and deeper into the album, with it’s classic Memphis soul vibes from the horns to the hook, “Got Too Excited.” 

Synth-pop meets surf-rock in a melancholic lament about the pitfalls of heartbreak in “Sad Summer,” while the powerful and somber “Get Out of My Head,” “Burning Heart,” and the eerie final track, “Big Blue Sky” run deep and dark. 

Taking a different turn and bringing forth a lighter mood are the subtly sweet “Highland Morning,” featuring special guest Elliott Peck (Midnight North) on harmony vocals; the inspiring and hopeful instrumental epic “Spring Chicken;” the slick guitar and bass rocker, “Drown You With the Bottle; and the groovin’ “Girl Like You.”

Tenth Mountain Division released their debut album, Cracks in the Sky in 2016, followed in 2018 by In Good Company.  In September of 2020, Tenth Mountain Division released a stand alone single and animated music video music video for their single 9 to 5.” The band also created their own music and comedy webisode series, TMDtv, which they aired during the fall of 2020.  

More information about Tenth Mountain Division:

www.tmdtunes.com 

www.facebook.com/TMDBand

www.twitter.com/TMDtunes

www.instagram.com/tenthmountaindivision

SAM BUSH BAND, LEFTOVER SALMON, THE INFAMOUS STRINGDUSTERS,
STEEP CANYON RANGERS, DONNA THE BUFFALO, KELLER & THE KEELS, 
PETER ROWAN FREE MEXICAN AIRFORCE ft. LOS TEXAMANIACS
SLATED TO PERFORM AT THE 5TH SUWANNEE ROOTS REVIVAL

OCTOBER 14-17, 2021 AT THE SPIRIT OF SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK
LIVE OAK, FLORIDA

Tickets on Sale Thursday, June 17 at 10am at suwanneerootsrevival.com/tickets

LIVE OAK, FL — The 5th Suwannee Roots Revival takes place Thursday, October 14 – Sunday, October 17 at the renowned Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida. A plethora of incredible musicians are slated to perform including Sam Bush Band, Leftover Salmon, The Infamous Stringdusters, Steep Canyon Rangers, Donna the Buffalo, Keller & The Keels, Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs, Larry Keel Experience, Jon Stickley Trio, Jim Lauderdale, Darrell Scott, Verlon Thompson, Joe Craven & Painted Mandolin, Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble, Bowregard, Sarah Shook & The Disarmers, The Grass Is Dead, Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp, Ralph Roddenbery, Nicholas Edward Williams, Quartermoon, and Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus.

Hosted by long time friends of SOSMP, Randy Judy and Beth Judy, Suwannee Roots Revival focuses on showcasing established as well as up-and-coming roots musicians throughout a weekend laced with community based fun, growing friendships, laughing families, and that feel-good feeling you get from hanging out in such a beautiful natural setting.

“It’s incredibly exciting to be returning to our beloved Suwannee and especially to my favorite place to hear music— the natural Amphitheater,” says Beth Judy. “This Roots is a true revival as we bring our amazing community back together after such dramatic and tough times experienced this past year. I believe this Suwannee Roots Revival will bring comfort and joy back to our festival family through the music of so many of our favorite artists along with the laughter, fun and healing we share in the beautiful natural and magical setting of Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.”

Suwannee Roots Revival is jam-packed with stellar music and dance on multiple stages throughout the weekend. This family-friendly festival includes four days of music, camping, yoga, music workshops, a Kids Tent, as well as campground pickin’ sessions. Set in the midst of 800 acres of Spanish moss-draped oak and cypress trees along the Suwannee River, the venue is a playground for endless activities such as swimming, canoeing, kayaking, disc golf, and biking. 

Suwannee Roots Revival kicks off on Thursday with a big start! Newgrass legend Sam Bush will crush a two hour set with his band before Leftover Salmon closes out the night with a spicy set of their own potent brew of bluegrass, rock ‘n’ roll, folk, Cajun, soul, zydeco and jazz and blues. Master songwriter Darrell Scott will perform the first set of his festival appearances and Thursday will also introduce Sarah Shook & the Disarmers to the SOSMP family.

Friday brings Americana roots troubadours Donna the Buffalo back to the Amphitheater for the first of their festival appearances. They’ll be back at it on Saturday and Sunday including an afternoon set with Mr. Americana himself, Jim Lauderdale, on the Amphitheater Stage, a Porch Stage set, and Suwannee Roots Reviavl’s traditional Sunday closing set on the Amphitheater Stage where they will be sure to include many special guest artists from the festival.

Friday also brings the first of two festival performances by the intrepid knights of bluegrass—Steep Canyon Rangers, the return of Leftover Salmon for their second appearance, as well as sets by Appalachian psychedelic bluegrass trio Keller & The Keels, the cinematic Jon Stickley Trio, and many more including a workshop and Porch Stage set by Darrell Scott.

On Saturday, SOSMP welcomes back The Infamous Stringdusters for some wildly creative bluegrass innovation, the flatpicking legend and his explosive band—Larry Keel Experience, and Peter Rowan flies in with his Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs. Up and coming Colorado bluegrass band, Bowregard will make their maiden Suwannee appearance. Verlon Thompson will bring his usual wit, charm, and stellar songwriting and musicianship for a set as well as a workshop with Jim Lauderdale and will return the following day for another set.

Vassar Sunday will be filled with festival family favorites culminating with Donna the Buffalo’s closing jam.

Placing a strong emphasis on embracing the traditions that have made the park a national treasure, there will be a wide array of arts & crafts as well as culinary delights ranging from healthy to decadent in the Vending Village. Hands-on and performance workshops will be held throughout the weekend with a variety of artists set to perform. The park itself is a place where kids of all ages can remember why they fell in love with the magic mixture of sights, sounds, and sensations that constitutes a weekend of paradise that is the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park.

Tickets will go on sale Thursday, June 17th at 10am. Suwannee Roots Revival offers a multi-day Weekend Ticket that includes festival admission for four days of music, as well as primitive camping on Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday nights. Children 12 and under are free if accompanied by a parent or legal guardian. Early Bird Tickets are $140 (includes fees and taxes); Student / Military Early Bird are $130 (with a valid ID). Get your tickets quickly because there is a limited supply before the Early Bird Tier will sell out and they rise to the next pricing tier automatically—Early Bird Tier 2 Tickets at $175. For complete ticket information and to purchase tickets, visit suwanneerootsrevival.com/tickets/.

SOSMP offers guest comforts including a general store, full service restaurant, free showers, indoor bathrooms, and water stations. Upgraded camping, including RV hook ups and cabin rentals, as well as golf cart rentals are currently on sale. Reservations may be made by calling the Park office at (386) 364­-1683. SOSMP is located between Jacksonville, Florida & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia State line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville and is host to a variety of events. Please visit the park’s web site at www.musicliveshere.com for further information.

Suwannee Roots Revival 2021 Lineup

Sam Bush Band

Leftover Salmon

The Infamous Stringdusters

Steep Canyon Rangers

Donna the Buffalo

Keller & The Keels

Peter Rowan Free Mexican Airforce featuring Los Texmaniacs 

Larry Keel Experience

Jon Stickley Trio

Jim Lauderdale

Darrell Scott

Verlon Thompson

Joe Craven & Painted Mandolin

Rev Jeff Mosier Ensemble

Bowregard

Sarah Shook & The Disarmers

The Grass Is Dead

Nikki Talley and Jason Sharp

Ralph Roddenbery

Nicholas Edward Williams

Quartermoon

Tania & Magic Moon Traveling Circus

For more information, tickets, and to reserve camping, please visit www.suwanneerootsrevival.com.
Also visit us on a www.facebook.com/suwanneeroots, Twitter & Instagram: @SuwanneeRoots (#SuwanneeRoots).

Swift Silver’s Self-Titled Debut Out Today—June 4, 2021
Southern Songwriters Anna Kline and John Looney
Delve Into Their Roots of Rhythm and Blues, Southern Gospel, and Twang

Recorded at Fat Baby Studios in the Mountains of Eastern Kentucky
With Brothers Kenny Miles and Hayden Miles (of Wayne Graham) 

MT. STERLING, Ky.   Get swept away by Swift Silver’s big river of sound with their self-titled debut album—out June 4. Swift Silver marks a meaningful milestone for Southern songwriters Anna Kline and John Looney as a 180° (re)turn to their musical roots: the drawling tremolo of rhythm and blues, the redemptive strains of Southern gospel, and the twang of the rural soul. Links to stream and buy Swift Silver:  https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/swiftsilver/swift-silver

Kind Words About Swift Silver:

“… the major draw is the emotive, soaring vocals of Kline, reminiscent of Patty Loveless’ passion, if not her voice, on her indelible Mountain Soul album. She comes out wailing on the opening mid-tempo ‘Belleville Blues,’ brings in down a notch for the pure southern soul of the cheating song ‘We’ve Given Up on U’ while ‘Tonight, Forever Yours’ plays as a Gram Parsons-like country waltz, spiced by Hayden Miles’ spot-on piano… This is a keeper. Out of seemingly nowhere, we have one of the strongest and most memorable roots albums of the year to date.” —Glide Magazine, Jim Hynes

“‘Blackbird’s Refrain’ [is] a great introduction to what to expect from Swift Silver. What you find is abundant in spades. There’s Soul. There’s Gospel. There’s heart. There’s musicianship. There’s great harmonies and there’s the aforementioned vocal control right there, front and center. It’s the PERFECT introduction as to what to expect from Swift Silver.”  —Capture Kentucky, Jonathan Newsome

A superb Swift Silver cut ‘Come On Home To Yourself,’ with John’s fuzz-tone guitar drive is invigorating. Anna is penetrating in a Tracy Nelson style (‘I Need Your Love So Bad’). Anna shines with her more rugged but essentially beautiful & assertive tone. Excellent song.” —Americana Highways, John Apice

“Here [‘Tonight, Forever Yours’] they somehow effectively blend the sad with the somehow sultry. It is a standout, stand-alone track.” —Steemit, Will Phoenix

“beautiful debut album” —Rootstime.be

“Southern roots music at its finest. John can play the hell outta anything with strings and Anna has a fiery voice that’s as sweet as it is fierce. Together they are a sight to behold, with these nine songs proving that, much like the finest Kentucky bourbons, the duo’s sound has only gotten better with age.” —Matt Wickstrom, Freelance music and culture journalist

“The muddy rocker, ‘Come On Home To Yourself,’ by Swift Silver features a complete taste of the delta from its swampy electric guitar riffs to Kline’s straight from the heart, soulful vocals.” —Mother Church Pew, George Maifair – Song Premiere

“The organ on this will lift you up and the song itself will soar from there on Anna Kline’s vocals.  Think Grateful Dead’s ‘Masterpiece.’  ‘The higher you get the more you’ll see’ — isn’t that the truth.” —Americana Highways, Song Premiere of “Blackbird’s Refrain”

More About Swift Silver:

For the majority of their band life, Anna Kline and John Looney were known as the bluegrass duo, Grits & Soul. With a history of major festivals and appearances under their belt—MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Suwannee Springfest & Magnolia Fest, Countryfest in Belgium —and a performance on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern—the time came where they felt led to explore new (and old) musical space. Thus, Swift Silver was born.

From the moment the listener presses play; from the mid-tempo album opener, the vocally empowering “Belleville Blues,” to the last track, a reflective ballad, “Ain’t Wrecked Yet;Swift Silver celebrates the tenets of Southern sound.

Anna Kline’s vocal performances—on both lead and harmony—display an astonishing range of versatility and skill, her voice flows as smooth as a rippling river current. John Looney gives a masterful performance on lead guitar, not only displaying his expertise as an integral sideman but also as a talented arranger, showcasing a finely-tuned ear for nuance and groove. Together, they drive the contagious electric surge of sound that is Swift Silver.

This album speaks to the path we tread. These songs help us navigate lingering questions we daily seek to answer, they pulsate with discovery, and melodically confess the hunger to right a few wrongs.” — Anna Kline

Anna and John’s collaboration spans ten years of exploring the great expanse of the American songbook—touring, conspiring, songwriting—fused together by the Mississippi heat, molded in the mountain air of Western North Carolina, and flung free in the hills of Kentucky bluegrass. Swift Silver has an unmistakable sound conjured from an intense musical intimacy and this new album embodies a new era of Southern rock and soul.

“As songwriters, we have that compulsion to write and play the music that we want to hear, to reflect our experiences and point of view, and to try and understand the human experience.” Anna says, “There’s that inner whisper, that push in the gut to make music, to play, learn and collaborate with others, to develop our ideas and our musicianship, to explore song structure, and see what comes of opening up and channeling those influences. We appreciate being given the insight and ability to express ourselves in a musical way, to give voice to questions and longings that connect with each other and to share that with audiences.”

Swift Silver was recorded at Fat Baby Studios in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, enlisting the help of brothers Kenny Miles and Hayden Miles (of Wayne Graham). Kenny and Hayden not only comprised the album band—adding bass lines, keys and organ fills, as well as a few harmonies— Kenny was also at the helm as engineer and co-producer. 

Swift Silver Track listing and duration:

1. Belleville Blues 3:56
2. We’ve Given Up On Us 5:20
3. Looking Back 7:06
4. Tonight, Forever Yours 5:32
5. Come On Home To Yourself 5:26
6. The Fields Have Turned Brown 7:28
7. Blackbird’s Refrain 5:34
8. We All Get Our Turn 5:48
9. Ain’t Wrecked Yet  4:10

Players and Instrumentation:
Anna Kline
: lead vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar
John Looney: lead guitar, vocals
Hayden Miles: drums, keys
And special guest Chris Justice (Wayne Graham, John R. MIller): bass on “Looking Back”

Album Artwork by Joe King, logo and lettering by Grace Van’t Hof, album design by Zack Looney

Website: www.swiftsilvermusic.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/swiftsilvermusic  

Twitter: www.twitter.com/swiftsilverband 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/swiftsilvermusic 

Links to stream and buy Swift Silver:  https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/swiftsilver/swift-silver

Tenth Mountain Division Independently Releases 
‘Butte La Rose’ 
Produced By Tim Carbone at Silo Sound Studio in Denver
Album Release Date: June 18, 2021

First Single “Sad Summer” ~ Out Today
“’Sad Summer’ has a playful hook and surf-pop beat that would fit right in on a 60’s ‘Best of the Beach’ album. Still, it maintains a modern groove and creative sound that will have a new generation of music lovers dancing along.” —Festy GoNuts Song Premiere 

Stream or buy “Sad Summer”–> https://outnow.io/t/sadsummer

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Butte La Rose is a freewheeling road-trip through the soul of American music with visits to Bourbon Street, the California coast, and all-night mountain parties in their Colorado home, as the band speeds down the highway carrying a trunk full of good times with Lowell George riding shotgun and Leftover Salmon hanging out the window.” Tim Newby, Americana UK 

BOULDER, Colo. — Colorado-based band Tenth Mountain Division is pushing the sound found in the mountains in bold new directions with their high-energy electro-acoustic sound. With Producer Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) at the helm, the band recorded their third studio album, Butte La Rose, with engineer Todd Divel (Hard Working Americans, Fruition) at Silo Sound Studio

Tenth Mountain Division
Photo by Mountain Trout Photography

With ten songs, including one instrumental, Butte La Rose captures the essence of Tenth Mountain Division—fun, danceable, and surprisingly thoughtful and heartfelt. Ouimette calls it, “a snapshot of TMD’s last year of touring fused with new offerings that will intrigue the ear with stylistic diversity, unified by the personality etched in each song.”

Bringing together some of the hottest horns from the area—Scott Flynn (ODESZA) on trombone, Gabriel Mervine (Lettuce, Karl Denson, The Colorado Symphony) on trumpet, and Nathan Peoples (Coral Creek) on saxophone—the results of these sessions can be heard on two of the albums stand out tracks: the album’s fiery opener “Hot Sweaty South,” and deeper into the album, with it’s classic Memphis soul vibes from the horns to the hook, “Got Too Excited.” 

Synth-pop meets surf-rock in a melancholic lament about the pitfalls of heartbreak in “Sad Summer,” while the powerful and somber “Get Out of My Head,” “Burning Heart,” and the eerie final track, “Big Blue Sky” run deep and dark. 

Taking a different turn and bringing forth a lighter mood are the subtly sweet “Highland Morning,” featuring special guest Elliott Peck (Midnight North) on harmony vocals; the inspiring and hopeful instrumental epic “Spring Chicken;” the slick guitar and bass rocker, “Drown You With the Bottle; and the groovin’ “Girl Like You.”

In 2019 the band traveled from coast-to-coast to play festivals like Summer Camp, WinterWonderGrass, Aiken Bluegrass Festival, ARISE, Yarmony, and Leftover Salmon’s Boogie at the Broadmoor; progressively bigger shows including the Boulder Theater, Gothic Theater, Vilar Center, and Ford Amphitheater; as well as sold out shows at their first appearances in New York City, Boston, and Chicago. They took the plunge back into the studio in early 2020, primed for spring tour, and then Covid hit.  After canceling their 2020 tour they put together a Covid-safe plan to get back into the studio to finish the album.

Tenth Mountain Division
Photo by Mountain Trout Photography

In a recent interview with The Colorado Sound, Gwynn says, “The pandemic was a real shock to the system for the band and us as individuals. We went from having a headlining Bluebird Theater show and a six-week tour around to the US, seeing a different city every night, to not being able to leave the house. It put a lot of things on pause for us. That being said, it wasn’t all negative. It gave us a chance to catch our breaths and look at our creative enterprise from simply the musical standpoint. With no shows at first. we could really dive into the new tunes we have been working on the last year or so. When we were able to actually record them at Silo Studios a few months ago it was clear we had evolved and grown as a band in a short time.”

The album takes you on a journey deep into the psyche of the band. Festy GoNuts says, “Each song shows a different side of the band —funky, playful, poppy, serious, acoustic, electric— but always remaining true to TMD. From start to finish, Butte La Rose tells a story and paints a picture that is a true testament to the talent, creativity, and dedication of Tenth Mountain Division.”

Butte La Rose is a follow up to 2018’s In Good Company which Live for Live Music declared was “chock full of raw rock and roll, with a savory listening experience guaranteed for all.”  In September of 2020, Tenth Mountain Division released a stand alone single and animated music video music video for their single 9 to 5.” The band also created their own music and comedy webisode series, TMDtv, which they aired during the Fall of 2020.

Kind Words About Butte La Rose:

“The experience of listening to TMDs new record, Butte La Rose, instantly takes me to a place. I feel like I’m on the bus, windows down, cruising through the south. But something’s different: there’s no time, decade, or era… the mood is simultaneously classic, modern, happy, sad, earthy, and intergalactic. TMD and Carbone have tapped into a new level of artistry and creativity that will undoubtedly lead to great things in the future.” –Erik Deutsch (The Chicks, Leftover Salmon, Shooter Jennings)

“I am really enjoying the new sounds from Tenth Mountain Division. It’s a tie dye swirl of edgy yet familiar sounds and great songs. All of the musicianship and singing is on point. A few standouts for me are ‘Burning Heart,’ ‘Girl Like You,’ and ‘Got Too Excited.’ I can hear the touch that Tim Carbone of Railroad Earth puts on this project as producer. Give it a spin!” —Jeremy Garrett (The Infamous Stringdusters)

“Making Butte La Rose with Tenth Mountain Division was like being a kid in a candy store. The songs all have their own personality and the band was open to exploring new sounds and ways to approach how each song was recorded. The spirit of wanting to get the essence of each song permeated the sessions and I hear it every time I listen to it.” —Tim Carbone

Butte La Rose Track Listing:

1. Hot Sweaty South (3:53)

2. Sad Summer (3:33) 

3. Highland Morning (3:15)

4. Spring Chicken (4:59)  *instrumental

5. Get Out of My Head (4:43)

6. Burning Heart (4:30)

7. Girl Like You (3:10) 

8. Got Too Excited (3:22) 

9. Drown You With The Bottle (2:52)

10. Big Blue Sky (2:30)

Band Members:
Andrew Cooney – Bass, Lead Vocals (3,8,9), Backing Vocals (1,2,6,7), Guitar (3, 4,8,9)
Tyler Gwynn – Drums
Winston Heuga – Mandolin, Lead Vocals (6)
MJ Ouimette – Guitar, Lead Vocals (2,7), Backing Vocals (9)
Campbell Thomas – Piano, Organ, Synthesizer, Lead Vocals (1,5,10), Backing Vocals (2,5,7,9)

Special Guests:
Will Trask
– Percussion – Entire album
Elliott Peck – Backing Vocals (3)
Nathan Peoples – Saxophone (1,8)
Gabriel Mervine – Trumpet – (1,8)
Scott Flynn
– Trombone – (1,8)
Tim Carbone – Backing Vocals (5)

Album Credits:
Produced by Tim Carbone \
Engineered & Mixed by Todd Divel
Mastered by Jim Wilson
Recorded at Silo Sound – Denver, CO
Album Artwork by Cunningham Falconer

TMD Upcoming Dates:
6/18 Fri – ‘Butte La Rose’ Album Release Party Presented by KRFC @ Mishawaka Amphitheatre
w/ High Country Hustle

More information about Tenth Mountain Division:
www.tmdtunes.com
www.facebook.com/TMDBand
www.twitter.com/TMDtunes
www.instagram.com/tenthmountaindivision

Behind The Scenes with Swift Silver

Swift Silver to Release Eponymous Album June 4, 2021
Songwriters Anna Kline and John Looney Hail in a New Era of Southern Rock and Soul

First Single: “Blackbird’s Refrain” Out Now!

“The organ on this will lift you up and the song itself will soar from there on Anna Kline’s vocals.  Think Grateful Dead’s ‘Masterpiece.’  ‘The higher you get the more you’ll see’ — isn’t that the truth.”–Americana Highways, Song Premiere of “Blackbird’s Refrain”

MT. STERLING, Ky.   Get swept away by Swift Silver’s big river of sound with their self-titled debut album due out June 4. Swift Silver marks a meaningful milestone for Southern songwriters Anna Kline and John Looney as a 180° (re)turn to their musical roots: the drawling tremolo of rhythm and blues, the redemptive strains of Southern gospel, and the twang of the rural soul.

From the moment the listener presses play; from the mid-tempo album opener, the vocally empowering “Belleville Blues,” to the last track, a reflective ballad, “Ain’t Wrecked Yet;Swift Silver celebrates the tenets of Southern sound. This is a collection of songs cultivated in the dim lights of listening rooms and local jams, regional festivals and side street bars, as well as alone in the woodshed or crafted as an ensemble.

Swift Silver is Anna Kline and John Looney

Kline’s vocal performances—on both lead and harmony—display an astonishing range of versatility and skill, her voice flows as smooth as a rippling river current. Looney gives a masterful performance on lead guitar, not only displaying his expertise as an integral sideman but also as a talented arranger, showcasing a finely-tuned ear for nuance and groove. Together, they drive the contagious electric surge of sound that is Swift Silver.

“This album speaks to the path we tread,” says Kline. It is lyrically insightful, eloquentand timely when examined through the lens of current events. “These songs help us navigate lingering questions we daily seek to answer, they pulsate with discovery, and melodically confess the hunger to right a few wrongs.”

This is exemplified in the lyrics of “Blackbird’s Refrain,” an energetic, Beatlesque track showcasing John’s slide guitar: “This world is coming alive to some strange times, we’ve got to bend and sway together.” 

“There were several months of quarantine under our belt already, and I was constantly chasing sunshine. Anytime we could get outside, we’d let the dogs play and soak it up. We always start to feel worn thin during the winter and long for warmer days ahead. And, with everything that was going on politically and pandemic-wise, we were really feeling the weight of it all.” Anna says, “The lyrics are a literal bird’s eye view—if a bird, circling above the world and surveyed the chaos we’re all currently living in, what would he have to say about it?”

With the chorus, “The higher you get, the more that you see,’ Anna says, “I’ve always loved how little revelations shift your mind’s eye to perceive nuance in life and situations. And, as a person who has dealt with the life-long struggles of depression and anxiety, these little shifts in consciousness have added up to completely change my life. This past decade I’ve been on a healing journey… and I have come out on the other side. Something I never thought I’d be able to do.”

Anna and John’s collaboration spans ten years of exploring the great expanse of the American songbook—touring, conspiring, songwriting—fused together by the Mississippi heat, molded in the mountain air of Western North Carolina, and flung free in the hills of Kentucky bluegrass. Swift Silver has an unmistakable sound conjured from an intense musical intimacy and this new album embodies a new era of Southern rock and soul.

Swift Silver was recorded at Fat Baby Studios in the mountains of eastern Kentucky, enlisting the help of brothers Kenny Miles and Hayden Miles (of Wayne Graham). Kenny and Hayden not only comprised the album band—adding bass lines, keys and organ fills, as well as a few harmonies— Kenny was also at the helm as engineer and co-producer. The album includes 8 original songs and an alluring cover of Carter Stanley’sThe Fields Have Turned Brown,” a purposeful nod to their lives as bluegrass musicians with some mighty powerful harmonies.

Other songs on the album include a not-so-average cheatin’ song, the country soul “We’ve Given Up On Us;” the guitar driven and vocally riveting homage to Memphis soul, “Looking Back;” and the reflective cosmic country waltz tune, “Tonight, Forever Yours.” 

The pondering song, “We All Get Our Turn,” has the lyrics, “We all get our turn… To be young and grow old… Asphalt or gravel… No, it don’t matter… How you got here, the road you traveled… Ask yourself who is your master? Is this the life you’ve been chasing after?

At the heart of the album, the high energy “Come On Home To Yourself,” steered by the fuzzed-out guitar lick that takes you back to Mississippi by way of Texas blues, is a love letter of sorts to “home.” Anna says, “I was inspired from the stories my parents told me about my kinfolk who settled in Mississippi in the 1800s. When I go home we visit the cemeteries where they are laid to rest. I also felt inspired to draw the parallel between myself and the Mississippi River to illustrate my progression and personal growth, and how constrained the river might feel as men have tried to forcefully control her path all these years, as she meandered and, ultimately, flows her own way.” 

She sings, “Fashioned out of the mud… From the Coldwater bottoms… Who wants to walk the Straight and narrow? Seek not to be reborn… Behold I am the pearl… Bent, bowed, undertow, journey on… Find your way back home.

More about Anna Kline and John Looney: 

For the majority of their band life, Anna and John were known as the bluegrass duo, Grits & Soul

With a history of major festivals and appearances under their belt—MerleFest, Bristol Rhythm and Roots, Suwannee Springfest & Magnolia Fest, Countryfest in Belgium —and a performance on Bizarre Foods with Andrew Zimmern—the time came where they felt led to explore new (and old) musical space. Thus, Swift Silver was born.

Anna comes from a line of several generations worth of musicians, singers, and artists. She grew up in Hernando, a small town between Memphis and the Mississippi Delta, and is a writer of both songs and Southern culture content. From Memphis Soul to Muscle Shoals and working in licensing at Malaco Records, her roots ring clear in her songwriting as well as her capabilities as a vocalist. 

John was born in the mountains of Southwest Virginia and raised in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky. He is a sought-after multi-instrumentalist (John R. Miller  & The Engine Lights, Wayne Graham) whose accompaniment on mandolin or guitar gives each song personality and a distinct groove. Drawing from the varied influences of his mountain music heritage, blues, and the diversity of the American songbook, John’s contributions—in both live performances and on recordings—are ear candy.

The pair met in Jackson, MS, in 2011 and wrote their first couple of songs together. The following year they decided to move to Asheville to play music full time where they stayed for five years before returning to Mt. Sterling, Kentucky in 2016. 

As collaborators and a couple, it’s all we’ve ever known. 2021 marks 10 years playing music and songwriting together.” Anna says, “We wrote our first few songs together and the course of our lives changed forever.”

Swift Silver Track listing and duration:

1. Belleville Blues 3:56

2. We’ve Given Up On Us 5:20

3. Looking Back 7:06

4. Tonight, Forever Yours 5:32

5. Come On Home To Yourself 5:26

6. The Fields Have Turned Brown 7:28

7. Blackbird’s Refrain 5:34

8. We All Get Our Turn 5:48

9. Ain’t Wrecked Yet  4:10

Players and Instrumentation:

Anna Kline: lead vocals, harmony vocals, acoustic guitar

John Looney: lead guitar, vocals

Kenny Miles: baritone guitar, bass, organ, harmony vocals

Hayden Miles: drums, keys

And special guest Chris Justice (Wayne Graham, John R. MIller): bass on “Looking Back”

Album Artwork by Joe King, logo and lettering by Grace Van’t Hof, album design by Zack Looney

Website: www.swiftsilvermusic.com 

Facebook: www.facebook.com/swiftsilvermusic  

Twitter: www.twitter.com/swiftsilverband 

Instagram: www.instagram.com/swiftsilvermusic 

Presave the Full Album, Swift Silver:  https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/swiftsilver/swift-silver

Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts Release Alive ‘n Free Jan 15, 2021
Recorded Live and Multi Tracked Through An Entire Cross Country Tour,
Alive ‘n Free is Out Now:

https://distrokid.com/hyperfollow/andrewmcconathyandthedrunkenhearts/alive-n-free 

BOULDER, CO —  In the Fall of 2019 Andrew McConathy & his band of Drunken Hearts embarked on a 20 show, cross-country album release tour that spanned more than 15,000 miles from Portland, OR to Portland, ME, and everywhere in between. Six men, six plane flights, 3 tow trucks, two vans, two winter storms, one bad transmission, one flatbed U-Haul truck, one SUV, and one trailer resulted in… ONE LIVE ALBUM.

Set for digital release only on Friday, January 15, Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts’ Alive ‘n Free showcases the band in the midst of a grueling tour supporting Yonder Mountain String Band October 10 – November 24, 2019. The tour made stops at fabled venues like the 8×10 in Baltimore, Brooklyn Bowl, Levon Helm Studios in Woodstock, NY, The Ardmore Music Hall near Philadelphia, Wooly’s in Des Moines, IA, as well as a notable headlining album release show at the Fox Theatre in their hometown of Boulder, CO.

Alive ‘n Free accurately captures McConathy’s infectious energy while smack-dab in the band’s element – on the road, enduring the hardships that often come with life as a touring band, and the result is magnetic. Glide Magazine’s Jim Hynes says, Drunken Hearts adeptly blend country, mountain music, and psychedelia… And, surely McConathy has one of the most memorable voices in roots music.” American Songwriter’s Dallas Jackson echoed this sentiment, “[They] carry a mountain spirit into its music and mix it with a 90s rock blend, that is eerily reminiscent of Pearl Jam — due in large part to the vocals of Andrew McConathy.”  

JamBase premiered the album in its entirety and interviews with McConathy more about it here: www.jambase.com/article/andrew-mcconathy-drunken-hearts-live-album-alive-n-free

This debut live release features 12 original songs including standout performances along the tour of then-brand new tunes, “Unrest,” “Shining Eyes,” and the Jack Kerouac inspired politically appropo title track from their most recent studio album “Wheels of the City.” There is also an explosive cover of fellow Coloradan Robin Davis’ “Prom Night” (Broke Mountain) and short anecdote from the road in “Van Story

Alive ‘n Free flows almost as if it were a “Best Of,” documenting the band’s rise from three piece bluegrass outfit to full-fledged country rock’n roll machine. The album progresses from some of McConathy’s oldest original songs like “Don’t Go” and “Happy” into scorching new staples like “Black Snake” (their testament to Standing Rock), “Want You Back,” and “Broken Things.

One previously unreleased song, “Tell Me,” kicks off the album, starting subtly with an “Amazing Grace” intro leading into a pounding rhythm and the lyrics, “The road keeps winding under these feet… No winds can stop us, these words are the seed… Here to remind us there’s nothing between…  the end of the darkness & the sight unforeseen.” McConathy says of the song, “Tell Me’ is about showing resilience in the face of defeat or adversity and hitting the gas, not slowing down, when it feels like the world is on your shoulders. We wrote the song holed up in a cabin outside of Winter Park, CO in July 2019.”

Alive ‘n Free is a follow up to 2019’s studio release, Wheels of the City (LoHi Records), which PopMatters’ Michael Bialas called “a pulsating, ambitious, adventurous new record” and Americana Highways’ Gary Schwind called “A Soundtrack For The Open Road.” Wheels was produced by McConathy’s longtime friend and mentor Tim Carbone (Railroad Earth) and was recorded over several sessions in 2018 at Silo Sound in Denver, CO. Both the new album and Wheels feature McConathy on acoustic guitar and vocals, Alex Johnson on drums, Jon McCartan on bass, Cody Russell on pedal steel, lap steel, and dobro, and Kory Montgomery on electric guitar and vocals. 

Produced by McConathy & Todd Divel, Alive ‘n Free was recorded by the band’s sound engineer Taylor Hines and then mixed and mastered by Divel at Silo Sound throughout 2020.

Alive ‘n Free brings Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts’ soundtrack from the open road!

Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts @ Yarmony Music Festival
Photo by JohnRyan Lockman / Showlove Media

Andrew McConathy & The Drunken Hearts – Alive ‘n Free Track Listing
1. Tell Me (3:48)*
2. Don’t Go (5:03)
3. Van Story (0:21)*
4. Happy (05:20)
5. Fire in a House (4:05)
6. Unrest (3:20)
7. Run It All Together (3:36)
8. In the Middle (3:19)
9. Shining Eyes (4:27)
10. Wheels of the City (4:08)
11. Black Snake (5:29)
12. Want You Back (5:19)
13. Prom Night (4:44)
14.  Broken Things (4:50)

*contains explicit lyrics 

For more information, please visit www.thedrunkenhearts.com, facebook.com/thedrunkenhearts, twitter.com/drunkenhearts, and instagram.com/thedrunkenhearts.

Leftover Salmon. Photo by JohnRyan Lockman

Leftover Salmon 3 Day Residency at Vilar Performing Arts Center
Thursday-Saturday January 21-23, 2021

All shows at 7pm
Tickets: 
Thurs, January 21 → https://vilarpac.org/event/leftover-salmon-january-21/
Fri, January 22 → https://vilarpac.org/event/leftover-salmon-january-22/
Sat, January 23 →  https://vilarpac.org/event/leftover-salmon-january-23/ 

Tickets are $160, all covid regulations followed at a limited capacity of 100 people
A Project of the Vail Valley Foundation
68 Avondale Lane, Beaver Creek, CO 81620
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DENVER, CO — Leftover Salmon is excited to pick back up in 2021 for a special 3 day residency at the Vilar Performing Arts Center (VPAC) in the Rocky Mountains of Colorado on Thursday-Saturday, January 21-23. These will be intimate shows that are capped at 100 in the audience due to strict Covid-safe guidelines.

“We’re excited not only for what this will bring in terms of connecting us during divisive times through quality performances, but also what it will do to keep the vitality of our industry alive,” says Duncan Horner, Executive Director of the Vilar Performing Arts Center. “We’ve long been a favorite stop on tour for many artists – now we can be a center not just for the finished performance product, but as a place to safely isolate and create new ideas during this exceptionally difficult time.” Read more about their COVID-19 Policy and Procedures HERE.

Since their earliest days as a forward thinking, progressive bluegrass band who had the guts to add drums to the mix into their ever evolving sound, to their role as a pioneer of the modern jamband scene, to their current status as elder-statesmen of the scene, Leftover Salmon has been a crucial link in keeping alive the traditional music of the past while at the same time pushing that sound forward with their own unique style.

In October, they got the band back together for the Fall Maskerade 2020 for three sold out nights in Buena Vista, CO on the Surf Hotel’s The LAWN. As their last show of 2020 and their first show back since March when they canceled everything to lock down, they made it extra tasty with plenty of debuts as Phish and Dead teasers throughout the sets. The energy was high whether you were one of the few there in person or watching online! All three shows are available at Nugs.tv. 

“It’s certainly been a stretch since we turned the bus around on tour March 13th, canceled the Broadmoor, and then eventually our entire summer. We hope you all are doing as well as you can. It’s certainly a strange time!” says Leftover Salmon. 

The band, built around the core of founding members Drew Emmitt and Vince Herman, along with  banjo-wiz Andy Thorn, bassist Greg Garrison, and drummer Alwyn Robinson, is excited to be performing as Leftover Salmon after such an unexpected and lengthy break. As much as we wish more could attend the show and COVID wasn’t a concern, we have to keep things safe and stay within strict guidelines for all our own good.

NPR’s Mountain Stage calls Leftover Salmon, “One of the most fun-loving bands you’ll encounter,” and we sure are happy to be able to help refresh us all with some live music again in the new year!
For more information and other LoS news, please visit www.LeftoverSalmon.com