The Grey Eagle is hosting a special evening of string music on Friday, March 29th with Town Mountain, Foghorn Stringband, and Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys. Doors are at 8pm and the show starts at 9. CLICK FOR MORE INFO
Town Mountain: TownMountain.net
Asheville, NC bluegrass band Town Mountain is touring with their fourth album, Leave the Bottle, which was released September 4th, 2012 on Pinecastle Records and was produced by Grammy award-winner Mike Bub (Del McCoury Band) and engineered by banjoist extraordinaire Scott Vestal (Sam Bush Band) at his own Digital Underground Studio in Nashville, TN. After debuting at #4 on the Bluegrass Today Radio Chart on release week, Leave the Bottle has been generating rave reviews and serious airtime from bluegrass fans across the country. The album went on to be listed as #6 Best Bluegrass Album of 2012 by Pop Matters (who called it ”An absolute triumph of a record”), and WNCW listener voted it #19 in the Top 100 albums of 2012 and #7 in regional bands for the WNC area. Town Mountain is Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and Jake Hopping on upright bass.
Foghorn Stringband: foghornstringband.com
The sound of the Portland, Oregon’s Foghorn Stringband could have come barreling through the grille-cloth of those big console radios in the living rooms of the 1950’s, when the traditional sounds of rural America were still on the minds of young musicians transferring the old-time music to a distinctively modern age. Their tight instrumental work and line-up – fiddle, banjo, mandolin, bass and guitar – is reminiscent of early bluegrass, but their powerful approach is wholeheartedly old-time, centered largely by the fiddle. Devoted to the interpretation and performance of American stringband music, their style encompasses early country music, the fiddle repertoire of the Southern Appalachians and the Midwest, and the stringband sounds of the Piedmont region.
They are highly regarded by traditional music lovers, and have recently been tapped by one of the country’s most renowned musicians of the genre, Dirk Powell, to perform as the Dirk Powell Band. While they are committed to playing authentic old-time music, the members of Foghorn Stringband are not strict recreationists in costume; yet neither are they experimentalists of the digital age. Whether it’s on stage in a rock venue, a bluegrass festival, or at a dance in the Grange Hall, they further this great tradition through a profound belief that old-time music, played in a traditional way, is still relevant and very much alive in the 21st century.
Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys: bradfordleefolk.com
Bradford Lee Folk discovered a deep personal love for music at an early age. Raised in a musical family, he had his first professional performances before the age of fifteen when he got his first guitar. Born in Louisiana and raised in Missouri, Bradford’s love for traditional country and blues music has guided him through a lifelong pursuit of music. “Few people inhabit the old sound like Brad Folk. When I hear his songs I feel as if a very important part of our tradition is again proving itself not only relevant but essential,” says Yonder Mountain Stringband’s Dave Johnston.
His first major effort came in the form of “The Open Road Bluegrass Band” (1996-2006), a band which he named and started, who went on to record 3 Rounder Records “Cold Wind”, “In the Life”, and “Lucky Drive”. Those award-winning records launched a career that took him all over the world and declared him one of bluegrass music’s top young performers. Now, Bradford is on the brink of re-emerging better than ever with some great musical friends in Nashville “The Bluegrass Playboys”, Matt Combs (fiddle), David Long (Mandolin), Robert Trapp (Banjo), John Fabke (Bass). Bradford, truly a seasoned songwriter, “can spin a lyric indeed and when he sings, he pours those lyrics right into your heart,” says Jeremy Garret of the Infamous Stringdusters.
Details at a Glance:
Town Mountain with Foghorn Stringband
and Bradford Lee Folk & the Bluegrass Playboys
The Grey Eagle Friday, March 29th
Doors open at 8pm; Show starts at 9pm
Tickets are $12 adv/ $15 at door
185 Clingman Ave. 28801
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/592250634125568/