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The Inaugural Jam In The Trees Takes Place at Pisgah Brewing
Friday & Saturday, August 26-27, 2016in Black Mountain, NC

Schedule Announced! More Info & Tickets: www.pisgahbrewing.com/events/outdoor-events/jam-in-the-trees-august-26th-and-27th/
150 Eastside Drive, Black Mountain, NC 28711 | Phone 828.669.0190

ASHEVILLE, NC — Jam in The Trees is thrilled to announce its daily schedule as well as the additions of Jim Lauderdale and Savannah Smith to this year’s event! They will be joining in on the already stellar lineup which includes The Wood Brothers, The Del McCoury Band, Junior Brown, Willie Watson, The Burrito Brothers, The Secret Sisters, Patrick Sweany, and Leyla McCalla along with a handful of North Carolina artists including Mipso, Chatham County Line, Tellico, Mark Bumgarner, and Unspoken Tradition.

The inaugural Jam In The Trees takes place at Pisgah Brewing Company in Black Mountain, NC on Friday and Saturday, August 26-27, 2016 as a gathering of folks for the purpose of celebrating great music, beer, and community for a good cause! Doors open at 6pm on Friday for shows on the indoor stage. Gates open Saturday at 10am, with music starting at 11am throughout the day until 11pm on the beautiful Pisgah Outdoor Stage, followed by an “After Hours Jam” on the indoor stage.

Jim Lauderdale.jpgJim Lauderdale is a two-time GRAMMY-winning singer and master songwriter. He is both a “songwriter’s songwriter,” who’s written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who’s enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, since 1986, he’s created a body work spanning 28 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock. Along the way he’s won awards, garnered critical acclaim, and earned himself an engaged fan base.

Savannah Smith.jpgSavannah Smith, based out of Asheville, North Carolina, brings her North Mississippi soul to whatever stage she graces.  Armed with an uncanny ability to create powerful melodies and lyrics, Savannah captivates audiences with her fiery delivery of well-crafted original material. She was recently named a finalist at the iconic MerleFest Songwriting Contest. Her strong soulful vocals, paired with the melodic backings of some of Asheville’s top musicians, evoke strong emotional responses, wowing audiences with her fiery tunes that have folks out on the dance floor all night.

Jam in The Trees promises a wide range of award-winning musicians over two days with live performances, exquisite local food offerings, VIP Meet and Greet events with the artists, Brewery Tours, and down-home fun. Limited VIP and weekend ticketing packages are available. A portion of the proceeds of JITT will go to a local not-for-profit, Wild Forests & Fauna (WildFF). The events also supports the the Big Tree Project.

Coming in from out of town? Lodging options include deals with the nearby Super 8, Quality Inn, and Holiday Inn (find out more here). Nearby camping includes Asheville East KOA and Mama Gertie’s Hideaway. JITT will offer shuttle service to these locations.

Jam in The Trees is seeking art, merchandise and food vendors for the weekend. If you are interested, please fill out this form → http://goo.gl/forms/V3Vu6l39Rr

WNCW is the media sponsor and will be emceeing at the event. Further sponsors of Jam in The Trees include Mosaic Realty, Sanesco Labs, Diamond Brand, and Frugal Backpacker. Earthspun Apparel is providing official JITT hats and t-shirts which you can pick up on site. There will also be a raffle for a Root Cause adirondack chair designed by Appalachian Designs!

Jam in The Trees 2016 Lineup:
The Wood Brothers
The Del McCoury Band
Junior Brown
Willie Watson
Jim Lauderdale
The Burrito Brothers
Chatham County Line
The Secret Sisters
Patrick Sweany
Leyla McCalla
Unspoken Tradition
Mark Bumgarner
Savannah Smith

For more information, please visit www.facebook.com/jaminthetrees and www.pisgahbrewing.com/jam-in-the-trees-coming-to-pisgah-brewing-august-2016/.

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Town Mountain. Photo by Amy Daniels.

Town Mountain on Fire After Recent Grand Ole Opry & Ryman Auditorium Debuts

Further Tour Dates Added on Album Release Tour

ASHEVILLE, NC —Raw and soulful, with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain, is on tour with their 5th studio album, Southern Crescent, which released to much acclaim on April 1, 2016 on LoHi Records. The band debuted on the Grand Ole Opry stage in June. Just two weeks later they made their debut appearance at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, as part of a three day run of shows supporting Greensky Bluegrass. The album debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart and stayed for ten weeks on the Americana Music Association‘s radio chart’s top 40.

Town Mountain, based in Asheville, NC, continues their album relase tour mid-July with shows in Atlanta, Mississippi, and Arkansas before heading up to the northwest states in early August. They return to the south for a number of shows this summer and fall including opening for Yonder Mountain String Band at the Party in the Holler in New River Gorge, then traveling into Virginia and the Carolinas. The season includes notable appearances at Watermelon Park Fest, World of Bluegrass, and Suwannee Roots Revival.

No Depression’s Amos Perrine names Town Mountain as, “the most exciting bluegrass band to come along in a long time.” This is echoed by Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst sentiments, “I’d put Town Mountain on my list of Five Bluegrass Bands You Must Know in 2016, because while the genre has forked and morphed in wonderful ways, these guys from Asheville have more Flatt & Scruggs and more Jimmy Martin in their sound than any young band I can think of. And when they do nod to other influences, they tend to be from parallels to the early bluegrass era, like Chuck Berry and Carl Perkins for example.”

Town Mountain includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, Jack Devereux on fiddle, and Adam Chaffins on bass. Please note Bobby Britt (fiddle) and Nick DiSebastian (bass) perform on Southern Crescent.

Produced and engineered by GRAMMY winner Dirk Powell, Southern Crescent was recorded in Powell’s studio The Cypress House in south-central Louisiana town of Breaux Bridge. It was mixed by Mixed by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground in Greenbrier, TN. The album was recorded in a decidedly old-school way, live, with minimal fixes and overdubs, with all the musicians in the same room and no noise-reducing baffling between them. Each of Town Mountain’s members contributed songs to Southern Crescent, with Barker, Langlais, and Greer the chief writers in the band.

Raleigh News & Observer calls Southern Crescent hard-charging, grits-and-gravy authentic, the kind of emotions on the strings of Bill Monroe and Flatts and Scruggs pioneered more than 60 years ago… Town Mountain honors the Ancients while bringing a collective and generational identity to their art.”

Town Mountain holds its own against all comers when it comes to producing a powerhouse bluegrass drive grown from deep roots.” Bluegrass Unlimited goes on to write, “Much like Monroe’s original Blue Grass Boys show, the CD opens with a lickety-split fiddle number, ‘St. Augustine,’ then the band shifts gears and rolls into an up-tempo, bouncy ‘Ain’t Gonna Worry’ written and sung by the band’s mandolinist, Phil Barker.”

Town Mountain has been making it rounds at notable festivals this season having already appeared at ROMP and Festival of the Bluegrass in Kentucky, Three Rivers Arts Festival in Pittsburgh, Denver Beer Co.’s Sundrenched Music Festival, Rooster Walk in Virginia, Nelsonville Music Festival in Ohio, among others. Walter Tunis with Lexington Herald Ledger notes, “The ascension of Town Mountain as one of the festival’s [Festival of Bluegrass 2016] premiere acts was demonstrated in a set that emphasized the North Carolina’s quintet’s obvious strengths – specifically, a rugged ensemble charge (showcased at once during the show opening “Tick on a Dog”), ample stylistic dexterity (the honky tonk drive of “Whiskey With Tears”) and individual firepower (Greer’s joyous vocals, Phil Barker’s quick-witted mandolin picking).”

“The past echoes through Town Mountain, clear through to the future,” says Railroad Earth’s Tim Carbone. “To bluegrass fans I’d say the genre is in good hands. But you will dig the rough edges too! They’re a shot of 100 proof bluegrass with a honky-tonk chaser!” Carbone is part of the partnership of the new LoHi Records, of which Southern Crescent is the first album in their catalog. Based in Greensboro, NC, the label also includes Hard Working Americans’ Todd Snider (singer/songwriter and record producer ) and Chad Staehly (keyboardist who is also with Gold Mountain Entertainment in Nashville), as well as entrepreneur and marketing veteran Jim Brooks.

Town Mountain ‘Southern Crescent’ Tour 2016:
7/20 Wed – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA (w/ Sam Lewis)
7/21 Thu – Down On Main Concert Series – Tupelo MS
7/22 Fri – Proud Larry’s – Oxford, MS
7/23 Sat – Homegrown Music Festival – Ozark, AR
8/3 Wed – Applegate Lodge – Jacksonville, OR
8/4 Thu – The Old Stone – Bend, OR
8/5 Fri – Pickathon – Happy Valley, OR
8/6 Sat – Double Mountain Brewery – Hood River, OR
8/7 Sun – Nectar’s – Seattle, WA
8/12 Fri –  The Twisted Pear – Forest City, NC
8/19 Fri – Capital Ale House – Richmond, VA
8/20 Sat – The Barns of Rose Hill – Berryville, VA
8/21 Sun – Sanctuary Brewing Co – Hendersonville, NC
8/25 Thu –  Gottrocks – Greenville, SC
8/27  Sat – The Pour House – Charleston, SC
8/26 Fri – Ziggy’s by the Sea – Wilmington, NC
9/3 Sat – Party in the Holler @ ACE Adventure Resort – New River Gorge (supporting Yonder Mountain String Band)
9/9 Fri – Blue Bear Music Fest – Boone, NC
9/10 Sat – Beericana – Holly Springs, NC
9/22 Thu – Botanic Garden – Kernersville, NC
9/24 Sat – Watermelon Park Fest – Berryville, VA
9/30 Fri – World of Bluegrass – IBMA – Raleigh, NC
10/13-14 Thu-Fri -Suwannee Roots Revival – Live Oak, FL

Watch Town Mountain on WOUB’s Gladden House Sessions from the Nelsonville Music Festival http://woub.org/2016/06/24/2016-gladden-house-sessions-town-mountain/

Watch Town Mountain perform “Comin’ Back to You” on The Bluegrass Situation’s Sitch Sessions https://youtu.be/Ut4w6uJbAlo

For more information, please visit TownMountain.net, facebook.com/TownMountain, twitter.com/TownMountain, and instagram.com/townmountainbluegrass.

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