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Town Mountain 2013 Galax - Jason Beverly HI RES

Town Mountain & Lead Vocalist Robert Greer
Win Two IBMA Momentum Awards

Performance, Vocalist – Robert Greer, Town Mountain
Performance, Band – Town Mountain

“A stone gem” –Mike Greenblatt, Aquarian Weekly

“Rollicking straight-ahead fare, proto-rock, neo-trad country and jaunty boho picking” –Jewly Hight, Nashville Scene

Congratulations to Town Mountain and their lead vocalist Robert Greer on winning 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards. Robert Greer brings home the Momentum Award for “Vocalist of the Year” and Town Mountain is awarded the honor for “Performance Band of the Year.”  The awards cap off a year of fantastic growth for the band which began with the release of their sophomore Pinecastle Records album, Leave the Bottle. The band is pumped for next year and kicks off festival season with performances at Mountain Song at Sea, Wintergrass, Suwannee Springfest, MerleFest and others to be announced.

Based in Asheville, NC, 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.

TownMtn_LeaveTheBottleWEB1One listen to their instantly memorable songs, and it’s plain to see why Grammy-winner Mike Bub would align with the group to produce Leave the Bottle as well as Steady Operator [2011]. Leave the Bottle effortlessly covers a wide array of styles in the string band spectrum featuring the stellar in-house songwriting that has become the band’s trademark. There’s the barroom swagger and honky tonk edge of tracks like “Up the Ladder” and the title track “Leave the Bottle”, the Jimmy Martin style bounce and confidence of “Lawdog” and “Lookin’ in the Mirror”, the Irish flavor of Bobby Britt’s “Four Miles”, and the laid back John Hartford style groove of “Greenbud on the Flower” among others. But no matter the style, the band’s delivery gives every tune a true and honest feel. The album went on to be listed as #6 Best Bluegrass Album of 2012 by Pop Matters, and WNCW listeners voted it #19 in the Top 100 albums of 2012. They will be working on a new album in the winter of 2014. Stay tuned to their website for more details.

“I’m not sure what the definition of bluegrass would be in words alone, but if that definition was set to music, it would probably sound something like Town Mountain’s Leave the Bottle… I could go on,” says Bluegrass Today’s David Morris, “There are no duds, and no filler songs on this project. But you get the point. This, my friends, is how bluegrass is supposed to sound.”

IBMAlogoThe Momentum Awards focus on artists and business people who are in the early years of their careers in bluegrass music. Five artists will receive performance awards, while three industry awards will go to key contributors in the bluegrass business. The Momentum Awards are not to be confused with the long-standing IBMA Awards, which are the gold standard for peer-recognized excellence in bluegrass music. The Momentum Awards will acknowledge something undeniable about bluegrass music—that many of its most dynamic artists and entrepreneurs are young or relatively new to the genre, and there are perhaps more artists playing bluegrass or bluegrass-related music than at any time in decades. IBMA looks forward to recognizing the best of them.

IBMA Momentum Awards are intended to encourage professionalism in bluegrass music among every generation. For more info, please visit the IBMA website at www.ibma.org.

More information as well as their complete tour schedule and updates from the road are available at at TownMountain.net and facebook.com/TownMountain.

Town Mountain On Tour:
Sat 10/12 Chapel Hill, CO – Private Event
Thu 10/17 Johnson City, TN –  The Down Heme
Sat 10/19 Carbondale, IL – Hangar 9
Fri 10/18 Lexington, KY – Natasha’s Bistro & Bar
Sun 10/20 Owensboro, KY – Bluegrass Music Museum
Thu 10/24 Oxford, MS – Thacker Mountain Radio
Thu 10/24 Oxford, MS – Lamar Lounge
Fri 10/25 Lafayette, LA – Downtown Alive
Sat 10/26 Lafayette, LA – Black Pot
Sun 10/27 Mobile, AL – Callaghan’s Irish Social Club
Fri 12/13 Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
Sat 12/14 Harrisonburg, VA – The Clementine Cafe
Fri 1/31 Smyrna, GA – Acoustic Oaks House Concert
Sat 2/1 Savannah, GA – Randy Wood Guitars
Mon- Fri 2 /3-7 Bahamas – Mountain Song at Sea
Thu 2/26 Bellingham, WA – The Green Frog
Fri 2/27 Bellevue, WA – Wintergrass
Fri 3/21 Live Oak, FL – Suwannee Springfest
Sat 4/26 Wilkesboro – Merlefest
Fri 5/9 Aiken, SC – Aiken Bluegrass Festival

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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
2013TwnMtn_byJoeShymanski2Asheville, 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
FHSB-8124The 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
BradFolkBradford 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
828-232-5800
www.thegreyeagle.com
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/592250634125568/

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Town Mountain Winter and Spring Shows 2013

TwnMtn_byJasonBeverly_2012HiResTown Mountain is touring around 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, and WNCW listeners 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.

Town Mountain on Tour:
Fri 1/18/13 Asheville, NC The Isis Music Hall *MANNA Food Bank Benefit w/ Sanctum Sully
Sat 1/19/13 Knoxville, TN Barley’s Taproom
Tue 1/29/13 Tampa, FL Skippers Smokehouse
Wed 1/30/13 Fort Worth, FL  The Acoustic Trail Sundowner Series in The Lagoon Bar and Grill at The Lake Worth Golf Course
Thu-Mon 2/1-4/13  Miami, FL to the Bahamas Mountain Song at Sea
Fri 2/8/13 Lexington, NC High Rock Outfitters
Wed 2/13/13 Washington, DC Club Heaven and Hell *w/ Big Chimney
Fri 2/15/13 Framingham, MA Joe Val Bluegrass Festival
Sat 2/16/13 Chester, NJ Bernie’s Hillside Lounge
Fri 3/1/13 Charleston, SC The Charleston Music Hall *w/ Cumberland Gap
Fri 3/15/13  Charleston, WV The Boulevard Tavern
Sun 3/17/13  Amity, PA Rinky Dinks Roadhouse
Fri 3/29/13  Asheville, NC The Grey Eagle *w/ The Foghorn Stringband and Brad Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys
Sat 3/30/13  Knoxville, TN The Laurel Theatre *w/ The Foghorn Stringband
Fri 4/12/13  Greer, SC Spring Skunk Music Festival
Sat 4/13/13  Columbia, SC River Rocks Festival
Fri 5/31/13  Bean Blossom, IN John Hartford Memorial Festival
Sat 6/8/13  Lexington, KY Festival of the Bluegrass

Stay tuned for more dates TBA at www.TownMountain.net

“There’s a new mountain in town – Town Mountain – and they get down with heart, grit, soul, and drive! They’ll get you moving!”
–Jim Lauderdale

“Leave the Bottle‘s compositions are masterful, the interplay between the musicians is astounding, and Town Mountain supply it with an army of drive…
An absolute triumph of a record.”
Steven Spoerl, Pop Matters

“Centered around strong, soulful vocals, and poised to stay put. Town Mountain are true to bluegrass in all the right ways and this new project keeps them firmly connected to the traditions of the genre, while also allowing them to reach out into the broad horizon of string band music.”
–Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers

“I’m not sure what the definition of bluegrass would be in words alone, but if that definition was set to music, it would probably sound something like Town Mountain’s new Pinecastle Records release, ‘Leave the Bottle’… I could go on. There are no duds, and no filler songs on this project, which was produced by Mike Bub. But you get the point. This, my friends, is how bluegrass is supposed to sound.” –David Morris, Bluegrass Today

www.TownMountain.net

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Town Mountain & The Shawn Camp Band Present
The End of the World Bluegrass Bash @ The Grey Eagle

Friday, December 21, 2012
Show starts at 9pm with Town Mountain followed by the Shawn Camp Band
$10adv/ $12 dos
185 Clingman Ave. 28801 Asheville, NC 28801
828-232-5800
www.thegreyeagle.com

www.TownMountain.net

“I’m not sure what the definition of bluegrass would be in words alone, but if that definition was set to music, it would probably sound something like Town Mountain’s new Pinecastle Records release, ‘Leave the Bottle’… I could go on. There are no duds, and no filler songs on this project, which was produced by Mike Bub. But you get the point. This, my friends, is how bluegrass is supposed to sound.” –David Morris, Bluegrass Today

Asheville, NC bluegrass band Town Mountain is touring around 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 and currently sitting at #15 on Roots Music Report’s Bluegrass Album chart, Leave the Bottle has been generating rave reviews and serious airtime from bluegrass fans across the country.  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.

The new album once again features the stellar in-house songwriting that has become the band’s trademark. Leave the Bottle effortlessly covers a wide array of styles in the bluegrass spectrum. There’s the barroom swagger and honky tonk edge of tracks like “Up the Ladder” and the title track “Leave the Bottle”, the Jimmy Martin style bounce and confidence of “Lawdog” and “Lookin’ in the Mirror”, the Irish flavor of Bobby Britt’s “Four Miles”, and the laid back John Hartford style groove of “Greenbud on the Flower” among others.  But no matter the stlye, the band’s delivery gives every tune a true and honest feel. This album is sincere, heartfelt, bluegrass music from front to back.

“Centered around strong, soulful vocals, and poised to stay put,” says Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers, “Town Mountain are true to bluegrass in all the right ways and this new project keeps them firmly connected to the traditions of the genre, while also allowing them to reach out into the broad horizon of string band music. Leave the Bottle comes highly recommended.”

Their undeniable charm and winning way with words won Town Mountain a spot on 2012’s Putumayo’s Presents Bluegrass release, showcasing the Phil Barker original  “Diggin’ on the Mountainside” alongside tracks from Alison Krauss, David Grisman, Sam Bush, Railroad Earth, The Seldom Scene, and more.

Town Mountain’s Phil Barker has co-written songs for the Steep Canyon Rangers last two records, as well as for comedian/banjoist Steve Martin’s Grammy nominated Rare Bird Alert.

Town Mountain has also collaborated and/ or performed along with Doc Watson, Jim Lauderdale, Steep Canyon Rangers, Acoustic Syndicate, Keller Williams, Larry Keel, David Grisman, and The Infamous Stringdusters.

LISTEN to a fantastic interview (and some great tunes) with Town Mountain’s Jesse Langlais as he talks with Sloane Spencer from Country Fried Rock about the new album, musical influences and more.

More news, tour dates and information at www.TownMountain.net

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About the Shawn Camp Band: Some careers can be described with a couple of words, but Shawn Camp’s isn’t one of them. A bold and distinctive singer, a songwriter who’s provided material for artists ranging from Garth Brooks and Brooks & Dunn to Ralph Stanley, Del McCoury and Ricky Skaggs, and a multi-instrumentalist who’s played with everyone from Alan Jackson to the Osborne Brothers, his music sprawls across the lines that divide mainstream country, Americana, bluegrass and roots rock.

Some of Shawn’s songwriting accomplishment include: writing the  1997 #1 hit “2 Pina Colada’s” for Garth Brooks, 1998’s #1 “How Long Gone” for Brooks & Dunn, George Strait’s 2008 #1 song “River of Love”, Josh Turner’s 2007 #4 song “Would You Go With Me”, as well as several tunes on the 2002 Grammy winning Jim Lauderdale & Ralph Stanley album Lost in the Lonesome Pines.

www.ShawnCamp.com

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