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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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Tomorrow, Wednesday, October 24th my friend Sheila Shine and Jill Siller are hosting a pickin party/ open mic @ the Downtown Market on French Broad Ave, where Amazing Savings is…7:30-midnight…it’s the first of a regular series. They’ll have beer, wine, food and local art, clothes and jewelry to browse, so come pick and shop!  www.downtownmarketasheville.net

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Town Mountain Releases “Leave the Bottle”
Sept 4th through Pinecastle Records

~ Hard-Drivin’ Appalachian Bluegrass from the Carolinas ~

“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. Leave the Bottle comes highly recommended.” –Woody Platt of the Steep Canyon Rangers

“Town Mountain is not reinventing the wheel, but taking the wheel in their hands & driving the music down both familiar roads & out to new territory.” –Mike Bub

“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

Pre-Order Leave the Bottle
www.TownMountain.net

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Asheville, NC’s Bluegrass Band Town Mountain is excited to release their 4th album, Leave the Bottle, September 4, 2012. Town Mountain is Phil Barker on mandolin & vocals, Robert Greer on lead vocals & guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, and newest member Jon Stickley rounds them out with his steady bass and rock-solid guitar & vocals. They share the kind of easy-going friendly bond that relays itself through their music. One 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 2011’s Steady Operator, both through Pinecastle Records. Banjo player extraordinaire and longtime member of the Sam Bush Band, Scott Vestal, also joined the team by engineering the new album, which was recorded at Digital Underground Studio in Nashville, TN.

Town Mountain’s years of touring have created a mature well-traveled sound, a telepathic pickin’ style filled with mesmerizing interplay, and intoxicating rhythms that energize every tune. You hear it in Greer’s straightforward and genuine delivery of vocals that bear the burden of life, love, and loss in every lyric. “His voice has that hint of an edge to it that lends intensity and vitality to what he’s singing,” writes Bluegrass Unlimited. On Leave the Bottle, the band presents 11 original band-member written tunes and one cover (“Loaded” by The Wood Brothers.)

They head straight for your heart on hard-driving songs like “Run Junior Run” and “Don’t Go Home Tonight” (one of two tracks co-written with the Steep Canyon Rangers bassist Charles Humphrey III) as easily as they do on diverse numbers like “Greenbud on the Flower” (a song about cabin fever) and “Leave the Bottle”, which was written by Langlais about being away from the ones you love for long periods of time while on the road. The free-spirited nature of the band’s members running on the proverbial “treadmill of life” is what inspired Greer to write “Up the Ladder”. Another song from the road, “Lawdog”, sung and written by Barker in the manner of Jimmy Martin, is relatable to to anyone that inevitably gets pulled over while trying to make good time traveling. “Four Miles”, written by Britt, is the only instrumental track. What bluegrass album would be complete without its share of love and cheatin’ songs? Town Mountain holds this tradition, while adding funny twists to the story with Langlais’ double murder ballad “Away From Home”.

Thanks to their relatable, unforgettable lyrics along with their arresting stage presence and swagger, Town Mountain manages to rise above the seemingly bottomless canyon of bluegrass bands touring today and, inevitably, they will be traveling close to you sometime soon!

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Fishin and Pickin Presents Trout and Tunes 2 May 17-20, 2012!

It will be at Elk River Inn, cabins, and restaurant in Slatyfork, WV near Snowshoe Ski Resort.  Three days of instruction, small concerts, incredible food, and lodging. Enjoy pickin or just listening, relaxing with friends, fly and spin fishing for trout, beautiful scenery, learn a new lick, and listen to great music in a relaxed environment. Meals are included from Thursday evening through Sunday Breakfast. Private instruction, cabins, private rooms and bunkhouses are all available. Also enjoy hiking trails, mountain bike trails right out the door, porch pickin and campfires!

Join Larry Keel and Natural Bridge for a weekend to remember!

For more information or reservations please call: 304-572-3771 or 866-572-3771 or email at info@ertc.com and visit www.elkriverinnandrestaurant.com

www.larrykeel.com

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Original, and from the soul, Larry Keel, an acoustic Americana flatpicker, delivers inventive bluegrass, country, jam rock, roots reggae and indie-alt while always honoring those that introduced Bluegrass and Mountain Music. When Larry and his brother Gary Keel team up, as they occasionally do for live shows and two albums in the past six years, expect lightning-fast flatpicking!

The Keel Brothers music is deeply rooted in their father Jim Keel’s generation and his musical tastes, drawing on selections from the earliest Stanley Brothers, Hank Williams, Doc and Merle Watson, Classic Country Gentlemen, fiddle tunes and flatpicking guitar tunes and old ballads that were always a part of the weekly “jam sessions” of the Keels’ large circle of Bluegrass picker-friends. It was Larry’s older brother Gary (older by 12 years) who taught him to play the guitar at age 7, and bought him his first instrument.

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This just in!!  The Larry Keel Experience has a sound track included in a new film by Confluence Films.  They do WORLD CLASS movies about fly fishing, really the absolute best in the industry and the Keels are excited to be part of this one! Far be it from Larry Keel and his fast-pickin, fishin master band to miss out on an opportunity to be involved in a FISH PORN project as cool as this! no lover of travel, nature, exciting settings and music can resist!!

For this latest project, Confluence Films used one of Larry Keel Experience’s instrumental’s “Sound Check” in the Alaska segment of the movie. This tune was written by Will Lee and performed by The Larry Keel Experience on their self-titled album. Find out more about Larry Keel at www.larrykeel.com

Click here to check out the new trailer for CONNECT.

Confluence Films brings you their biggest project yet! In 2008 they brought you DRIFT. In 2009 it was RISE Now their most ambitious project yet- CONNECT. 2 Years in the making. 6 International locations. 12 Anglers. 10 species. 1 Angry Croc. On DVD and Blue Ray November 4th 2001.

The film will premiere Saturday, October 8th, 2011 at the Ellen Theatre in Bozeman, MT. Sponsors for CONNECT include Yellow Dog Flyfishing Adventures, Costa Del Mar Sunglasses, Hatch Reels and Simms Fishing Products.

You will have the chance to view the new movie “on the Big Screen” by attending one of the Screening events in Bozeman, MT (10/8 & 10/13)  —  Salt Lake City, UT (10/18)  —  Bend, OR (10/20)  —  Johannesburg, South Africa (11/25)

Check back to http://www.confluencefilms.tv/tour.php on a regular basis for more tour dates that will be added soon.

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Larry Keel, Natural Bridge and Elk River Inn/Restaurant are planning one of most unique bluegrass weekends ever offered in the Mid Atlantic states. You don’t want to miss this rare opportunity to attend a 3-day fishin and pickin weekend at the base of Snow Shoe Mountain In WV from April 28th- May 1st! Find out more at: http://larrykeel.com/uncategorized/fishin-and-pickin-presents-trout-tunes/

Larry Keel and Natural Bridge’s Banjo player, Will Lee, did a wonderful interview with Erin O’Neill from Graffiti Magazine in WV about the event. Here are some excerpts:

From a young age, Will Lee knew he wanted to be a performer. Growing up with musicians on both sides of his family, it was a natural progression for Lee to follow in their footsteps.

His father, Rickey Lee, was a well-known guitarist with the Bluegrass Tarheels, special proteges of Bill Monroe and later, lead guitarist for the Stanley Brothers. On his mom’s side, Grandpa Clark was a fine ragtime pianist whose two sons both play guitar.

Lee’s choice of instrument, the banjo, was passed down from his grandfather and namesake, William Penmon Lee, a respected clawhammer banjo player in Alabama and Mississippi.

After high school, young Will Lee began playing festivals and caught up with 19-year-old Larry Keel, a flat-picking phenom. The duo were soon joined by Danny Knicely and John Flower on mandolin and bass and Magraw Gap was born.

Now Lee is joining Keel once again to bring his two loves together — pickin’ and fishin’.


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Graffiti: Do you play primarily bluegrass or do you dabble in other genres?

Lee: Up until the time I met Larry Keel, Danny Knicely and Rex Mcgee, I was primarily a bluegrass banjo picker. And although I still hold down the bluegrass end in the band, I like doing the reggae and rock covers that we do. I like getting spacey, too.

Graffiti: What is it about “mountain music” that inspires you to keep going out and doing what you do?

Lee: It is basically the roots of many mainstream musics and I’m a third generation musician who respects where it all came from.

Graffiti: Tell me how you got hooked up with Larry Keel.

Lee: I met Larry Keel at Galax Fiddlers Convention and he was 16 and I was a couple years older – haha – I saw him in a jam session playing the fastest, hottest Tony Rice licks I’d ever heard. So I convinced him to come hang out with me and my brother and we’ve been pickin’ ever since.

Graffiti: What’s the deal with Trout and Tunes? Why combine these two things and what, specifically, will you be doing at the event?

Lee: At Trout and Tunes we are going to be hanging out doing some music workshops, having some jam sessions and fishing in some great West Virginia trout waters -both of which are two of my passions. I will be doing banjo workshops to hopefully help some folks that are just beginning and want to learn some new licks or some of my style of banjo or just to pick some tunes. And I plan on trying to catch some trout on the fly rod.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://graffitiwv.com/page/content.detail/id/501205/Lee–Have-banjo–will-travel.html?nav=5017

LKNB Photo by Vikas Nambiar

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