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Town Mountain 2013 Photo #1-HI RES-by Jason Beverly

Town Mountain is Robert Greer on vocals & guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Phil Barker on mandolin & vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, & Jake Hopping on upright bass. Photo by Jason Beverly.

Town Mountain’s ‘I’m on Fire’ Featured on The Bluegrass Situation,
Runnin’ From The Lawdog

Hard Drivin’ Carolina String Band, Town Mountain, is touring with their fourth album, Leave the Bottle [Pinecastle 2012]. Want to know what it is like to be on the road with Town Mountain? Arthur Hancock writes about his experience traveling with the band on The Bluegrass Situation. He says, “What I’ve come to learn by spending time with the band is that they share a deep reverence for the players and singers that are the foundation of bluegrass music. Although sometimes late at night driving back from a gig ‘Purple Rain’ might come on the iPod, most of the time you’d be more likely to hear The Gillis Brothers, early Stanleys, or a live recording of Town Mountain that they are poring over in pursuit of their craft.”

The Bluegrass Situation also premiered the band’s official backstage video of their version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” in the same post. Read the article and see the video here http://bit.ly/132c2bS

This video is the first installment of the new “Town Mountain Covers Series” hosted by The Bluegrass Situation. They’ll do two or three more cover songs of their choice and then let the audience chime in with suggestions on what cover song they would like to hear Town Mountain do. Stay tuned to The Bluegrass Situation for more details as the festival season unfolds!

“I’m On Fire,” is a song that has been in Town Mountain’s repertoire for years and was recorded on their 2008 album Heroes & Heretics; the band has continued to play and develop their version at live shows. After a nice mention about their version of the “I’m On Fire” in Pop Matters [2012] and a shout out from Dale Earnhardt Jr to check out the song when he took over the National Guard’s twitter account in November of 2012, it has resurfaced into the public eye. A YouTube video with the track, which simply shows Heroes & Heretics’s album cover, has garnered 100,000+ views. We are happy to present an official backstage video of the band performing the song.

“They pick and sing with a passion you don’t find much these days, it’s refreshing and real good.  Put the cd in the truck, hit the parkway or some other good riding road, roll the windows down, and play it loud. PS. Watch out for the lawdog,” says John Roten of WPEK/WMXF.

All of the members of Town Mountain are songwriters and bring original tunes to the band’s sound. One notable song,  “Lawdog,” is a song from the road that opens a cappella and is sung and written by Barker in the manner of Jimmy Martin; it is relatable to anyone that inevitably gets pulled over while trying to make good time traveling. Juli Thanks writes, Phil Barker’s ‘Lawdog’ sounds like an unearthed classic, and the group’s tight harmonies alone make this record a treat for any bluegrass fan.” She listed Leave the Bottle on the Top 20 Bluegrass Albums of 2012 by Engine 145 and said, “This is one up and coming band you’ll want to keep an eye on in 2013 and beyond.”

WATCH Town Mountain perform “Lawdog” live on WAMU–>

Town Mountain is chasin’ the horizon this summer and heading to a town near you from the east to the west, from the deep south to close to the Canadian border.

For more information about Town Mountain and their current tour dates, please visit TownMountain.net and facebook.com/TownMountain.

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Dehlia Low officially release Dehlia Low – Live tonight (Nov 5th) at the Get Down in West Asheville! Check out this excerpt of an interview with them in the Asheville Citizen Times’ Take Five:

Dehlia Low celebrates live CD with West Asheville show
by Michael Flynn • published November 5, 2010

ASHEVILLE – At traditional bluegrass gatherings, people sometimes ask members of Asheville’s Dehlia Low why the five-person string band has no banjo player. Guitarist and singer Stacy Claude has come up with an answer.

“I tell people that we had only five seats in the van,” she says with a laugh, “so someone had to go.”

Judging by the band’s growing audience and recognition, Dehlia Low’s blend of bluegrass, country and Americana music sounds just right as is.

The band is playing tonight at West Asheville’s new Get Down to celebrate its latest release, a live album that includes songs from a May gig at The Grey Eagle.

“We’ve been talking about it for a while,” Claude says about recording live. “We feel our studio albums are different than our live performances, and we wanted to capture some of that live energy.”

Along with Claude, the band features vocalist and fiddler Anya Hinkle, dobro player Aaron Ballance, mandolin picker Bryan Clendenin and upright bassist Greg Stiglets. The group came together about three years ago, sparked by connections from Jack of the Wood’s Celtic jam sessions.

The members’ blend of vocal harmonies, acoustic picking and country dobro creates a classic Asheville take on traditional music.

“We like to say we have a foot in bluegrass and a foot in Americana and roots music,” Claude says.

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Look for the group to continue to grow its fan base next year, with more touring and another album written and ready to record. Asheville, Claude says, is the perfect launching pad for the band.

“Living in a community with so many acoustic musicians of this caliber keeps you on your toes,” she says.

“It’s an amazing place to be a musician.”

Michael Flynn writes about entertainment for take5. E-mail him at mickfly@bellsouth.net.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.citizen-times.com/article/20101105/ENT/311050017/1291/ADVERTISING

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Check out this great writeup of Dehlia Low in the High Country Press in Boone, NC:

Asheville’s Dehlia Low at ReelHouse Cinema June 11

Story by Anna Oakes www.highcountrypress.com

A month ago the three-year-old Dehlia Low, a five-piece acoustic Americana outfit based in Asheville, played MerleFest for the first time. The exposure at the Southeast’s marquee roots music festival earned the band a sizeable bump in CD sales, and by the time the band members got home, their Facebook fan base had doubled.

“Oh my gosh, it was amazing,” said guitarist and vocalist Stacy Claude. “It was a dream come true for all of us. We have this checklist of five major festivals that we really want to play, and that absolutely was the first one.”

The band’s next stop on the summer tour is at ReelHouse Cinema and Draft in Boone on Friday, June 11, at 10:00 p.m. The show is 18 and up, and the cover is $7. Boone bluegrass band Upright and Breathin’ will open the show.

Since forming in August 2007, a lot has changed for Dehlia Low.

“We’re a completely different band, I think,” said Claude. The band got its start playing traditional bluegrass covers, but the band’s growth and experience over the past few years has its sound “keeping a foot in bluegrass and moving toward the Americana genre,” Claude said.

With Claude on guitar and vocals, Anya Hinkle on fiddle and vocals, Aaron Balance on dobro, Bryan Clendenin on mandolin and vocals and Greg Stiglets on upright bass, Dehlia Low combines the styles of traditional string bands, country and bluegrass (minus the hard-driving banjo).

Last year was an eventful one for the band, as it self-released its first full-length album, Tellico.

“The process of recording in a studio absolutely helped define our sound,” Claude said. “Recording is a really exposing experience.” The hard work paid off, as the album received national and international radio play and positive reviews from leading roots music publications.

WNCW 88.7 FM listeners voted for Tellico as the No. 2 regional release of 2009 (second only to the Avett Brothers’ I and Love and You) and the No. 18 release of the top 100 overall.

In between gigs across the Southeast, the band performed at 13 festivals in 2009, including the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Appalachian Uprising, Durango Meltdown and Pick-A-Thon. Shortly after playing MerleFest this year, Dehlia Low performed at the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival in Pennsylvania.

Writing has already begun for the follow-up to Tellico, and the band is also recording a live album. Seeking a strategic approach to its growth, Dehlia Low would like to hire an agent and someone to manage the band before the release of its next album, and the band is gradually building upon its fan markets in the Southeast and Pennsylvania with hopes of eventually becoming a national touring act.

READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE: http://www.highcountrypress.com/weekly/2010/06-03-10/ashevilles-dehlia-low.htm

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