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Town Mountain Plays Club Heaven & Hell w/ Big Chimney on Wed, Feb 13th
Town Mountain @ Club Heaven & Hell *w/ Big Chimney
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
$8 adv/ $12 dos; 21+
2327 18th St. NW, Washington, DC 20009
“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
“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 MattersASHEVILLE, NC-- 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, 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 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.
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.