Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain, based in Asheville, NC, has been touring with their 5th studio album, Southern Crescent, which came out April 1, 2016 on LoHi Records and was produced and engineered by GRAMMY winner Dirk Powell, Southern Crescent, in Powell’s studio The Cypress House in south-central Louisiana town of Breaux Bridge.
Town Mountain always loves performing at the World Famous Station Inn and they are bringing something a little different this time around for their Halloween show on Sunday, October 30th.
They will be performing JD Crowe and The New South’s album My Home Ain’t In The Hall Of Fame. The album features songs such as “Railroad Lady,” “Tennessee Blues,” “Sin City,” “(I’ll Be Your) Stepping Stone” and more! They’ll also mix in some other Crowe classics. To get in the spirit they are also encouraging folks to come in 1970’s style attire for a costume contest!
All Music Guide writes of the Crowe and the album, “In the late ’70s, banjo virtuoso and bandleader J.D. Crowe was one of several forward-looking bluegrass artists looking to expand the music’s stylistic boundaries. Bands like the Country Gentlemen and the Seldom Scene did so by taking rock & roll songs and giving them relatively traditional bluegrass settings; Crowe’s approach, at least temporarily, was to bring steel guitar, electric bass, and drums to bear on bluegrass material. The resulting sound on this 1978 recording was completely different from most of what was then being called ‘progressive bluegrass,’ and in fact, to call this album ‘progressive bluegrass’ would be rather misleading. Basically, this is a honky tonk album with a banjo and a few bluegrass numbers thrown in… bluegrass purists should consider themselves duly warned.”
No Depression’s Amos Perrine names Town Mountain as, “the most exciting bluegrass band to come along in a long time,” which is echoed by Music City Roots’ Craig Havighurst’s 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 is 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.