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Town Mountain signs with New West

Thursday, June 23, 2022 – Town Mountain signed with New West Records and will release "Lines in the Levee" on Oct. 7.

The 11-song collection was produced, engineered, and mixed by the multiple Grammy Award nominated Justin Francis (Kacey Musgraves, Orville Peck, Anti-Flag) at Ronnie's Place in Nashville.

Hailing from Asheville, N.C., Town Mountain follows-up 2018's "New Freedom Blues" and is the first to feature the addition of drummer Miles Miller. The band consists of Phil Barker, Bobby Britt, Robert Greer, Jesse Langlais, Miles Miller and Zach Smith.

The base of Town Mountain's music is Americana, country, bluegrass and folk. Greer, a guitarist, said, "This is the sound we've been working towards since the inception of the band. It isn't a departure, it's an evolution. The gate is wide open right now."

A video of the title track, which was directed by Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard for Neighborhoods Apart, was released today. Barker, Town Mountain's primary lyricist, said the song "was written amid the social upheaval of 2020. Lyrically, I wanted the song to communicate that a change is coming for those who don't have a voice or feel disenfranchised. Musically, I wanted the rhythm to have a similar intensity and make you feel like something is about to happen."

Langlais, who plays banjo, said of the partnership with the label, "New West came to some of our shows and the ball started rolling. They knew they wanted to work with us, and we knew we wanted to work with them. New West lets the artist steer the ship and that's what we were looking for — to have the autonomy to do what we want, but to also

The track list is:
1. Lines in the Levee
2. Comeback Kid
3. Distant Line
4. Firebound Road
5. Rene
6. Seasons Don't Change
7. Daydream Quarantina
8. Big Decisions
9. Unsung Heroes
10. American Family
11. Lean Into the Blue

Tour dates are:
June 25 - Hootenanny at The Caverns - Pelham, TN
July 8 - Byrd's Creek Music Festival - Crossville, TN
July 29 - Wolf Hills Brewing - Abingdon, VA
July 22 - Hangar House - Salt Lake City, UT
July 23 - Oyster Ridge Music Festival - Kemmerer, WY
July 29 - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC
July 30 - Salvage Station - Asheville, NC
Aug. 5 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw, NC
Aug. 6 - Eddie's Attic - Atlanta, GA
Aug. 19 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
Aug. 20 - The Monument - Winchester,VA
Sept. 2 - Nelsonville Music Fest - Nelsonville, OH
Sept. 30 - Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival - Middlesboro,KY
Oct. 5 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN (Album Release Performance)
Oct. 6 - The Burl - Lexington, KY (Album Release Performance)
Oct. 14 - Southgate House - Cincinnati, OH
Oct. 15 - HiFi Indy - Indianapolis, IN
Oct. 20 - Outer Banks Bluegrass Fest - Manteo, NC
Oct. 21 - The Camel - Richmond, VA
Oct. 22 - The Hamilton - Washington, DC
Nov. 4 - Southern Pines Concert Series - Southern Pines, NC
Nov. 5 - 5 Points Music Sanctuary - Roanoke, VA
Nov. 6 - Headliners - Louisville, KY
Nov. 8 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
Nov. 9 - Tulsa Shrine - Tulsa, OK
Nov. 10 - Tulips - Ft. Worth, TX
Nov. 11 - The Ballroom - Austin, TX
Nov. 12 - Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX
Nov. 13 - Hideaway on Lee - Lafayette, LA

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CD review - New Freedom Blues Town Mountain is a bluegrass band at its core. But here, whilst true to the bluegrass form (drinking - "One Drop In The Bottle; wide open spaces - "North of Cheyenne"; more open spaces- "Lazy River," "Pamlico"), there's an edge to it all. "Life and Debt" is, not surprisingly, a pushback on the New American Normal, as is the title cut. Town Mountain's sixth studio album shows the group's writing strength and confidence in playing. ...
CD review - Southern Crescent Town Mountain offers a bluegrass album you can sink your teeth into. Leave aside the time-worn battle between bluegrass and newgrass. Town Mountain presents a straightforward case for respect in bluegrass, the odd piano and percussive effect notwithstanding. The CD starts out with a modest-appearing, "St. Augustine" (clocking in at one minute) that is anything but slight. A clever fiddle hesitation bowing is followed by a hard-fought instrumental track that announces that the Town ...
CD review - Leave the Bottle Bluegrass ranges from the smooth baritone of David Parmley and Charlie Waller to the high tenor of Larry Stephenson to the mountain music of Dr. Ralph Stanley. If you're familiar with Junior Sisk, who is closer to Stanley than Parmley, then you know what to expect from Town Mountain. This is the bluegrass music you'll hear around the campfire at many festivals: excellent instrumental work, untrained yet good, on-key singing. All but one of the songs was written or co-written by band members. ...

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