Bluegrass band tour includes stop at Iron Post
URBANA — The Asheville, N.C.-based bluegrass band Town Mountain will perform at 6 p.m. Monday at The Iron Post, 102 S. Race St., as part of its multistate tour.
Among notable gigs on the band's tour are the Leftover Salmon's Bluegrass Throwdown, the John Hartford Memorial Festival, ROMP, The Hampton Taphouse Festival, The Festival of Bluegrass and RapidGrass.
Town Mountain released its fourth album, "Leave the Bottle," in fall 2012 on Pinecastle Records. Grammy Award-winner Mike Bub (Del McCoury Band) produced, and banjoist extraordinaire Scott Vestal (Sam Bush Band) engineered the album at his Digital Underground Studio in Nashville, Tenn.
After debuting at No. 4 on the Bluegrass Today Radio Chart, "Leave the Bottle" generated rave reviews and plenty of airtime from bluegrass fans nationwide.
Pop Matters listed the album as No. 6 Best Bluegrass Album of 2012, and WNCW radio listeners voted it No. 19 in the Top 100 albums of 2012 and No. 7 in regional bands.
WNCW is a noncommercial public radio station licensed to Isothermal Community College in Spindale, N.C.
Bluegrass Today's David Morris said: "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 'Leave the Bottle'...There are no duds, and no filler songs on this project. But you get the point. This, my friends, is how bluegrass is supposed to sound."
On "Leave the Bottle," Town Mountain covers a wide array of styles in the string band spectrum. The album features stellar in-house songwriting that has become the band's trademark.
They also will launch a new covers series that will kick off with their version of Bruce Springsteen's "I'm on Fire." It will premiere this month on The Bluegrass Situation (http://www.thebluegrasssituation.com).
Town Mountain members are 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.