May 16th, 2019 Town Mountain
If You Like: Greensky Bluegrass, Grateful Dead, Tyler Childers
Thursday, May 16th 2019 @ The Abingdon Market Pavilion, Abingdon, VA
Time – Doors Open at 6:30 PM
Show Starts at 7:00 PM
Opening Act: Tellico
FREE! No outside alcohol or coolers. Food Trucks on site. Beer Garden proceeds benefit Virginia Creeper Trail Conservancy.
Raw, soulful, and with plenty of swagger, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard- driving sound, their in-house songwriting and the honky-tonk edge that permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base of Town Mountain's music is the first and second generation of bluegrass spiced with country, old school rock ‘n’ roll, and boogie-woogie. It's what else goes into the mix that brings it all to life both on stage and on record and reflects the group's wide-ranging influences –from the Grateful Dead's Jerry Garcia and the ethereal lyrics of Robert Hunter, to the honest, vintage country of Willie, Waylon, and Merle. The Bend Bulletin’s Brian McElhiney says Town Mountain, “has serious country and rock ’n’ roll DNA.” Town Mountain features guitarist and vocalist Robert Greer, banjoist Jesse Langlais, mandolinist Phil Barker, fiddler Bobby Britt, and Zach Smith on bass. Released October 26th, Town Mountain's latest album New Freedom Blues (2018) is full of new material and features several guest artists including Tyler Childers who co-wrote one of the songs, Miles Miller (Sturgill Simpson, drummer), and other friends. Their prior album,Southern Crescent (April 1, 2016), debuted at #4 on the Billboard Bluegrass Chart while staying for ten weeks on the Americana Music Association's radio chart Top 40, and widely considered one of the best bluegrass albums of that year.
Special Guests: Tellico
With vivid original storytelling, vibrant musicianship and arresting honesty, Asheville NC’s Tellico explores the beauty of songcraft through the lens of the Appalachian stringband tradition. Their distinctive sound combines some of the most authentic voices, compelling songs and talented instrumentalists in North Carolina and beyond.
Tellico features the singing and songwriting of Anya Hinkle (guitar, fiddle) and Stig Stiglets (bass, harmonica), with Aaron Ballance on dobro and Jed Willis on mandolin and clawhammer banjo.
In late 2018, Tellico released Woven Waters (Organic Records) produced by Celtic guitar legend John Doyle, and quickly won honors on folk charts for #1 song and #1 artist in just its first month at radio. Tour highlights include appearances at MerleFest, Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, and Bristol Rhythm and Roots to name a few.
“Tellico puts their ‘Appalachiacana’ sound to work showcasing some of what western North Carolina is known for...”
--The Bluegrass Situation