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IBMA Emerging Artist Candidate For Nomination To
Headline Busy Bird Festival July 9
|Nashville, TN (July 6, 2016) – Kentucky Bluegrassers NewTown are enjoying a busy week as their new CD, HARLAN ROAD, hits stores Friday, July 8, and the IBMA Emerging Artist candidate for nomination headlines the popular Busy Bird Festival on July 9. The disc’s title track premiered on Bluegrass Today last month to rave reviews.|
John Lawless of Bluegrass Today calls their sound “hard-edged contemporary Bluegrass, modern yet still representing the traditions of their Kentucky roots.” Rick Moore of Music News Austin notes the disc’s “excellent singing and playing drive home the authenticity of the lyrics to some fine story songs.”
Produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Barry Bales, the 11-track outing is on the Mountain Home Music Company label. Filled with tales of the “everyman,” HARLAN ROAD is available for pre-order now on iTunes and includes three instant downloads upon purchase.
The Lexington-based band is fronted by award-winning fiddler Kati Penn and her husband, Jr. Williams, a respected banjo player; both mesmerizing vocalists. The disc “covers all the hoped-for territory while also expanding all expectations,” writes Greg Victor for ParcBench.com. Syndicated UK radio host Bryan Chalker adds, “This is a masterful exercise in progressive Bluegrass that retains the very essence of the genre.”
IBMA members wishing to vote for NewTown in the Emerging Artist category can do so until 5 p.m. CT July 8. To access the ballot, click HERE.
Founded in 2009, NewTown made the national spotlight with the 2013 album, TIME MACHINE, and the #1 Bluegrass Today single, “All I Was to You.” The group has gained a strong following playing festivals throughout the U.S., and sharing bills with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, John Cowan Band and more. The group has appeared several times at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville, and twice performed at IBMA World of Bluegrass showcases in Raleigh, North Carolina. In addition to Penn and Williams, Travis Anderson (bass), Mitchell Cannon (mandolin) and Hayes Griffin (guitar) round out the band. Between them, they bring Jazz, Bluegrass and Contemporary disciplines to the music, completing the diverse and textured sound that is NewTown.
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“There has been a lot of talk lately about real artists having to spend 10,000 hours to hone their craft before ever setting foot on stage. Okay, then, count NewTown for about 50,000 hours and count yourself lucky if you have this recording in your hands or in your ears. Bands like NewTown are not by any means common; they’re not made every day. It takes sweat equity, passion, patience and vision.”—John E. Cowan
“Everybody has always known about what a great fiddler and singer Kati Penn-Williams is,” said producer and Pisgah Ridge A&R Director Tim Surrett. “But with this album, the musicianship of their great band, the powerful presence of Jr. Williams as a lead vocalist, and C.J. Cain’s great original songs, this band has become a true musical unit.”
“After several albums, and all that time on the road, they’ve gelled,” said Pisgah Ridge General Manager Mickey Gamble. “The chemistry just happens.”
“I am grateful for NewTown. I am grateful that they are playing music in an art form that is more concerned with creativity and honest artistry, than who is on the dying ‘hit parade.’ The beauty in the singing and playing, the depth of thoughtful, pointed, mature songwriting is what this band is about. Their ‘mission statement,’ as it is, starts with track 1 (‘All I Was To You’) and ends with track 10 (‘A Train Robbery’) Time Machine is worth every minute of your precious time.”—John E. Cowan
Arden, NC (April 9, 2013) – Lexington, Kentucky based group NewTown just signed a contract to release their next album on Pisgah Ridge Records. This dynamic group is known for their tasteful balance of traditional and progressive styles. The group consists of fiddler and vocalist Kati Penn-Williams, her husband and banjo player and vocalist Jr. Williams, guitarist, vocalist and songwriter C.J. Cain, bassist Terry Poirier, and new member Clint Hurd on mandolin and vocals.
The group will be working with producer Tim Surrett at the Crossroads Studios in June to record the new project.
C.J. Cain tells us: “We are really excited about working with Pisgah Ridge on our sophomore project. They are the perfect fit to facilitate the direction we want to go with this release. We can’t wait to get it to the fans!”
Tim Surrett added: “Jr. and I have been friends for 25 years. It’s really great to finally get in the studio and make some music. This band came in and blew us away with their original songs and musicianship. It’s going to be a fun project!”
Pictured: L-R C.J. Cain, Kati Penn-Williams, Producer Tim Surrett, Terry Poirier, Jr. Williams
Not Pictured: Clint Hurd