Flatt Lonesome: Press Releases
Award-winning group to release album during World of Bluegrass 2017
Nashville, TENN — From the moment of their brilliant self-titled debut in 2013, it’s been clear that Flatt Lonesome is, as the title of its 3rd album, a Runaway Train. Multiple IBMA, SPBGMA and Dove nominations and awards, top charting songs, Billboard charting albums, countless media appearances (including becoming familiar faces on the legendary Grand Ole Opry stage), and a demanding tour schedule all combine in testimony to the phenomenon that is Flatt Lonesome.
In the wake of three top IBMA honors in 2016, (Vocal Group, Song, and Album of the Year), and now, multiple nominations for the 2017 awards, (Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year), one might wonder, where do they go from here?
Flatt Lonesome has emerged from the studio with Silence In These Walls, a new album that answers the question unequivocally. This band of six brilliant musicians knows exactly where to go … to a well of emotion, to expressive vocal and instrumental performances, to increasingly sophisticated songwriting, and to inventive arrangements.
Silence In These Walls (Mountain Home Music Company 9.29.17) is an expression of Flatt Lonesome’s appreciation for musical tradition. With an ever-increasing emphasis on original material, the group honors Country and Bluegrass recording styles with a powerful sense of musical exploration. Melancholy themes of heartbreak, the harshness of life’s lessons, glowing moments of faith and love requited; all spring vividly from this innovative collection.
Much of the album is contemplative, almost brooding. In tone and theme, it is startlingly evocative and sophisticated. Songs like “All My Life,” “Where Do You Go?” and “Cry Oh Cry” contemplate topics like anxiety, questioning seasons in life, and making bittersweet choices of the heart. The tender hope of contentment and the acknowledgment of things that truly matter are explored in “Happy ‘Till He Comes” and “Draw Me Near.” Penned by Kelsi and Paul, “Falling” is a sweet respite; an easygoing love song that invites a moment of calm amid life’s turmoil.
In a nod to the musical traditions they hold dear, and almost in summary of the varied emotional themes, the band includes “Where Do You Go,” a thoughtful song that first appeared on Country icon Glen Campbell’s 1970 album, Try A Little Kindness. Charli takes the vocal lead, and those distinctive familial harmonies bring it poignantly home.
With a clear sense of direction, these young artists keep raising the bar on their own creative game. Flatt Lonesome owns this material through the commanding individual and collective performances of Charli Robertson, Buddy Robertson, Kelsi and Paul Harrigill, Dominic Illingworth and Michael Stockton.
Silence In These Walls will surely make a resounding impression when the project is released during World of Bluegrass 2017. September 29 is release day for this latest album from the powerhouse vocal and instrumental sensation that is Flatt Lonesome.
FLATT LONESOME is (L-R) Dominic Illingworth, Kelsi Robertson Harrigill, Buddy Robertson, Charli Robertson, Paul Harrigill, Michael Stockton
All My Life (Paul Harrigill, Tim Stafford)
It’s Just Sad (Wyatt McCubbin, Jason Hursey)
Build Me A Bridge (James C. Chamberlain, Wade Kirby, Wyatt McCubbin)
I’m Not Afraid to Be Alone (Paul Harrigill)
Cry Oh Cry (Paul Harrigill, Kelsi Harrigill)
Draw Me Near (Kelsi Harrigill)
Where Do You Go (Ed Penney Jr., John Dounard)
Highway of Pain (Glenn Russel Daughin)
Gently Please Tell Me Goodbye (Paul Harrigill)
Happy ‘Til He Comes (Kelsi Harrigill)
Falling (Paul Harrigill, Kelsi Harrigill)
You’re the Reason (Terry Fell, Mildred Imes, Fred Henley, Roberts Moncrief, Bobby Edwards)
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Nashville, TENN — The country’s hottest young bluegrass band has recorded a masterful acoustic rendition of one of today’s most well-known themes. Flatt Lonesome, in cooperation with Mountain Home Music Company and SiriusXM Radio, has just released a bluegrass version of the main theme from the wildly popular HBO series, Game of Thrones.
The *IBMA’s 2014 Emerging Artist of the year winning band was hand-picked by the staff of the SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction channel to record the theme. Arranged by Tim Surrett of the band Balsam Range, the song was recorded at the studio of Mountain Home in Arden. NC. Flatt Lonesome is signed to the Mountain Home label. The band also performed the theme live at the SiriusXM Music City Theater in Nashville and a video of that performance is available online.
The epic instrumental receives a treatment that moves from the familiar 3/4 tempo that fans of the show know so well, into a rousing 4/4 romp that only an outstanding, top-flight bluegrass outfit like Flatt Lonesome can Render.
To celebrate the highly-anticipated premiere of Season 6 of the television series, SiriusXM will feature the recording on Bluegrass Junction, Channel 61, which can be heard across North America. In addition, SiriusXM has posted the video of Flatt Lonesome’s performance on its YouTube channel. The project is being promoted on www.siriusxm.com as well as on its Facebook and Twitter sites.
*International Bluegrass Music Association
(NASHVILLE, TN) – Flatt Lonesome is set to release Runaway Train on Oct. 2nd. It is the third studio album from the bluegrass powerhouse, named IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year in 2014.
From the time of its debut, Flatt Lonesome has displayed all of the common characteristics shared by truly great bands – powerful vocals and harmony, elite musicianship, exemplary original material, and a relentless determination to grow and take risks. What sets this young band apart is the instantly recognizable sound resulting from familial harmony, and the group collaborations that enhance each member’s personal style. In short, this is a band that is elevated by its own delight in allowing individual members to shine.
Runaway Train hits the track to radio with “You’ll Pay.” The hard-charging, passionate song is an original by banjo player, Paul Harrigill and Danny Roberts, one of the album producers.
The signature, three-part sibling harmonies of Charli, Kelsi and Buddy Robertson are as jaw-dropping on the record as they are live. It is this passion for vocal performance that shines on songs like “Still Feeling Blue” and “Don’t Come Running.” It can also be heard on the masterful remake of the 1990 Dwight Yoakam original “You’re The One.”
As the Yoakam cut displays, Flatt Lonesome has absorbed and blended elements of Country into its distinctive sound. The title track is a good example of why this group reportedly appears on the personal playlists of renowned country artists like Lee Ann Womack, Daryle Singletary, and Vince Gill.
The musicianship on Runaway Train matches the vocal excellence of Flatt Lonesome. This is the first project on which Flatt Lonesome has included an instrumental track. “Road to Nottingham” allows each instrument to speak as it and flows conversationally through sophisticated phases of both restrained and explosive playing.
Runaway Train is not only a fitting name for a new album, but also an ideal analogy for the momentum of Flatt Lonesome’s career. The current Emerging Artist of the Year is clearly barreling down the fast track.
For more information: http://flattlonesome.com
Balsam Range Takes Top Honors at IBMA Awards: Mountain Home Music Company artists honored for excellence in several categories
Nashville, TN – It was a big night for Balsam Range at the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards, which were announced during a red carpet event at the annual World of Bluegrass convention in Raleigh, NC.
Singer/Fiddler Buddy Melton was named Male Vocalist of the Year and shared his heartfelt gratitude from the stage. Balsam Range was honored as Vocal Group of the Year, and in the final award of the night, this band of friends from North Carolina’s Haywood County was honored with the coveted IBMA Entertainer of the Year Award.
Guitar virtuoso and singer, Caleb Smith, however, nearly missed the big moment.
Balsam Range had just performed “Moon Over Memphis” and Caleb was backstage talking guitars with fellow-artist, Del McCoury. Guitars are, after all, a favorite topic for Smith, a luthier who makes Caleb Smith Guitars. When the Entertainer of the Year award was announced, McCoury had to interrupt Smith, saying “Son, I think they just said your name.” No fret, Caleb made it to the stage in time to accept the award alongside Tim Surrett, Buddy Melton, Marc Pruett and Darren Nicholson.
Label-mates at Mountain Home Music Company also received IBMA awards. Adam Steffey of The Boxcars was named Mandolin Player of the Year, and Flatt Lonesome won the Emerging Artist of the Year award. At an earlier luncheon program, Tim Surrett of Balsam Range was honored with the Mentor Award (one of a series of special honors called Momentum Awards) for his inspiration and work with young and developing artists.
Balsam Range recently released its fifth album, FIVE. The band’s previous release, PAPERTOWN, was named 2013 IBMA Album of the Year.
IBMA Awards are decided by a vote of the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. The IBMA Awards Show was broadcast live on SiriusXM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction), and streamed for viewing by Music City Roots.
From the driving kick-off song “So Far,” to the lonesome ballad “Make it Through the Day,” to the Tim Stafford original “Dangerous Dan” and on to the swing feel of “Never Let Me Go,” soaring sibling harmonies and hot picking dominate.
“Since the last release, we’ve learned even more how to be a band,” says singer and mandolin player Kelsi Harrigill. “We still showcase each member, but what is important is that we perform more like a unit on this album. We have really found our identity as Flatt Lonesome.”
Flatt Lonesome considers itself a family even beyond ties of blood and marriage. Their close bond is a result of both a life on the road performing as well as shared convictions exemplified by the band’s inclusion of sincerely written and delivered original Gospel songs.
No longer newcomers, Flatt Lonesome’s growth in skill and experience offers Bluegrass lovers a confident look into the future of the music.
Flatt Lonesome, the band, was born to make music. With tightly knit sibling harmonies, stellar musicianship and fantastic performances, there’s no limit to what this new group can accomplish.
Flatt Lonesome, the album, is a fantastic fusion of cool country, classic bluegrass and God-honoring Gospel—all loaded up into a dynamic debut release.
If you haven’t already, discover Flatt Lonesome now here.
It will be available everywhere fine Bluegrass is sold on January 29, 2013.
Arden, NC – October 29, 2012 – Flatt Lonesome has signed a long-term recording contract with Pisgah Ridge Records (an imprint of Mountain Home Music Company). The group recently finished recording their debut album at Crossroads Studios for a first-quarter 2013 release.
This young, talented group has certainly made their mark in the Bluegrass world, winning the coveted SPGMA Band Competition in 2012. Their upcoming release will showcase their diversity with a mix of hard-hitting Bluegrass, Country, and Gospel songs.
Kelsi Robertson Harrigill of Flatt Lonesome says, “We are so thrilled and honored to be signing with Pisgah Ridge! Flatt Lonesome is ecstatic about what lies ahead!”
Flatt Lonesome will be represented for booking and management by the Andrea Roberts Agency. Andrea states, “I look forward to what the future holds for Flatt Lonesome and the part that Pisgah Ridge will play in that! It’s an honor for me to represent Flatt Lonesome as agent and manager and an honor for me to work alongside all of the good folks at Pisgah Ridge!”
Worldwide distribution and promotion of Flatt Lonesome’s recordings will be provided by Pisgah Ridge’s parent company, Crossroads Entertainment and Marketing, Inc.