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Beyond the Valley: Behind the Scenes with Hey Monea

This week, I’m stepping outside the “comfort” of home and taking an in-depth look at Hey Monea, a pop/rock band from Canton, OH. I’ll do this from time-to-time because, quite simply, there is great music outside of the Lehigh Valley that deserves to be heard.

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Beyond the Valley: Rising Bluegrass Act Town Mountain Releases “Down Low” ft. Tyler Childers

Noted bluegrass group Town Mountain unveils “Down Low” featuring Tyler Childers, the third single from their forthcoming record. A few years ago, banjo player Jesse Langlais and Childers teamed up to write what would become the closing cut for their forthcoming record, New Freedom Blues. “To me, ‘Down Low’ has a Waylon vibe, which is a damn good vibe to have,” Langlais says. “My favorite line in the song, which was a Tyler line, is, ‘I’ve been getting into meanness on the dark end of the street.’ Ahh, that’s downright lonesome.” The track is available today on AmazonApple Music, and Spotify.

Set for release on October 26, 2018, New Freedom Blues and Town Mountain’s upbeat, live performances have been praised by outlets like the Bluegrass Situation, SiriusXM, No Depression, American Songwriter, and Rolling Stone, who recently named the group an Artist You Need to Know. Town Mountain will appear at IBMA and continue on a Southeast tour throughout November, proceeding a December tour with Tyler Childers (full dates below).

New Freedom Blues was recorded at Asheville’s iconic Echo Mountain Studios with producer Caleb Klauder; the 11 tracks that comprise the album span the sum total of the band’s eclectic influences, from traditional bluegrass to roots pop to hardscrabble honky tonk. The album also marks the first time the band brought a drummer – Sturgill Simpson collaborator Miles Miller – into the studio.

Town Mountain is Langlais, Barker, vocalist/guitarist Robert Greer, fiddle player Bobby Britt, and bassist Zach Smith. Since releasing their debut album Original Bluegrass and Roots Country in 2007, Town Mountain have made a name for themselves in bluegrass and roots circuits and have amassed a sizable catalog of original songs. They’ve toured with a who’s who of like-minded artists, including Ralph Stanley and His Clinch Mountain Boys, the Del McCoury Band, Greensky Bluegrass, Yonder Mountain String Band, and many others. Southern Crescent debuted at number four on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart, and held strong in the Americana Music Association’s Radio Chart Top Forty for 10 weeks. In 2016, Town Mountain made their Grand Ole Opry debut, performing both at the Opry House and at the famed Ryman Auditorium.

GRAMMY winner, producer, and musician Buddy Miller said, “Town Mountain aren’t out to reinvent the wheel, they’re like a new set of the finest tires that gives you a new ride. There’s no fat, no gratuitous notes, no extra stuff, just amazing songs, singing and playing from one of the best bands out there… or maybe they are the new wheel.”

Listen to “Down Low” on Spotify below!

WXPN Presents ‘Thank You’ to Listeners with Free Lake Street Dive Show June 19

Philadelphia public radio station WXPN, heard at 91.9 FM in Northwestern New Jersey and the Poconos and on 104.9 in the Lehigh Valley, is bringing Lake Street Dive to the Sherman Theater (524 Main Street) in Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania for a special free concert on Tuesday, June 19. Admission is free with advance RSVP.
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Smash Your (Least) Favorite Electronic Device in Leaders in the Clubhouse’s New Video

San Diego-based pop rockers Leaders in the Clubhouse were guests on The Balcony Show this past Wednesday night on WLVU: The Sound of The Underground, and they unveiled a new, interactive idea for their upcoming music video for their song, “These Goddamn Devices.”

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Philly-based Local Music Advocate to Release Debut Record for New Project

The debut record from Sightline Heights, a new alternative rock project from the Philadelphia area, is set to be released worldwide on June 8th, 2018 through all major online retailers and streaming services. As the solo project of Marc Eimer, a Philadelphia-area native that has long been an advocate for independent artists, the 4-song EP features Eimer on vocals and guitar, with guest appearances from long-time friends Stephen Lorek and Dylan Mulcahy, formerly of XPN-supported band Shark Tape, on bass and drums respectively. 

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