Jackson County Line & Mountain Heart 9/23Saturday, September 23 2017 6:00pm Doors / 8:00pm Start
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at City Winery Atlanta
Jackson County Line
According to Paste Magazine, Jackson County Line “camps out at the mellow end of the Americana spectrum”. Unique instrumentation featuring guitar, cello, pedal steel, bass and drums affords this five piece the flexibility to bring a wall or a whisper to the stage. Formed in 2006 Jackson County Line performs throughout the Southeast. Regulars at renowned Atlanta listening room Eddie’s Attic and Little Five Points rock hall Variety Playhouse, they have also been featured on the TBS series Storyline, Fox 5’s Good Day Atlanta, and were regular guests on WRFG 89.3. JCL have also been regular performers at the Atlanta Dogwood Festival and the Virginia Highland Summerfest. Their independently released eponymous debut album Jackson County Line garnered glowing reviews from the likes of Paste Magazine, Georgia Music Magazine, Southeastern Performer, and The Muse’s Muse. Their second album “South” also garnered worldly reviews, as it was eagerly anticipated. In early 2016 they released their third album "January" and are performing throughout the Southeast promoting it in conjunction with their fourth release, an EP entitled "White Flowers". Kevin Jackson sings and puts soul into Jackson County Line’s distinctive blend of Americana. He covers the acoustic guitar and lead vocals. Tim Anderson plays cello and lends a hand to the lush vocal harmonies. Jonny D. bridges the melodic and rhythmic gap on both pedal steel and lead guitar. Greg Partridge fills in the bottom on bass and Paul Barrie keeps it all moving on drums and percussion.
Mountain Heart is thrilled to announce their new partnership and their recent release Blue Skies! This self-produced project is what the band calls, “the most emotional performance of the best batch of songs of our careers.” Rolling Stone Country: "Mountain Heart manages to straddle the line between complete reinvention and staying true to their roots — there's a palpable electric current running through "Blue Skies," while still maintaining the relaxed, festival-ready pulse they've become known for over the course of more than a decade” The Daily Country: “Mountain Heart is set to return with Blue Skies, their first studio album in five years, on May 6th. The album finds the group reinvented with front man Josh Shilling being the only member previously featured on a Mountain Heart release. The rest of the line-up now includes violinist Molly Cherryholmes (of 5-time Grammy-nominees Cherryholmes), Jeff Partin, Aaron Ramsey, and Seth Taylor and while the quintet stays true its bluegrass roots, they add R&B, country, and jazz alongside some heavenly harmonies and brilliant musicianship creating a high-energy, soulful sound.
The ten-song collection, which was produced by the band and cut live to tape, begins with the lazy day jam “Blue Skies,” a clear as day toe tapper reminding one to “set your spirit free every once in a while.” Mountain Heart is the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played. The band's name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group's creation. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship and just as notably, their incendiary live performances. Mountain Heart or members have been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, CMA awards. The band has also been nominated for and won multiple IBMA's. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 130 times, and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, The Punch Brothers, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and many more.
Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity - the band is comprised of top call studio pros at every position, unmatched energy, and a keen sense of entertainment dynamics have helped them to forge a highly unique sound and stage show which appeals to an ever-growing variety of musical tastes. From large outdoor Folk music, Americana, Jam and Bluegrass festivals, to sold-out shows opening for Southern Rock icons like The Marshall Tucker Band, The Tedeshi Trucks Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mountain Heart always makes an undeniable connection with an audience. This rare combination makes Mountain Heart one of the more versatile musical acts ever assembled. Throughout the band's storied history, members past and present have dedicated their time, talent, and creativity to the group, leading to their hard earned reputation as one of the most exciting and unforgettable live shows anywhere in the world. With a new team in place, Mountain Heart is beyond excited for this new beginning and journey ahead.