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Walk With Me Propels The Kickin Grass Band Beyond Bluegrass Boundaries

New Album Released July 24, 2012 on Superfan Records; Features Stellar Lineup

 

RALEIGH, NC (June 21, 2012) – Superfan Records today announced the release of the Kickin Grass Band’s newest album, Walk With Me. This is the band’s first full-length album since 2008 and the first to feature the current lineup.  The album tells a nuanced musical story of grief, exploration, hard-won acceptance and understanding as only a close-knit veteran ensemble can.  Walk With Me is scheduled for release on July 24, 2012.

 

The Raleigh-based Kickin Grass Band is known for their unique bluegrass style—equal parts vintage and nouveau.  On Walk With Me, the group delightfully stretches and builds each song beyond the edges of their firm footing in bluegrass.  By following their muse down complementary paths of  Old-time, Americana and folk, the Kickin Grass Band has created an album that will appeal to a broad roots music audience.

 

Preview two tracks from the new album here:

 

Walk With Me                           Sugar

 

Half of the songs were penned by signature vocalist and main songwriter Lynda Dawson, with assists from newest members fiddle player Pattie Hopkins and banjo player Hank Smith.  The remaining cover songs were chosen to spotlight the personalities of the individual band members, but also to play on their strength as a cohesive unit. Vocals are passed back and forth between Dawson’s soaring lead on five of the tracks, Hopkins’s bluesy sound on two, bass player Patrick Walsh’s ethereal tenor on two, and mandolin player Jamie Dawson’s retro-tinted lead on one, with tasteful harmonic seasoning throughout.  Even with shifts in instrumentation, arrangement, narration and guest players, there remains a distinctive Kickin Grass Band sound that threads the tunes together, creating a colorful, mosaic tapestry of an album, and an expertly-crafted package of rootsy Americana-style bluegrass.

 

The band deliberately approached this project as a full-length record.  Walk With Me presents an exploration of life’s passages, a close-to-home chronicle of heartbreaking loss and hopeful beginnings.  Band members endured 3 years of ups and downs that started with the loss of Walsh’s wife to an excruciating battle with ovarian cancer, crested with the birth of beautiful daughter to the Dawsons, and then took another plummet with the sudden and unexpected death of Jamie Dawson’s brother.

 

“These were life-altering events for all of us, both individually and as bandmates and close friends,” explains Lynda Dawson. “We felt strongly that we needed to capture and express the emotional journey we had endured through our music, especially now that we’re on the other side looking back.”

 

To take in the album as a singular experience is to travel with the group from a questioning uncertainty to an understanding acceptance.  The message: the big answers may be beyond our grasp, but our communal search for them binds us together. If you look hard enough you may just find an answer—and a comfort—in the people who walk with you.

 

Walk With Me was recorded and co-produced by Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room, with artwork and design by Gamil. The album will be released by Superfan Records on July 24, 2012, at iTunes, Amazon MP3, Amazon Marketplace, CD Baby, and brick and mortar stores serviced through the Super D Distribution network.

 

Hi-res press photos, album art and additional information at www.superfanrecords.com/kickingrass

 

For full review copies, more information and interviews contact:

Katrina Lamberto

Superfan Records

(919) 272-8309

kgb@superfanrecords.com

 

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Upcoming Kickin Grass Band shows:

06/29/2012 | Cary, NC | Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden Featuring PineCone Bluegrass Music Camp Students

07/01/2012 | Wilmington, NC | Poplar Grove Plantation Festival

07/08/2012 | Durham, NC | Festival for the Eno

07/22/2012 | Williamston, NC | Martin County Auditorium

07/26/2012 | Raleigh, NC | Quail Ridge Books & Music *CD Release In-Store Performance & Signing*

07/27/2012 | New Bern, NC | Bear Town Market & Beer Garden *Eastern NC CD Release Show

07/28/2012 | Raleigh, NC | Pour House Music Hall *CD Release Party*

07/29/2012 | Saxapahaw, NC | Haw River Ballroom *CD Release Show*

08/03/2012 | Wind Gap, PA | Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival w/special guest Becky Buller

08/04/2012 | Wind Gap, PA | Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival w/special guest Becky Buller

08/06/2012 | Thomas, WV | The Purple Fiddle w/special guest Becky Buller

08/07/2012 | Broadway, VA | Plan B w/special guest Becky Buller

08/08/2012 | Asheville, NC | The Grey Eagle w/special guest Becky Buller

08/11/2012 | Robbinsville, NC | Stecoah Valley Performing Arts Center w/special guest Becky Buller

 

Additional tour details at www.kickingrass.com/tour

From Pine Cone

The International Bluegrass Music Association announced its plans today to move its World of Bluegrass events to Raleigh, North Carolina for the next three years, 2013-2015. World of Bluegrass Week includes the four-day IBMA Business Conference, the International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, and the three-day Bluegrass Fan Fest. The annual industry summit/bluegrass family reunion draws over 16,000 fans, artists, and music industry professionals from around the world for the week-long event, with an estimated 8,000-10,000 coming from outside the region. World of Bluegrass provides opportunities for showcasing, professional development, and networking at the largest concentrated week of powerful, live bluegrass music on the planet.
The following World of Bluegrass dates have been announced, with the option for a five- or seven-day event each year:

September 23 – 29, 2013
September 29 – October 5, 2014
September 28 – October 4, 2015

 

 

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Article on The Morning After posted in Raleigh Music.com written and photographed by myself.

Leading Off 2012 with Raleigh favorite The Morning After.

 

True to their name Old Habits remains a persistent local favorite. They showed up at The Pour House  in force and did not disappoint. These guys have been picking together since 2003 and their sound has evolved over the years. If you don’t know Old Habits, you really need to get out more, they are Chad Johnson – Acoustic Guitar and Vocals, Craig Thompson – Upright Bass, Harmonica, and Vocals; Lin Peterson – Banjo, Dobro, Telecaster and Vocals. I have seen them play in various venues in and around Raleigh and the one thing you can count on at an Old Habits show, it is going to be packed full of fans. This show was no exception, and with the variety of original songs,  classic covers, and all members being able to take the lead made for a potent show. Although all of the members are respected musicians in their own right, when you commingle their talent the music surges.

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