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NewTown from L-R: Travis Anderson, Jr. Williams, Kati Penn,
Nashville, TN (July 28, 2016)- NewTown makes its debut this week on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart,
nailing the #8 spot with the just-released HARLAN ROAD (Mountain Home
Music Company). The critically-acclaimed 11-track outing includes "All That I Can Take," which makes its Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart debut at #6. Filled with tales of the "everyman," HARLAN ROAD, is available on iTunes, Amazon and other fine retail outlets. Radio stations can access the new album at AirPlayDirect.com.
NewTown will join Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos live in the studio tomorrow, July 29, for WSM-AM's Coffee, Country & Cody Show at 8:30 a.m. CT.Fans can tune in via www.wsmonline.com or catch the simulcast on Heartland TV to hear select songs from HARLAN ROAD. Heartland TV reaches 22 MILLION households; check out local listings online at http://www.watchheartlandtv.com/affiliates/.
by multi-Grammy Award winner Barry Bales, HARLAN ROAD is being hailed
as the band's most-impressive outing yet, with BBC Radio Kent's Dave
Cash calling it "the best Bluegrass" he's heard in years. ParcBench.com's Greg Victor notes the disc "demands attention from those who love the genre," while Danny McCloskey of The Alternate Root states that "HARLAN ROAD travels to the future with a modern take on tradition that gives Bluegrass a tomorrow." One Stop Country
astutely observes that the band "is not afraid to take some risks that
stretch the boundaries ... but they know the perfect moments to reel it
in and keep the purists satisfied."
fiddler Kati Penn and her husband, respected banjo player Jr. Williams
trade off lead vocals and add superior pickin' to the project. Rounding
out the band are: Travis Anderson (bass), Mitchell Cannon (mandolin)
and Hayes Griffin (guitar). Between them, they bring Jazz, Bluegrass
and Contemporary disciplines to the music, completing NewTown's
extraordinarily diverse and textured sound.
Catch NewTown live on the road:
July 29 - Nashville, TN - CD Release - The Station Inn
July 30 - Lexington, KY - CD Release - Willie's Locally Known
August 26 - Georgetown, OH - Brown County Bluegrass Festival
September 3 - Red River Gorge, KY - Private Event
September 17 - Carlinville, IL - Sam Jam - Macoupin County Fairgrounds
September 18 - Lexington, KY - St. Michaels Church
September 21 - Beanblossom, IN - Uncle Penn Days - Bill Monroe Music Park
September 28 - Raleigh, NC - IBMA WOB - Mountain Home Showcase
September 29 - Winston-Salem, NC - Muddy Creek Music Hall
October 1 - Raleigh, NC - IBMA WOB - Street Fair
October 8 - Burnsville, NC - Burnsville Performing Arts Center
October 29 - Williamsburg, KY - Elmer's General Store
in 2009, the Lexington, Kentucky-based 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., sharing bills with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson
& Quicksilver, John Cowan Band and more. They have appeared
several times at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville, and twice
performed at IBMA World of Bluegrass showcases in Raleigh, North Carolina.