Town Mountain have tapped into a ragged hard drivin’ bluegrass country sound with tight vocal harmonies, a honky-tonk edge and barroom swagger. The band includes Robert Greer on vocals and guitar; Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals; Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals; Bobby Britt on fiddle; and Nick DiSebastian on bass.
Town Mountain was formed out of the fertile music scene of Asheville, located in the mountains of western North Carolina that draws hippies, hipsters, and long-time Carolinians. Their sound, which harkens back to first-generation bluegrass, is played in the Carolinian tradition but with a contemporary groove influenced by their Asheville scene.
The past two years have pushed Town Mountain into the upper tier of acoustic bands and they have found themselves at some of the most prestigious festivals in the country, such as MerleFest, Grey Fox, Rockygrass, Suwannee Springfest and the Targhee Bluegrass Festival earning them a nomination for IBMA’ s 2014 Emerging Artist of the Year, a natural follow up to their two 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards.
Go back to an era when the genres of bluegrass, country, swing, blues, and rock were still unsettled, a time when jazz groups had banjos and country bands had horns. Bluegrass bands ventured into rockabilly and every country group had a boogie song. If that sound had continued on its own you’d have The High and Wides.
Sam Guthridge (banjo/mandolin) and Marc Dykeman (guitar), veterans of the bluegrass band Chester River Runoff, join with friend and upright bass player Mike Buccino to create a sound that falls somewhere between western swing and early rockabilly. This is overlaid by vocal harmonies in the vein of duos like the Delmore and Louvin Brothers. Nate Grower, also of Chester River Runoff as well as the David Bromberg Band, rounds out the four piece with his singing fiddle leads.
On Town Mountain:
“Sometimes you can't help but notice the growth of an enterprise…Sporting a sound rooted in string band tradition but with a fearsome instrumental drive that makes its music anything but a museum piece, the band has watched its audiences grow younger, larger and more feverishly enthusiastic.” –Walter Tunis, Kentucky.com
“There was such an instant energetic spirit felt from this band, that made you want to kick up your heels and promenade around the square at a barn dance all night long.” -Tanya Vega, Southside On The Town Blog
“Town Mountain is flat loaded with talent. The band delivers its grass both new and old style. With Robert Greer singing lead, the vocals come across as authentic, even as the lyrics stretch well beyond the traditional boundaries.” – The Roanoke Times