LISTEN: Town Mountain teams up with Tyler Childers on “Down Low”

By Matt Wickstrom

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Town Mountain is (L-R) Zach Smith on bass, Jesse Langlais on banjo, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Robert Greer on guitar and Phil Barker on mandolin.

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NASHVILLE, Tn. — Town Mountain on Friday unveiled “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, out October 26.

“To me, ‘Down Low’ has a Waylon vibe, which is a damn good vibe to have,” Langlais said. “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.”

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.

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.”

Town Mountain will bring their hard-driving Carolina bluegrass and New Freedom Blues to Kentucky on October 19 at The Burl in Lexington; October 20 to Owensboro for the Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame’s grand re-opening; Zanzabar in Louisville on November 1 and Newport’s Southgate House Revival on November 4. View the band’s entire fall tour dates, many of which are in support of Tyler Childers, below.

Tour Dates:

  • Sept. 28 – Raleigh, NC – IBMA
  • Oct. 4 – Boone, NC – Boone Saloon
  • Oct. 5 – Charlotte, NC – Visulite Theatre
  • Oct. 6 – Asheville, NC – The Orange Peel
  • Oct. 12 – Washington, D.C. – Pearl Street Warehouse
  • Oct. 13 – Charlottesville, Va. – The Prism Coffeehouse
  • Oct. 17 – Nashville, Tn. – Station Inn
  • Oct. 18 – Nashville, Tn. – Station Inn
  • Oct. 19 – Lexington, Ky. – The Burl
  • Oct. 20 – Owensboro, Ky. – Bluegrass Museum and Hall of Fame
  • Oct. 24 – Knoxville, Tn. – Boyd’s Jig and Reel Pub
  • Oct. 25 – Atlanta, Ga. – Smith’s Olde Bar
  • Oct. 26 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
  • Oct. 27 – Raleigh, NC – The Pour House Music Hall
  • Oct. 28 – Harrisonburg, Va. – Spirit of the Valley Festival
  • Nov. 1 – Louisville, Ky. – Zanzabar
  • Nov. 2 – Indianapolis, In. – Duke’s Indy
  • Nov. 3 – Peninsula, Oh. – G.A.R. Hall
  • Nov. 4 – Newport, Ky. – Southgate House Revival
  • Nov. 9 – Roanoke, Va. – Soaring Ridge Craft Brewers
  • Nov. 10 – Leesburg, Va. – Tally Ho Theater
  • Nov. 30 – Greer, SC – The Spinning Jenny *
  • Dec. 1 – Winston Salem, NC – The Ramkat *
  • Dec. 11 – Tulsa, Ok. – Cain’s Ballroom *
  • Dec. 12 – New Braunfels, Tx. – Gruene Hall *
  • Dec. 13 – New Braunfels, Tx. – Gruene Hall *
  • Dec. 15 – Oklahoma City, Ok. – Tower Theatre *
  • Dec. 16 – Dallas, Tx. – The Rustic *

* with Tyler Childers

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