Story and photos by Matt Wickstrom
LEXINGTON, Ky. — Town Mountain made a triumphant return to Lexington last night in their debut performance at The Burl with help from Louisville’s Misty Mountain String Band.
Kicking off the evening was Louisville based string quartet Misty Mountain String Band. The group featured a traditional one mic approach with crisp group harmonies from guitarist Frankie Leo, fiddler Neal Green, banjo/mandolin player Paul Martin and bassist Derek Harris throughout their opening set that included music from the group’s trio of albums including their most recent Kentucky Bound, out October 5. Listen below.
Following Misty Mountain was Town Mountain, who made their debut at The burl following a handful of past performances at Willie’s Locally Known, Cosmic Charlie’s and Festival of the Bluegrass. From the get-go the band had an energetic crowd hooting and hollering during performances of “Arkansas Gambler,” “Whiskey with Tears” and “Tick on a Dog” off 2016’s Southern Crescent, but the night was elevated to another level on performances of “Low Down,” a song off new album New Freedom Blues co-written and featuring Tyler Childers but last night led on vocals by co-author Jesse Langlais and “Lawdog,” a Phil Barker led tune from 2012’s Leave the Bottle that for years has been a crowd favorite at shows due to the drawn-out hollering from Barker on the tune.
Much like Misty Mountain String Band, Town Mountain is celebrating the release of their latest full-length studio project New Freedom Blues, officially out October 26. Learn more about the album and its rich Kentucky connections here.
View a full gallery from the show below.