A debut single from the upcoming Grasstowne CD on Mountain Fever Records, Grasstowne 4, has been released to radio. This is their first project with Mountain Fever, having just recently signed with the Virginia-based label.
The single is a collaboration between Grasstowne and Ronnie Bowman, who sings lead on This Old Guitar And Me, written by David Carroll. Ronnie and Grasstowne head honcho Alan Bibey have been friends and musical compatriots since they were teenagers in western North Carolina, and the band has being doing shows with Bowman as special guest since earlier this year.
Joining Bibey on mandolin and Bowman on vocal is Justin Jenkins on banjo, Kameron Keller on bass, Dustin Pyrtle on guitar and Adam haynes on fiddle.
This Old Guitar And Me should appeal to anyone who sings, plays, writes or simply enjoys acoustic music, with its story about the one loyal, true friend the narrator has in his life.
Bowman spoke quite highly of the song, and of working with Grasstowne.
These guys are outstanding and I think the feeling in the studio comes through on this recording.”
Bibey says that he is delighted to be working with his old friend, and his new label.
“Ronnie and I met when I was 16 and we’ve been the best of friends ever since. I knew he was a great talent the first time I ever heard him sing and we played in a couple of groups together before he took a job with the Lonesome River Band and I helped start IIIrd Tyme Out.
Since then, I’ve had the pleasure of writing some with Ronnie, and we’ve written 3 songs for this new Grasstowne album.
We are very pleased to have signed with Mountain Fever Records and can’t say enough about how great Mark Hodges is to work with. He’s as excited about the music as we are, and that means a lot.”
Mark Hodges, founder of Mountain Fever Records, sees his new association with the band
“Alan played mandolin on the very first national release that our record label ever sent out. When I Iearned they were going to record another project, I saw it as an opportunity to work with one of my favorite people in the business again.
Anyone that knows Alan and and has heard this band, knows they are wonderful, talented guys and we are looking forward to a long working relationship with them.”
Keep an eye on Grasstowne by checking their schedule online.
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