Acoustic Endeavors: 20 for 20

Roanoke, VA-based Acoustic Endeavors is celebrating 20 years recording and performing original music with a new album – and a unique way of releasing the tracks.

The project is titled 20 years… 20 tunes, but instead of dropping a CD with 20 tracks, they will be releasing them digitally, five at a time, every few months throughout the year. The first quintet hits on July 20, with special pricing of $.20/each for downloads all day on Wednesday via their Bandcamp site.

Banjo player John Lawless (hey… that’s me!) will be on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country with Katy Daley Wednesday morning at 9:00 a.m. (EDT) to talk about the project and preview the songs – and explain why it’s been so long since the last release.

Mandolinist, lead vocalist and primary songwriter Warren Amberson has never been one to take the straight path, and says that this style of staggered release perfectly suits his vision for this 20th anniversary record.

“For me, it’s really all about the songs, and doing it like this gets the songs out to the people with the minimal amount of hassle.

The download style is changing everything about how recorded music is distributed, and as we were looking at releasing our 20 year album, it started to make more and more sense to do it this way.”

Acoustic Endeavors also features Kelly Green on guitar and vocals, Greg Honeycutt on bass, Dewey Peters on guitar and Billy Hurt on fiddle.

These five new tracks are available to radio programmers via Airplay Direct.

All of the songs were written by Amberson. Here’s a listen to one of the tracks.

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Visit Acoustic Endeavors online, on Facebook or Bandcamp.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.