It’s always exciting when a new bluegrass band hits the scene, especially when it is made up of dynamic young pickers and singers who have already demonstrated their bona fides.
Still-House is just such a group, formed from the members of Carrie Hassler & Hard Rain who are branching out to test the waters on their own. The band consists of Hard Rainers Jamie Harper on fiddle, Travis Anderson on bass, Kevin McKinnon on mandolin and Keith McKinnon on banjo and guitar – plus guitarist and lead vocalist Justin Tomlin, formerly of Deer Creek Boys.
They play with an energy and passion that is such a welcome aspect of this new generation of grassers. The songs have clever hooks and the arrangements are crisp and unique. Great stuff.
The guys have been recording as much as possible this past few months at at MOJO Studios in Knoxville, and we are delighted to offer a sneak peek at this fine new outfit. This first song is To Fly, written by Josh Miller.
To Fly: [http://media.libsyn.com/media/thegrasscast/to_fly.mp3]
Next is So Good To Be Gone, written by Justin Tomlin.
So Good To Be Gone: [http://media.libsyn.com/media/thegrasscast/so_good_to_be_gone.mp3]
Keith said that they don’t yet have a web site up, but invite everyone to follow them on Facebook in the meantime. He also shared how stoked they all are about the group.
“We are really excited about this new band. We have collected a lot of material from our friends who are great writers. Justin has written some great stuff that’s going to be on the album, as have our buddies Josh Miller and Kyle Burnett.”
I am expecting a lot from these young men, and expect to see them make some big noise in the bluegrass world over the next few years. They are finishing out some dates with Carrie, but are booking now for late 2010 and beyond.
Still-House is represented by Dave Roberts at Coggins Entertainment (865-712-4297).