Over the past few years, no record label has been more aggressive in signing artists and releasing new projects than Mountain Fever Records. The small, independent label is based in Floyd County, VA and run by Mark Hodges, with help from Aaron Ramsey who frequently serves as engineer/producer for Mountain Fever sessions.
This week they have announced the addition of The Darrell Web Band to their roster, along with Ash Breeze, formerly known as The Smith Family. (More on them tomorrow.)
Webb is heading into a milestone year, celebrating 20 years as a bluegrass performer and recording artist. And yes, he does look young to be marking such an anniversary. He came to work with Lonesome River Band while still in his teens, and toured with icons like J.D. Crowe, Rhonda Vincent, and Wild Fire in his 20s and 30s.
To start his tenure with Mountain Fever, Darrell will release a special 20th anniversary album, with guests drawn from the many top acts who he has worked or filled-in with over the years. Rhonda Vincent, Blue Highway, Daily & Vincent, The Grascals, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, John Cowan, Lonesome River Band and Wild Fire are each featured on a track with Darrell, with the bulk of the tracking done by his touring group. Band co-founder Jeremy Arrowood is on bass, with Jarod Hensley on guitar, Jake Joines on reso-guitar, David Carroll on banjo, and Webb on mandolin and lead vocals.
We’ll have more about this project, scheduled for an April 2014 release, in an upcoming video interview with Darrell and Jeremy shot last week during IBMA.