Mountain Heart live show on FestivaLink

Mountain Heart audio from Grey Fox on FestivaLinkWe told you back in July that recordings were being made at the 2006 Grey Fox festival which would be available for purchase via FestivaLink, a web-based company dedicated to offering high quality festival recordings for sale online.

They work closely with the artists, and live tracks are carefully mixed before release. FestivaLink also operates under a code that seeks to ensure that “fair compensation for everyone involved: artists, songwriters, and presenters” is part of the equation.

Mountain Heart’s Jim VanCleve contacted us last week, brimming with excitement over their Grey Fox audio on FestivaLink. Jim said that he wasn’t sure when the audio files were officially released online, but indicated that the band had just recently “signed off,” giving their complete approval and promoting the Grey Fox audio downloads as the “first ever live recording by Mountain Heart.”

Jim shared a few thoughts about the FestivaLink/Grey Fox concert audio:

“We (Mountain Heart) have been asked about a billion times over the past few years about when we were planning to release a Live recording. So, we are really excited to FINALLY have exactly that available to the people! What’s even better, is that the Live Show we ended up releasing for folks is from one of the highlight Festivals of our touring year, AND at a Prime Time Spot on one of the most Storied stages in all of Bluegrass Music!! …Grey Fox, Saturday night, in the headline spot of the show…

The obvious energy a situation like that can produce… THAT is what a live musical recording is all about!! I can’t wait to hear what people have to say about this performance!”

There are 11 tracks in the Mountain Heart set, taken largely from their current release, Wide Open. 30 second audio samples of each track can be found on the FestivaLink site, where you can purchase the Mountain Heart set in either an MP3 or FLAC format.

Other audio from Grey Fox ’06 includes shows from Austin Lounge Lizards, The Jerry Douglas Band, Crooked Still, Red Stick Ramblers and Tim & Mollie O’Brien.

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