Mountain Heart to stretch out with Skynyrd

Mountain Heart - Clay Hess, Jason Moore, Barry Abernathy, Josh Shilling, Aaron Ramsey, Jim Van Cleve - photo by Brad HarperWe posted a few weeks ago when it was announced that Mountain Heart would be opening a number of shows for country rock legends Lynyrd Skynyrd.

With those shows coming up this week, the guys are preparing a few surprises to unveil on stage. Their lead singer and guitarist Josh Shilling is a very accomplished pianist, but he has had precious few opportunities to showcase his skills touring with a bluegrass band.

They’ve worked it in for some of the clubs and larger folk festivals, but want to keep it grassy at the bluegrass fests.

Fiddle man Jim Van Cleve shares a bit of info about the Skynyrd shows…

“We are going to incorporate some of the piano stuff into the set this week. We’ve done that a LITTLE bit at the bluegrass festivals, but not too much, as it’s a little outside of what that audience is there to see.

We’ve worked up a full band rendition of Whipping Post since we released Road That Never Ends. It’s a lot of fun, and we’ll be doing that on these rock shows.

We’ve also got some surprise piano solo’s on a couple of our instrumentals.”

Mountain Heart is hoping a lot of their bluegrass buddies will be on hand to voice their support during the opening slots this week.

  • September 11 ‚Äì Danville, VA – Carrington Pavilion ‚Äì 8:00 p.m.
  • September 12 ‚Äì Boone, NC ‚Äì Appalachian State University ‚Äì 8:00 p.m.
  • September 13 ‚Äì Elizabeth City, NC ‚Äì Coast Guard Support Center ‚Äì 7:00 p.m.

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