NewFound Road goes live in 2011

NewFound Road has a lot planned for the last few months of 2010. During a time when most bluegrass bands are slowing down, they have a mini-tour scheduled with Red Molly in mid-November, and tracking for a live album set for early December.

They have already had a busy and eventful year, working a full schedule on their own, and serving as the touring band for top-selling country artist Joe Diffie in support of his new bluegrass album, Homecoming, due October 26. Guitarist, lead vocalist and band leader Tim Shelton shares his excitement about all they have on their plate just now.

“We’ve played two shows already with Joe this year, and both were extremely well received – and we’re making our debut on the Grand Ole Opry with him on Oct. 29th!

2010 has been a busy year for NFR with our shows, playing some dates with Joe, and now gearing up for The Red Road Revival Tour with Red Molly. They’re a cool, talented band and we’re looking forward to the dates on this mini-tour.”

Red Molly consists of three ladies who mix bluegrass and old-time influences into their own acoustic sound. They have been touring and recording since 2004, growing in popularity along the way. The group was formed by Carolann Solebello, Laurie MacAllister and Abbie Gardner. Solebello has just recently left the group, replaced by Molly Venter – their first “real” Molly.

The Red Road Revival Tour with NewFound Road includes three dates in the northeastern US.

  • November 19 – Sellarsville, PA;  The Sellarsville Theatre
  • November 20 – West Milford, NJ;  Music at The Mission
  • November 21 – Norfolk, CT;  Infinity Music Hall

The live album will be NFR’s third for Rounder. Their December 4 sets at The Down Home in Johnson City, TN will be recorded by multiple-Grammy winning engineer David Hall, and produced by Jim Van Cleve who will also guest on fiddle. It will include both new material and songs the band has been performing live for some time, but never recorded.

“We’re really excited about making a live record! Some of my favorite albums were recorded live; there’s an energy on live shows that’s tough to reproduce in the studio. The guys (Joe Booher – mandolin, Jamey Booher – bass, Josh Miller – banjo/guitar) play with such energy and emotion. I think if we can capture it on a recording, it could really make for some great listening.”

No release date or title has been announced for the live album, but Shelton is hoping to see it in the Spring of ’11.

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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.