Stormy Horizons from Expedition Show

Expedition Show - photo by Nora CanfieldThe title track of the upcoming Expedition Show album, Stormy Horizons, is released today to bluegrass radio. It’s their revised arrangement of a Jim & Jesse classic from 1960, with a decided Louvin Brothers vibe.

The 12-track project will include new songs from band members Blake Williams, Wayne Southards, and Alex Hibbitts, along with a number of bluegrass classics.

Williams, a former Blue Grass Boy, is on banjo, along with his charming and talented wife, Kimberly, on bass, Southards on guitar, and Hibbitts on mandolin.

Here’s a taste of the track, available to radio programmers through Airplay Direct.


Blake shared a few comments about the single.

Blake Williams“Wayne suggested we record Stormy Horizons for this CD, which was written by Ira Louvin and Iris Franks and recorded by Jim & Jesse & The Virginia Boys many years ago. The song itself is so beautifully written, with some of the most captivating lyrics I’ve ever heard.

We made a few changes to Jim & Jesse’s version to make it fit our style a little more, such as using 4/4 bass on the choruses and instrumental breaks as opposed to walking bass throughout the whole song. Wayne and Kimberly duet on the versus and Alex adds baritone to the choruses.

And of course, we brought in Tim Crouch, who has played on all our records, to do some triple fiddles.

The response from fans and DJs to our duets has been a strong point for us in the past, and we’re really happy with the way this song turned out.”

Look for the Stormy Horizons CD from Mountain Fever Records on May 14.

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