• Kati Penn to Hancock & Shouse

    Ever since last year's much-lamented demise of Kentucky grassers, NewTown, bluegrass fans have been wondering where the talented artists that made up that band would land next. Well, here's one piece of news. Fiddler and vocalist, Kati Penn, is now performing

  • Talking Newtown with Kati and Jr.

    Earlier this month we caught up with Jr. Williams and Kati Penn Williams of NewTown to talk about their current album, Time Machine, their new baby, and being an official showcase artist during World of Bluegrass.  

  • Welcome Jessi Williams

    Forget about Newtown... let's talk new baby! Jr Williams and Kati Penn-Williams celebrated the birth of a daughter on New Year's Eve. Jessi Leigh Harper Williams was born yesterday morning, weighing in at 6 lbs and 4 oz. Jr.'s first reaction was a

  • Time Machine – NewTown

    Over the years, Lexington, KY has served as home to a number of talented bluegrass musicians, perhaps most notably J.D. Crowe and, in the 1970s, the now-famous early incarnations of the New South that headlined at Lexington’s Red Slipper Lounge.

  • Time Machine from Newtown

    Time Machine, the next album from Newtown, is due to hit on November 5. It will be their first project for Pisgah Ridge, a Crossroads affiliate designed for up-and-coming bluegrass acts ready to move up to the next level. Though they

  • Newtown to Pisgah Ridge

    Kentucky-based Newtown has just signed with Crossroads Music's Pisgah Ridge Records. The band, formerly billed as Kati Penn & Newtown, features Kati Penn-Williams on fiddle, along with her husband Jr. Williams on banjo, Terry Poirier on bass, C.J. Cain on

  • James Kee leaving Newtown

    We've received a couple of missives from NewTown regarding a personnel change within the band. Over the past 5 years NewTown has been fortunate enough to travel the country experiencing some of the finest musical events in the country. Together we

  • NewTown Does It Their Way

    Many new bands throw a recording project together, use it to reach promoters and hit the road to perform and sell copies. Kati Penn and NewTown took a different approach – touring and playing for three years, honing their craft