The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show

The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe ShowMountain Fever Records has pegged February 14 as the release date for the self-titled debut album from The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show.

But you don’t have to wait for Valentine’s Day to have a listen. Tonight at 8:00 p.m. (EST), will feature a play-through of the entire CD on Geoff Morris’ Monday night program. Geoff will also include an interview he recorded earlier with this talented husband and wife duo.

Heather and Tony perform a sincere and unadorned sort of pre-bluegrass music that forms a stark contrast with the slickly-produced sound that we find in so many genres at present. Berry’s voice is the star of the show, supported by her guitar and autoharp, Mabe’s guitar, mandolin and banjo, and Jamie Collins on bass.

Mountain Fever’s Mark Hodges sums it up well as he shares a few details about the album.

“I think everyone that has ever complained about ‘modern music’ or today’s county should own this record. Heather has the a gift that most can only dream of. No auto-tune will ever touch a performance of hers as long as I still have a breath in my body. She doesn’t need it.

Darrin Vincent joins heather on one song (Remembrance Is A Golden Chain), and Randy Cook plays pedal steel on a soon to be classic country song written by Tony’s grandfather (Tears and Roses). As the story goes, it was the first song that a then young Tony Rice ever played live on a radio show.”

Here’s a taste from The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show, a Tom T. and Dixie Hall song which was released as a single last year.

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And don’t forget Heather’s Song of the Day, where she has challenged herself to post an online video each day for a full year.

See them all on YouTube.

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