Travianna Records would like to introduce to you, our “flagship” band … After Jack, Appalachia’s female version of Crosby Stills Nash. Their debut CD, ECHO, recorded at Mountain Fever Studio and produced by Aaron Ramsey of Mountain Heart fame, is scheduled for release on April 22, 2014. After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness and captivating vocals, unique harmonies, tight instrumentals and expressive songwriting, everyone will be tapping their toes and singing along instantly. Their unique take on traditional mountain music combines a distinct old-time energy with a mix of bluegrass, gospel and folk music.
The trio members, Emily, Mary and Rachel met while working in a professional theatre company and took their name from the hero of beloved Appalachian stories. Although they are often labeled “Americana”, their captivating sound, high energy, and the incredible joy they bring to the stage cannot be described by one genre. Since forming in 2011, After Jack has been playing everywhere from NYC listening rooms to major festivals like Floydfest, and sharing the stage with artists like The Lonesome River Band, Mountain Heart and Morgan O’Kane.
“ECHO” is a notion that describes the influences of people and place on this collection of songs. The band’s songwriting combines stories to be shared with experiences that can only be lived; “ECHO” is an invitation to all who encounter it, to share those moments.
Despite their busy schedules, the trio takes time to share their music and stories of Appalachia with younger generations as part of Young Audiences – Arts for Learning-Virginia. After Jack is looking forward to a very busy schedule this summer on the festival circuit. Here are some of the opportunities you will have to hear, appreciate and learn to love these girls and their wonderful music.
April 19th – Dogtown Roadhouse & The Sun Music Hall in Floyd, VA. This will be the official CD release of ECHO.
May 9th – Straightaway Café & Pub in Black Mountain, NC
May 23rd – Rooster Walk Festival in Martinsville, VA
June 19th – Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Telluride, CO – They will compete in the band competition with 11 other bands.
July 11th – Red Wing Roots Music Festival in Mount Solon, VA
Ash Breeze is an up and coming band from Moore County, North Carolina. 2013 was an exciting year for us. We were signed by Mark Hodges at Mountain Fever Records. We were also blessed to perform on PBS’s nationally syndicated Song of the Mountains in February at the Historic Lincoln Theatre in Marion Va., Bluegrass and Barbeque at Silver Dollar City in Branson MO and Dollywood in TN, South Carolina, Houstonfest in Galax VA, and Bluegrass Festivals in Vermont, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island Canada, as well as other great venues. Our Faith is also important to us and an influence on who we are and our music.
Trained classically until they switched to Bluegrass in 2010, they have created their own sound that defies labels. In their music you can hear many influences, including folk, jazz bluegrass, classical, blues, and Christian musical influences. What you will hear is a distinctive sound strong on instrumentation with tight, beautiful family harmonies. Nellie is quickly making a name for herself with her strong, distinctive beautiful and soulfull singing and smooth melodic award winning fiddle playing that has been greatly influenced by greats like Stuart Duncan and Andy Leftwich. Corey plays the guitar and sings and has a great style of his own that finds its way into the original music he writes. Corey is also the Producer of Generation Bluegrass, a video bluegrass project that is drawing a lot of attention. Luke plays banjo and the Cajon, and plays with a steady, and polished style. Eli plays mandolin with speed and finesse that is beyond his years and he also sings harmony vocals. Finally, Allen (Dad) tries to keep it all together on bass. Don’t judge Ash Breeze by their age, but by their creative and distinctive sound that is fresh, creative, and mature.
Carolina In My Mind
Ash Breeze was formerly known as The Smith Family Band and was changed in the Fall of 2013. In 2013 they played bluegrass festivals in Vermont, Canada, and South Carolina. They also performed at the Barbeque and Bluegrass Festivals at Silver Dollar City in Branson, Missouri and Dollywood TN. In addition, they played at Houstonfest in Galax, Virginia the last 2 years, as well as many other venues. They were also featured WUNC’s nationally syndicated show Song of the Mountains on the same show as Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver. That show will air in the spring of 2014. Ash Breeze’s CD release with Mountain Fever Records in February of 2014 was produced by Aaron Ramsey and Mark Hodges, and is marked mainly by original material written by the band members.
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