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Mountain Heart releases first video

Tuesday, March 11, 2008 – Mountain Heart released a video of the title track from the "Road That Never Ends (The Live Album)" on Rural Rhythm Records. This is Mountain Heart's first music video and was produced by Josh Shilling and directed by Scott Hansen from Renown Studio.

"Road That Never Ends," written by band members Josh Shilling and Jim VanCleve, was recorded at a show at The Ark in Ann Arbor, Mich.

The video was shot in numerous locations around Roanoke, Va., including the live show performance and bar scenes filmed at the Grey Stone Tavern. Another location included the Virginia Beach area.

"The most memorable part of filming the video for 'Road That Never Ends' has got to be the bone-chilling scene we tried to capture in the rain. We needed a scene to accent the lyrics that portrayed a man begging forgiveness for all that he'd done wrong. It was midnight, around Christmas time, and the temperature had dropped to a painful 15 degrees. We set up lighting in a dark alley and piped a water hose to the scene from a nearby building. We spent 20 minutes filming me falling to my knees with freezing water being sprayed all over the scene from above. After the cameras, our clothes, and the concrete surrounding us began to freeze, we had to call it off. My skin was red and felt numb as we stripped our wet clothes off and huddled around a small space heater in a garage. I'm certain this was the closest you can get to hypothermia without being hospitalized. After we thawed out, reality set in that after all of our efforts, the awesome shot we were going for, simply didn't exist. It's something the world would've never known about, but hey, I guess it's all for the love of music."

Mountain Heart band members include: Shilling, Van Cleve, Barry Abernathy (banjo, vocals), Jason Moore (bass, vocals), Aaron Ramsey (mandolin) and Clay Hess (guitar, vocals).

CD reviews for Mountain Heart

Blue Skies CD review - Blue Skies
It has been five years since a new album from Mountain Heart, and much has changed both in the band's lineup and their sound. Josh Shilling and Aaron Ramsey are the core of the original group, with everyone else added since the last recording. Notably, fiddler and vocalist Molly Cherryholmes of Cherryholmes fame makes her mark here after joining up right before the new sessions, lending both gorgeous violin fills and a feminine touch on the vocal front. Musically, the smooth contemporary »»»
The Road That Never Ends CD review - The Road That Never Ends
Responding to numerous requests over the years for a live album that captures the energy and dynamic quality of Mountain Heart's stage show, this disc features the bluegrass band captured live at The Ark, a venerable acoustic venue of long standing in Ann Arbor, Mich., in March 2007. Perhaps even more significant, it marks a fundamental transition and change in the band's vocal sound. After co-founding the band with banjo player Barry Abernathy nearly a decade ago, guitarist and lead »»»
Wide Open CD review - Wide Open
Mountain Heart comes rocking right out of the box- Jimmy VanCleve almost has an electric Celtic fusion intro - and makes a statement on the first cut. This is not your father's bluegrass, but is modern with an edge and then some. The collection features a variety of tunes and tempos, as well as songs written by an eclectic group of writers. It stays faithful to contemporary acoustic music, but with smatterings of jazz, dark electric fiddle, traces of orchestral arrangements and also traditional »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: Kristofferson gives insight, but no easy answers – When they say music gets better with age, they're not always just talking about songs alone; sometimes they're also referring to the listener. When Kris Kristofferson sings, "Well, I woke up Sunday morning/With no way to hold my head that didn't hurt," to smartly open "Sunday Mornin' Comin' Down," he... »»»
Concert Review: No sugarcoating, Welch dishes out an experience – Gillian Welch (accompanied, as always, by master guitarist David Rawlings), celebrated her "The Harrow & The Harvest" album with a powerful night of music. She apologized many times for the utter unhappiness expressed through this album's songs, admitting it's "not the most chipper album" at one point.... »»»
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