Mark Newton forms new band
Thursday, July 21, 2011
– Mark Newton formed a new band formation, Mark Newton's Stillhouse Band, which he announced today. The new band will consist of bluegrasser Newton, banjoist, bassist and vocalist Andrew Blythe and Dobroist, guitarist and vocalist Leah Needham.
"I am excited to be working such great young talent like Leah and Andrew, moving forward with a refocused musical product, and continuing my efforts with the Graves Mountain Festival, Lyrics for Lyric, and being able to put my energy into being an artist and producer. I am excited about the future and look forward to seeing many of my fans and friends later this year as we kick off a new tour." said Newton.
Newton expects to release a new project soon with the new band configuration. There was no word on what label would release the music.
In 1978, Newton became a member of the Knoxville Grass out of Knoxville, Tenn., and by 1983, Newton, Rickie and Ronnie Simpkins, and Sammy Shelor founded the Virginia Squires. In 1998, Newton released his first solo album for the Rebel Records label,"Living A Dream." While cutting "Living A Dream," Newton came up with the concept for "Follow Me Back To The Fold" A Tribute To Women in Bluegrass. The disc won the IBMA Recorded Event of The Year Award in 2001. Newton also participated on "Knee Deep In Bluegrass The Acutab Sessions" and won The IBMA Instrumental Album Of The Year in 2001.
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Excellent musicians and singers (like Mark Newton, Stuart Duncan, Randy Kohrs plus Carl Jackson on harmonies), good material, a renowned bluegrass producer (Jackson) make for a killer album.
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Mark Newton has put together a great bluegrass album with this release. The photos hint at a minimalist approach (no fiddle or resophonic guitar), but they overdubbed the fiddle onto the tracks. The songs range from the traditional ("Cindy") to those written by some of the best writers in the business. Combine good writers, great musicians and a strong sense of tradition and you have a recording that will grab the attention of bluegrass lovers everywhere.
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Follow Me Back to the Fold
Mark Newton has assembled an impressive cast of female bluegrassers in his new project. The Virginia singer brings in a mix of better-known and lesser-known distaff vocalists to add harmonies and swap verses on 12 bluegrass and gospel numbers, plus a grand finale written by Dixie Hall featuring husband Tom T. and 11 women singers.
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