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Mountain Fever signs Nothin' Fancy

Monday, July 27, 2015 – Nothin' Fancy signed with Mountain Fever Records, the label announced Monday. The band will begin work on their debut project for the label in August.

From the Shenandoah Valley in Virginia, Nothin' Fancy is comprised of founding members Mike Andes on mandolin, Mitchell Davis on banjo, Chris Sexton on fiddle, Tony Shorter on bass and newest member, Caleb Cox on guitar.

The band formed in 1994 to compete in a bluegrass competition. Since then, it has released 11 full length albums. Nothin' Fancy is the 6-time winner of SPBGMA's Entertaining Group of the Year, a fan voted award, and have successfully hosted the Nothin' Fancy Bluegrass Festival since 2001 in Buena Vista, Va.

This fall, the band will be inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, joining a list of previous inductees including Roy Clark, The Statler Brothers, Charlie Waller and Dr. Ralph Stanley.

"Nothin' Fancy has been a near staple of the bluegrass business in the U.S. for over 20 years but they are much more than a bluegrass band," said Mark Hodges, president of Mountain Fever Records. "These guys entertain and command your attention every moment they are on stage and their music and comedy combine to make every show an event. We're thrilled to add them to the Mountain Fever roster of great talent."

"We are excited and honored to be in the ranks of the great bands that Mark has brought together under the Mountain Fever banner," said Sexton. "We know that Mountain Fever has a great reputation with very accomplished bands, and we are looking forward to the collaborations to come with our new Mountain Fever family."

"I am very excited for Nothin' Fancy to be on the Mountain Fever label," said Andes. "This is where we need to be, and I look forward to reaching the new goals that lie ahead."

Nothin' Fancy will begin recording their debut album next month with Aaron Ramsey slated to co-produce with Mark Hodges.

CD reviews for Nothin' Fancy

Where I Came From CD review - Where I Came From
"Where I Came From" by the Virginia-based bluegrass quintet Nothin' Fancy is the sound of a bluegrass band both looking back on its 22-plus-year career and its musical heritage while also striving to advance the art form by creating its own path. Reflection here comes in two forms - new songs looking back and covers of songs that helped shape and influence the band and its sound. The title track is an example of the former. Penned by Mike Andes, who plays mandolin and provides »»»
Lord Bless This House CD review - Lord Bless This House
The cover art and banjo kick off opener leave no doubt that this is a bluegrass gospel CD. The instrumentation is traditional acoustic with guitar, bass, mandolin and fiddle, and the harmonies are standard three part. The playing is solid and pleasant, but not flashy. The 'Scruggs style' finger-picked guitar on God's Heavenly Shore is especially effective. This is a traditional recording, but there are some surprises. Lead vocals tend to a somewhat lower register »»»
#7 CD review - #7
Nothin' Fancy has developed a great sound and are also one of the friendliest and most fan-oriented bluegrass bands around, venturing offstage during their shows to shake-and-howdy with the crowd. Their seventh recording is anchored in the bluegrass sound ("Two Little Boys") but shows strong ties to traditional country. From "Pass Me By" to "Walk Through This World With Me" to the Louvin Brothers' "I Wish You Knew" they deftly illustrate the close »»»
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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