Sign up for newsletter
 

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: Daniels wears out bows, but music endures – After each of the first few songs Charlie Daniels played, his 'fiddle tech (?)' exchanged his bow. Is this because he was playing particularly hard? Perhaps. Whatever the case, Daniels and his five-piece band clearly appeared to be giving it their all during the act's hour-and-a-half set. As it is the Christmas month, Daniels sang a... »»»
Concert Review: Rawlings easily moves out of the shadow – Every once in awhile David Rawlings moves out of the shadow of musical mate Gillian Welch to launch his own tour. While Welch, for whom Rawlings plays guitar, has the more prominent career, nights like this ably confirm that there is a reason does his own thing as well. Rawlings, who released the very fine "Poor David's Almanack" in... »»»
Subscribe to Country News Digest Country News Digest      Follow Country Standard Time on twitter CST      Visit Country Standard Time on Facebook CST

Elsewhere in the news

Currently at the CST blogs

Washburn, Fleck create "Echoes" Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn have powerhouse individual talents; each has followed an estimable career path to where they find themselves today: making complex, but spare, records, writing music together and touring with their son Juno. Their new release, "Echoes In The Valley" features mostly songs written by Fleck and Washburn, banjos, Washburn's strong vocals and very little else.... »»»
Hillman bides his time Legends don't come any more legendary than Chris Hillman. The roll call of bands that comprises Hillman's half century in music reads like a wing exhibit at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; Byrds, Flying Burrito Brothers, Manassas, the Souther Hillman Furay Band, the Desert Rose Band,... »»»
The Cadillac Three creates its "Legacy" William Shakespeare noted a few centuries back that a rose by any other name would be equally aromatic, and that general idea has musical implications as well. The Cadillac Three knows a thing or two about maintaining a sonic identity after a name change;... »»»
Boom CD review - Boom
Walker Hayes has a lot of Sam Hunt in his music, in that he mixes a lot of hip-hop in with his country. Traditionalists will have trouble with his unorthodox approach. Kids, though, raised on just as much Drake as Paisley, will likely eat it up. »»»
From A Room: Volume 2 CD review - From A Room: Volume 2
There is no bigger artist in country music today, perhaps even in American music, than Chris Stapleton. His appeal reaches beyond just the commercial country fans for his gritty bluesy approach. 2015's "Traveller" set a high bar, which was met by this year's release of "From A Room: Volume 1," which won Album of the Year in the 51st CMA Awards.  »»»
Down Home Sessions EP CD review - Down Home Sessions EP

Upon first glance at the track list of Cole Swindell's fourth installment of the "Down Home Sessions" series, one may get the impression that it is a covers EP. It features several chart toppers from other artists, including Luke Bryan's "Roller Coaster" and Thomas Rhett's "Get Me Some Of That." »»»

The Rest of Our Lives CD review - The Rest of Our Lives
The first full album from Tim McGraw and Faith Hill is an inspired effort, even though some of its songwriters may surprise you. The title cut, for instance, features pop ginger Ed Sheeran on its credits, while Meghan Trainor contributed to "Roll the Dice." »»»
Bloodshot Records' 13 Days of Xmas CD review - Bloodshot Records' 13 Days of Xmas
Label holiday albums can sometimes be like office white elephant gift exchanges because there's a little bit of everything on the table. Some stuff you like, while other things may have been better left unwrapped. »»»
Texoma Shore CD review - Texoma Shore
Blake Shelton's 11th studio album finds The Voice advisor in a contented, one might even say homey, frame of mind. The opening track and first single "I'll Name the Dogs" sets the tone. It's a rollicking ode to domesticity that manages to make household chore distribution ("You find the spot and I'll find the money / You be the pretty and I'll be the funny") both romantic and amusing.  »»»