NewTown travels "Harlan Road"
Friday, July 8, 2016 – Based in Lexington, Ky, and fronted by vocalist/fiddler Kati Penn Williams and her singer/banjo-picker husband, Jr. Williams, NewTown returns with "HarlanRoad." Union Station member Barry Bales produced the set. The band was formed in 2009 when left Bluegrass band NewFound Road to play full-time with his wife in what would become NewTown. The group also includes Travis Anderson on bass, Mitchell Cannon on mandolin and Hayes Griffin on guitar.
CD reviews for Newtown
Lexington, Ky.-based bluegrass outfit NewTown is back with "Harlan Road," featuring the band doing what a good bluegrass band is supposed to do: singing good songs about real life that are made even better by good vocals and hot playing.
If there's one thing that Dr. Ralph Stanley and Bill Monroe injected into their songs, it was a strong sense of the realities of life that are faced by all classes of people, not just folks who work in coal mines. NewTown, whose members don't »»»
Newtown advertises itself as "five artists demonstrating a vast array of musical styling." That can evoke a mental question mark when pairing a band's product with the bluegrass genre. Without getting into the "what is ..." discussion, this is music that bluegrass fans should like unless they are hardcore Jimmy Martin fans. It features what some say is a must – a driving banjo, here played by Jr. Williams (NewFound Road), the husband of the band's founder. »»»
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