Thursday, December 2, 2010
– Mountain Fever Records signed Edgar Loudermilk, bass player with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, and will release the first single this week.
Can't Live Life Here Without You, a duet with Rhonda Vincent is from Loudermilk's debut solo project, "Roads Travelled," due out in mid-January 2011.
Influenced greatly by his father and grandfather, Loudermilk cut his teeth on bluegrass by learning to play bass to the record, "Bluegrass Album Band Volume 1." Surrounded by music at an early age, he was only nine when he began playing bass in his family's band, Loudermilk was also exposed to the great music of some of his famous relatives, The Louvin Brothers. He continued to play in his family's band until he was 20 years old when he joined a group called Carolina Crossfire. The band had a following in the Georgia area.
In 2001, Loudermilk started playing with Vincent. About a year later, he became the bass player and tenor singer in the newly formed group Full Circle and would back up Marty Raybon for almost five years. "I really enjoyed playing with Rhonda and Marty," said Loudermilk. "My first professional job was with Rhonda, and I learned so much from her. Working with Marty was really a great experience because we not only played bluegrass, but we got to play some of the old Shenandoah music, too."
In 2006, Loudermilk heard that Ray Deaton was leaving IIIrd Tyme Out. "I'd been singing tenor for Rhonda and Marty and knowing that Ray was a great bass singer, I practiced really hard for that audition with Russell." Loudermilk became the newest member of IIIrd Tyme Out, replacing Deaton in July,2007. "I really love the music of this band," said Loudermilk. "Singing with Russell Moore is the compliment of my life because I don't believe there's a better singer anywhere."
On his CD, Loudermilk wrote or co-wrote all 12 tracks. He was accompanied by Tim Crouch; fiddle, Randy Kohrs; Dobro, Scott Hass; banjo and former Full Circle band-mates Ashby Frank; mandolin and Shane Blackwell. Guest vocalists include Raybon, (duet on Roads Travelled), Cia Cherryholmes (duet on It Just Might), Vincent (duet on Can't Live Life Here Without You), Moore, Randy Kohrs and another former Full Circle band-mate, Glenn Harrell.
"I wrote Can't Live Life Here Without You with Rhonda Vincent in mind," said Loudermilk. "I just knew it would be perfect for her voice, and she certainly did not disappoint. It's one of my favorite cuts off the whole project."
"This record is a good breakthrough for me with my writing and I am hoping to continue in that direction," said Loudermilk. "I've got many of my musical mentors and heroes on this record, and I am a very happy and blessed man.."