Haggard meets Monroe on Appalachian Road Show's 'Jubilation' (out now)

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Appalachian Road Show is a 5-piece “roots supergroup” (NPR) known for creating music that speaks to the heart and shares the stories of part of America that is often overlooked. On the band’s new album ‘Jubilation,’ which is available everywhere today (10.7), it celebrates the endurance and resilience of Appalachian people after a trial of hardship. As the band’s fellow champion of Appalachia, Dolly Parton, proclaims in the album’s introduction: “the pride in this place and our people endures even into the modern age” and “every tribulation is answered, in time, with jubilation."

Listen to the full ‘Jubilation’ record, here

Appalachian Road Show’s music bridges stories from the past to what we all experience today. ‘Jubilation’ is a light-at-the-end-of-the-tunnel record that evokes the joy humankind is able to experience after a grueling pandemic season and follows the bands 'Tribulation’ record, which Folk Alley said “perfectly speaks to our dark and unsettling times.”

Through "fiery and versatile” (American Songwriter) string-bending instrumental riffs, riveting melodies, heavenly vocal pairings that make for perfect back-porch harmonies, ‘Jubilation’ delivers an exciting body of music with a sense of pride in America’s Appalachian history and culture. The band re-imagines songs made famous by some of the greatest rock artists including Bob Dylan (“Only A Hobo") and Led Zeppelin (“Gallows Pole”), and creates new arrangements for songs that have been at the core of Appalachian culture for hundreds of years. The album also features original tracks written by the band’s banjo player and vocalist Barry Abernathy and fiddler Jim VanCleve.

No Depression says the album’s “Tonight I’ll See You in My Dreams’” has the sonic architecture of Merle Haggard’s 'Big City' meet the high lonesome sound of Bill Monroe’s 'Blue Moon of Kentucky,’ here

“There are singers and there are musicians, and then there are “Artists,” says Jerry Salley, A&R/Creative Director, Billy Blue Records. "Appalachian Road Show are genuine “Artists” in every sense of the word. The amount of time, research and preparation they pour into every song is a true testament to their commitment in preserving the Appalachian history and culture. Their latest effort, “Jubilation,” is in my opinion, their very best project yet! From the love for a “Blue Ridge Mountain Baby,” to the ride with “Only A Hobo,” to the creaking of the “Gallows Pole,” this is pure art, presented by some of the very best musicians and singers who ever picked up an instrument. You can feel the emotion of “Jubilation” in every note they play and sing. It cannot be overstated what an honor it is to work with them and represent their music to the world.”

Members of Appalachian Road Show include GRAMMY-nominated and IBMA Award-winning artists who have performed with artists including Dolly Parton, Johnny Cash, Emmylou Harris, Vince Gill, Josh Turner, Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, JD Crowe and more. The band is currently touring across the U.S. and full dates can be found, here: theappalachianroadshow.com/ourtour.

‘Jubilation’ Credits:

Produced by Appalachian Road Show

Executive Producers: Dottie Leonard Miller & Ed Leonard

Tracking Engineer ~ Shani Ghandi at The Studio Nashville

Assistant Engineers ~ Brook Sutton, Evan Wilber

All Additional Recording and Editing at Third Dawn Studio by Jim VanCleve

Mixed by Jim VanCleve at Third Dawn Studio

Mastered by Adam Grover at Sterling Sound, Nashville

Photography and Album Design by Erick Anderson

Darrell Webb ~ Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Banjo, Vocals

Barry Abernathy ~ Banjo, Nosehorn, Whistles, Vocals

Zeb Snyder ~ Guitars, Slide Guitar, Vocals

Jim VanCleve ~ Fiddles, Vocals

Todd Phillips ~ Bass, Bowed Bass, Vibraslap, Vocals

‘Jubilation' Tracklist:

1. “In Time, Jubilation”

(Album intro narrated by Dolly Parton)

2. “Blue Ridge Mountain Baby”

(Barry Abernathy and Jim VanCleve)

3. “La La Blues”

(Pokey LaFarge)

4. “Tonight I’ll See You In My Dreams”

(Barry Abernathy and Jim VanCleve)

5. “Ballad of Kidder Cole”

(Felix E. Alley/Public Domain - Arranged by Barry Abernathy, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb)

6. “A Lonesome Road to Travel”

(Public Domain - Arranged by Barry Abernathy, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb)

7. “Graveyard Fields”

(Jim VanCleve)

8. “Troubled Life”

(Rick Lang and Tim Stafford)

9. “Hard Times In The Mines”

(Public Domain - Arranged by Barry Abernathy, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb)

10. “Gallows Pole”

(Public Domain - Arranged by Barry Abernathy, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb)

11. “In The Shadow of The Pines”

(Public Domain - Arranged by Barry Abernathy, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb)

12. “Only A Hobo”

(Bob Dylan)

13. “Brother Green”

(Public Domain - Arranged by Barry Abernathy, Jim VanCleve and Darrell Webb)

Appalachian Road Show on Tour:

Fri., Oct. 7 | Alahambra Theatre | Hopkinsville, KY

Sat., Oct. 8 | Wortham Center for the Performing Arts | Asheville, NC

Fri., Oct. 14 | Private Event | Charlotte, NC

Fri., Oct. 28| Bella Vista Estates | Steamboat Springs, CO

Sat., Oct. 29 | Monthaven Arts & Cultural Center | Hendersonville, TN

Mon., Oct. | First Baptist Church and Main Street | Ellijay, GA

Thurs., Nov. 3 | Newberry Opera House | Newberry, SC

Sat., Nov. 5 | Old Rock School | Valdese, NC

Fri., Nov. 18 | Edison And Ford Winter Estates | Fort Myers FL

Sat., Dec. 10 | Chapman Cultural Center | Spartanburg, SC