Town Mountain will release their anticipated Lines in the Levee on October 7th, 2022 via New West Records. The 11-song collection was produced, engineered, and mixed by the multiple Grammy Award nominated Justin Francis (Kacey Musgraves, Orville Peck, Anti-Flag) at Ronnie’s Place in Nashville, TN. Hailing from Asheville, NC, Town Mountain is the sum of all of its vast and intricate influences — this bastion of alt-country rebellion and honky-tonk attitude pushed through the hardscrabble Southern Appalachian lens of its origin. Lines in the Levee follows 2018’s acclaimed New Freedom Blues and is the first to feature the addition of drummer Miles Miller (of Sturgill Simpson musical lore).
The hearty base of Town Mountain’s music is classic country, old school rock and roll, and traditional string bands. Both on stage and on record, the group’s wide-ranging influences like The Band, Grateful Dead, Bill Monroe, Townes Van Zandt, Chuck Berry, John Hartford, and more can be heard. Lines in the Levee is a bona fide workshop in the seamless blend of Americana, country, bluegrass, and folk roots — this crossroads of deep influences and cultivated visions each band member brings to the table. Guitarist Robert Greer says “This is the sound we’ve been working towards since the inception of the band. It isn’t a departure, it’s an evolution — the gate is wide open right now.”
Today, Holler premiered the album highlight “Seasons Don’t Change.” Town Mountain’s Jesse Langlais said of the song, “Change is constant, change is inevitable, change is here and now. It’s not hard to see that the human race is playing a massive role in climate change. All you have to do is read the paper, watch the news or just step outside. Floods, fires, melting roads, rising sea levels, drought, and the question that looms over us everyday, what’s next? “Seasons do change’ is what my daughter tells me when she listens to this song, and for now they still do. Although they certainly bleed together. I can’t really tell when Summer starts and Spring ends. I hope, for her and the following generations, that we can somehow manage the trouble that’s coming their way.” Hear “Seasons Don’t Change” HERE.
Taste of Country previously premiered the video for the album’s title track, saying “The song provides hope and confidence in the face of uncertainty and fear from the last two years.” See the Joshua Britt and Neilson Hubbard directed “Lines in the Levee” video HERE.
After more than a decade together, the fiercely independent band has proven they have staying power by regularly cranking out authentic hit albums, collaborating with like-minded artists such as Tyler Childers, Billy Strings, and Jerry Douglas and consistently selling out shows nationwide. The members of Town Mountain felt an immediate kinship with New West Records and a genuine bond of creative fulfillment and sustained artistic growth. Banjoist Jesse Langlais said of the partnership, “New West came to some of our shows and the ball started rolling. They knew they wanted to work with us, and we knew we wanted to work with them. New West lets the artist steer the ship and that’s what we were looking for — to have the autonomy to do what we want, but to also have a great label behind us.”
Well established coast-to-coast for their incendiary live performances, Town Mountain has also announced their initial tour dates in support of Lines in the Levee. The tour features special album release parties at the historic Station Inn in Nashville and The Burl in Lexington, KY. Please see dates, with more to be added, below.
Lines in the Levee is a moment in time for Town Mountain to take pause and glance over its shoulder at the road to the here and now. Right from the beginning, it’s always been about camaraderie and the creation of something unique.
Town Mountain are Phil Barker, Bobby Britt, Robert Greer, Jesse Langlais, Miles Miller, and Zach Smith.
Town Mountain’s Lines in the Levee will be available across digital platforms, on compact disc, and standard black vinyl. An extremely limited to 100 Coke Bottle Clear vinyl edition will be available at Independent Retailers in North Carolina while a limited to 1,000 Translucent Orange vinyl edition will be available at Independent Retailers worldwide. A limited to 500 Translucent Yellow vinyl edition is available for pre-order NOW via NEW WEST RECORDS. All limited color vinyl editions will be autographed by the members of Town Mountain.
Town Mountain Lines in the Levee Track Listing:
1. Lines in the Levee
2. Comeback Kid
3. Distant Line
4. Firebound Road
6. Seasons Don't Change
7. Daydream Quarantina
8. Big Decisions
9. Unsung Heroes
10. American Family
11. Lean Into the Blue
Town Mountain On Tour:
7/29/22 - Charleston Pour House - Charleston, SC
7/30/22 - Salvage Station - Asheville, NC
8/5/22 - Haw River Ballroom - Saxapahaw, NC
8/6/22 - Eddie's Attic - Atlanta, GA
8/19/22 - The Southern - Charlottesville, VA
8/20/22 - The Monument - Winchester,VA
9/2/22 - Nelsonville Music Fest - Nelsonville, OH
9/16/22 - Rivergrass - Knoxville, TN
9/30/22 - Cumberland Mountain Fall Festival - Middlesboro,KY
10/5/22 - Station Inn - Nashville, TN (Album Release Performance)
10/6/22 - The Burl - Lexington, KY (Album Release Performance)
10/7/22 - Ziggy’s - High Point, NC
10/14/22 - Southgate House - Cincinnati, OH
10/15/22 - HiFi Indy - Indianapolis, IN
10/20/22 - Outer Banks Bluegrass Fest - Manteo, NC
10/21/22 - The Camel - Richmond, VA
10/22/22 - The Hamilton - Washington, DC
11/4/22 - Southern Pines Concert Series - Southern Pines, NC
11/5/22 - 5 Points Music Sanctuary - Roanoke, VA
11/6/22 - Headliners - Louisville, KY
11/8/22 - Old Rock House - St. Louis, MO
11/9/22 - Tulsa Shrine - Tulsa, OK
11/10/22 - Tulips - Ft. Worth, TX
11/11/22 - The Ballroom - Austin, TX
11/12/22 - Last Concert Cafe - Houston, TX
11/13/22 - Hideaway on Lee - Lafayette, LA