Asheville-based Town Mountain is among the best known of the impressive cohort of young, Americana-influenced bluegrass bands who’ve emerged from North Carolina in recent years. Their style blends a solid bluegrass sound with elements of honkytonk and classic country. Like some of the earliest innovators of bluegrass, Town Mountain performs mainly original material, with an instantly recognizable grounding in tradition.
Town Mountain has received multiple award nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), including two nominations (2014 and 2017) for Emerging Artist of the Year. They have represented North Carolina to international audiences, and closer to home, have appeared twice on the Grand Ole Opry. They have excelled as recording artists as well, with their fifth studio album, Southern Crescent, debuting at #4 in the Billboard Bluegrass charts. The same album spent 10 weeks on the Top 40 chart of the Americana Radio Association. YouTube videos of Town Mountain performing their version of Bruce Springsteen’s “I’m On Fire” have been viewed tens of thousands of times.
The band’s name honors a local landmark, in keeping with their strong sense of identity as members of Asheville’s music community. North Carolina-born, South Carolina-raised songwriting legend Jim Lauderdale has said of Town Mountain, “They sound like Carolina.”
In late 2018, Town Mountain released their sixth studio album, New Freedom Blues, which explores a wider range of roots genres and includes a full drum kit for a bigger sound.
Town Mountain is available for performances.