The Kickin Grass Band would like to say THANK YOU to all of the wonderful DJ’s across the world that have been playing tracks from our new album, ‘Walk With Me’. The feedback has been terrific. If you are longing to hear some KGB then give your local radio station a call or email and request your favorite song! Or, better yet, you can purchase your very own copy of our albums by visiting our website, www.kickingrass.com or by going to www.amazon.com . And if that’s not good enough, you can see the band perform live this Friday night at The Haw River Ballroom in beautiful Saxapahaw, NC. This will be an amazing show with the band playing the entire album ‘Walk With Me’ from start to finish for the first set and then finishing the night up with all of your Kickin Grass favorites. We hope to see you there!
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Label Contact:Katrina Lamberto, Superfan Records
Phone: (919) 272.8309
Walk With Me Propels The Kickin Grass Band Beyond Bluegrass Boundaries New Album Released July 24, 2012 on Superfan Records; Features Stellar Lineup
RALEIGH,NC (June 20, 2012) – Superfan Records today announced the release of the Kickin Grass Band’s newest album, Walk With Me. This is the band’s first full-length album since 2008 and the first to feature the current lineup. The album tells a nuanced musical story of grief, exploration, hard-won acceptance and understanding as only a close-knit veteran ensemble can. Walk With Me is scheduled for release on July 24, 2012.
The Raleigh-based Kickin Grass Band is known for their unique bluegrass style—equal parts vintage and nouveau. On Walk With Me, the group delightfully stretches and builds each song beyond the edges of their firm footing in bluegrass. By following their muse down complementary paths of Old-time, Americana and folk, the Kickin Grass Band has created an album that will appeal to abroad roots music audience.
Half of the songs were penned by signature vocalist and main songwriter Lynda Dawson, with assists from newest members fiddle player Pattie Hopkins and banjo player Hank Smith. The remaining coversongs were chosen to spotlight the personalities of the individual band members, but also to play on their strength as a cohesive unit. Vocals are passed back and forth between Dawson’s soaring lead on five of the tracks, Hopkins’s bluesy sound on two, bass player Patrick Walsh’s ethereal tenor on two, and mandolin player Jamie Dawson’s retro-tinted lead on one, with tasteful harmonic seasoning throughout. Even with shifts in instrumentation, arrangement, narration and guest players, there remains a distinctive Kickin Grass Band sound that threads the tunes together, creating a colorful, mosaic tapestry of an album, and an expertly-crafted package of rootsy Americana-style bluegrass.
The band deliberately approached this project as a full-length record. Walk With Me presents an exploration of life’s passages, a close-to-home chronicle of heartbreaking loss and hopeful beginnings. Band members endured 3 years of ups and downs that started with the loss of Walsh’s wife to an excruciating battle with ovarian cancer, crested with the birth of beautiful daughter to the Dawsons, and then took another plummet with the sudden and unexpected death of Jamie Dawson’s brother.
“These were life-altering events for all of us, both individually and as bandmates and close friends,” explains Lynda Dawson. “We felt strongly that we needed to capture and express the emotional journey we had endured through our music, especially now that we’re on the other side looking back.”
To take in the album as a singular experience is to travel with the group from a questioning uncertainty to an understanding acceptance. The message: the big answers may be beyond our grasp, but our communal search for them binds us together. If you look hard enough you may just find an answer — and a comfort — in the people who walk with you.
Walk With Me was recorded and co-produced by Jerry Brown at the Rubber Room, with artwork and design by Gamil. The album will be released by Superfan Records on July 24, 2012, at iTunes, Amazon MP3, Amazon Marketplace, CD Baby, and brick and mortar stores serviced through the Super D Distribution network.
Hi-res press photos, album art and additional information at www.superfanrecords.com/kickingrass
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Upcoming Kickin Grass Band shows:
06/29/2012 | Cary,NC | Page-Walker Arts & History Center Garden Featuring PineCone Bluegrass Music Camp Students
07/01/2012 | Wilmington, NC | Poplar Grove Plantation Festival
07/08/2012 | Durham, NC | Festival for the Eno
07/22/2012 | Williamston, NC | Martin County Auditorium
07/26/2012 | Raleigh, NC | Quail Ridge Books & Music *CD Release In-Store Performance & Signing*
07/27/2012 | NewBern, NC | Bear Town Market & Beer Garden *Eastern NC CD Release Show
07/28/2012 | Raleigh, NC | Pour House Music Hall *CD Release Party*
07/29/2012 | Saxapahaw, NC | Haw River Ballroom *CD Release Show*
08/03/2012 | WindGap, PA | Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival w/special guest BeckyBuller
08/04/2012 | WindGap, PA | Appalachian Fiddle & Bluegrass Festival w/special guest BeckyBuller
08/06/2012 | Thomas, WV | The Purple Fiddle w/special guest Becky Buller
08/07/2012 | Broadway, VA | Plan B w/special guest Becky Buller
08/08/2012 | Asheville, NC | The Grey Eagle w/special guest Becky Buller
08/11/2012 | Robbinsville,NC | Stecoah Valley Performing Arts Center w/special guest Becky Buller
Additional tour details at www.kickingrass.com/tour
North Carolina Bluegrass Favorite to Host 10th AnniversaryShow at the Carolina Theatre of Durhamon January 14, 2012.
Durham, NC – One of the Triangle’s most well-loved bands, The Kickin Grass Band, celebrates ten years of signature Americana-style bluegrass with a special hometown concert and celebration on Saturday, January 14, 2012 at the Carolina Theatre of Durham. The show is a co-presentation of The Carolina Theatre of Durham and Pinecone – the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music.
The Kickin Grass Band 10th Anniversary Show will feature the current lineup performing favorites from three acclaimed albums over the past decade, as well as new material slated for a 2012 release. The audience will also be treated to appearances by past members and old friends, including the world-renowned Apple Chill Cloggers.
“The past ten years have been a true joy for us, playing and introducing our rootsy-Americana style of bluegrass to new fans around the world,”says lead singer and songwriter, Lynda Dawson. “We‘re thrilled to share the stage with old friends and celebrate this milestone with hometown fans who have played a huge role in our success!”
The Kickin Grass Band formed in early 2002 as the accompanying band for the Apple Chill Cloggers and went on to release three albums of original and traditional music showcasing their grasp of tradition as well as aspirit of adventuring into the new frontier of an ever-evolving Americana genre: Backroads (2003), On the Short Rows (2006), and The Kickin Grass Band (2008). A fourth album is slated for 2012 featuring the current lineup and an array of new material to keep listeners along for the adventuresome ride.
The Kickin Grass Band 10th Anniversary Show
Saturday, January 14, 2012
The Carolina Theatre of Durham
Tickets are $15 and available at www.carolinatheatre.org and www.pinecone.org by phone (919)560-3030 or toll free (888) 241-8162, or at the Carolina Theatre box office.
And, The Kickin Grass Band is on the list!!!!
Here’s the press release from Merlefest.
WILKESBORO, N.C. (November 1, 2011) — MerleFest 25, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 26 – 29, 2012, is proud to announce the initial lineup for the music festival’s 25th year. The four-day event, which USA Today described as a “happy, family friendly festival that’s loved by musicians who come to play and those who come to add their energy by listening, as well,” will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, gathering to celebrate the memory of musician Eddy Merle Watson, beloved son of American music icon Doc Watson.
The initial lineup reflects the diversity and quality of performers that have become the hallmark of the four-day festival. MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that Doc Watson has referred to as “traditional plus.”
“This year’s initial lineup will bring back a little nostalgia for the core MerleFest audience, those fans who return year after year to hear the traditional sounds of roots music. We have some of the leading names in the music industry, of today and yesteryear, lined up to perform at the historic 25th festival,” says Ted Hagaman, director of the festival. “The MerleFest 25 lineup is made up of many of the artists who have helped make this festival the premier, internationally-recognized event that it has become. And, we are thrilled to welcome back that core fan base that has been with us for the ride all along… and welcome a whole new generation of fans to experience the music, moments and memories that make MerleFest so special.”
Click http://merlefest.org/content.aspx?id=7573 for the complete Line-up.
We are excited to be playing the Shakori Hills Grassroots Festival tomorrow, October 7th at 5:15pm. We will play on the Grove Stage. This is a wonderful music festival held twice a year in beautiful Chatham County, NC. We hope to see you there! Also, Lynda will be playing a childrens set at the Dance Tent with her new project Little Root at 3:00pm.
That’s right folks, we are playing at the 2nd Annual Festival for Wildlife at Leigh Farm Park in Durham, NC. It’s a wonderful event for a great cause, we will hit the stage at 2:30pm for a 1 hour set. Tickets are only $10 for Adults and kids 12 and under are free! Old 86, Mel Melton and the Wicked Mojos, John Howie Jr. and Cyril Lance Band will also be performing. Come on out!
Find out all about the festival HERE!