Mountain Heart, the band that has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played, will appear on The Prizery stage at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
The band's name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group's creation, according to Chris Jones, Prizery artistic director.
Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship and just as notably, their incendiary live performances.
Rolling Stone Country says, "Mountain Heart manages to straddle the line between complete reinvention and staying true to their roots — there's a palpable electric current running through ‘Blue Skies,’ while still maintaining the relaxed, festival-ready pulse they've become known for over the course of more than a decade.”
The Daily Country said, “Mountain Heart is set to return with ‘Blue Skies,’ their first studio album in five years, on May 6. The album finds the group reinvented with front man Josh Shilling being the only member previously featured on a Mountain Heart release. The rest of the line-up now includes violinist Molly Cherryholmes (of 5-time Grammy-nominees Cherryholmes), Jeff Partin, Aaron Ramsey and Seth Taylor, and while the quintet stays true its bluegrass roots, they add R&B, country and jazz alongside some heavenly harmonies and brilliant musicianship creating a high-energy, soulful sound.
“The ten-song collection, which was produced by the band and cut live to tape, begins with the lazy day jam ‘Blue Skies,’ a clear as day toe tapper reminding one to set your spirit free every once in a while.”
Mountain Heart or members have been nominated for Grammy’s, ACM, CMA awards. The band has also been nominated for and won multiple IBMA's.
They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 130 times, and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Lynyrd Skynyrd, Montgomery Gentry, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain Stringband, The Punch Brothers, Levon Helm, John Fogerty and many more, Jones said.
Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity - the band is comprised of top call studio pros at every position, unmatched energy, and a keen sense of entertainment dynamics have helped them to forge a highly unique sound and stage show that appeals to an ever-growing variety of musical tastes.
From large outdoor Folk music, Americana, Jam and Bluegrass festivals, to sold-out shows opening for Southern Rock icons like The Marshall Tucker Band, The Tedeshi Trucks Band or Lynyrd Skynyrd, Mountain Heart always makes an undeniable connection with an audience. This rare combination makes Mountain Heart one of the more versatile musical acts ever assembled.
Throughout the band's storied history, members past and present have dedicated their time, talent, and creativity to the group, leading to their hard earned reputation as one of the most exciting and unforgettable live shows anywhere in the world.
With a new team in place, Mountain Heart is beyond excited for this new beginning and journey ahead, Jones added.
For tickets to Friday night’s performance, call the box office 434-572-8339 or order tickets online at prizery.com.