Thursday, June 26, 2014

Eight Dollar Mountain - "Tied To The Tracks" - Produced by Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon

Rising from the Cascade-Siskiyou Mountain range of Southern Oregon comes Eight Dollar Mountain, an exciting, high-energy bluegrass quintet. The group effortlessly blends whitewater-fast rhythms, tasteful harmony arrangements and plenty of low-end thump for a live performance that is sure to get crowds dancing and hollering for more. Eight Dollar Mountain serves up neo-traditional bluegrass blended with rootsy old-time country, blues, and gospel harmonies. Their hard-driving rhythms will pull you onto the dance floor while their clear, purposeful sound reflects the finest traditions of mountain music.

Formed four short years ago on a foggy mountaintop at a bluegrass jam outside of Ashland Oregon, the guys discovered they each shared a similar passion for bluegrass, newgrass and old-timey music. After pickin’ on a few standards, the group’s formation seemed only natural. The blinding-fast flatpicking of Darren Campbell (guitar, vocals), the driving rhythms of Stuart Green (banjo, vocals), the monstrous chop and Monroe-like tones of Phil Johnson (mandolin, vocals), the pulsing low-end of Peter Koelsch (bass, vocals), and the haunting bluesy riffs of Mark Lackey (resonator-guitar, vocals) form the cornerstone of Eight Dollar Mountain’s distinctive sound.

Tied To The Tracks is the band’s third release and is produced by Vince Herman, the incomparable lead man of the progressive “Polyethnic Cajun Slamgrass” band Leftover Salmon. Herman, a recent transplant to Oregon from his longtime home amongst the prolific Rocky Mountain bluegrass scene, lends his energy, creative style, and finely tuned ear to the production helm. Recorded at The Studio at Pacifica in Williams, Oregon (the old Steve Miller Ranch built in the 1970s) Tied To The Tracks was recorded, mixed, and mastered by multi-faceted videographer, drummer and Grammy award winning producer/engineer Dennis Dragon (Captain and Tennille, Johnny Rivers, Carole King).

Eight Dollar Mountain - "Tied To The Tracks" - Produced by Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon
1. These Old Blues
2. Big Time (Country Dave)
3. Old 77
4. The Old High Way
5. Hard Times Penitentiary
6. Hobo Man
7. Ambush
8. Family Kitchen
9. Tied To The Tracks
10. Old Lost Feelings
11. Pictures Of Harlan
12. Fly Like An Eagle

Stream Eight Dollar Mountain’s New Album Tied To The Tracks via American Songwriter

Tied To The Tracks features nine originals and three covers. The album starts off briskly with “These Old Blues”, a song penned by bluegrass legend Larry Sparks, before weaving its way into the easy going licks of “Big Time (Country Dave)” written by fellow Oregon band, Jackstraw. The lonesome and timeless Bluegrass croon of “The Old High Way” and the title song “Tied To The Tracks” both have enough vintage flair, vivid presentation and emotional momentum to be more than your average songs about roads, trains and heartbreak. The instrumental tunes “Old 77” and “Ambush” showcase the energetic picking and impressive instrumentation of the band. Recording in a studio built by the legendary Steve Miller inspired the band to cover Miller’s tune “Fly Like An Eagle”, co-produced by Grammy winning Dennis Dragon, and including a guest banjo track from Leftover Salmon’s Andy Thorn. In the band’s own words, the song is like “Bluegrass tradition hitching a ride on a 70s acid rock school bus.”

Eight Dollar Mountain’s warm sound, authentic storytelling and homage to traditional roots music prompted hometown Jefferson Public Radio music director Eric Teel to remark; "These guys have honed their craft through constant gigging and wide open ears that obviously absorb the best of what old-time, bluegrass and folk music has to offer."

Upcoming Dates:
Jacksonville, OR
United States
Time: 7:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Venue phone: 541-773-6077. Eight Dollar Mountain is very excited to announce that we will be on the Britt Festival main stage Friday, June 27th in support of Leftover Salmon. We have been in the studio recording a new album, produced by Vince Herman of Leftover Salmon, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to share the Britt stage with them. TICKETS ON SALE MAY 16TH BUY TICKETS
Ashland, OR
United States
Time: 2:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 3249 Hyatt-Prairie Rd. Eight Dollar Mountain, Moon Mountain Ramblers and more will provide entertainment for all kinds of musical tastes. Bands will play from 2:00 until dusk. Come and relax after enjoying your mountain activities. Kickback, eat delectable fare, sip fine local brews and wines, and listen to your favorite bands by beautiful Howard Prairie Lake! Does better than this?
Ashland, OR
United States
Time: 9:00pm. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 31 Water StVenue phone: 541-482-HOPS. Join us and our friends, the incredible foik duo, The Littlest Birds as we rock Thursday night at Caldera Tap House!
Ashland, OR
United States
Time: 3:00pm. Admission: $20. Age restrictions: All Ages. Address: 11470 Hwy 66. Join us and a great home-grown West Coast lineup at the West Coast Country Music Festival. Also featuring Scott Law, The Sweetback Sisters, Paige Anderson, and many more! BUY TICKETS

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