Each month, Trail Mix aims to turn you on to artists from around the Southeast that you might not know about. Every month we’ll offer a new free 10-track compilation download of regional acts that you can take on your next adventure. Make sure to take a listen and, if you dig what you hear, check out the artist’s website, your local music store, or wherever you happen to buy your tunes, and buy the whole record!
Here’s a look at a few bands from this month’s mix.
The Infamous Stringdusters/Things That Fly
“All The Same,” the opening track to this month’s Trail Mix, could be the song that best defines Things That Fly, the latest Sugar Hill release from The Infamous Stringdusters—while played on traditional bluegrass instruments, it is by far not a bluegrass tune. The Infamous Stringdusters are in the midst of an evolution, from bluegrass band to just, well, band. Like earlier genre benders Newgrass Revival, Leftover Salmon, and Hot Rize, these pickers refuse be defined by their collection of stringed instruments; hence, the organ and percussion that found their way on to Things That Fly during the recording sessions at Charlottesville’s Haunted Hollow studio. www.thestringdusters.com
Sam Quinn/The Fake That Sunk A Thousand Ships
For more on Sam Quinn, check out the profile in this month’s magazine or click here.
Darrell Scott/A Crooked Road
Darrell Scott sits front and center amongst the crowd of Nashville singer/songwriters. Country hit maker – his songs have been recorded by mega-stars Travis Tritt, Garth Brooks, Faith Hill, and others, Grammy nominee for “Long Time Gone,” as recorded by Dixie Chicks, and folk artist extraordinaire, Scott is typically found in the midst of all that is great coming out of Nashville. His latest release, A Crooked Road, is a two disc masterpiece that continues the grand tradition of his recordings. www.darrellscott.com
Ken Will Morton/True Grit
Athens, Georgia, singer/songwriter Ken Will Morton is a storyteller in the finest Americana vein. True Grit, his most recent release, is just that – gritty. It’s a record that moves like a horse at full gallop and feature songs that, simply put, grab your gut and won’t let go. Morton has been writing songs for well over a decade, released multiple solo albums, and has shared the stage with performers like Sugarland and Edwin McCain. www.myspace.com/kenwillmorton