Willis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of new music from The Expedition Show. "Stormy Horizons", the first single from the band's soon-to-be-released CD of the same title, hit radio on Monday. "The Expedition Show proves that the best is yet to come for them and for us," states Mark Hodges of Mountain Fever Records. "The duets Wayne and Kimberly have done in the past were really good but they hit it out of the park with Stormy Horizons. After the success of their last record, I've been chompin' at the bit for more and this entire album really delivers."
Consisting of Blake Williams on banjo and vocals; Wayne Southards on guitar and vocals; Kimberly Williams on bass and vocals; and Alex Hibbitts on mandolin and vocals; The Expedition Show has been a fan and festival favorite since their beginning in early 2002 as Williams & Clark Expedition. During the band's nearly 12 year tenure, the entertaining group has been nominated twice by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) for Emerging Artist of the Year (2005 and 2007), Wayne Southards has won the International Acoustic Music Association's Male Vocalist of the Year award (2009) and Blake Williams has been nominated three times for Entertainer of the Year by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (2007-2009).
The band has performed all over the world including a tour with country music artist Darryl Worley to Japan as well as an extensive headlining tour in Canada. In addition, the band was invited to perform for the historic Ryman Auditorium's "Bluegrass Nights at The Ryman" concert series. In between all the touring, the quartet also released six projects before signing with Mountain Fever Records in 2011.
Their first CD released on Mountain Fever Records, The Expedition Show (Feb. '11), stayed on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart for 13 months (May '11-Mar. '12) reaching the #1 spot in October 2011. It also reached #3 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 CDs (Sept. '11) and #7 on BMP's Top 10 CDs (April '11). The project produced three chart-topping songs; "I Can't Keep You In Love With Me" which reached #1 on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Songs chart (Oct. '11); "Backroads And Little Towns" which remained in the top 10 on the same chart for five months (Dec. '11 - May '12); and "Storms Of Life" which stayed in the Top 10 on the Powergrass Radio Bluegrass Gospel chart for three months reaching #4 in May '11.
"Stormy Horizons was brought to the band by Wayne [Southards]," explains Expedition band member Blake Williams. "The song was written by Ira Louvin and Iris Franks and recorded by Jim & Jesse & The Virginia Boys many years ago, and is so beautifully written with some of the most captivating lyrics I've ever heard. We made a few changes to Jim & Jesse's version to make it fit our style a little more such as using 4/4 bass on the choruses and instrumental breaks as opposed to walking bass throughout the whole song. Wayne and Kimberly duet on the versus and Alex adds baritone to the choruses. And of course, we brought in Tim Crouch, who has played on all our records, to do some triple fiddles. The response from fans and DJs to our duets has been a strong point for us in the past and we're really happy with the way this song turned out."emem