Willis, VA -- With the recent query of "should we preserve our music or not", Mountain Fever Records answers with a resounding "YES!" by dipping into the traditional well and signing two of the most powerful artists of our time; Travers Chandler & Avery County and The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show.
When looking for a solid band steeped in bluegrass tradition, one need not look any farther than Travers Chandler & Avery County. Formed in 2009 with the intent of preserving the legacies of bluegrass music's lost heroes, the heart of the group is built around the edgy, soulful singing and mandolin playing of Travers Chandler.
Accompanied by the dead-on bass playing and gutsy singing style of Jessica Smith along with Terry McGill on banjo, Eddie Gill on guitar and Merl Johnson on fiddle, Travers Chandler & Avery County's show is full of energy and is an intelligent presentation of classic, traditional bluegrass and country music that delights a broad demographic of music enthusiasts.
While the band works with a reverence for tradition, they are by no means a cliché or cover band. They are busily creating new music while delightfully hanging on to the past. In fact, Travers Chandler & Avery County are proud to say that this is your grandfather's bluegrass...brought back to life! And, they have managed to bridge a generational gap; wowing older audiences as well as packing out shows with younger, diverse crowds in progressive areas such as Asheville, North Carolina and Lyons, Colorado.
Longtime fan and bluegrass star Danny Paisley summed it up best. "Travers FEELS the music within him", states Paisley. "He's gone from being a student of the music to a first rate interpreter. This is pure honky tonk from Baltimore; the music I grew up playing and Travers Chandler & Avery County have mastered it".
Mountain Fever Records will release the band's latest, yet to be titled project in spring 2012. The first single from the CD, "The Stanley Brothers" is being shipped to radio this week and is also available via download at Airplay Direct.
Pure. Honest. Heartfelt. Sincere. All of these simple words sum up Heather Berry and her music. A Virginia native, Heather has a strong love for the traditional country music that she first heard from the Carter Family. Thusly, she learned to play an arch top guitar accompanying herself in a Maybelle Carter-esque manner. The simplicity of which, combined with her song-bird singing is truly unparalled.
"Jamie and I saw Heather for the first time at the Country Music Hall of Fame for the induction of Tom T. Hall", states Darin Vincent. "She amazed all of us with her powerful vocal performance & Mother Mabelle Carter style guitar. I remember goose bumps all over my arms and I found it hard to breath listening to that performance".
That appearance came with an invitation from Dailey & Vincent to join them the next summer in Nashville, Tennessee for Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman, where Heather brought a sold-out audience to their feet with her haunting performance of Tom T. Hall's "Can You Hear Me Now".
Tony Mabe, also an accomplished musician on several instruments including both clawhammer and Scruggs style banjo, guitar, mandolin and autoharp, is the perfect complement to Heather both on an off stage; the two have been married for nearly six years. One without the other is beautiful enough but combined, the two are musical perfection.
The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show has unassumingly evoked emotions among their listeners and delightfully captivated many faithful followers. Mountain Fever Records will release new music from this duo in January but are proud to release the first single from the project to radio now. "Walk Slow" has been shipped and is also available via Airplay Direct.
"We are thrilled to bring both of these wonderful acts to radio and audiences worldwide", states Mountain Fever Records executive Mark Hodges. "We pride ourselves in offering a variety of contemporary, progressive and traditional artists and adding Travers Chandler & Avery County and The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show to our roster, simply solidifies our role in bringing great music to the forefront".
For more information on Travers Chandler & Avery County and The Heather Berry & Tony Mabe Show, please visit www.MountainFever.com.