International Bluegrass Music Association Award winner Sideline are returning with their newest full length album, Ups, Downs and No Name Towns. The new record finds the celebrated sextet reaching new heights with a set that includes the kind of hard-hitting arrangements of classics that brought them acclaim in the first place, yet focuses on new material, chosen and delivered by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say.
One of the new album's highlight is the moving story song "Long Way From The Wildwood Flower." Written by Tim Stafford and Bob Minner, the song speaks of the importance of living a life of integrity and truth told from the perspective of the protagonist's grandfather. You can listen to the song HERE.
Sideline's banjoist Steve Dilling writes, "This song was sent to me by Tim Stafford, who co-wrote this song with Bob Minner. I feel that this song will touch the hearts of so many of our fans because they can relate to this story."
The album is now available for pre-order, add and save ahead of its September 17 release date.
Listening to Sideline will remind fans of why so many people fall in love with Bluegrass in the first place; pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, flawless timing and dynamics, as well as the visceral emotion embedded in a classic performance. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers.
Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring. What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center and they began to record and release albums in earnest. In 2019 Sideline won the IBMA Song Of The Year Award for their hit single, "Thunder Dan."
To listen to Sideline reminds the fan of why so many people fall in love with Bluegrass in the first place; pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics as well as a visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers.
The band, recorded or live, move dynamically from well chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Sideline has released 4 national projects and records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC.