NewTown with Yancey Native Mitchell Cannon performs July 15th at the Burnsville Town Center to Benefit Tyler McFarland
Based in Lexington, Kentucky, and fronted by award-winning vocalist/fiddler Kati Penn Williams and her singer/banjo-picker husband, Jr. Williams, NewTown is one of the most exciting acts in contemporary Bluegrass. The band was formed in 2009 when Jr. left Bluegrass band NewFound Road to play full-time with his wife in what would become NewTown. Since then, the group has gained a strong following by playing at festivals throughout the U.S., sharing bills with such acts as Rhonda Vincent & the Rage and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. NewTown has appeared several times at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville, and has performed twice at showcases at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, North Carolina. The ensemble has also opened shows for the John Cowan Band, whose namesake leader says on NewTown’s website, “Bands like NewTown are not by any means common; they’re not made everyday. It takes sweat equity, passion, patience and vision.
NewTown’s 2013 album, TIME MACHINE, was one of the most talked-about Bluegrass releases of that year. The album received significant airplay on Sirius XM satellite radio’s Bluegrass Junction channel, and the single “All I Was to You” reached number one on Bluegrass Today’s weekly and monthly airplay charts.
The band’s newest album, HARLAN ROAD, once again finds Kati and Jr. turning in outstanding vocal performances, with exceptional instrumental backing by the entire band. The project was produced by Grammy-winner Barry Bales, longtime bass player for Alison Krauss and Union Station.
Show starts at 7:30pm, tickets are $15, with ages 10 and under free.