NewTown is thriving right now with the excitement of their newly released of “Old World”, August 17 through Mountain Home. Newtown celebrated the release of two singles off this upcoming album- “Naomi Wise” and “Heart of Stone“.
From the heartland of Kentucky calling Lexington home, this progressive acoustic band is all the new buzz. They are blending modern music with that of the beloved traditional southern music that resonates with the listeners. blended perfectly might I add. What really excites me personally about this ablum is that NewTown is has recorded some Tyler Childers (a fellow Kentuckian) on this album!
NewTown’s album “Old World” is produced by Barry Bales of Alison Krauss and Union Station, NewTown’s Old World . The music is made dynamic by the shared vocals of Kati Penn Williams and husband Jr. Williams who each chose material for the release. Kati’s haunting lead vocals on the majority of the tracks are of the same ilk as Krauss,’ as she embodies the style of the modern female Bluegrass lead that is more an update to the genre than a sheer departure.
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. Formed in 2009, the Lexington, Kentucky-based group features first-rate vocal and instrumental work of musicians who combine individual virtuosity with a background of formal training. While Kati’s singing brings to mind Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Krauss or Lee Ann Womack, her voice is all her own, with a power that challenges the band to keep up with her and a passionate subtlety that breathes emotion into the quietest passages. Meanwhile, Jr. has the similar vocal phrasing of Chris Stapleton with a more rough- around-the- edges Dan Tyminski, or maybe a grittier version of Larry Sparks. They are joined by mandolinist Mitchell Cannon and bassist/vocalist Travis Anderson who have college backgrounds in music and collective decades of performing experience. NewTown has gained a strong following by playing at festivals throughout the U.S., sharing bills with such acts as Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The ensemble has also opened shows for the John Cowan Band, whose namesake leader says, “Bands like NewTown are not by any means common; they’re not made every day. It takes sweat equity, passion, patience and vision.”