CD Release Party for Crossing County Lines happened at Bacova Beer Company

When a group of young blue grass musicians holds a CD Release celebration in downtown Hot Springs, Allegheny Mountain radio is there.  Bacova Beer Company hosted Crossing County Lines, and it was a show enjoyed by all who were there.  When the musicians took a break after their first set, I took a minute of their time to have them to introduce themselves, and share with listeners their impressions of Nashville when they travelled there back in October. They went there to record this CD, aptly named Bluegrass Music Band.

“I’m Tanner Lacks.  I’m the bass player. My favorite part about Nashville was, really just the overall energy of the city.  I mean the air was just constantly electric with creativity, and live music and everything down there, so it really was a unique experience for us. I’m William Atkins; I play the guitar, and a little bit on the mandolin.  Probably my favorite part about Nashville is just being surrounded by the music culture.  It’s just everywhere you go there’s music and that sounds like heaven to me.  It’s amazing.  My name’s Eli Phillips and I’m the fiddle player for the band.  My favorite about Nashville would have to be just the whole recording studio experience, being able to just go in there and meet some pretty cool people there and record a whole CD with them, and now be releasing it today.

Hi, My name’s Issac Blake and I’m a banjo picker.  My favorite thing about Nashville was to just go down and see all the big buildings.  It’s not something I get to do very often, but I really enjoyed it. And going down there and playing and meeting some cool people.”

Those people included producers, technicians, other musicians and friendly tourists.

Next I asked the band members what their hopes were for this first CD about to get some airplay.

“Well, I hope we sell a good many of them, but it’s hard to tell”

And if not today then you’ve got a whole season ahead of you?

Yes ma’am.

Eli commented again after Issac.

“I just hope the people really enjoy it, the music that we put out here.”

Songs on the CD include four written band members, two by Issac Blake, one by Tanner Lacks, and another by fiddle player, Eli Phillips. One written by Ashley Primm is called ‘1420 Broken Heart Avenue”, and there’s also the traditional “Nine Pound Hammer”.

Back on the subject of release of the CD, Will responded

“I really just hope that the CD gets our name out there more; reaches more people than what we’ve been able to reach here recently. Hopefully we have some good sales, and that people really enjoy our music.”

How about you Tanner?

“I just really hope people enjoy listening to it.  It’s not everyday you get to go to Nashville and record an album, so if we even sell a handful of them, that’s just fine with me.”

A handful’s a good start.”

Again the name of Crossing County Lines new CD is “Bluegrass Music Band”.

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Bonnie Ralston

Bonnie Ralston is the Assistant Station Coordinator at WVLS and a Highland County news reporter. She began volunteering at Allegheny Mountain Radio in the fall of 2005. In 2006 she became an AMR employee and worked in Bath County for eight years as the WCHG Station Coordinator and then as the news reporter there. She began working in radio while in college and has stayed connected to radio, in one way or another, for more than thirty years. She grew up in Staunton, Virginia, while spending a lot of time on her family’s farm in Deerfield, Virginia. She enjoys spending time outside, watching old TV shows and movies and tending to her chickens.

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