Naked Mountain Boys new CD
Berryville — The feathers are flying on the newly released third album by the Naked Mountain Boys.
The bluegrass group will release its newest album, “Twister,” at a CD release party at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court.
The album is a mix of silly, sweet and sad storytelling that pushes the range of traditional bluegrass, said John Burns of Clarke County, who plays bass. The album features 13 original songs composed by different members of the band.
“The original songs stand out a little more than traditional bluegrass,” he said.
Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. CDs will be sold for $12.
Barbecue dinners will be sold, and beverages offered at the cash bar.
The Naked Mountain Boys formed 12 years ago and named themselves for Naked Mountain in Nelson County, which is near the place they were practicing at the time. “We thought it would grab people’s attention,” Burns said.
Since then, the band has changed members a few times. Its current lineup consists of Burns; Terry Patten, dobro and vocals; Charlie Perryman, fiddle, mandolin and vocals; Robert Mabe, banjo and vocals, and Steve Hudson, guitar and vocals.
The original group, which had Burns, Hudson and Patten, has changed through the years as each new player brought their own “interests and talents,” Burns said.
The concert also will feature guest performer Tara Linhardt on mandolin.
The Naked Mountain Boys’ concerts have a relaxed, informal atmosphere where people simply have fun, Burns said.
“People coming will be entertained. There will be a lot of laughing,” he said.
The concert will feature the new music from the CD, which will show the band’s range, said Hudson of Clarke County. One of his favorites is “Let the Feathers Fly,” a silly song about a man offering to come over if a woman’s man is not around.
As the song says, “If the rooster’s gone and you want to play, come on over and we’ll make some hay,” Hudson quoted. In keeping with the barnyard theme, listeners will hear a chicken clucking on the song.
“People who have heard of it get a grin on their faces,” he said.
On the opposite end of the spectrum is “Angels Weep Tonight,” a sad song about a woman abused by her alcoholic husband. Nothing is done to stop the situation, and she dies by his hands.
“It is plumb sad, but there is a lot of truth in it, too,” Hudson said. “When we play it, people seem to connect with us on another level.”
“Twister” is the album’s title song and tells the story of an impending tornado and what is happening during the storm, Burns said. “It is the strongest song on the CD, because it tells a clear story and it has a unique rhythm to it.”
“Cyber Baby” is a take-off of the Mills Brothers’ song, “Paper Doll,” he said. The original song was from the perspective of a heartbroken man who falls in love with a paper doll.
Naked Mountain created a modern version where the man creates a doll on the Internet.
“It is a humorous song,” Burns said. “It is upbeat and it is just making fun of modern love.”
Of the 13 songs on the album, three are re-recordings with the band’s current lineup and two are instrumental, Burns said.
The band’s first CD, “Timber Man” was recorded in 2002 and its second, “I’m Outta Here,” in 2007.
In addition to regular concerts, the Naked Mountain Boys play weddings, private parties, barbecue fundraisers, and the occasional gospel performance in a church, Burns said.
Also at the Barns of Rose Hill Sunday will be a performance at 7:30 p.m. by Holy Ghost Tent Revival, a Greensboro, N.C., band that has an electric, horn and rock driven sound. Tickets are also $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
The Naked Mountain Boys will have a CD release party for a new album “Twister” at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Barns of Rose Hill, 95 Chalmers Court. Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. For more information, call 540-955-2004 or go to barnsofrosehill.org.
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