Town Mountain's Southern Crescent Makes "the Best of 2016" Again and Again

I think its pretty safe to say that Town Mountain's Southern Crescent is an album you need to listen to if you haven't already this year!

See for yourself the plethora of fantastic reviews from publications claiming Southern Crescent is one of the best albums of 2016....

WMOT, Craig Havighurst
Town Mountain – Southern Crescent    This Asheville band killed it at the Ryman this summer opening up the bluegrass series and they put out this stellar collection of original songs that asserts them as the hippest, bluest traditional bluegrass band of their generation. In an era of bluegrass with manners, they cut with a serrated edge.

No Depression, Best of Everything 2016
Town Mountain - Southern Crescent    Produced by the legendary Dirk Powell and recorded in Louisiana, Town Mountain's fifth album, Southern Crescent, promises to be their breakout. The winners of the 2013 IBMA Momentum Award for Performance Band and Vocalist of the Year, Town Mountain has earned raves for their hard-driving sound, their in-house songwriting, and their honky-tonk edge, which permeates their exhilarating live performances, whether in a packed club or at a sold-out festival. The hearty base for their music is the bluegrass triumvirate of Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs, but this album stretches those boundaries without breaking them. Southern Crescent is a raw, soulful album. I have seen this band many times, and while there are a couple of bigger names out there, this Asheville group is the most exciting bluegrass band to come along in a long time.

Americana Music Show, Best of Americana Music Show 2016
Town Mountain - Southern Crescent    Town Mountain is one of my favorite string bands. Their sound is a little bit Appalacian mountain music, a little bit bluegrass, a little bit boogiewoogie. And it's always entertaining. Yes they have a foot in decades past, but you needn't have lived through the era of the Southern Crescent to enjoy Southern Crescent.

Country Standard Time, Fervor Coulee Bluegrass’ Favorite Bluegrass Albums of 2016
Town Mountain - Southern Crescent    Southern Crescent isn't so much a departure from previous albums, especially 2012's excellent Leave the Bottle, as it is an intense continuation of their southern influences and hard-scrabble bluegrass sound. As raucous as this approach is, there is a place within the (sometimes) staid and constrained bluegrass community for exactly this type of music. It isn't trying to be country, it sure isn't leaning toward easy listening, NPR pap-it is bluegrass, just not the type favoured by Bill Monroe. For that matter, it isn't of the flavour projected by Doyle Lawson, Rhonda Vincent, Lonesome River Band, or most of today's mainstream headliners.

Durango Telegraph, Last Chances and a Twelver of 2016’s Best
Town Mountain - Southern Crescent    For my money, Robert Greer, Jesse Langlais, Phil Barker, Bobby Britt and company are the greatest band in bluegrass today. Their debut album was called “Original Bluegrass and Roots Country.” No critic has coined a better phrase to describe their sound.