New Frontier Touring News

    May 15, 2019

    Mark O’Connor celebrates 45 albums in 45 years

    The Mark O’Connor Band, the winner for “Best Bluegrass Album” at the 2017 Grammy Awards was the result of four O’Connors coming together – Mark, Maggie, Forrest and Kate. Celebrating his 45th year as a recording artist with 45 feature album releases to date, Mark is well-known for his New Nashville Cats, Strenth in Numbers, Heroes, Appalachia Waltz, Hot Swing Trio, The Fiddle Concerto, An Appalachian Christmas, American Music Shop T.V. Show, and his revolutionary O’Connor Method for string education. Mark has won 3 Grammy’s and 7 CMA Awards, appeared on 450 albums, collaborated with the likes of Johnny Cash, Wynton Marsalis, John Williams, Dolly Parton and Yo-Yo Ma, and performed everything from original violin concertos at Carnegie Hall to swing at Jazz at Lincoln Center. But until recently, he had not worked in a band quite like this.

    Their recently released Mark O’Connor Band Live!, is a stunning showcase of their most exciting concert


    Riders In The Sky to Join Old Crow and More at Bonnaroo!

    Riders in the Sky will be joining Bonnaroo vets Old Crow Medicine Show and fellow Opry member Ricky Skaggs and others this year at Bonnaroo. They also made quite a splash at Bonnaroo’s last Grand Ole Opry show.

    After a joyous debut in 2018, the Grand Ole Opry is returning to the Bonnaroo festival for the second year in a row, with a multigenerational cast of country and bluegrass greats. This year, the Opry performance will be on the first night of the festival instead of the fourth and includes Molly Tuttle, Steve Earle & The Dukes and more!

    Read more on Bonnaroo’s Grand Ole Opry show and more special guests here.


    May 10, 2019

    Wide Open Country celebrates Reckless Kelly’s “Bulletproof” 10th Anniversary and premieres new live recording

    Reckless Kelly are currently celebrating the tenth anniversary of their seminal album Bulletproof with the release of Bulletproof Live, a 15-track live album that was recorded in the last summer. The album will be out June 21st via Thirty Tigers.

    Ahead of the album’s release, Wide Open Country premiered Reckless Kelly’s live recording of “You Don’t Have to Stay Forever”exclusively on Wide Open Country.

    Check out the rest of the article and hear the live recording of “You Don’t Have to Stay Forever” here.


    May 7, 2019

    New Avett Brothers Song Featured in Upcoming Documentary

    The Avett Brothers recently released the single “Sun, Flood, or Drought,” an optimistic new track composed for the documentary film The Biggest Little Farm, which will be released in select theaters on May 10th. With the delicately melodic folk tune, the Avetts follow the persevering theme of the film, about a couple that trades the hustle of city life to transform a barren 200-acre plot of land outside Los Angeles into a thriving farm.

    Ushered in by pastoral banjo rolls, brothers Scott and Seth Avett gently harmonize the opening line, “What we are a part of is bigger than we know, and the height of our ability is further than we go.” Lyrically, the song continues with the sentiment about beating the odds, while in an accompanying video, snapshots of the hard work and ultimate rewards of the lengthy back-to-the-land efforts depicted in the film unfold.

    Check out the rest of the article and watch the video


    Americana Highways premieres The High Divers “Could Not Be Loved”

    Americana Highways premiered the latest single, “Could Not Be Loved,” from The High Divers earlier today. The new single is from their forthcoming album called Ride With You, out on June 7th. “Could Not Be Loved” is Luke Mitchell on guitar and vocals, Mary Alice Mitchell on synth, piano and vocals, Kevin Early on bass, Julius DeAngelis on percussion and Clay White on trumpet. About the song, Mitchell says, “This song traces the feelings of what it’s like to be bullied and labeled an outcast. The chorus is an exhale, as you slowly find the people that love you for exactly who you are.”

    Check out the article and hear the new single here.


    Museum Exhibition Puts Scott Avett’s Visual Art in the Spotlight

    There are a lot of great minds making roots music today, and sometimes music alone isn’t enough to fully channel their creativity. The Avett Brothers’ Scott Avett, for one, has been painting all along, and the North Carolina Museum of Art in Raleigh will be showing 20 years of his work this fall.

    Even as the spotlight has shone brightly on The Avett Brothers’ music for the past two decades, Scott Avett has been making another kind of art all the while. His visual art — paintings and prints that explore his own busy mind, often at a gigantic scale — is getting its first solo museum exhibition this fall.

    The Scott Avett: I N V I S I B L E exhibition will run Oct. 12, 2019 – Feb. 2, 2020.  A catalog of the exhibition, featuring key artwork, sketchbook pages, and interviews and essays about Avett’s work, will be available for purchase online.


    Stereogum Premieres Summer Cannibals new single “False Anthem”

    Today, Stereogum premieres the new single from Summer Cannibals called “False Anthem” from their upcoming album Can’t Tell Me No, out via Tiny Engines on 6/28. The new single crackles with energy, a bile-filled takedown of someone who is hypocritical and unwilling to take action. “Hate who they are, say you hate what they do/ But you love all the things that they promise you,” Boudreaux sings, background coos turning her admonishment into a snarling smile.

    Check out the rest of the article and listen to the new single here.


    May 1, 2019

    The High Divers announces new album and premieres video for “Ride With You” on Glide Magazine

    South Carolina’s The High Divers have announced the release of their new Sadler Vaden-produced EP, Ride With You, an emotion-clad and wholly triumphant project, out June 7th, via True Blue Records.

    Swelling with melancholy, the title cut “Ride with You” mourns that empty feeling born out of small-town life and needing something more reinvigorating. Glide was proud to premiere the video for “Ride With You,” a swirling rock number with thick bleeding tones of guitar rock that rekindles the explosive energy of Springsteen and Steve Earle.

    “Ride With You” is about liberating yourself from your sleepy hometown, and knowing you need to leave to become a better person,” says Mitchell. “It’s about realizing you’re falling into working a dead end job, and slowly turning into the people around you that you didn’t want to end up like.”

    Check out the article and watch the new video here.


    April 29, 2019

    New Frontier Artists Highlight MerleFest from Start to Finish

    Seven of New Frontier Touring’s signature Americana artists thrilled MerleFest crowds this past weekend, while keeping North Carolina’s music heritage in the forefront, with highlights that included the Steep Canyon Rangers’ tribute to North Carolina, The Avett Brothers’ homecoming, and more.  Starting Thursday, Chatham County Line kicked off the 32nd annual MerleFest with a big “newgrass” bang.  At the top of their game, the Raleigh-based group appeared right at home on one of the biggest stages their home state has to offer.

    CCL also were honored to host the midnight jam Saturday night, and had Molly Tuttle, Jim Lauderdale, Scythian, and others perform on that fan-favorite show.

    Friday saw Elizabeth Cook delight the crowd with her “Outlaw Twang” sound, and to close out Saturday night,  festival headliners Seth and Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers joined Brandi Carlile around a single mic at the front edge of the Watson Stage and performed the Avett’s “Murder


    April 22, 2019

    Cicada Rhythm Covers Simon and Garfunkel’s ‘Cecilia,’ Premiered by Flagpole

    Athens duo Cicada Rhythm released one of Flagpole‘s favorite local records of last year with the electrified Everywhere I Go, a cool and confident album that showcased the roots group’s expanded palette. Friday, Flagpole premiered another new Cicada Rhythm recording: the group’s cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s lovelorn pop song “Cecilia.”

    Read more and listen here