Booneville, MS -- Breaking Grass is very proud to announce the release of their first single, "Running With The Moon", is available to radio today! Their sophomore CD of the same title will officially hit streets July 31st. With their fresh sound, original material, strong vocals and innovative musicianship, Breaking Grass is doing exactly what their name implies. Although not quite traditional, the music they present is without a doubt steeped in the timeless genre they grew up listening to.
Comprised of Cody Farrar on guitar and lead/harmony vocals; Tyler White on fiddle; Thelton Vanderford on banjo and harmony vocals; Zach Wooten on mandolin; and Britt Sheffield on bass and lead/harmony vocals; this relatively new band formed with one goal in mind - to make music that all ages could enjoy. They are well on their way to becoming a household name and recently won the fan voted B.O.R.N. Award (Band On The Rise Nationally) in June 2012.
2011 proved to be an exciting year for Breaking Grass with a string of wins at many of the southeast’s top music festivals including first place in the State of Mississippi Bluegrass Band Championship in New Albany, first place in the Athens Old Time Fiddler’s Bluegrass Band Competition in Alabama and first place in the Uncle Dave Macon Days Bluegrass Band Competition in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
This was also the year Breaking Grass released their self-titled, debut album of all original music to a standing room only crowd at a CD release event presented by the City of Booneville, Mississippi. "With Breaking Grass, my very first impression was that this band understands variety," states Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass. "From heartfelt emotion to barroom romance to a Texas Two-Step to a genuine good-old-fashioned barn-burner, Breaking Grass lacks nothing in mixing it up. It's refreshing to hear a band that truly is different...different from any other and even different from within."
With a sense of excitement and drive from a very fruitful first year together, the band turned to producer Stephen Mougin of Dark Shadow Recording once again for help with their latest project, Running With The Moon, due for release July 31st. This new CD is a strong offering from the group, showing their versatility as musicians and vocalists with 12 tracks of original songs, all written by the band’s main lead singer, Cody Farrar. "I had the pleasure of working with Breaking Grass as producer and engineer on their last two albums," says Mougin. "I encouraged them to use “Running With The Moon” as the title cut for this CD because I believe it highlights all of the things they do really well.
If there ever was a song that portrayed the story through sound, this is it. The tune explodes into a fantastic, tight, driving bluegrass groove that supports the fine vocals of front-man (and composer) Cody Farrar, and it really captures the energy of the band and proclaims their readiness to take on the music world! They have matured from a hot-pickin’ local band, to a tight ensemble that draws musical ideas from the lyrical content. That’s not to say they've given up on the hot-pickin’ – the spectacular trading solos near the end of the song showcase what great pickers they are!"
Listen to "Running With The Moon"
This was also the year Breaking Grass released their self-titled, debut album of all original music to a standing room only crowd at a CD release event presented by the City of Booneville, Mississippi.