Nashville, TN -- Mountain Heart’s first new album in five years, Blue Skies, debuted at #2 on The Billboard Bluegrass Album chart and debuted at #37 on the Americana Airplay Chart. Blue Skies finds Mountain Heart completely reinventing themselves with a brand new lineup featuring frontman Josh Shilling, Molly Cherryholmes (of 5-time Grammy-nominees Cherryholmes), Jeff Partin, Aaron Ramsey, and Seth Taylor. The new album has been met with critical praise. Rolling Stone Country says it “feels like a long lost collision between the Allman Brothers and some expert bluegrass players.” Pop Matters stated, “...we are talking about great Southern music here, underpinned with virtuosic musicianship full of heart and soul” while No Depression said “...the prospects for widespread appeal are sunny indeed.”
Shilling, barely into his 30s, is the group’s senior both in age and tenure. A sought after songwriter, he wrote most of the material appearing on Blue Skies, with a Chris Stapleton & Ronnie Bowman co-write and a stellar rendition of Bob Dylan’s “Maggie’s Farm” rounding out the set. The same soulfulness that gave the band its name in the first place is still there, but now voiced through a blend of musicians that make room not just for their bluegrass legacy, but for the excitement of R&B, the introspection of singer/songwriter ballads, the simplicity of classic country, and the atmospherics of modern folk pop.
Americana radio gravitated to the track “Blue Skies’ which has propelled the album into a strong chart position. The fiery instrumental “The Bad Grounds” helped capture the band's social media momentum when their stellar radio performances on WAMU and WSM went viral on Facebook. Their irresistible single “Addicted” cements their reputation as innovators in the bluegrass genre and is sure to have impact at their Opry performance.
Mountain Heart are bringing their new lineup on the road in support of the album release (please see dates below). While the old lineup of Mountain Heart have appeared on the Grand Ole Opry over 130 times, the brand new lineup will make their Opry debut this Saturday night, May 21st.
Mountain Heart Blue Skies Track List: