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NewTown's "Harlan Road" #8 in Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Albums

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NewTownNashville, TN -- NewTown makes its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart, nailing the #8 spot with the just-released Harlan Road (Mountain Home Music Company). The critically-acclaimed 11-track outing includes "All That I Can Take," which made its Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart debut at #6. Filled with tales of the "everyman," Harlan Road, is available on iTunes, Amazon and other fine retail outlets. Radio stations can access the new album at

NewTown joined Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos live in the studio July 29th, for WSM-AM's Coffee, Country & Cody Show. Fans can tune in via or catch the simulcast on Heartland TV to hear select songs from Harlan Road. Heartland TV reaches 22 million households; check out local listings online at

Produced by multi-Grammy Award winner Barry Bales, Harlan Road is being hailed as the band's most-impressive outing yet, with BBC Radio Kent's Dave Cash calling it "the best Bluegrass" he's heard in years.'s Greg Victor notes the disc "demands attention from those who love the genre," while Danny McCloskey of The Alternate Root states that "Harlan Road travels to the future with a modern take on tradition that gives Bluegrass a tomorrow." One Stop Country astutely observes that the band "is not afraid to take some risks that stretch the boundaries ... but they know the perfect moments to reel it in and keep the purists satisfied."

Award-winning fiddler Kati Penn and her husband, respected banjo player Jr. Williams trade off lead vocals and add superior pickin' to the project. Rounding out the band are: Travis Anderson (bass), Mitchell Cannon (mandolin) and Hayes Griffin (guitar). Between them, they bring Jazz, Bluegrass and Contemporary disciplines to the music, completing NewTown's extraordinarily diverse and textured sound.

Catch NewTown live on the road:

  • August 26 - Georgetown, OH - Brown County Bluegrass Festival
  • September 3 - Red River Gorge, KY - Private Event
  • September 17 - Carlinville, IL - Sam Jam - Macoupin County Fairgrounds
  • September 18 - Lexington, KY - St. Michaels Church
  • September 21 - Beanblossom, IN - Uncle Penn Days - Bill Monroe Music Park
  • September 28 - Raleigh, NC - IBMA WOB - Mountain Home Showcase
  • September 29 - Winston-Salem, NC - Muddy Creek Music Hall
  • October 1 - Raleigh, NC - IBMA WOB - Street Fair
  • October 8 - Burnsville, NC - Burnsville Performing Arts Center
  • October 29 - Williamsburg, KY - Elmer's General Store

Harlan RoadFounded in 2009, the Lexington, Kentucky-based NewTown made the national spotlight with the 2013 album, TIME MACHINE, and the #1 Bluegrass Today single, "All I Was to You." The group has gained a strong following playing festivals throughout the U.S., sharing bills with Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, John Cowan Band and more. They have appeared several times at the legendary Station Inn in Nashville, and twice performed at IBMA World of Bluegrass showcases in Raleigh, North Carolina.

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