So excited to share this review from Bluegrass Today of our debut High Fidelity record!!! Click the link to read the review. Big thanks to John Lawless for the review we could have only dreamed of!!!
Traditional bluegrass band High Fidelity has just released their debut album. The self-titled release features 13 tracks of straight-ahead traditional bluegrass. The record for the most part showcases the band in four-piece fashion, with Jeremy Stephens on guitar and vocals, Corrina Rose Logston on fiddle and vocals, Kurt Stephenson on banjo and vocals, and Vickie Vaughn on bass. Mandolinist Daniel Amick contributes on a handful of selections. All songs were cut live in one room with minimal isolation, similar to how recording was done by the first generation bluegrass pioneers whom the band draws its inspiration from.
High Fidelity formed in 2014 and won the 2014 SPBGMA International Band Championship. They are performing a select number of dates in 2016. For purchasing information on their new album, contact High Fidelity at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit High Fidelity on Facebook at www.facebook.com/highfidelitybluegrass and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/highfidelitybg.
Bluegrass Today is one of my very favorite blogs — I have been a reader ever since it was known as The Bluegrass Blog — and John Lawless is simply a master journalist. Click the link above to check out this lovely article John wrote on me and some of my latest musical pursuits! Thanks, John and Bluegrass Today!!!
I’m so unbelievably excited to release my first ever official music video!!! It has been a while since I’ve focused on writing, but sometimes God has a way of bringing you around. When God gave me this song, I immediately had a strong urge to get into a studio and put a video out of it. I’d never done a video like this before, but everything just fell right in place for it to happen — and here it is!
The video features a stellar cast: Jeremy Stephens, Casey Campbell, P. J. George, and Kevin Buchanan in the band; Richard Smith of Tunesmith Studio heading up tracking; and Brad Benge behind the knobs of the audio/video editing/mixing/mastering. These guys all did an amazing job, with a special shout out to Brad Benge — I’ve been bandmates with Brad and played and sang with him in a variety of situations, but this is the first time we’ve worked together in this way, and he is an awesome creative force to work with!
Lord willing, this will be the first in a series of videos from the tracking session that day at Tunesmith Studio — a series I’ll be referring to as the Tunesmith Sessions. All of the songs were tracked and filmed live simultaneously, with the videographer right in the tracking room with us as the songs were going down! It’s all pretty exciting!!!
Hope you enjoy the new song/video, “The Veil Has Been Lifted.”
On February 2, 2014, at the 40th anniversary SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards & 31st National Convention, High Fidelity was announced as the winner of the International Band Championship. High Fidelity, consisting of Corrina Rose Logston (fiddle/vocals), Jeremy Stephens (guitar/vocals), Kurt Stephenson (banjo/vocals), Vickie Vaughn (bass), and Daniel Amick (mandolin), performed in the style of traditional bluegrass for all three rounds of the band contest. While they wanted to do well, the members were shocked at the announcement that they had won.
“I cried like a baby,” said Corrina. “There were so many good bands in that contest. It was a very emotional experience for me, especially because we had committed to doing all traditional bluegrass. As far as I understand, we were the only group to do that. It means so much to me that we were able to represent traditional bluegrass and to do so to this level of recognition. Because to me, it isn’t just a win for us — it says, ‘This music is still relevant — this music is still meaningful.’ It will always hold the utmost meaning to me.”
We’re excited to announce A Tribute To Charlie Poole is now out and available on Old Blue Records. This old-time project showcases Kinney Rorrer, who was featured in the documentary Give Me the Banjo (2011) telling some lively tales about his kin Charlie Poole, here singing the songs of Charlie Poole. Kinney is assisted by Jeremy Stephens and Darren Moore as The New North Carolina Ramblers, with Corrina adding second fiddle on 4 tracks.
Corrina commented, “I was super excited for an excuse to really study the music of Charlie Poole. We kept all the melodies for the twin fiddle songs as close to the original recordings as possible and arranged the harmony in the style of that time period. I’m very happy with how it all came together.”
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