Our first full-length record, How It Used To Be, featuring eight brand new original tunes and two traditional numbers, is out now. You can grab it for download on iTunes and Amazon, or you can pick up a physical copy by heading over to our store.
Thanks again to Shane O’hara for co-producing and engineering, to Eric Ritter for mastering, to Tyler Pawelzik for illustrating, and to everyone who supported the release with a pre-order and/or personal enthusiasm.
Thanks to all of the people who have relentlessly purchased merchandise from us this summer, we’re plumb out of all sizes of t-shirts as well as enamel pins. The folks this past weekend at the Stony Fork festival especially cleaned us out. Thanks for that! We’re working on new designs and we’ll definitely have new t-shirts on the webstore, and on the road, real soon.
As part of their Daily Discovery feature series, the folks over at American Songwriter today posted a quick question and answer session along with a stream of our tune “Coal Headstone.” Check out what our own Christopher Kearney had to say about how this song came together and learn a fact or two while you’re at it.
Grafting their passion for Appalachian music and harmony singing to 21st century sensibilities, Northeast Pennsylvania-based quartet Coal Town Rounders occupy a space in time that is distinctly their own. With a foundational repertoire of bluegrass material you’d expect in a group twice their age, the band is poised to expand the reach and relevance of traditional music with their unique and hard-driving sound. Live performances around a single microphone showcase the intensity and dynamic interplay between each member and lend a timeless quality to an old-time approach.
Following the release of ‘Numero Uno,’ their 2013 EP of traditional bluegrass tunes, the band has been well received by audiences throughout its home state of Pennsylvania, the northeast, and stretches of the midwest. They have shared the stage with a range of nationally touring acts including Emmy Lou Harris, Carolina Chocolate Drops, The Lumineers, The Grascals, and The Roys, and with budding groups such as Cabinet, The Tillers, Wood & Wire, and The Barefoot Movement.
In May of 2015, Coal Town Rounders released their first full-length record of original material. ‘How It Used To Be’ is a recording that attests to the enduring qualities which define the style known as bluegrass music. It is evident that the band has absorbed the traditions inherent to this idiosyncratic American art form, and they have melded the genre’s vocabulary with the unique musical influences each member brings to the fold. Filtered through the aggressive artistic ethos of post punk/DIY culture, it is a thoroughly modern record, imbued with studied bluegrass tradition.
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