The quintet is set to honor legendary banjo picker and Lexington native J.D. Crowe at the show with a performance of his 1979 album My Home Ain’t in the Hall of Fame with The New South. The show will be the first at the newly located Cosmic Charlie’s, which is moving from it’s hub on the corner of Euclid Ave. and Woodland Ave. over to National Ave..
According to Town Mountain guitarist Robert Greer, the band met Crowe a couple years ago when the legendary bluegrass picker attended one of the group’s concerts at Stone Farm in Paris, Ky. Greer said Crowe and this album have had a significant impact on shaping Greer’s musical influences and who he is as a performer, adding that the record’s title track “is one of my favorite tracks of all-time, and always will be.”
“(That record) was cool because Keith Whitley is singing lead on it and they have some electric instruments like the bass guitar, pedal steel, and a full drum kit,” Greer said. "It’s different than a lot of bluegrass albums in that respect."
To replicate the iconic band and record Greer and company plan to dress up in their best 70s garb, which includes bell-bottoms and fake mustaches for those in the band not apt to growing facial hair.
Bassist Adam Chaffins, a Morehead State graduate, will be electrified for the show and fiddler Jack Devereaux, who recently replaced Bobby Britt, will be hopping back-and-forth from his fiddle post to the steel pedal throughout the night.
Town Mountain will also welcome JP Nowak, also an eastern Ky. native on drums for the performance. Nowak has also performed in several Lexington-area bands including Born Cross Eyed and Captain Wingnut and The Burnt Ends along with drumming for Chicago-based jamgrass group Cornmeal in the past.
Rounding out Town Mountain’s depth chart is Phil Barker on mandolin and Jesse Langlais on banjo.
The group has been on a tear in 2016, traversing every corner of the country which has included their debut on The Grand Ole Opry and at the Ryman Auditorium, original Opry site, along with a trip to Florida for the inaugural Suwannee Roots Revival.
Town Mountain has also made a bevy of stops in the bluegrass, the last being on June 24 in Owensboro at ROMP Fest, one day before their Opry debut.
According to Greer, the group’s Opry performance was a surreal experience. It was Greer’s first trip to the revered venue and he soaked it all in, touring the dressing rooms cluttered with pictures highlighting the countless musicians who’ve stepped inside to perform in the music hall in its prestigious history.
Town Mountain’s celebration of J.D. Crowe coincides with the grand re-opening of Cosmic Charlie’s this Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.. Tickets are $12 pre-sale or $15 the night of show. You must be 21 years or older to attend.
“We encourage everyone to dress up,” Greer said. “We love Halloween and would love to feel that vibe, so bring it! Let’s get weird!"
IF YOU GO
What: Town Mountain
When: Saturday, Oct. 29 at 8 p.m.
Where: Mirror Twin Brewing Co. - 725 National Ave.
Tickets: $12-15, must be 21+