by Dan Schram
When we set out to do this series, I wanted to represent all of North Carolina. Today, we feature friends from the western half of the state, Town Mountain. They are a traditional-leaning bluegrass band who should be included in anyone's discussion of the best Tar Heel bluegrass acts. Not only are they strong instrumentally, but lead singer Robert Greer is special. As far as traditional bluegrass bands go, if you don't have a lead singer with an authentic Southern drawl, it just doesn't seem right.
Here we present two songs from their latest, and arguably best, release, Leave the Bottle. The first song, "Run Junior Run," is an ode to Wilkes County's own Junior Johnson and his attempts to dodge the law while running moonshine in the '50s. The second, "Greenbud on the Flower," describes a stir-crazy person waiting for spring to begin. Both are solid numbers from a solid album.
The purpose of the Indy Week's Simple Music Video Series is to capture local and touring musicians who we feel are producing something special. The hope is to capture something very simple in order to mirror the experience of viewing a performance as if you were in a small crowd watching a quiet set. We hope for content of the music to be the primary focus of the series, not multiple camera angles meant to keep the viewer guessing and entertained.
Most bands featured in the series will be a sample of the deep pool of talent in the Triangle, while others will represent some of our touring favorites.