Southwest Virginia natives Sam Gleaves and Tyler Hughes transport listeners to the hills of contemporary Appalachia. The duo blend their close vocal harmonies with expert accompaniment on banjo, guitar, autoharp, fiddle and mandolin and a deep respect for their traditions. Like their ancestral neighbors of the Carter Family, Sam and Tyler choose songs rooted in their region that are genuine and varied. Produced by two-time Grammy winning artist Cathy Fink, this record presents heartfelt country duets, fiddle and banjo hoedowns, and labor movement anthems. "Stockyard Hill" and "When We Love" are two thoughtful songs written by the duo that challenge Appalachian stereotypes.
Sam Gleaves - vocals, guitar on 1, 2, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 11 and 14, fiddle on 3 and 13, baritone guitar on 12, mandolin on 10.
Tyler Hughes - vocals, banjo on 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 13, 14, gourd banjo on 4, autoharp on 8 and 11, guitar on 10 and 12.
Produced by Cathy Fink.
Recorded by Jim Robeson, Jim Robeson Productions.
Mixed by Jim Robeson and Cathy Fink.
Mastered by Charlie Pilzer, Airshow Mastering.
Photography by Susi Lawson, Susi Lawson Fine Art Photography
Design by Saro Lynch-Thomason, Full Steam Labs
“Stockyard Hill” written by Sam Gleaves, Fabulachian Music ASCAP
“When We Love” written by Tyler Hughes, Maebry Music ASCAP
“Georgia Row” traditional, from the playing of Uncle Charlie Osborne
“Mister Rabbit” traditional, inspired by Pete Seeger’s version
“I Can’t Sit Down” written by Wade E. Mainer, Jaymore Music Pub. Co.
“Bread and Roses” lyrics by James Oppenheim, BMI, melody by Mimi Farina, Farina Music ASCAP
“I Washed My Face in the Morning Dew” written by Tom T. Hall, Unichappell Music, Inc.
“My Stone Mountain Home” written by Kate Peters Sturgill
“Lonesome Homesick Blues” written by Maybelle Carter, Peer International Corp.
“Well I Guess I Told You Off” written by Boudleaux Bryant, Sony/ATV Acuff Rose Music
“Living with Memories” written by Janette Carter, Peer Music III Ltd.
“Mama Paint Me A Picture” written by Anndrena Belcher, BMI
“Sleepy Eyed John” written by T. Atchison, Beechwood Music Corp.
“Tear Down The Fences” written by Ola Belle Reed, Happy Valley Music
Born and raised in Wythe County, Virginia, Sam Gleaves performs innovative mountain music with a sense of history. Sam
carries on the ballads, dance music & storytelling he learned from mentors in the Appalachian tradition and writes poignant new songs that tell the region’s contemporary stories. Lee Smith calls Sam “the best young songwriter around -courageous as hell and country to the bone.”...more