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Saturday, May 16, 2020 - 7pm

CANCELLED Due to Covid-19

Mountain Heart has been fearlessly revolutionizing the way acoustic music can be presented and played for years. The band's name has been synonymous with cutting-edge excellence in acoustic music circles since the group's creation. Widely known throughout the music industry for continually redefining the boundaries of acoustic music, the band has gained legions of loyal fans both as a result of their superlative musicianship and just as notably, their incendiary live performances.

Mountain Heart or members have won or been nominated for GRAMMY, CMA, and IBMA awards. They have appeared on the revered stage of the Grand Ole Opry in excess of 130 times, and have shared the stage with acts ranging from Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard, George Jones and Brad Paisley to Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, The Avett Brothers, Yonder Mountain String Band, The Punch Brothers, Levon Helm, and many more.

Mountain Heart's musical virtuosity - the band is comprised of top call studio pros at every position. Award-winning songwriting, unmatched energy, and a keen sense of entertainment dynamics have helped them to forge a highly unique sound and stage show which appeals to an ever-growing variety of musical tastes. From large outdoor Folk music, Americana, Jam and Bluegrass festivals, to sold-out shows opening for Rock icons like The Marshall Tucker Band, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and The Tedeschi Trucks Band, Mountain Heart always makes an undeniable connection with an audience. This rare combination makes Mountain Heart one of the more versatile musical acts ever assembled.

Throughout the band's storied history, members past and present have dedicated their time, talent, and creativity to the group, leading to their hard earned reputation as one of the most exciting and unforgettable live shows anywhere in the world. In 2015, with a new team in place, Mountain Heart signed with Compass Records in Nashville, TN, and hasn’t slowed down since.

Mountain Heart produced and released Blue Skies on May 6th, 2016, which debuted at the number two spot on the Billboard Charts. Rolling Stone reviewed the album and had this to say:

Rolling Stone Country:"Mountain Heart manages to straddle the line between complete reinvention and staying true to their roots — there's a palpable electric current running through "Blue Skies," while still maintaining the relaxed, festival-ready pulse they've become known for over the course of more than a decade"


In 2018, the band released their self-produced album Soul Searching, which also landed on the Billboard Top 10. All but one of the eleven songs were written and arranged by the band including the title track which was co-written with the Infamous Stringdusters and was included as well on their Grammy-winning album Laws of Gravity in 2018. JamBand News had this to say about Mountain Heart’s Soul Searching:

"The dynamic, virtuosic and ever-evolving acoustic outfit Mountain Heart have never sounded better than on their new Compass Records release, SOUL SEARCHING, out today, Friday, August 10. With deft arrangements and all members contributing to the songwriting, Mountain Heart continues to put their own contemporary twist to traditional acoustic music with the addition of piano (think Little Feat, Bruce Hornsby). The title track, a co-write with Mountain Heart’s Josh Shilling and The Infamous Stringdusters (featured on their GRAMMY-winning album, Laws of Gravity), captures the restlessness and melancholy of deciding which direction to take in life."

Mountain Heart has toured all over the world performing in theaters, night clubs, and listening rooms, as well as festivals such as Merlefest, DelFest, Grey Fox, Telluride, Rooster Walk, FloydFest, and many more. Here’s a Rolling Stone review of the band’s 2019 FloydFest set:

"Bluegrass favorites Mountain Heart paid tribute to the Allman Brothers Band Sunday afternoon, rumbling through the Southern rockers' sprawling catalog. Arguably one of the finest pickers in Nashville, guitarist Seth Taylor stretched out during "Blue Sky" and "Midnight Rider," with keyboardist Josh Shilling (on the Hammond B3 organ) channeling his inner Gregg Allman for a rollicking "Dreams." 

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