— North Carolina banjoist Andy Lowe offers an eclectic mix of stellar tunes on his new 12-track album, Nervous Energy, released today on Mountain Fever Records.
Lowe hand-picked some of bluegrass music’s top talents to join him on this incredible project with Jeff Partin on bass and resophonic guitar; Aaron Ramsey on mandolin; Jacob Burleson on guitar; and Jim VanCleve on fiddle. Vocalists include Zack Arnold, Bailey Coe, Amanda Cook, Jake Greer, Jeff Partin, Aaron Ramsey, Josh Shilling, and Justin Tomlin.
Nervous Energy features various lead vocalists. Zack Arnold sings lead on three songs, “Zip-Lock,” “Holiday Religion,” and “Last Old Dollar.” Bluegrass songstress Amanda Cook provides lead and harmony vocals on “Drop Dead Gorgeous.” In addition, Justin Tomlin sings lead on “Please Be My Love,” and Jeff Partin on “Lonely Moon.”
Previously released singles include the most recent, “Barbry Allen,” featuring Aaron Ramsey on lead vocals and mandolin, and “Mountain,” featuring the exceptional vocal talents of Josh Shilling. The stellar musicianship is especially evident on the instrumental tracks “Boatman Stomp,” “Uptown,” and “Jamaica Farewell,” a perfect summer tune to close out the album.
“I couldn’t be more pleased with the direction we were able to navigate with this new record. Everything I’d envisioned, this ensemble cast of musicians was able to turn into reality,” said Lowe. “I can’t thank them and the folks at Mountain Fever enough. Cutting this album was a dream come true; this is bluegrass how I’ve always heard it, and now bluegrass fans can as well.”
Lowe is the reigning first-place champion in the Bluegrass Banjo Competition at the Galax Old Time Fiddler’s Convention and a member of the fan-favorite Deer Creek Boys, who are currently on hiatus.
Nervous Energy is available at all major outlets for streaming and purchasing and to radio programmers at AirPlay Direct