Mountain Fever Records is very proud to announce the signing of Tim Stafford and Thomm Jutz; two of the most prominent and prolific songwriters in bluegrass music, for the release of their forthcoming duo project, Lost Voices.
Their love for history, vintage guitars, and well-crafted songs brought the two together five years ago. “I’m such an admirer of Tim’s writing, singing, and playing. Making a duo record with Tim was a logical step and a dream come true for me,” notes Jutz. Stafford says, “Thomm is such a great, unique writer, player, and singer – we connected and found so many ideas that spoke to us both. Recording was a breeze!”
“These are new kinds of bluegrass songs, informed by mutual heroes Tony Rice, Norman Blake, John Hartford, and Gordon Lightfoot, yet not beholden to any prior influence, other than the influence of the American experience…they are both master guitarist and writers. Stafford is a Grammy-winner – and he earned about 6,000 (actually, close to 30) International Bluegrass Music Association trophies as a member of Blue Highway – they both have won IBMA prizes for Songwriter of the Year. Their lists of credits are practically unfathomable. You can look ’em up.” – Peter Cooper
“Take That Shot” is available to radio programmers and will be released for streaming and purchasing on June 28, 2022.
“Take That Shot” is based on two unreleased photos of Billy the Kid and Robert Johnson. Jutz explains, “Those two photos revealed so much more about these two legends than anyone previously expected. Billy the Kid, in the newly discovered photo, looks like a boyish Huck Finn-type and not like a juvenile killer. Johnson looks like an upbeat young man with a guitar and not like the brooding bluesman with the cigarette dangling from his mouth we all know. We talked about other iconic photos that shaped American history, and this song fell in our lap.”
“I love the idea that the art of photography can say as much as libraries full of books, summing up entire eras, defining moments in time,” Stafford adds.
“Take That Shot” moves at breakneck speed. Tim and Thomm trade lead vocals, supported by their friends Tammy Rogers on fiddle, Mark Fain on bass, Ron Block on banjo, and Shaun Richardson on mandolin.