Sixteen Tons – Backline New Single

Sixteen Tons – Backline New Single

The award-winning bluegrass band, Backline is pleased to announce their new single, “Sixteen Tons.” The song appears on their upcoming album that is scheduled for release next winter on Mountain Fever Records.

While Backline typically writes most of their music, they were thrilled to create their unique version of the Merle Travis tune he first recorded in 1946. Merle recorded the song at the Radio Recorders Studio B in Hollywood, California, and it later became a gold record. In 1955, Tennessee Ernie Ford reached #1 on the Billboard charts, and in 2015 his version was inducted into the Library of Congress’s National Recording Registry.

Backline is a six-piece band with the talents of Katelyn Ingardia (Guitar and Vocals); Travis Tucker (Dobro and Vocals); Zachary Carter (Banjo and Vocals); Milom Williams II (Mandolin and Vocals); Chris Williamson (Bass); and Clint White (Fiddle). The Spartanburg, South Carolina based band was formed in 2016. The following year, they won the RenoFest State Bluegrass Band Championship and in 2019 won the Little John’s Mountain Music Band Contest.

Upcoming Backline tour dates include August 28 at Ocean Lakes Family Bluegrass Festival in Myrtle Beach, SC; September 4 at Old Fashioned Farm Days in Siler City, NC; September 11 at the Union Bluegrass Festival in Union, SC; and September 24 at the Vine Grove Bluegrass Festival in Vine Grove, KY.

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