Debut EP coming 4/19/19
Asheville/Nashville based quartet
Standing on the precipice of a new and exciting venture, the band members of Lovers Leap decided to jump. Under the shadow of the towering rock outcrop in Hot Springs, NC, from which their name was inspired, their sound took flight and soared through the mountain air. Their first encounter was set up by a festival producer as a musical blind date between GRAMMY-nominated bassist Shelby Means (Sally & George, formerly of Della Mae), acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mary Lucey (formerly Biscuit Burners), award winning guitarist and songwriter Joel Timmons (Sally & George, Sol Driven Train), and slide guitar pioneer, songwriter and producer, Billy Cardine (Acoustic Syndicate and formerly Biscuit Burners). The quartet felt an immediate musical chemistry, which insisted on being pursued like a flirtatious lover. As their first show unfolded and boundaries dissolved, the satisfying balance of lush harmonies and provocative solos tugged on the audience’s heart strings while satiating their desires for instrumental virtuosity.
The collaboration between these two musical couples has yielded a rich sonic harvest and an eponymous debut EP, set for release in April 2019. The 6 song collection builds on the band’s firm foundation in acoustic roots music, while guiding the listeners into wordly rhythms and dobro daydreams. The album opens with “Walnut Tree” and “Red Dawn Awakening,” spotlighting the women’s pure vocals, the play between Cardine’s dobro and Lucey’s clawhammer banjo, and lyrical themes of nature, renewal, death, and hope. “Love is Gonna Live” and “Love Brewed Cold” both feature chugging bluegrass tempos and the theme of love returning. The playful, “Great Expectations” follows with a mid tempo groove accented by gentle percussion and John Hartford-esque vocal scats. Lead vocals and songwriting duties are shared throughout between Lucey, Means, and Timmons, and the album closes with a beautiful three part harmony cover of the Guthrie/Tweedy campfire classic, “California Stars.”