Fans of the soaring harmonies, charming personalities, and infectious songwriting of all-female “heartfelt country soul” trio Underhill Rose will enjoy a special treat this fall, as the group is recording a new album—with a twist. The set will be completely captured live at a pair of shows in their home state of North Carolina.
The appearances, Sept. 16 at Asheville’s Altamont Theater, and Sept. 17 at Lexington’s High Rock Outfitters, will offer a chance for the band’s friends and admirers to participate in the fun, and also enjoy alternative takes on favorite songs from the trio’s repertoire.
"We are so thrilled," notes guitarist Molly Rose Reed of the concept. "We picked Asheville and Lexington because we have some wonderful fans in those areas that we would like to be a part of this unique night.”
"The band can't wait to showcase the songs as we play them in a live setting,” she adds. “You will hear a more stripped-down versions of the songs than our studio albums, making way for the nuanced vocal harmonies."
The Asheville and Lexington live recordings will commence over an early (7 p.m.) and late (9:30) show, giving fans two chances to join in. The finalized album is expected to be released in 2017.
Underhill Rose wrapped up a busy summer of appearances including slots at the Red Ants Pants festival in White Sulphur Springs, Woodsongs Old Time Radio Hour, and Folk Alliance International. Earlier this year, they completed their first-ever tour of the UK and Ireland, which was so successful they plan to return in November for more dates.
The band, composed of Molly Rose, bassist Salley Williamson, and Eleanor Underhill on banjo, has made a solid and uncompromising impact in what is a largely male-populated music front. Priding itself on producing a unique sound combining beauty with just a touch of darkness, the group formed in 2009 while Underhill and Rose were attending North Carolina’s Warren Wilson College.
After adding Williamson to the mix two years later, Underhill Rose launched two successful crowd-funding campaigns between 2012 and 2014, raising more than $50,000 to fund the independent release of their debut and sophomore albums.
Their second release, Something Real, peaked at number 18 on the AMA Chart, was named an AMA Top 100 Album of the Year, and claimed a spot in the top 25 of the EuroAmericana Chart, Freeform Americana Radio, and The Alternate Root “Roots 66” charts. Follow-up The Great Tomorrow, released in 2015, reached the Top 30 of the AMA Airplay Chart once again, and took hold at No. 1 on The Roots Music Report’s Progressive Bluegrass Album Chart for over nine weeks.
A complete list of upcoming live dates can be found here