The Lonely Heartstring Band Unveils “The Other Side” Produced by Bridget Kearney
First Single from Forthcoming Album is a Call for Unity
Wide Open Bluegrass Performance on September 29
Praise for The Lonely Heartstring Band:
“These are musicians of dynamic imagination and massive musical talent. However, the music on their album feels as comfortable as a pair of long-worn leather slippers. A fascinating debut.” – Tom Clarke, Elmore Magazine
“Original, effusive songs compose the bulk of the album, words bursting forth in staccatos of whimsy and rhyme.” – Donald Teplyske, Lonesome Road Review
“this fast-rising young quintet is the most notable bluegrass band to come out of Berklee well, maybe ever.” – George Varga, San Diego Union Tribune
“masterful musicians that have carefully crafted a unique brand of bluegrass.” – Good Times
“One of the most talked-about young groups on the modern bluegrass scene.” – Vineyard Gazette
Boston-based quintet The Lonely Heartstring Band has released the first single, “The Other Side,” from their second album, due in early 2019. The track was arranged by The Lonely Heartstring Band, produced by Bridget Kearney of Lake Street Dive and recorded at Guilford Sound in Guilford, Vermont.
While some people believe that music and politics don’t mix, many an artist has incurred the wrath of fans on one side of the aisle or the other when they express their views through song.
It is for precisely this reason that the members of The Lonely Heartstring Band were inspired to write a song that takes no sides but encourages empathy and understanding for people regardless of political beliefs.
“We were trying to capture the frustration we felt watching these two sides arguing for power, and how we lose our sense of unity when we polarize into right/left. It’s about how we should try and focus on our common humanity instead of this crazy fight between different sides,” says lead singer and guitarist George Clements.
He continues, “We started performing the song at shows about a year ago and audience reactions have always been very positive. They like the upbeat energy, the catchy riffs, the solos, the harmony singing, and the lyrical ideas seem to translate. Some people have thought it was about accepting the inevitability of death-which is an interesting interpretation as well.”
“The Other Side” is available here.
The Lonely Heartstring Band is on the road this fall with stops across the east coast including IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass Festival in Raleigh next week. A full list of dates is below.
The Lonely Heartstring Band is Charles Clements (bass, vocals), George Clements (guitar, vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), Matt Witler (mandolin). Their sophomore album will be released in 2019.
9/21/2018 Column Stage Roanoke, VA
9/22/2018 Muddy Creek Music Hall Winston-Salem, NC
9/23/2018 White Memorial Presbyterian Church Raleigh, NC
9/29/2018 Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival Raleigh, NC
10/4/2018 Bluegrass Island Festival Manteo, NC
10/6/2018 St. Mark Presbyterian Church – DC Bluegrass Union Rockville, MD
10/7/2018 Kimberton Park Amphitheater Phoenixville, PA
10/12/2018 Suwanee Roots Music Festival Live Oak, FL
10/13/2018 Matilda’s Music Under The Pines Alpharetta, GA
10/14/2018 The Downhome Johnson City, TN
10/20/2018 Belleville Roots Music Series Newburyport, MA
10/28/2018 Raleigh Midtown Park Concert Raleigh, NC
11/17/2018 Pickens Hall Opera House Heuvelton, NY
11/23/2018 Next Stage Putney, VT
11/24/2018 Stone Church Newmarket, NH