Following the success of their multi-award nominated music from 2018, Sideline continues to release exciting new music in 2019. Now this dynamic powerhouse group brings two new singles. "Return to Windy Mountain" combines sparkling contemporary musicianship with a loving nod to a West Virginia bluegrass hero, while Gospel Classic "I'll Live Again" includes the vocal contributions of Gospel music legend Ray Dean Reese.
"Return To Windy Mountain," is, banjo player Steve Dilling notes, "a wonderful tribute to Hall of Famer Melvin Goins - a first generation bluegrass pioneer. I had the honor of knowing Melvin for many years before he passed, and I'm proud to do this song to honor his memory."
Co-written by the legendary Carl Jackson, the song harks back to "Windy Mountain," a classic from Goins' days as a member of the influential Lonesome Pine Fiddlers that, as guitarist Skip Cherryholmes puts it, "reaches into a soulful, mountain darkness that's paired with a bright, upbeat chorus," giving "Return To Windy Mountain" a distinctive, memorable edge. Listen to it HERE.
"I'll Live Again" is a staple Southern Gospel song that has been recorded by some of the best in the genre. Sideline gives the classic tune their stylish hard-driving treatment. Combined with the additions of the lustrous bass vocal of Ray Dean Reese, renowned Gospel music artist from the famed group, The Kingsmen, this classic pulses with new vigor.
Cherryholmes adds, "I really enjoy how 'I'll Live Again' came together. The mix of Sideline and Southern Gospel turned out so good. Ray did a remarkable job on the bass vocals. It is an honor to have him on this cut." Listen to it HERE
Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring.
What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the three were joined by talents of Bailey Coe, guitar; Zack Arnold, mandolin; and Daniel Greeson, fiddle; and began to record and release albums in earnest.
To listen to Sideline reminds the fan of why so many people fall in love with Bluegrass in the first place; pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics as well as a visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers.
The band, recorded or live, move dynamically from well chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Sideline has released 4 national projects and records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC.