"Georgia Maple" News & Reviews
“This song really touches on family and values. It’s one I wrote with Scott Mehaffey and when we started it, the song took me back to my childhood on my Grandpa's farm. Where that old maple tree saw everything, from praying down at the creek, to all the hard work in the garden. I think it relates to a way of life that's needed this day and time more than ever. We hope this song takes you back there too!” - Edgar Loudermilk
GEORGIA MAPLE – Edgar Loudermilk, John Curtis Goad, Bluegrass Today | August 15, 2016
To many bluegrass fans, Edgar Loudermilk is likely best known for his solid bass skills, particularly thanks to his long tenure with bluegrass favorites IIIrd Tyme Out. However, over the past few years, Loudermilk has begun to come into his own as a vocalist and as a solo artist, releasing two popular albums in 2013 – the solo effort My Big Chance Tomorrow, and a duo project with Dave Adkins under the name Adkins & Loudermilk. This year, he’s officially struck out on his own with the Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry. In July, Pinecastle Records released Loudermilk’s newest solo album (featuring the members of his band), Georgia Maple.
Of the twelve songs here, Loudermilk wrote or co-wrote eight. Several of the best reflect on home, memories, and growing up. The opening track, My Kentucky Home, is one of the album’s strongest, with a catchy melody and the familiar bluegrass tale of a man who realizes leaving home wasn’t the best decision he ever made. It has a good modern traditional sound, with Zack Autry’s mandolin particularly standing out. My Home in Caroline, written by Loudermilk and Autry along with the other two regular band members (guitarist Jeff Autry and dobro player Glen Crain), pulls together several popular bluegrass themes, as well. The singer has made a few mistakes – leaving the girl behind, rambling and gambling and so on – but now he’s trying to make things right.
The title track is another ‘home” song from Loudermilk’s pen, this time co-written with Scott Mehaffey. It’s a well-written, mid-tempo number that uses a long-standing maple tree as a touchpoint for the many life events that have taken place on the singer’s family farm. From commonplace things like plowing to more momentous occasions like the song’s narrator building a house to begin a family of his own, the maple tree has seen it all – “just like you, I have ground now of my own,” Loudermilk sings. Also well-written is Dreaming Enough to Get Me By. Written by Tony Ramey, the song will likely speak to many listeners. The singer tells of days spent “chasing bill after bill, running two steps behind” but shares that he allows himself just a little room to dream so that he doesn’t lose hope in a better future.
On the more upbeat, traditional bluegrass side of things is Trains Can’t Turn Around, co-written by Loudermilk and Trey Ward. The song’s pace is set by a banjo kick-off from guest Chris Wade, and Crain’s dobro adds an extra bluesy kick to the number. Even bluesier is the (aptly-titled) Blues Ain’t Coming Through My Door, a contribution from Loudermilk and former IIIrd Tyme Out bandmate Wayne Benson. Crain and Jeff Autry work well here together to create a nice groove, supporting Loudermilk as he declares that he’s through letting heartbreak get him down.
A pair of covers also stand out.Harvest of My Heart has a bit of a different feel from the rest of the album. Many of the versions of this song I’ve heard have featured a higher lead, but Loudermilk’s arrangement works very well. He fills the lyrics with emotion as he shares the story of a farmer who tries hard to put his family and beloved wife first in all he does. On the album, it’s followed by Bob McDill’s It Must Be Love, which Don Williams took to number one on the country charts in 1979. Following in Williams’s footsteps, Loudermilk takes a simple approach to the song, with plainspoken phrasing and stripped down, gentle instrumentation guided by Jeff Autry’s guitar. Fans of the song should enjoy this version, which actually sticks fairly close to the original.
Loudermilk has a distinctive voice in bluegrass music, and he uses it to nice effect on many songs here, especially when he’s called upon to fill his vocals with passion, such as on Harvest of My Heart. The musicians in his band are all well-respected in bluegrass circles, and the country-tinged, modern traditional grass they create here is enjoyable. Though Wade is not a regular member of the band, his banjo playing fits well with the group’s style and helps add a stronger bluegrass feel to several of the songs. Fans of Loudermilk’s previous solo work should enjoy Georgia Maple.
For more information on Edgar Loudermilk, visit his website at www.edgarloudermilk.com. His new album is available from several online music retailers.
Loudermilk's "Georgia Maple" Goes to #4 on Billboard Chart
The album (to #1) and it’s first single, “My Kentucky Home,” (to #2) did very well on the AirPlay Direct charts, and continues to receive high praise and escalated play from radio programmers worldwide.
Joe Stutzman, DJ of Heartland Bluegrass on The Bluegrass
Jamboree said “Georgia Maple is Edgar Loudermilk’s
BEST album release to date!”
The first single from the album,“My Kentucky Home,” released this past February, showcasing Loudermilk’s songwriting prowess yet again. Having written or co-written eight of the twelve songs on GEORGIA MAPLE Loudermilk’s bluegrass roots come across loud and clear with this recording.
Jeff Lipchik, DJ of Bluegrass from the Smokies on
Music Mix Central says “Edgar Loudermilk sings
one of my favorite 2016 songs, “My Kentucky Home”.
The new release is comprised of phenomenal instrumentals and vocals from Edgar Loudermilk, bass player, together with his band mates, featured guitarist, Jeff Autry, Dobro player, Glen Crain, and mandolin player, Zack Autry; as well as impressive banjo player, Chris Wade, from Gatlinburg, TN.
Featured guitarist, Jeff Autry, also has a project recently re-released on Pinecastle Records, FOOTHILLS. The band is performing and supporting both albums on the road nationwide and in Canada and looks forward to taking the stage near your hometown very soon! Keep an eye on their very busy schedule at www.EdgarLoudermilk.com.
"GEORGIA MAPLE," Reviewed By Bluegrass Unlimited
Among contemporary lead bluegrass singers, Edgar Loudermilk has one of the most distinctive, recognizable, and enjoyable voices in the business. His crisp baritone lead is powerful, cutting, and expressively tuneful. As with Russell Johnson and Junior Sisk, similarly strident voices, you can always find him in the mix and always want to.
For his Pinecastle debut, he includes eight originals along with four covers that include a jazz standard, “I’ll See You In My Dreams,” “Harvest Of My Heart”, and a country hit from back in the ’70s, “It Must Be Love.” Two of the originals, “My Old Kentucky Home” and the slower “Homesick Blues,” Loudermilk wrote. Both explore the theme of leaving home and longing to return. That same theme emerges on “My Home In Caroline,” written with his bandmates, and again on “Georgia Maple,” written with Scott Mehaffey. The latter is the best of the four, with a mid-tempo bounce that has a gospel hint. Also of note is the beautiful country tune he wrote with Lucias White, “Until Your Love Brings Me Back.” Melodies don’t get much better.
While all the covers are very good, the one that most stands out is Jerry Ramey’s positive message song “Dreaming Enough To Get Me By.” It’s melodic to beat the band, catchy and has a very good arrangement.
Joining the bass-playing Loudermilk on a recording worthy of hearing in every respect are guitarist Jeff Autry, mandolinist Zack Autry, resonator guitarist Glenn Crain, and banjoist Chris Wade. This is the same group that backed Adkins & Loudermilk on their 2015 album. That continuity and familiarity makes for a cohesive sound and presentation and gives the album an added boost. (Pinecastle Records, 5000 Old Buncombe Rd., Suite 27-242, Greenville, SC 29617, www.pinecastlemusic.com.)BW
Enjoy This Studio Sneak Peek from "Georgia Maple"!
"My Kentucky Home" released
Edgar Loudermilk, newly signed to Pinecastle Records, is releasing the single “My Kentucky Home” to radio. The song is from his upcoming Pinecastle release to be titled Georgia Maple. The song is an Edgar Loudermilk penned original and features the same lineup of musicians from the full album: Edgar Loudermilk – lead vocals and bass, Jeff Autry – guitar and harmony vocals, Zack Autry – mandolin and harmony vocals, Glen Crain – Dobro, Chris Wade – Banjo.
Loudermilk will be touring in 2016 as the Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry. Some of the tunes in their live performance will showcase music from Pinecastle’s Bluegrass 90’s series as well as Jeff Autry’s solo Pinecastle release, Foothills, which will be newly back in print.
Edgar Loudermilk Signs with Pinecastle Records
Pinecastle Records is pleased to announce that Edgar Loudermilk has signed with the label. An as yet to be titled album is already in the works and set for a release in 2016. Loudermilk will be performing upcoming dates touring as the Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry. Some of the tunes in their live performance will showcase music from Pinecastle’s Bluegrass 90’s series as well as Autry’s solo Pinecastle release, Foothills.
“We are so excited to be a part of the team here at Pinecastle! This album has been a great experience, and landing a home with Pinecastle is a great fit. The new album is a collection of original tunes with a few old classics. We will be supporting this album with dates on the books for The Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry, and will also be available at Adkins & Loudermilk shows. Pinecastle is also bringing Jeff Autry’s album, Foothills, back in print to be available at shows. Our upcoming single fits the traditional bluegrass format that we love so much. Thanks so much to Pinecastle Records, we are looking forward to be part of a great team here!” – Edgar Loudermilk
Edgar Loudermilk is a veteran bluegrass vocalist, bass player, and songwriter who taught himself to play by rote, listening to the Bluegrass Album BandVolume 1 recording. He was heavily influenced by his father and grandfather as well as his well known relatives, The Louvin Brothers. Loudermilk played in his family’s band from age nine until the age of 20 when he joined the regionally popular group, Carolina Crossfire. It was during this time that he decided to pursue a professional career in music. He went on to be a member of Rhonda Vincent’s band, then Marty Raybon’s Full Circle, and eventually a member of Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out by 2006. Loudermilk already has two highly acclaimed solo albums under his belt as well as a recent collaboration recording with Dave Adkins. With his upcoming release, he joins the Pinecastle Records family of artists.
BMAI Awards Edgar Loudermilk 2016 "Male Vocalist of the Year"
The Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa held their 1st Annual Bluegrass Music Awards ceremony this past weekend and awarded Edgar Loudermilk the 2016 Male Vocalist of the Year.
Edgar and his Band, featuring Jeff Autry, have become a fan favorite in the region playing many events, including some of the BMAI hosted festivals. In fact, Loudermilk was also nominated for Bass Player of the Year, Jeff Autry was nominated for Guitar Player of the Year, Glen Crain for Dobro Player of the Year, and Edgar Loudermilk’s latest release on Pinecastle Records, GEORGIA MAPLE earned the nod for Album of the Year.
IBMA Emerging Artist Nominee 2015
One of bluegrass music’s favorite new bands, Adkins & Loudermilk, has received an International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. The five piece band, led by Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, also includes the talents of Glen Crain, Jeff Autry, Zack Autry and Barry Crabtree who have been busy touring the country promoting the Adkins & Loudermilk album released earlier this year on Mountain Fever Records.
Radio stations have also been supportive resulting in six tracks from Adkins & Loudermilk appearing on six different radio charts including Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly & Monthly Charts, SiriusXM’s Most Played Tracks, Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs, Cashbox Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs, Power Source Magazine’s Top 30 Song charts. The first two single releases, with “Georgia Mountain Man,” penned and sung by Loudermilk about his Grandfather and “Backside of Losing” with vocals from Adkins, continue to climb the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Chart.
Adkins & Loudermilk, IBMA Award Nominee For 2015 "Emerging Artist of the Year"
Nashville, Tenn. (August 12, 2015) — One of bluegrass music’s favorite new bands, Adkins & Loudermilk, has received an International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nomination as Emerging Artist of the Year. The five piece band, led by Dave Adkins and Edgar Loudermilk, also includes the talents of Glen Crain, Jeff Autry, Zack Autry and Barry Crabtree who have been busy touring the country promoting the Adkins & Loudermilk album released earlier this year on Mountain Fever Records.
“I can’t thank the IBMA members enough for thinking of Edgar and myself when casting their ballots. That means the world to us. We’ve had an incredible time out on the road this year and we are still amazed at positive responses we get at shows from our friends (fans) and the support of radio stations around the world,” said Adkins.
Radio stations have also been supportive resulting in six tracks from Adkins & Loudermilk appearing on six different radio charts including Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly & Monthly Charts, SiriusXM’s Most Played Tracks, Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs, Cashbox Magazine’s Top 10 Bluegrass Songs, Power Source Magazine’s Top 30 Song charts. The first two single releases, “Backside of Losing” with lead vocals by Adkins and “Georgia Mountain Man,” with Loudermilk taking the reign, continue to climb the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Chart.
For a complete tour schedule, videos, photos and more information on Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.adkinsloudermilk.com, like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter. In the meantime, check out this live performance video of Adkins & Loudermilk at the 2014 Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival who just received a 2015 IBMA Nomination for Festival/Event of the Year.
2015 Bluegrass Radio Airplay Chart
"Happy New Year to all of you!! We hope 2016 brings much joy, health ,and happiness to each and every one of you! Thanks to all of the DJ'S for the spins and all of you for the requests! Great to see Georgia Mountain Man make it into the top ten songs for 2015!!! This means the world to me, especially with it being a song about my Grandpa Marvin Loudermilk!!! We have a new single coming out with Pinecastle records here in the next week, so looking forward to the next year check out our website at www.edgarloudermilk.com, we have been adding a lot of dates for our 2016 tour and we hope to see you all very soon!!" -Edgar
Live Interview & Music at Milan with Jerry Eicher
Edgar's Interview with Steve Martin
Big Al Weekley with Edgar Loudermilk
Edgar Loudermilk Band Headlines Yam Jam, 2016
YAM Jam in Pickens featuring Edgar Loudermilk Springs from Anderson’s Boograss Bash (April 21, 2016)
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As a bluegrass musician, bassist and singer Edgar Loudermilk has spent most of the last two decades out on the road, playing with artists like Rhonda Vincent and Marty Raybon, among others. So when he decided to start his own event-production company, Edgar Loudermilk Music Productions, he felt like he had the knowledge he needed.
"I'd been out on the circuit for about the last 20 years, playing bluegrass professionally on the road, and I made some connections," he says. "I was working festivals all over the country, and I kind of got a feel for the business and talked to a lot of promoters and I understand it." The first major event for Loudermilk's production company was last year's Anderson Boo Grass Bash, for which he worked with Anderson County and brought Rhonda Vincent and Doyle Lawson to town. But his new event, the Spring YAM Jam, is being held this weekend and is a lot closer to Loudermilk's heart. The all-day event, which will take place at Aunt Sue's Country Corner in Pickens and will kick off this Saturday at noon, is a benefit for Young Appalachian Musicians (YAM), an after-school program which introduces Appalachian music to local 3rd - 8th graders. The children are taught to play various stringed instruments by experienced musicians. In addition to Loudermilk's band (The Edgar Loudermilk Band featuring Jeff Autry), there will be performances by Shannon Slaughter & County Clare, Wilson Banjo Co. and The Sweet Potato Pie Kids, a group made up of the top students in the YAM program.
"The whole idea came from having YAM as a part of the Boo Grass Bash," Loudermilk says. "They were a part of the workshops. And I'm really close with Ed over at Aunt Sue's, and the idea we had was originally just a concert. And then the more it grew there were other people who wanted to be involved, so it just made sense to make it a one-day event that we can plan on having again and building."
In addition to the music, there will be vendors on-site at Aunt Sue's including Southern Twist Organics, Thirty-One Gifts, Inglenook Soaps & Co. and more. Sponsors include Draisen-Edwards Music Center and D'addario Strings.
"This is the youth in our music," Loudermilk says. "That's what the YAM organization is about, bringing roots music and bluegrass music to the youth. They're the future of any kind of music, really; they have to carry the torch."
"I'd never music programs like this until I moved here," he says. "And then I saw these kids playing, and how the instructors were teaching kids guitar and fiddle and bass and whatever they wanted to learn, and I thought, 'Wow, that's incredible.' And the kids were having the time of their lives! If I'd had that when I was growing up, I'd be worlds ahead of where I'm at now. So once we got settled down here I started getting to know some of these kids and playing in groups with them, I became a big supporter of the program. Anything they ask me to do, I'm there."
Wilson adds that programs like YAM aren't just important for bluegrass, but for families, as well.
"This is what's made bluegrass come on as strong as it has over the past few years," he says. "A lot of the kids, their parents come with them, their grandparents come down and watch, and you can go to a place like Aunt Sue's or one of the local jam places to see them," he says. That's half the fun of it is going and hanging out with the kids and their families. It's something special, that's for sure."