Monday, May 31, 2010

Some Comments by attenders of Mountain Heart Concert at Sellersville

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"The keyboard playing of Josh Shilling was the highlight of the show for me; I could have listened to it all night."

"Having not heard Mountain Heart perform live in about 7 or 8 years, I was quite surprised by their changes in musicianship and style. Their early reputation was built on first-rate traditional bluegrass and gospel numbers, performed with a skill and emotion not often matched anywhere. Now the traditional bluegrass playing represents only a portion of their repertoire, with a balance consisting of southern rock standards and soulful rock and blues ballads. Along with acoustic rythm and lead guitar duties, Josh Shilling lends consummate keyboard playing and fiery vocals to the band, infusing Mountain Heart with a new style and life, while Barry Abernathy's traditional vocals, humor, and custom 5-string banjo help anchor the band. While I was surprised by their new direction, I must say it was a pleasant surprise. Those coming to a show expecting only a bluegrass concert would leave disappointed, but for those who want a little something extra, they will be more than satisfied. Mountain heart is obviously undergoing a musical transformation; I wish them the best of luck as they blaze their path into the future."

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