CMH Records releases “Encore” single for “Heats Of Grass!” For the first time on digital and live streaming
Listen to the album Grass Heights Encore! Available now on all digital platforms.
Founded in 1976 by guitarist and singer-songwriter Don Grubb, Heights of Grass have made a name for themselves by putting on a classic yet forward-thinking take on a timeless bluegrass arrangement. Each of the group’s albums showcases a professional style, thoughtful arrangement, and a healthy dose of outside-the-box thinking. This excellent LP, first recorded and released by CMH in 1980, is no exception.
Encore! Featuring the band – Don Grubb (guitar), Richard Ward (banjo), Vernon Hughes (mandolin), Sonny Mead (fiddle), Billy Lux (bass) and Joe Breiding (lead guitar) – shining through 11 handpicked standards, The Gems Subtle and explicit nannies. Fans of the timeless sound of the Osborne brothers, Lester Flatt and Don Reno will find plenty to love here with the quick picking, smooth vocals and bountiful vocals. However, it’s clear from the album’s first few moments that these musicians have gone beyond any typical revival fare. Throughout Encore!, Heights of Grass displays palpable passion, ingenuity, and creativity in their work.
In his original notes for the album, producer Sonny Osbourne summed up the group succinctly: “They work hard and they do a lot of things right”. Listen to this album once and you might be inclined to agree.
Founded in 1975 by Martin Hurl, CMH Records has released albums from artists with an unparalleled influence on American roots music. The 1970s and 1980s represent foundational recordings in bluegrass, old time and traditional country history on CMH Records, with material published by Merle Travis, The Osborne Brothers, Mac Wiseman, Joe Mavis, Jim and Jesse McReynolds, Grandpa Jones, Lester Flatt and Eddie Adcock . Throughout the 1990s and into the 2000s, CMH Records continued to cut records with artists such as Wanda Jackson (aka the “Queen of Rockabilly”), Raoul Mallow, Larry Cordell, Pine Mountain Railroad, Jimmy Gaudreau, and many more. Producing songs rich in American heritage by artists with their own distinct style has created a strong backbone and history for the brand.
The brand remains a proud family business, now run by Martin’s son David. Described by the Los Angeles Times as a “stubborn and inquisitive Silver Lake music label”, the label was a staunch proponent of heartfelt music and had found success with its classic catalog and ongoing “Pickin’ On” series, which featured bluegrass interpretations. of contemporary artists, including recent hit albums dedicated to the music of Nirvana and Modest Mouse. The Times article added that CMH “catering to little-known needs in the music industry” and noted its “creative diversification”.
Tracklist for Grass Heights Appearance!:
All I ever loved was you
Miles and Miles from Texas
Yellow ’em cabbage down
You did it right
True or Flase
Thank God I’m a country boy
I love you for a long time now
Carry me to old Virginie