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Highway 71

by 3 Penny Acre

The much anticipated sophomore album features 10 songs documenting the people and places of middle America. The title track was the #1 song on FOLK DJ Radio for July and August 2010. "Sonny Brown" is currently in rotation on XM's The Village Channel 15.
Genre: Folk: String Band
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Highway 71
3:54 album only
2. Sonny Brown
3:23 album only
3. I Ain't Blind
3:22 album only
4. Ezra's Place
2:33 album only
5. Molheron
3:22 album only
6. Old Limestone
3:04 album only
7. Aldridge
3:03 album only
8. Cris Hollow
2:46 album only
9. Riverboat
2:45 album only
10. Ballad of John Lambeth
4:33 album only
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.


Album Notes
3 Penny Acre is a musical collaboration between three up and coming songwriters: Bayard Blain, Bernice Hembree, and Bryan Hembree. Fans and critics have quickly identified their unique, Ozark-inspired sound as distinct, yet universally appealing. Listeners in all corners have begun to appreciate their attention to lyrics, harmony, and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements steeped in roots music traditions but with a focus on fresh, new songs.

Shortly after forming as a band, 3 Penny Acre won the 2008 Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, Kansas) NewSongs competition. The exposure the win brought 3 Penny Acre helped to solidify their path as emerging artists. In the 18 months that followed, they toured extensively throughout the nation, were invited as an official showcase artist to the 2009 and 2010 International Folk Alliance Conference, and released a debut album that was selected as one of the Top 40 albums of 2009 by Norm Mast and Al Kniola of The Back Porch 88.1 WVPE (Indiana) and won “Album of the Year” at the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards.

Their sophomore effort “Highway 71” is an album of 10 songs documenting the people and places of middle America. 3 Penny Acre, whose name comes from the cost of the Louisiana Purchase, is a fitting name for a band whose members were all raised inside its borders. The album paints a portrait of their homeland two-hundred years on. The songs are beautiful and longing, yet at times anti-nostalgic, resisting the temptation to “gold wash” the tough history of the people and places they portray.

“The next generation of songwriters on the scene” - johnsmith

“A vocal freight train” - Jonathan Byrd

“Every member is like a piece of an intricate engine” - The Fayetteville Flyer

“For a band named after the Louisiana Purchase, this is a perfect album” - Kyle Kellams, host of NPR’s Ozarks at Large

“3 Penny Acre’s music evokes the drastic landscape of middle America. Their songs carry both sadness and triumph in the portrayal of their homelands. This clarity is what separates them from other Americana/Folk artists.” - Laura Wortman of The Honey Dewdrops



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