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Dancing in the Sun

by Mountaintide

Acoustic duo playing original contemporary folk/Americana seasoned with fiddle and flute.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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1. Hey Pretty Mama
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2. A Girl Can Dream
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3. If I Could Write a Song
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4. Wipe Away the Years
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5. All Smiles
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6. Dakota Roads
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7. Useta Be
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8. Love the Expression
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9. Happy Songs
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10. This Is How I Want to Love You
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11. Contrasting Backgrounds
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12. Fifteen Minutes
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13. 460 West to Blacksburg
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14. What You Say You'll Do
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
“With a sweet acoustic vibe Moutaintide’s self produced debut creates a carefree feeling like a day spent hiking in the hills or strolling on the beach.” –Paul Shugrue, WHRV-FM

“The duo’s original songs, about love, life’s choices and feeling good, have a go-down-easy, James Taylor-Joni Mitchell, flower-power vibe.” - Craig Shapiro, The Virginian-Pilot

"Awesome stuff!" -Bob Batcher, Norfolk Perspectives

The seeds of Mountaintide were sown when multi-instrumentalist singer-songwriters Jim Newsom and Holly Bishop met in 2014 and began playing music together around southeastern Virginia. Their telepathic musical connection was obvious from the beginning. Within a year of that first meeting, the duo had recorded its first album, Dancing in the Sun, releasing it in June, 2015.

Born in the Black Hills of South Dakota, Holly Bishop spent her teen years in Salt Lake City where she developed her multi-instrumental talents on violin, guitar and piano. She graduated from Belmont University in Nashville with a degree in Music Business, and remained in Music City writing and performing until relocating to Norfolk in 2005. Well established as a music teacher and composer, she began attending local singer-songwriter nights, reigniting her passion as a creative artist. She was a finalist in the 2015 Sea Level Singer-Songwriter Festival Emerging Artist Contest. For her “day job,” Holly runs a music program for pre-schoolers called Little Rock Stars in Norfolk, Chesapeake and Virginia Beach.

Jim Newsom is well known regionally. He's been a popular musician since the mid-1970s; he is a highly regarded music writer and critic whose work has been published in the All Music Guide, PortFolio Weekly and VEER Magazine among many print and online publications; and he has been "the guy on WHRO" for over 30 years.

He first played music as a youngster after picking up the basics from his sister's piano lesson books. He subsequently drove his parents crazy banging out rock and roll on the family's living room piano. In high school, he bought a flute for $25.00 from a girlfriend in the marching band, and taught himself to play by listening to the recordings of Herbie Mann and Jethro Tull. He learned guitar from a Bob Dylan songbook. He's led rock, jazz and acoustic bands and is an award winning songwriter.

The fourteen original songs on Mountaintide’s first CD, Dancing in the Sun, reveal their diverse musical tastes and talents: From the fiddle-driven backporch bluegrass of “Hey Pretty Mama” to the soulful sunshine of “All Smiles;” the balladic folkiness of “460 West to Blacksburg” and the wistful beauty of “A Girl Can Dream;” the Hot Club conjuring of “If I Could Write a Song” and the sheer poetry of “Love the Expression;” from the angsty yearning of “Fifteen Minutes” to the affirmative potency of “What You Say You’ll Do.”

Looking for a succinct description of the duo’s music, Holly coined the phrase “soulfolk,” an apt label for their musical blend. Recalling influences from the folk era and singer-songwriter genre to the classic soul music of Motown and Memphis with touches of rock, jazz and bluegrass thrown in for seasoning, Mountaintide’s harmonic stew is tasty and invigorating.


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