Standing on the precipice of a new and exciting venture, the band members of Lovers Leap decided to jump. Their first encounter was set up by a festival producer as a musical blind date between Grammy-nominated bassist Shelby Means (formerly of Della Mae), acclaimed songwriter and banjo player Mary Lucey (formerly Biscuit Burners), award winning guitarist Joel Timmons (Sol Driven Train), and slide guitar pioneer and producer, Billy Cardine (Acoustic Syndicate and formerly Biscuit Burners). The quartet felt an immediate musical chemistry with beautiful, tight three-part harmony, intwined in songs that span from old mountain murder ballads to original tunes, that are set to worldly rhythms and dobro daydreams.
This hot new act hit the ground running with their debut EP released in April 2019, bookending their extensive release tour with appearances on both NPR’s Mountain Stage and Woodsong’s Radio Hour. Their song “Walnut Tree” was chosen for “Station Breaks: The Best New Songs from NPR Music Stations”. The album was also featured in Folk Alley, Bluegrass Situation, and Cowboys and Indians.
What folks are saying:
Larry Groce (NPR's Mountain Stage): "This is a new band of talented (not so) old pros. When I saw that members of Uncle Earl, Della Mae, The Biscuit Burners and Acoustic Syndicate had gotten together, I wanted to hear the results. They didn't disappoint. Their bluegrass and old time roots always show through the beautiful harmonies, impressive musicianship and deep rooted original songs. Go see them now while you can still get a ticket."
Abigail Washburn (banjo player and singer): “The first time I put on Lover’s Leap I had to listen 5 more times in a row! Such beautiful original songs and harmonies. The joy of friendship in every note is infectious.”