Levi Lowrey Cranks Up The Amps And Tempo For Sophomore Effort

Levi Lowrey has changed things up a bit for his self-titled release. From the “Picket Fences” opener to the closing tracks, the album straddles the line between country and southern rock. While the lyrical content is on par with 2011’s stellar I Confess I Was A Fool, this sophomore release drives up the amp’s volume knob and speeds up the pace on the kit for a noticeably different effect. The result is an album that feels part Darrell Scott, part North Mississippi Allstars, and 100% Levi Lowery.

Released on Southern Ground Artists, the album includes collaborations Zac Brown Band’s Clay Cook, The Wood Brothers Oliver Woods, and frequent Mumford & Sons guest/recording pal Ross Holmes. Brown serves as Executive Producer, while Cook and Matt Mangano serve as co-producers.

“Barely Getting By” and “What She Don’t Know” have both been popular iTunes tracks thus far, as has the soulful rocker “That is All,” closing with aggressive alt-county fury. Of particular interest to a bluegrass blog, “High And Lonesome” is a 3/4 ballad with a slow and steady banjo roll and lyrics lending attributes of the genre to an encounter with a girl from Kentucky.

The last two tracks are the candles on the cake, providing a spark that leaves you wanting more. “Flywheel” starts off as a whimsical fiddle and guitar number, before cranking up the dial and kick drum into a honkytonk thowdown that segues straight into Black Sabbath’s anthem “War Pigs.”

The album is available on iTunes, LeviLowrey.com, or at any upcoming live performance. The album can also be enjoyed on Spotify.

02/27/14    Nashville, TN        The Basement
02/28/14     Nashville, TN         Grimey’s
03/19/14     Columbus, GA         Columbus Civic Center (w/ Zac Brown Band)
03/20/14     Chattanooga, TN     UTC McKenzie Arena (w/ Zac Brown Band)
03/21/14     Augusta, GA         James Brown Arena (w/ Zac Brown Band)
03/23/14     Punta Cana, DR         Hard Rock Hotel    (Sun, Sand & Southern Ground)
03/24/14     Punta Cana, DR         Hard Rock Hotel    (Sun, Sand & Southern Ground)
04/04/14     Laconia, NH         Pitman’s Freight Room (w/ Clay Cook)
04/05/14     Boston, MA         Great Scott (w/ Clay Cook)
04/07/14     New York, NY         Joe’s Pub (w/ Clay Cook)
04/08/14     Philadelphia, PA     World Café Live (w/ Clay Cook)
04/09/14     Washington, DC         Jammin’ Java (w/ Clay Cook)
04/10/14     Charlottesville, VA     The Southern Café & Music Hall (w/ Clay Cook)
04/11/14     Rocky Mount, VA     Harvester Performance Center (w/ Clay Cook)
04/12/14     Charlotte, NC         The Evening Muse (w/ Clay Cook)
04/13/14     Asheville, NC         The Grey Eagle (w/ Clay Cook)
04/15/14     Nashville, TN         The Basement (w/ Clay Cook)
04/16/14     Chattanooga, TN     Rhythm & Brews (w/ Clay Cook)
04/17/14     Duluth, GA         Red Clay Theatre (w/ Clay Cook)
04/18/14     Senoia, GA         Southern Ground Social Club (w/ Clay Cook)
04/19/14     Birmingham, AL         Workplay (w/ Clay Cook)

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