An Old-time String Band from Alabama
Red Mountain plays good-time old-time string band music. At festivals and
you'll hear them play high-energy dance tunes and old-timey blues, and sing
songs from the earliest days of country music, when folks like the Carter Family
and the Delmore Brothers were the stars. You're likely to hear a lot of
impromptu humor as well.
Red Mountain's expertise
as a dance band has garnered them invitations to dance festivals across the
country. At dances they dip into their large repertoire of
powerful contra dance medleys and driving square dance tunes. They learned
many of their tunes from older fiddlers in
Alabama and Tennessee, and they play in a style that reflects the region in
which they live.
Folks often describe Red Mountain as a wall of sound. Components
of this sound are fiddle by Jim Cauthen, guitar by Joyce Cauthen, mandolin by
Phil Foster, harmonica and banjo uke by Jamie Finley, and bass by Nancy Jackson.
To hear three of the band members discuss the band along with some of Red Mountain's music, listen to this audio postcard played on Birmingham public radio station WBHM in the August, 2009, edition of the local radio show Tapestry.