Unspoken Tradition

UT Featured on World Cafe’s “Sense of Place” Series!!!

Posted by on Mar 29, 2016

Sense of Place is a special series that focuses on some of the biggest music towns in the US, and Asheville made the bill.  Joe Kendrick, the programming director at WNCW, named Unspoken Tradition among five up and coming bands in the NC Music Scene.  As a result, “The Bullet”, a single from Miles Between, will be featured on tonight’s debut installment of Sense of Place: Asheville.  We are honored that Joe thought of us, and are excited to be even a small part of World Cafe’s contribution to roots music!  Tune in at 6pm tonight to hear UT and lots of other really great Asheville/NC artists. More information at the link below:...

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Unspoken Tradition to Release New Album – “Miles Between” Available Oct. 30th

Posted by on Oct 28, 2015

Asheville, NC — From the hotbed of North Carolina’s Bluegrass country, in a region where great picking and singing is the norm,Unspoken Traditionrises to the top. The Cherryville-based five piece band – consisting of Audie McGinnis (Guitar, Vocals), Lee Shuford (Bass, Vocals), Tim Gardner (Fiddle, Vocals), Ty Gilpin (Mandolin, Vocals), and Zane McGinnis (Banjo) – follows its acclaimed first release Simple Little Town with a stellar sophomore effort in Miles Between. Like the debut release, which included Top 20 placement on the Bluegrass Unlimited Radio Chart, Miles Between is predominantly original songs written by members of the band. The songs are played with passion and the lyrics are highly personal and thoughtful – sometimes tragic. From the syncopated kick-off with “Point of Rocks Station,” written by Paula Breedlove and Brad Davis, to the super bluesy timing switch-up of “One More Drink,” penned by Lee Shuford, Miles Between is both exciting and original. “The Bullet,” written by Audie McGinnis, breaks down presumed stereotypical Bluegrass subject matter and gives the listener a unique perspective on conflict through the unexpected point of view of an inanimate object. “Been In Love Before” by Ty Gilpin is a song with a bitter tinge about love lost, but not forgotten and “Rivers That I’ve Crossed” by Lee Shuford tells of a tragedy that’s heartbreaking with the vocal emotion to match. The title track “Miles Between Them” from Audie McGinnis is a relatable song about relationships tested by life on the road. Miles Between includes a fast moving traditional style instrumental from Gilpin where high speed, melodic breaks trade off each other. The band also includes what was a trademark subject from their previous album – the struggle of making a living from the land – with “One Mule Plow” written by Patrick McDougal. With this release, Unspoken Tradition rises to the challenge faced by every artist; following a strong debut with and even more impressive second...

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Sophomore Album In Progress

Posted by on Jul 8, 2015

We are thrilled to announce that this weekend, we’ll return to Crossroads Music in Arden, NC to complete our 2nd album.  So far, things have been going extremely smoothly with the recording process, and the new album looks to be very promising.  We are excited to get it finished, and begin final preparations for the release.  Look for album no. 2 in the fall of 2015!

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UT scheduled to appear at MerleFest

Posted by on Jan 10, 2015

I distinctly remember my first MerleFest.  Being raised the son of a bluegrass fan, we frequented areas where you could find traditional bluegrass music.  I was only six years old, but my the first surviving memory of a live performance was Tony Rice, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Mark O’Connor, Jerry Douglas, and Mark Schatz playing at MerleFest in 1991.  Clips of that set can be found on YouTube today; take a look and you’ll see why I can still remember it clearly almost a quarter of a century later.  Years later, in the year 2000, I watched budding artists Nickel Creek play the Creekside Stage, and was in awe of the sheet talent that this festival brings year after year. Now, in 2015, our band has the opportunity to be a part of this awesome festival.  When Unspoken Tradition was founded in 2008, I never imagined that in 6 short years we’d be traveling to MerleFest as artists.  Don’t get me wrong, we’re still a long way from the main stage, but just to be there is more exciting than I have words for.  I can’t wait to take this in through a new lens, that of the performer; and it has felt great to see the outpouring of congratulations from fans, friends, and family who also realize that this is a great opportunity for us. If you’ve never been, Merlefest has grown to be one of the biggest, if not the biggest bluegrass, folk, and Americana music festivals in the United States.  It’s a drug and alcohol free environment that serves as a great place to expose young people to great music; and even though it’s gotten remarkably large since it’s conception, the artists are still accessible by their biggest fans.  Tickets can be purchased at...

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