Unspoken Tradition

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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CD Review in International Bluegrass Magazine!

Posted by on Dec 4, 2013

Unspoken Tradition, Simple Little Town: You can tell a band is tight by the music they produce together, and judging by that, Unspoken Tradition has set a standard. With a sound that is steeped in tradition and cultivated by passion, new ideas and life experiences, Simple Little Town delivers something for everyone. It’s the relatable stories and lyrics that connect the listener to this solid band the most, the sheer talent in instrumentals is the icing on the...

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Debut of Simple Little Town

Posted by on Oct 16, 2013

Our first national release, Simple Little Town, is now available. We have already been honored by rotation ads on XM’s Bluegrass Junction as well as a feature on our flagship Bluegrass station WNCW’s Goin’ Across the Mountain with Brother Dennis Jones! Our 2 CD release parties happen Friday Nov. 1st in Shelby, NC at the Pleasant City Grill and Friday Nov. 8th at the Bywater in Asheville, NC. We hope you can come be with us and hear new songs off the new...

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Unspoken Tradition welcomes Tim Gardner to the band!!!

Posted by on Mar 20, 2013

Unspoken Tradition welcomes Tim Gardner to the band!!!

We are pleased and excited to announce that Tim Gardner, long time fiddle player, sound/recording engineer, and banjo maker.  Tim has been an acquaintance of ours for about a year now, and has played on stage with us a few times.  If you were lucky enough to be in Pickens, SC for the Blue Flame Bluegrass Competition you saw Tim on stage with us.  He certainly adds a lot to the group, and we’re very excited to have him working with us.  In 2011, Tim released a solo album, Tymmetry, a compilation that shows Tim’s experience in both the bluegrass and old-time genres.  You can download the album here. http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/timgardner...

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Unspoken Tradition: Looking back on 2012

Posted by on Jan 13, 2013

So we’re a few days late on this, I know.  This post would have been better suited for about two weeks ago, but we’re awfully busy.  I have been thinking a lot about how much we’ve grown as a band in the last year.  UT has been in existence since 2008, and we’ve grown every year in some way, shape, or form.  However, the changes we’ve undergone in the last year or so have been more rapid and profound than ever before.  The Unspoken Tradition family has grown in size, as well as in music and spirit.  Here is how it all went down… A little over a year ago, UT’s original bass player left the band to pursue a career in music in Nashville, TN.  Until this point, we’d been a four piece band that cut it’s teeth at local festivals, bars, and restaurants  At the time, it seemed as if the band was coming to an end for some of us. Two of the guys got married, the bassist was gone, and the wind was out of our sails. All of us went to the same high school, ate breakfast in the same down town diner on Saturdays, and partied in the same fields.  Cherryville (and the lifestyle surrounding it) had become a comfortable snow globe for us, and without our hometown schoolmate playing bass, it just didn’t feel right anymore. Out of nowhere one day, Zane comes home from work telling us about a guy named Matt Warren who works with him.  Matt plays bass and loves our music.  The next thing you know, Matt is the newest member of UT.  Suddenly, playing music is fun again, and things are looking up.  We play our first gig with Matt at Darin and Brooke Aldridge’s CD release party at the Cleveland County Fairgrounds.  That night, I met Ty Gilpin for the first time. That night, Darin Aldridge tells me, “I’ve got this guy I want you to meet, he’s a mandolin player and it’d do you some good to get together with him.”  It was Ty.  Ty comes down to Cherryville a few weeks later and picks with the band, but the timing of the whole thing was off.  We had hit a lull in bookings, the band starting deflating again, and then the holidays came.  Family meals, trips across the state to visit with in-laws, and...

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