Unspoken Tradition

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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