Underhill Rose will be performing as a part of Matt Stillwell’s Shinefest on Saturday, Aug. 20, at 6:30 p.m. at Fontana Village Resort. The band has just released their self-titled, debut CD featuring a powerful fusion of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music.
Spotlighting unique fusion the Asheville, N.C. band has become known for, the album exhibits an impressive blend of Americana, blue grass, R&B, and roots music. Underhill Rose features compositions from Eleanor Underhill, a banjo picker with a sultry, smoky voice and Molly Rose, the group’s southern belle with a soaring vocal range and a masterful poetic design. The new album features bass player Gary Oliver and drummer Tim Haney, with guest appearances from Aaron “Woody” Wood, Ryan Burns, Spencer Taylor, Amy Lovinger, Melissa Hyman, among others.
Underhill Rose’s new release is a significant step for the harmonizing duo and Eleanor says the work truly demonstrates the group’s influences. “We both grew up in very musical families,” she said. “We brought our background of listening to bands like the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel, joined that with our taste for country soul singers like Bonnie Raitt, and added in the mountain music inspiration we gained from our college years. It was a unique approach and we are so proud to finally have a product that authentically represents us.” For Molly Rose, the experience was truly heartfelt. “Making an album is a labor of love,” she said. “It’s not only writing and recording the songs, but making sure the entire package embodies the unique mixture of musical genres that is Underhill Rose.”
With 11 original songs, the Underhill Rose release displays impressive harmonies. Molly Rose’s mounting vocals capture the listener’s attention in the country tinged tracks “Who Brought the Sun” and “2000 miles,” and her soul-baring musicality is showcased in the ballad, “Bridge.” Underhill’s profound lyrics and musical styling encompass the album, featuring her heart-wrenching choruses in “Westside” and “Happy.” The latter features Aaron “Woody” Wood on electric guitar. Eleanor Underhill’s talents are also encapsulated in the amusing tune, “Sugar Mama,” and the self-defining song, “Better Off Alone”. Rose takes the lead in the Underhill penned “Learn,” a track reminiscent of the storytelling melodies of the late 1950s and early 1960s. The pair place special attention on their joint vocal strength in “No More Demons.” It is also proven that they can write in a style similar to the Daltrey-Townsend partnership with the tracks “Thunderstorms” and “Lonely Tonight”. The album was mixed by Atlanta’s Cayce Cole Means.
Formed in 2009, Underhill Rose is the brain child of Eleanor and Molly, who met when they were both Warren Wilson College students in Asheville, N.C. “We bumped into each other in the garden at college,” said Eleanor. “We were connected by our love for sustainable agriculture and we eventually started singing together.” The pair would meet up with a group of students in a dormitory stairwell and harmonize. The hobby eventually turned into collaboration and the two began performing professionally. “We just ‘clicked’ as friends and musicians, which eventually led to us forming the band,” said Molly. “I am so very thankful for that.” The harmony that was created in that western North Carolina college stairwell has helped to earn the band a strong regional following.
In the fall of 2011, Underhill Rose will be performing throughout the southeast; including appearances at Matt Stillwell’s Shinefest, Little Tree Studios near Atlanta and their showcase series at the Grove Park Inn in Asheville, N.C. Copies of the new album are available at live shows and from CD Baby. The album can also be downloaded from iTunes.
For more information on Underhill Rose please visit underhillrose. com or follow the band on Twitter @UnderhillRose.