One of the biggest joys in my life is playing music with friends, whether it be on stage or jamming in a field. It is my therapy. I have always had a goal to capture that joy and excitement that comes from a circle with five or six musicians. This album is composed of like-minded friends and musicians who I have been blessed to make music with over the years and musicians who have had a great impact on me. They are all some of my favorites to ever sing or pick a note! 

 

Though I have been planning doing a project for years, and always had a sound in my head for the music I wanted to capture, the energy and what happened in the studio couldn’t have been planned. It was true magic. The collaborative session was truly authentic and honest. Just folks who love to pick!

 

I hope that you enjoy listening to this project that is so near to my heart and get the same joy listening as we did playing. 

 

Tracklist & Musicians: 

 

1. I Ain't Going Down

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, octave mandolin, & vocals

Sammy Shelor - Banjo

Jason Moore - Bass 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin 

Jason Carter - Fiddle

Russ Carson - Clawhammer Banjo 

Patrick Robertson - Vocals 

 

2. Under the Weather

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, octave mandolin, & vocals

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo 

Gaven Largent - Dobro 

Joe Hannabach - Bass 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin

Jason Carter - Fiddle

Mike Hartgrove - Fiddle 

Patrick Robertson - Harmony Vocals 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin & harmony vocals 

 

3. Brand New City

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Joe Hannabach - Bass 

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo

Jessie Baker - Mandolin, vocals 

Mike Hartgrove - Fiddle 

Patrick Robertson - Vocals

Dale Perry - Vocals

 

4. Nothin’ in the World To Do

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo

Jason moore - Bass 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin

Jason Carter - Fiddle 

Gaven Largent - Dobro 

Heather Berry Mabe - Vocals

 

5. Cindy

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, octave mandolin, & vocals

Joe Hannabach - Bass 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin 

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo 

Russ Carson - Clawhammer Banjo 

Jason Carter - Fiddle 

Patrick Robertson - Vocals 

 

6. Fool Like Me

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Sammy Shelor - Banjo

Jason Moore  - Bass 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin 

Mike Hartgrove - Fiddle 

Gaven Largent - Dobro 

Dave Smathers - Vocals

Heather Berry Mabe - Vocals

 

7. Living in Canaan

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Jason Moore - Bass 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin

Jason Carter - Fiddle 

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo 

Heather Berry Mabe - Vocals

Patrick Robertson - Vocals

Dale Perry - Vocals

 

8. She Did Me a Favor (So I Wouldn't Have to Leave Her)

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo 

Joe hannabach - Bass 

Jason Carter -  Fiddle

Jessie Baker - Mandolin 

 

9. Hard Pressed

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Johnathan dillon - Banjo 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin 

Joe Hannabach - Bass 

Jason Carter  - Fiddle 

Patrick Robertson - Vocals 

 

10. The Blame 

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Jason Moore  - Bass 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin, guitar

Sammy Shelor - Banjo 

Bronwyn Keith Hynes - Fiddle

Mike Hartgrove - Fiddle 

Jason Carter - Fiddle 

Heather Berry Mabe - Vocals

Patrick Robertson - Vocals

 

11. Laid Up and Lonesome

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Joe Hannabach - Bass 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin 

Jason Carter - Fiddle 

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo 

Patrick Robertson - Vocals

 

12. I Wish We Had Our Time Again

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, octave mandolin, & vocals

Jason Moore - Bass 

Sammy Shelor - Banjo 

Russ Carson - Banjo 

Mike Hartgrove- Fiddle 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin 

Heather Berry Mabe - Vocals 

Patrick Robertson - Vocals

 

13. Yesterday’s Blues

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo 

Joe Hannabach - Bass 

Jessie Baker-  Mandolin

Jason Carter - Fiddle 

Heather Berry Mabe - Vocals 

 

14. I Could Love You All the Time

Jesse Smathers - Guitar, vocals

Jason Moore - Bass 

Johnathan Dillon - Banjo 

Jessie Baker - Mandolin, vocals  

Mike Hartgrove - Fiddle 

Dale Perry - Vocals 

Patrick Robertson - Vocals

 

The enthusiasm of young players in the Blue Ridge Mountains where we live, is showing up in Jesse Smathers.

 

"Being a native of North Carolina, with family roots in the Western part of the state, Jesse's musical influences run deep.

 

Jesse's ability to compose music and his choice of songs for this project show the emergence of a great player.  With a stellar lineup of musicians, I think this project is evidence of a young man maturing into an even finer musician!

 

This album is a statement of what is to come from Jesse Smathers." - Allen Mills

 

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