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‘After Jack’ to release debut album, ‘Echo’

The all-female Americana trio After Jack has teamed up with producer Aaron Ramsey of Mountain Heart, to record its debut album at Mountain Fever Studios in Willis, VA.

The 10-track record, entitled “Echo,” includes seven new songs written by band members Mary Allison; Emily Blankenship-Tucker, AU Class of 2003; and Rachel Blankenship-Tucker, and features four guest musicians including Ramsey and fellow Mountain Heart bandmate Josh Shilling. The national release, set for April 22, 2014, will be the first of new label Travianna Records, owned and operated by Mark Hodges of Mountain Fever Records. 

“Echo” describes the influences of people and place on this collection of songs, which can be heard as a celebration of favorite stories and shared experiences. Drawing on their bluegrass, gospel and folk music roots, the trio has crafted its signature “hot folk” sound over two years of touring from New York City listening rooms to major festivals. 

“Echo” is currently available for pre-order on iTunes and Following the album’s release, tour dates are being planned for the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, New England, and Colorado, as well as several major 2014 music festivals. 

Formed in 2011, After Jack is a musical celebration of togetherness. With expressive songwriting, captivating vocals and a unique take on traditional mountain music, the trio combines a modern sensibility with a distinctly old-time energy to mix bluegrass, gospel and folk elements. The band was recently recognized by the Appalachian Cultural Music Association as the 2014 Americana Vocal Group of the Year and 2014 Uprising Star.

The group takes its name from the hero of beloved mountain folk-tales, whose quick thinking and good fortune always brought him out on top.  For more information, visit  Media inquiries may be directed to Schuyler Davis 757.268.2000.

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