Holiday Religion – Andy Lowe

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Andy Lowe

Andy Lowe Releases Holiday Religion Through Mountain Fever Records

Mountain Fever Records has just announced the release of Andy Lowe’s newest single called, Holiday Religion. This new track is a light-hearted, timeless classic with gospel ties that question the church-going holiday crowd. The lyrics ask a challenging question: Why do you have a holiday religion, and only go to church twice a year?

The banjo background, which Lowe has proven skilled at, time and time again, provides a juxtaposing mood to the conscious question of the holiday church-goer; do you consider this a religion or a holiday celebration?

Many years ago (and longer than I’d like to admit), I first heard ‘Holiday Religion’ played by the bluegrass group Boot Hill. My father Rick was on mandolin and the great Craig Smith held down the banjo duties at the time. I was in awe of his banjo work on this number. It was only later on that I learned ‘Holiday Religion’ stemmed from the Reno & Smiley catalog, and I begin to wonder why I never heard it performed at jam sessions or live settings like many other traditional cuts? I figured that was a good enough reason to cut it myself, and I’m very glad I did. Zack, Justin, and Bailey are a dream vocal trio of mine and they did not disappoint! The song’s message is as profound as it is simplistic, and I’ll be the first to admit it makes someone like me do some soul-searching – Amdy Lowe.

Holiday Religion Andy LoweThis single features Andy Lowe on banjo; Zack Arnold on lead vocal; Jacob Burleson on guitar; Justin Tomlin and Bailey Coe on harmony vocals; Aaron Ramsey on mandolin; and Jeff Partin on bass. The song was originally written by Shorty Long and John A. Pecca.

For more information about Andy Lowe and his album Nervous Energy, please visit Mountain Fever Website.

About Andy Lowe:

North Carolina banjo player, Andy Lowe was born into bluegrass music. Andy and his father Rick Lowe, who plays, fiddle and mandolin, introduced him to bluegrass when he was still at the age, where he was confined to a car seat and couldn’t escape. His mother, a jazz devotee, would do the same. But it turned out to be a blessing; Andy got to hear Craig Smith, who shared the stage with his dad in the band Boot Hill, which became the planted seed that was to grow his obsession with the five string banjo.

While he’s secretly always liked bluegrass music’s fact he had hidden from his fellow grunge, loving friends, Andy didn’t actually pick up a banjo until he was 17 years old, as a senior in high school. His dad knew enough to show him the basics of a role pattern, and Andy was off to the races. Banjo players are not renowned for their extra curricular activities and Andy was able to spend his years in college annoying his roommates to no end with his banjo practising. When he graduated from the University of North Carolina in Wilmington in 2006, and he had developed into a solid if not quirky banjo picker.

Many players have since influenced Andy Lowe, playing for better or for worse including Craig Smith, along with players from other bands constantly in his CD players rotation. Steve Dilling, Jason, Burleson, Sammy Shelor, Terry, Falcon and Scott Vestal were some those relearned from. Andy was lucky enough to meet many of these fantastic bands at pickers as he travelled from festival to festival.

As a banjo player he was member of several groups in the years that followed, including Rockford Express the Jeanette Williams Band and Loose Cannons. In 2014, and he was asked to join Virginia’s Deer Creek Boys reuniting with good friends he had made while festival hopping in his younger days. He remained with the group for six years, recording three acclaimed projects with them through Mountain, Fever Records, and playing countless festivals on both the national and international circuits.

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