Next To Nothing – Hammertowne

by | 30 Mar, 2023


Hammertowne shines on their new single Next To Nothing.

Next to Nothing, available today on Mountain Fever Records, is a tune written by one of our all-time favourites, the great Russell Johnson. He recorded it with New Vintage back in the ‘90s.

When Dave shared Hammertowne’s cut of the tune with me, it absolutely blew me away. I bet I listened to it ten times straight. From the kickoff all the way to the last hair-raising vocal refrain from Bryan Russell, it just checks every box of what great bluegrass should be – Russell Johnson.

It’s such a well-written song that really puts the lead vocalist front and center, and Bryan sure seized the opportunity to shine.. We would have been tickled to cut this tune no matter who had written it. But the fact that it’s the work of someone in the business that we are such a huge fan of makes it extra special – David CarNext To Nothingroll.

Hammertowne, based in Eastern Kentucky, includes the talents of David Carroll on guitar and vocals; Chaston Carroll on mandolin and vocals; Bryan Russell on bass and vocals, Scott Tackett on guitar and vocals; and Dale Thomas on banjo.

Next To Nothing appears on Hammertowne’s upcoming album, You Can Learn A Lot from a Song, set for release on June 30, 2023.

You can preview or download Next To Nothing here.

About Hammertowne:

Hammertowne is a five man group that originates in the Eastern Kentucky foothills. While relatively new as a band, this is a well-seasoned and talented group of performers who can lay claim to performing with some of the finest talent in bluegrass music throughout their careers. Band members include Scott Tackett on guitar/vocals, Brent Pack on banjo, Chaston Carroll on mandolin/vocals, Doug Burchett on bass/vocals and Dave Carroll on guitar/vocals. Carroll is widely admired for his songwriting prowess within the group and with others. He has new cuts on albums by Grasstowne (Featuring Ronnie Bowman), Junior Sisk and the Ramblers, Russell Moore& IIIrd Tyme Out and more.

From its inception, the group’s identity has been defined by a hard-driving style of bluegrass that combines unique instrumentation with a distinctive knack for weaving vocal harmonies. Hammertowne creates their hard driving sound with one foot in the traditional arena to honor those who paved the way before them, and the other in the progressive arena as reflected in their many original songs they write and perform.

Their love of playing and entertaining emanates from the stage as well as studio.