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On A Farm

by Acoustic Endeavors

This CD is infested with Original Bluegrass Music.
Genre: Country: Bluegrass
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1. Hills of Home
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2. Thanks Again
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3. Last Time Today
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4. Berkley's Bottom
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5. Let's Meet at His House
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6. Never Go Through This Again
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7. All Those Pennies
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8. True Love Takes Two
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9. Tennessee Iris
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10. Young William
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11. To You I Wed
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12. I Could Leave Here
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13. Hoe This Row Alone
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14. The Way Things Go
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15. Over In Heaven Skies
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16. It Can't Be Right
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ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Acoustic Endeavors
On A Farm
(Common Folk CD-0003)

Acoustic Endeavors
PO Box 12541 Roanoke, VA 24026 540-556-5372
www.acousticendeavors.com info@acousticendeavors.com

Some Ants Escape...

Acoustic Endeavors was formed in 1992 when Warren Amberson and Kelly Green decided that they needed a performing vehicle for their original material. Based variously in Nashville, TN and now Warren’s hometown of Roanoke, VA, the band is composed of Warren on bass, mandolin and vocals, Kelly on guitar and vocals, Dewey Peters on guitar, John Lawless on banjo and vocals, and Billy Hurt on fiddle. All are recognized and established in the bluegrass world and the band’s two previous projects (Coming Of Age and Sneak Preview) were released to high praise from the bluegrass music press, and acoustic radio in general.

On A Farm boasts a total of 16 songs, all written by Amberson and Green, which manage that difficult blending of melodic simplicity, stylistic integrity and poetic expression. With both a male and a female lead vocalist, Acoustic Endeavors has a varied yet distinctive voice. The accompaniment is always sufficiently restrained to allow the song to shine, but powerful and authoritative when it’s time to pick!

Thoughtful original material, passionate performance and
two distinctive vocalists are the hallmarks of this five piece band of experienced professionals from Roanoke, VA. Their eclectic style has made them a comfortable fit in a wide range of broadcast formats, with fans drawn from bluegrass,gospel, and traditional country and folk music listeners.

Original bluegrass and fine acoustic music.


What they said about "On A Farm":

“Smooth as silk and as melodic as it gets. The pleasing lyrics are delivered with feeling and the instrumentation is pleasing from beginning to end. Reminds me of Hotrize at the top of their game.”

Wayne Bledsoe, KUMR, Bluegrass Now Magazine


“Great tunes. Nice to see a project that has original work and not just songs from the catalogs.”

Billy Dunbar, KKRF/KGRA/WorldWideBluegrass.com


“ Congrats on a great album.”

John Roths, KEOS


“This group is always good for some real suprises.”

Ted Clark, JRR International


“Great Lyrics and harmony singing.”

Al Shusterman, KCBL


“As always, the Endeavors do a great job!”

Ed Stiner, WJFC/WCTU/WLIK


“ Terrific! Sensitive singing and music.”

Graham Hassall, Radio Nightingale


“Great Vocals.”

Tony Burke, WMMT


“Another hit from the Endeavors. Already had you folks on the playlist and this just adds to it. Thanks for the music.”

Willis H. Walker, WJFC/WPWT


“Nice harmonies. Smooth Sound.”

Larry Royce, The Word FM


“This album has been a great find. I’ve featured the CD several times on my show. Well done music that’s very accessible and even though it’s all originals, the music hold up well.”

Steve Winters, WSHU/WSUF


“Nice smooth sound.”

Jim von Tungeln, KAFB


“Very nice!”

Nancy MacDowell, WLVB



Suggested tracks:

Bluegrass: Hills Of Home 3:12 (track #1, male vocal), Thanks Again 2:45 (track #2, female vocal), Tennessee Iris 3:48 (track #9, male vocal), True Love takes Two 2:52 (track #8, male/female vocal duet)

Gospel: Let’s Meet At His House 2:47 (track #5, male vocal), Over In Heaven’s Skies 2:50 (track #15, male vocal)

Folk/Americana: All Those Pennies 3:49 (track #7, male vocal), The Way Things Go 3:53 (track #14, female vocal), To You I Wed 3:40 (track #11,male vocal)

Alt Country: Last Time Today 2:43 (track #3, male vocal), It Can’t Be Right 3:32 (track #16, male vocal)

Bluegrass
Acoustic
Americana
Folk
Gospel
Original Music
www.acousticendeavors.com


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Julie Koehler


With a hefty 16 tracks (all band originals) and printed lyrics in the liner notes, Acoustic Endeavors is making it easy to get their music out to their fans and new audiences. And well they should. This Virginia band is loaded with talent.

Warren Amberson (bass, mandolin, guitars, lead, and harmony vocals) is a prolific songwriter, with 13 contributions. Kelly Green (guitar, lead, and harmony vocals) penned the remaining three tracks, making "On A Farm" nearly 100% Acoustic Endeavors (special guests notwithstanding).

From start to finish, this CD is a comfortable, easy-to-listen-to project. Vocals are strong, harmonies are tight, lyrics are clean and clear. Arrangements are straightforward and uncluttered. Instrumentals (two) give all pickers a turn in the spotlight: "Berkley's Bottom" bounces once around the circle with a strong guitar opening and closing, while "Young William" does the same with a mandolin start and nice banjo licks from John Lawless, although the bass-and-fiddle break would have been more effective had it matched the rest of the tune in volume. And just when you think the standard themes of love, heartache, trains, and gospel tunes have been exhausted, a new perspective pops up, a melody takes you somewhere unexpected, and the familiar becomes new again. For example, "All Those Pennies" is a melancholy train song that wonders what became of all the pennies (and the dreams) left on the tracks so many years ago. "Let's Meet At His House" is a good old-fashioned joyful gospel number with an infectiously bouncy melody that envelopes listeners with its rhythm. And "It Can't Be Right" closes the album with an ambitious and thoughtful political discourse on where we might end up if we don't change our ways. Amen! (Acoustic Endeavors, P.O. Box 12541, Roanoke, VA 24026, www.acousticendeavors.com.)JK

Joe Ross

...and 1/2 ... A very refreshing and warm-hearted experience
Playing Time – 48:54 -- The Acoustic Endeavors seed was planted in 1991 when Warren Amberson (bass, mandolin, guitar) and Kelly Green (guitar) met at a festival in Iowa. Warren had finished a stint in the Army (where he’d played with the U.S. Army Bluegrass Band in Europe), and he was touring the U.S. with his German bluegrass band, Foreign Affairs. In 1992, Warren and Kelly put a band together in Tennessee where the two of them attended the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Music Program. Originally with Glen Rose and Tommy Austin, the band went on to win fourth place at the 1994 SPBGMA band contest. The following year, Acoustic Endeavors won the South Carolina Pizza Hut regional championship. Over the years, others who have played or recorded with the band include Tim Laughlin, Amanda Mathis, Tommy Morse, Ernie Power, Randy Utterback, Greg Honeycutt, and John Golden. Previous album projects include Coming of Age, Sneak Preview, and Coming of Age…Again (a re-issue of the initial album with two additional tracks). Now based in Roanoke, Va. since 1997, Warren and Kelly welcomed Dewey Peters (guitars) in 1998, John Lawless (banjo) in 2000, and Billy Hurt (fiddle) in 2003.

“On A Farm” has been more than three years in the making, and the album contains 16 songs written by Amberson or Green. Both of them are excellent lead vocalists also. “True Love Takes Two” is a collaborative effort of both songwriters with former bandmate (until 2003) Greg Honeycutt. Of the vocal numbers, many are striking because, in fine bluegrass form, they flow smoothly with clear messages and fairly uncomplicated chord structures. The songs draw you in, develop a message or story, and then end effectively. On a beautiful love song like “To You I Wed,” the lyrics immediately grab your attention. Guest Jerry Wood’s twin fiddle is a nice embellishment for this song that states “on this special say, I’ll say I do.” Their hooks are straight forward but still catchy and easily remembered without being over-complicated. Another example is the simple phrase “done me wrong, she’s up and gone, and left me here to hoe this row alone.” A sincere, subtle and respectful gospel message is imparted in “Over in Heaven’s Skies.” Their two instrumentals (“Berkley’s Bottom” and “Young William”) give everyone a piece of the picking action and a chance to shine, and my only suggestion here might have been to equalize the guitar and mandolin breaks for a little more punch and intensity. With contemporary flair, Acoustic Endeavor’s “On A Farm” is a very refreshing and warm-hearted experience. (Joe Ross, staff writer, Bluegrass Now)

Brenda Barbee


One definition of the word “Endeavor” is “to try” or “to attempt”. This group, Acoustic Endeavors, does a whole lot more than try. They succeed in a huge way on all that is bluegrass and acoustic. The On A Farm CD will have you believing you are in the country and what a great feeling!
Strong vocals from both a male and a female lead vocalist give the band unique and refreshing variety and the group has some accomplished musicians. The musical accomplishment of these talented singers is right on. All the strings, the guitars, the banjo, the fiddle and the mandolin blend seamlessly in support of the vocalists and do not overpower them. Your foot will definitely be tapping.
The CD contains 16 original songs and offers an excellent assortment of bluegrass, gospel, Americana and country. The Acoustic Endeavors pull off all those music styles equally well.
Brenda Barbee - RMR Staff Reviewer

Gracie Muldoon


Acoustic Endeavors, a wonderful musical group out of Roanoke, Virginia, has something to "crow about" with their project entitled On A Farm. Sixteen great tunes written by Warren Amberson and Kelly Green are some of the most fun I've heard in a while. Simple melodies with blissful harmonies, you will appreciate the calm and happy feelings they inspire in the heart. The group was founded in 1992 when Warren and Kelly wanted to promote their own original material. The band consists of Kelly Green on guitar and vocals; Warren on bass, mandolin, and vocals; John Lawless on banjo and vocals; Dewey Peters on guitar; an Billy Hurt on fiddle. Kelly, Warren and John have vocal talent-plus. The pickin' is solid, good acoustic music with various flavor, bluegrassy, bluesy, folksy, it's all there. This group has got it going on with On A Farm. Farm-fresh lyrics, down-home goodness and pluck-ability. Let me break it down for ya. On A Farm includes the following - soon to be standards - original songs: Hills Of Home - liked it a lot; Thanks Again - and again a lot; Last Time Today - country and swinging and cool...boot scoot; Berkley's Bottom - up-tempo instrumental; Let's Meet At His House - gospel and a good idea; Never Go Through This Again - nice job; All Those Pennies - keep ya smiling; True Love Takes Two - grassy, yeah baby!; Tennessee Iris - I'm moving; Young William -ooh cool instrumental; To You I Wed - a pretty wedding song; I Could Leave Here - ala Peter, Paul and Mary; Hoe This Row Alone - loved it; The Way Things Go - wow! Why do I think Kelly is a country Stevie Nicks on this?; Over In Heaven's Skies - up-tempo gospel; It Can't Be Right - makes you think, really deep. Kudos to Acoustic Endeavors. On A Farm is a treasure. BMP