“From time to time, we feel that gentle tug to revisit our roots. Reaching deep into our souls, we again discover the paths that brought us here. The songs on this collection reflect the lives we lived, and the experiences we grew up with in the mountains of east Tennessee.” Jon Burchfield
As a boy Jon watched and listened as his father played guitar and banjo in their home in Happy Valley, Tennessee. With the Smoky Mountains as their backdrop, other musicians often joined his father, who played fingerstyle guitar. Jon saw his dad played differently than other people. He wanted to play that same way, and those early lessons left a clear stylistic imprint.
This project celebrates those years when the brothers watched and heard these artisans play their acoustic instruments. Rich in history, and mountain culture, each home in that little valley displayed a love for music that was there generations before them. Little has changed, and to the best of their memories, this is how the music sounded to them in the early years of Appalachia.