Mountain Heart returns in 2016 with Blue Skies, their first studio album in five years. The same soulfulness that gave the band its name in the first place is still there, but now voiced through a blend of musicians that make room not just for their bluegrass legacy, but also singer/songwriter ballads, classic country, R&B, and modern folk pop. Mountain Heart completely reinvents themselves around long-time members Josh Shilling and Aaron Ramsey. Jeff Partin and Seth Taylor joined after the band's last album was released and violinist and vocalist Molly Cherryholmes (five-time Grammy-nominee) joined just weeks before Blue Skies studio sessions were to begin. Shilling, barely into his 30s, wrote most of the material on Blue Skies, with a Chris Stapleton and Ronnie Bowman co-write and a stellar rendition of Bob Dylan's "Maggie's Farm" rounding out the set. Every member of the new Mountain Heart is a multi-instrumentalist and could also be considered a lead singer, which makes the possibilities both onstage and in the studio limitless. By the time the band returned to the studio for its next album, the lineup had been revamped yet again, with Josh Shilling on vocals, guitar, and keyboards; Aaron Ramsey on banjo, guitar, and mandolin; Seth Taylor on guitar; Jeff Partin on guitar, Dobro, and bass; and Molly Cherryholmes on violin and keyboards.
Tracklist: 1. Blue Skies 2. Miss Me When I'm Gone 3. Maggie's Farm 4. No One to Listen 5. She'll Come Back to Me 6. Addicted 7. The Bad Grounds 8. Have You Heard About the Old Hometown 9. I Can't Get over You 10. Hurting