Narrowing the Gap
RECORD LABEL:Mountain Fever Music Group
Mountain Fever Records releases the third studio album Narrowing the Gap from rising star Amanda Cook and her band, today! The album title points to Amanda Cook’s keen ability to keep her eye on track with the goals of her music career. Two years ago she made a foundational move with her family to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia from Jay, Florida. Not only a brave new step but also a strategic one in light of the needs of being a touring musician. Full of courage, dedication, and love for bluegrass music she has proven herself as an outstanding bandleader and powerful presence in the genre. Of her last album Bluegrass Today’s John Goad wrote “One of the hottest voices on bluegrass radio over the past few years has been that of Florida native Amanda Cook.”
Amanda and her band have pushed themselves to bring us their “grassiest album to date,” Narrowing the Gap. Three strong singles having already released off this new record “Get on Board,” West Virginia Coal,” and most recently “Lonesome Leaving Train” which Amanda co-penned with admired songwriter Thomm Jutz. The latter is a highly melodic driver that tells a tragic story and is a powerful bluegrass piece about a ghostly love. Get yourself the full album, you won’t regret it.
About the focus track, “Burning Down the Mountain” | A fierce, haunting & bluegrass-themed story of a bootlegger’s daughter “destroying any evidence” as those who killed her father—implied authorities—are hunting her down and in search of his “stash.” Running with all of the knowledge he left her with, the law stands no chance in this tale of hide, seek & “burn!” Cook and band deliver a perfect performance, as they paint vivid pictures with their music.
KEY SELLING POINTS
- National label debut, Deep Water (2017, Mountain Fever Records) garnered Top 10 Billboard Bluegrass chart positions, including Top 10's in Roots Music Report & Bluegrass Today charts for fourteen weeks
- Debut album (2013) stayed in Roots Music Report's Top 150 albums of the year for 2014 and 2015