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Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims record modern instrumental Bluegrass album “IMPULSE” and perform during The Hopscotch Music Festival and the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Festival in Raleigh, NC.

Two of North Carolina’s veteran bluegrass musicians join forces to create an unprecedented duo album featuring the full range of their talents as composers and arrangers. Entitled, “IMPULSE”, the album mostly showcases Hank Smith’s instrumental compositions with contributions from Lindsey Tims, Adam Snow and an 800 year old Icelandic hymn. The duo makes use of traditional bluegrass instrumentation in a non-traditional way to present original music to the listener that goes beyond the limits of the idiom. The arrangements take on a new level of maturation that follows in the footsteps of Bela Fleck, Chris Thile, Sam Bush, Edgar Meyer, and Tony Rice. Hank and Lindsey want to pick up where seminal crossover groups like Strength In Numbers and the ever changing Bluegrass Allstars left off. Since the music is entirely instrumental, the duo allow themselves to experiment with arrangements and tailor the compositions to become vehicles for exploration. While Hank and Lindsey are the only two musicians on the recording, the tunes are fully realized arrangements and each tune features a full compliment of instruments. Hank Smith plays banjo, and on one tune, accordion. Lindsey Tims plays fiddle, mandolin, guitar and string bass. The result is the full and deep sound of a bluegrass band stretching beyond the frontier of traditional form. The album will be officially released on Oct. 1st, 2014.

Hank and Lindsey will perform extensively during the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference and Festival as a duo and with the bands they play in together: Original soul-fusion band, The Morning After; Bela Fleck and the Flecktones Tribute Band, Blu-Bop both on Thursday, Oct. 2nd and newgrass act, Barefoot Manner on Friday, Oct. 3rd. Both nights will occur at The Pour House Music Hall in downtown Raleigh.

About Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims

Hank Smith and Lindsey Tims have been playing together in various capacities for the last five years. This is the first time the two have collaborated on an album of original material without the assistance of a larger ensemble. The music they create on and off stage sounds as though it came from one mind. The duo approach improvisation with lightning fast thought and reaction and compose intricate, as well as dulcet melody, harmony and lockstep rhythm. For them, music is an endless playground of texture, tone and space that allows for pure joy in playing and a straightforward maturity one would expect from musicians twice their ages.


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Band:  Hank Smith and Lindsey Tims
Release Date:  October 1, 2014
Label:  Hank Smith & Lindsey Tims