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Now Hear This: The Youngers | Nashville Again

The Pennsylvania garage-Americana outfit's fourth LP is loaded with strum & twang.

THE EDITED PRESS RELEASE:Nashville Again, the fourth album from The Youngers, is sparkling reinforcement of how styles and genres rooted in the past are constantly being reinvented into something new. The record’s 10 songs might best be described as garage Americana, building on a roots-rock base and encompassing everything from garage rock to classic truck-driving music to surf. While each song travels a different road, they all come together to create a musical superhighway where everything flows together seamlessly.

“This band is a melting pot of so many different influences, so you can’t help but see that reflected in our songs,” says singer-guitarist Todd Notobartolo. “I’ve been really inspired by records like Sweetheart Of The Rodeo, and by bands like Neil Young & Crazy Horse, The Band and The Sadies. You pick up the crumbs along the trail and, after a while, that stuff sinks into your bones. Once it’s inside you, it’s bound to work its way back to the surface eventually, and this album reflects that.

“I think it shows every aspect of what we’re capable of, and that’s what makes it interesting. I like to not hear the same thing on every song on an album, for me, having real variety is a lot more pleasing. That’s one of the reasons why this record has instrumentals, those songs are as powerful as the ones with lyrics; the more colors you can add in to the painting, the more depth you add to the landscape.”

Hailing from southeastern Pennsylvania, The Youngers were founded in 1999 by Notobartolo (vocals, guitar, lap steel, and mandolin) and Randy Krater (vocals, electric and upright bass). Joining them are bandmates Matt Thren (guitar) and Bruce Kissinger (drums).

Nashville again is the band’s followup to their 2016 release Picture of You, a fan-funded project recorded at the venerable Sound Emporium in Nashville, and engineered by Grammy winner Chuck Turner.

Released in 2008, their critically acclaimed debut album Heritage was recorded at the Cash Cabin in Tennessee and produced by John Carter Cash, son of country music legends Johnny Cash and June Carter. Heritage cracked the top 30 on the Americana chart and featured an all-star lineup of guests including Laura Cash on fiddle, Ronnie McCoury (Del McCoury Band) on mandolin and the late pedal-steel legend Ralph Mooney.

The Youngers are no strangers to big festival stages, having performed at Delfest in Cumberland, MD and Musikfest in Bethlehem, PA, the nation’s largest non-gated free live music festival. They have also shared stages with legends like the late Levon Helm at his famed Midnight Ramble and opened for Marty Stuart, Lee Rocker, David Allen Coe, Wayne Hancock, and most recently, Billy Bob Thornton and The Boxmasters.”