Overmountain Men get to work in latest album

"The Next Big Thing," the second album from the Overmountain Men delivers with its star-studded line up.

There’s a point when listening to the Overmountain Men’s latest album The Next Big Thing where you think lead singer David Childers may have been inspired to write these songs while on break at his construction job. He didn’t. That feeling is because his Americana and roots lyrics seem to capture a sense of a work ethic that performed by anyone else would feel inauthentic.

Childers values that lifestyle and is simultaneously is able to capture the sense of loss felt by anyone who’s compromised a dream in search of a steady paycheck.

He’s lived the hardscrabble life of a talented but under-appreciated road musician during his time as the front man of the Modern Don Juans, and he has the battle scars to prove it. He even considered giving up that world before teaming up with Bob Crawford, bassist from the wildly popular Avett Brothers, to form the Overmountain Men years ago.

The two hit it off over a shared love of American history — which doesn’t seem all that far fetched considering they named their band after the Revolutionary War heroes at the Battle of Kings Mountain. Several of the songs from the new album are stories plucked from American mythology and retold through Childers breezy, raconteur style.

Make no mistake, Crawford is the star of the group, but Childers is its heart.

The opening song from The Next Big Thing captures Childers sensibilities and sets the tone for an all around good and enjoyable album, which isintrospective but it never crosses into depressing or self pitying.

“I’m all out of diamonds/ I’ll never get married again/ Such things are too expensive for a working man,” from the song “I’m all out of Diamonds.”

The Overmountain Men do a very good job of capturing Appalachian music without feeling stale or dated. Actually, The Next Big Thing seems like the band's attempt to move the roots music genre forward without compromising any of its historical integrity.

The band, and album, seem to fit in well with other Ramseur Records acts that have carved an impressive niche by capturing the South's musical past.

To find out more about the band, its tour dates or to hear the new album visit overmountainmen.com. The album is due out Jan. 22.

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