– SIDELINE’S ethereal version of “Song For A Winter’s Night” is now available for fans to stream and download on all digital platforms, following a global premiere on Roughstock. Radio will find the North Carolina Bluegrassers’ tune onAirPlay Direct, and a compelling, black & white companion video can be seen on YouTube
SIDELINE’S nostalgic re-imagining of the Tony Rice recording is enhanced with a nod to his signature guitar. Skip Cherryholmes, founding member of SIDELINE who sings lead and plays guitar on the track, learned the exact combination of flat and finger picking needed to re-create the gentle, fluid sound of the Rice release. The result is a solemn and reflective tune delivered with the contemplative longing of the original – as well as subsequent covers – which include versions by artists as diverse as Sarah McLachlan and Harry Belafonte. Gordon Lightfoot released “Song For A Winter’s Night” in 1967; Rice’s iconic recording hit the airwaves in 1986.
Cherryholmes notes, “The band knocked this arrangement out of the park, and I’m excited for everyone to hear it.” Skip was introduced to Rice’s version of the song while putting together ideas for a tribute to him many years ago. “Tony’s interpretation was incredible,” Skip recalls. “We rehearsed it repeatedly for the show honoring him, and that gave me a very intimate connection with the tune.”
Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring.
What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the three were joined by talents of Bailey Coe; guitar, Troy Boone; mandolin and began to record and release albums in earnest.
To listen to Sideline reminds the fan of why so many people fall in love with Bluegrass in the first place; pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics as well as a visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers.
The band, recorded or live, move dynamically from well chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Sideline has released 3 national projects and currently records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC.