Photos By: Teresa Porter for My Friend Teresa Studio
"Now more than ever, breaking down barriers is of prime importance. Credit Tennessee Jed with journeying to those unlikely realms and finding a fit once he arrives."
- Lee Zimmerman (Bluegrass Today)
"The most fun project I've ever been a part of."
- Scott Vestal (recipient of the 2017 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass)
I hope everyone has been holding up as well as possible during these troubling times for our society. Shelly and I have been mostly holed up on the mountain. But that doesn't mean that there isn't a lot going on, because, folks, the music never stops!
So, if you have been around for awhile, you will notice that I have changed my name! In order to distinguish myself from the classic Grateful Dead song of the same name, I have decided to start adding my last name and going by Tennessee Jed Fisher. But, that isn't all...
I'm proud to announce the release of my brand new single, The World That Cried Wolf, featuring an all-star bluegrass band!
The idea came to me all at once. I was hanging out on the front porch, where I’ve spent a lot of my time since the lockdown. I was thinking about how the news today is so over-sensationalized that, when something truly urgent happens, everyone is desensitized to the point of apathy and paralysis. The situation reminded me so much of the fable, ‘The Boy Who Cried Wolf,’ I felt compelled to write a song about it.
Recorded and co-produced by banjo wizard and 2017 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass winner, Scott Vestal, (Sturgill Simpson, Bluegrass 2020, Sam Bush Band) in his Nashville-based Digital Underground Studio, “The World That Cried Wolf” features outstanding performances from some of the current biggest names in Bluegrass music. In addition to Vestal’s nimble-fingered banjo, the lineup includes: multiple Grammy winner and most awarded artist in IBMA history, Rob Ickes, on resonator guitar; Grammy-nominee, Trey Hensley, on guitar and harmony vocals; Grammy nominee, former CMA Fiddle Player of the Year nominee, and Grand Ol’ Opry House Band member, Deanie Richardson (Sister Sadie, Patty Loveless, Vince Gill) on fiddle; Mountain Heart lead vocalist, Josh Shilling, on harmony vocals; and my stepson, two-time IBMA award winner, Jacob Burleson (Volume Five, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band) on both bass and mandolin. Vestal, Ickes, Hensley, and Richardson are all currently nominated by the IBMA for Player of the Year for their respective instruments!
Both the single and accompanying stop-motion animated music video, featuring marionettes and shadow puppets, are due for release September 4, 2020!
Thanks to everyone that has supported and contributed to my career making music so far. I hope you will continue to do so in the future. See you at the next show!
The Official Music Video for Soul-Country Pimpgrass
The Official Music Video for Can't Get There From Here
Bridges (live solo performance at The Rooster's Wife in Aberdeen, NC
Tennessee Jed Fisher was born in Tennessee, but makes his home in the mountains of Western North Carolina. A soul-shaking singer with thoughtful, often humorous lyrics and the acoustic guitar chops to back them up, Jed blends multiple genres into his own unique Americana/Newgrass sound. Having released four star-studded and critically acclaimed albums, Jed has worked with many high-profile artists, including current and former members of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Bush Band, Sister Sadie, Infamous Stringdusters, Leftover Salmon, Ben Folds Five, Songs From the Road Band, Dailey & Vincent, Mountain Heart, Town Mountain, Che Apalache, Jon Stickley Trio, and The Waybacks. His music has been featured in the television programs, Duck Dynasty, and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Wake Up Call.
“Wow, killer! Great singing, …really a great track! When Newgrass Revival gets back together, they should do this song… Thanks for having me, super fun session!” – Rob Ickes
“I am thrilled and honored to be playing guitar and singing harmony on this new single by Tennessee Jed Fisher! It’s such a poignant and enthralling song, and the track completely captures all of the great excitement and energy from the recording process! From the first time I heard this song, I loved it… and I am so excited for the rest of the world to hear it!”
– Trey Hensley
“Check out TN Jed [Fisher]! His character authentically flows through his music for a sound that is both fun and jammy”
- Jeremy Garrett (Infamous Stringdusters)
“TN Jed [Fisher] has an amazing voice and is one hell of an entertainer!”
- Charles R Humphrey III (Songs From the Road Band, Steep Canyon Rangers)
"Jed has a golden throat. He can sing tenor to a canary."
- Robert Greer (Town Mountain)
“Dang. Just had a moment to check out your record. Totally unique. Far out and traditional by turns. Like Appalachian Zappa. Great work!”
- Jonathan Byrd
"In a world where titles and definitions seem to matter, Jed "Tennessee Jed" Fisher has carved another notch in the bluegrass belt with his own contribution."
- Americana Rhythm Magazine
"Features lightning quick solos and beautifully blended vocal harmonies. Most importantly, it is full of the heart, soul, and respect for the rich tradition this music has."
- The Music Butcher Blog
"Jed shows us an entirely new side of bluegrass and Americana... Run, don't walk and get this one today!"
- Indie Voice Blog
"...he's got the key ingredient for GREAT music down - FUN! ...Seriously, he's a powerful singer, & will hold you spellbound, folks... I wouldn't be surprised if this wins some awards... in fact, I predict that it will."
- Dick Metcalf, editor - Contemporary Fusion Reviews
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