Photos By: Teresa Porter for My Friend Teresa Studio
The Official Music Video for Drivin' My Life Away
"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, 2020-2021 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year)
Wow! Life is full of odd twists and turns, isn't it? Old ways you thought would never change come crumbling down. One simple life decision can lead you down pathways you never dreamed to tread. In a time of upheaval and chaos, when the chessboard gets knocked over and the pieces fall all over the floor, somehow we learn to clean up the mess and start over. Looking back, I seem to have done this many times over in my life. Fits and starts. Often one step forward and two steps back, yet still a forward progress that can only be traced in retrospect. Hindsight is 20/20, but looking ahead, we're blind as bats, seemingly subject to the whims of fate.
Then, out of nowhere, something shifts. In a stuffy room with a closed door, suddenly a window opens. Things begin to make sense again. Meaning is found. A way forward appears- a way to transmute the darkness into light.
That's what my latest project is about. It's called NEW BEGINNINGS. It's about happy endings. A song of love, against all odds, for hearts in need of mending. A new chapter in an old book, but one that needs telling.
Co-produced and engineered once again by banjo legend Scott Vestal (2020-2021 IBMA Banjo Player of the Year) at Digital Underground Studio in Nashville, TN, the album features yours truly on guitar and vocals, Vestal on banjo, triple Grammy winner Jason Carter (Del McCoury Band, Travelin' McCourys, 5 time IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year) and Grammy-nominated Deanie Richardson (Sister Sadie, 2020 IBMA Fiddle Player of the Year) on fiddle, Grammy winner Mike Bub of Del McCoury Band fame on upright bass, Mark Schimick (Songs From the Road Band) on mandolin and harmony vocals, James Seliga (Billy Droze Band) on mandolin, and Mason Via (Old Crow Medicine Show, American Idol 2021) on harmony vocals. The album also showcases the previously released single, The World That Cried Wolf, featuring special guests, Grammy Winner Rob Ickes (16 time IBMA Dobro Player of the Year!!!), Grammy nominated guitarist, Trey Hensley, Josh Shilling (Mountain Heart) on harmony vocals, and Jacob Burleson (Volume Five) on bass and mandolin. To say that this group is among the very best of the best in bluegrass music, all currently at the top of their games, would be an understatement, and it's an indescribable honor to work with all of them.
It's an artist's duty to navigate the murky waters of existence and report back what it looks like, how it feels on the other side. To shine some light on the darkness so others can see themselves in that space and glean the way through for themselves. I hope these songs can be that for someone. Anyone.
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 "The World That Cried Wolf"
The Official Music Video for "Can't Get There From Here"
The Official Music Video for "Soul-Country Pimpgrass"
The Official Music Video for "Opie's Intermezzo"
Tennessee Jed Fisher writes songs that tell stories in a neo-traditional style, then sings and plays them with a passion that brings those stories to life. With a tenor voice that ranges from smooth and mountain-clear to an overdriven bluesy growl, Jed’s fresh take on Bluegrass, Newgrass, and Americana music pushes the boundaries of the style while paying full respect to the rich heritage that surrounds it. A Tennessee native with a home base in NC, Jed and his partner, Carrie, now travel the country with two cats and a dog in a small RV.
Jed builds his music around his solid picking hand and fiery voice, and then adds the fireworks. Working with a multitude of Grammy and IBMA award winners/nominees in the studio, Jed surrounds himself with some of the most respected pickers and singers in bluegrass. Led by co-producer and living banjo legend, Scott Vestal, Jed assembled a dream team for his latest project, New Beginnings, that includes Mike Bub (bass), Deanie Richardson (fiddle), James Seliga (mandolin), Jason Carter (fiddle), Rob Ickes (resophonic guitar), Trey Hensley (guitar), Mark Schimick (mandolin, vocals), Josh Shilling (vocals), and Mason Via (vocals). New Beginnings tells a semi-autobiographical tale of the end of a marriage and the beginning of a new love in pandemic times.
Over the course of his career, TN Jed Fisher has recorded with current and former members of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Del McCoury Band, Old Crow Medicine Show, Steep Canyon Rangers, Sam Bush Band, Leftover Salmon, Infamous Stringdusters, Dailey & Vincent, Sister Sadie, Town Mountain, Jon Stickley Trio, Volume Five, Mountain Heart, Ben Folds Five, Songs From the Road Band, Billy Droze Band, Che Apalache, Yo Mama’s Big Fat Booty Band, and The Waybacks.
“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