The honky-tonk beach band known as the Beachbilly’s have released their latest single, “Sassafrass Angel.” The track is the first official single from their upcoming self-titled debut album. Like the upcoming record, “Sassafrass Angel” has been proudly published on the Key Mark Records independent label and distributed by Music Mill Entertainment. It has been released as a double A-side in “LP Cut” and “Remix” editions featuring slide guitar and fiddle with piano, respectively. Sincere, unpretentious, warm and lightheartedly uplifting, “Sassafrass Angel” is a country song that can make fans of any music genre smile.
“Sassafrass Angel” showcases the talents of BeachBilly’s collaborators Tony “T-Bone” Montgomery on vocals and acoustic guitar, Jo Billups on vocals, and Anthony Crawford on fiddle and other instrumentation. They also boast co-founding member Mark Sherrill, nephew of the late, great Nashville producer, Billy Sherrill.
BeachBilly’s T-Bone Montgomery cites as main artistic influences Willie Nelson, Merle Haggard and Hank Williams. He started playing music as a teenager in Muscle Shoals, AL, where he was born and raised. He played in several bands on the Gulf Coast before forming the BeachBilly’s with Mark Sherrill in 2013. The band has been in high gear ever since, bringing their inimitable honky-tonk sound to the Gulf of Mexico beach town of Perdido Key near the Florida/Alabama border. The BeachBilly’s are regular performers at the world-famous Flora Bama, as well as at the Perdido Key Sports Bar.
Jo Billups usually plays in her duo, Sassafrass, with Karen Harvill. Tireless country composers, their “Hurricane” and “Vengeance” singles were published as recently as August of 2015. Billups has named Bob Dylan, Joan Baez, Heart, and the Southern rock library of music as her chief inspirations. Fans of Sassafrass eagerly await their upcoming “Meltdown” project. Often appearing onstage with the group as a guest singer, Billups has been named an honorary BeachBilly.
Mark Sherrill has written many hit country songs since the late 1970s, including “Ol’ Red” for Blake Shelton’s self-titled debut record in 2002. The single was also covered by legendary country stars such as George Jones, Kenny Rogers, and even Johnny Cash in an as-yet unreleased studio cut.
In addition to playing fiddle and several other instruments on “Sassafrass Angel,” Anthony Crawford is also responsible for the top-shelf studio production of the song. Also a much-demanded musician, he splits his performance time between the BeachBilly’s and as a solo act performing in Gulf Shores, FL and Nashville, TN.
“Sassafrass Angel” by the BeachBilly’s is available online worldwide. Cowboy hats and sandals are welcome.
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