Kevin Richardson & Cuttin’ Edge are tuning their guitars, banjos, mandolins and voices as they prep for their show and album-launch party on Saturday at the Lincoln Cultural Center.
The bluegrass quartet is making stops near their hometowns to promote their new CD, starting with Lincolnton – the home of bass-player Scott Burgess.
Burgess, 47, is a Lincolnton High alum and a lifelong county resident. He grew up listening to bluegrass tunes, including his parents various musical endeavors. He, along with his mother and two older brothers formed Right Track, a band that recorded three projects over its 9-year run.
After the band decided to call it quits in 2005, Burgess took a few years off to enjoy time with his family and look into other options. Richardson and Burgess, who had been friends since the 1990s, met up and decided to form a group.
The group started out as a side project, while Richardson focused on the other band he was a part of at the time, but “it just became so good” that he decided to make it his full-time gig.
The North Carolina natives have been working on their album for the last two years, having to deal with obstacles, such as re-recording all of the tracks after being signed with Mountain Fever Records, lead vocalist Kevin Richardson told the Times-News Wednesday.
Writing many of their own songs, the group does still enjoy playing older and new bluegrass tunes by other bands during their shows, putting their own spin on them.
The longtime friends grew up listening to rock tunes from Lou Reed, and also enjoy country music.
“I’d say that we play progressively traditional bluegrass music,” Burgess said.
Expect a high energy, fast-paced show that can send you from tears and remembrance to dancing wildly in a matter of minutes, Richardson said. The bluegrass genre lends itself for family-friendly events, which the group appreciates. Their first single off their upcoming album, “What Kind of Love” is currently played on a SiriusXM satellite station based out of Nashville, and a few local stations are starting to play the song now, too, Richardson said.
The single can also be found on Air Play Direct – an Internet outlet for artists and record labels to connect with radio stations and other sources in the music business
Richardson, 33, has been making music since he was about 5 years old, he said, and was a member of various bands prior to creating Cuttin’ Edge just three years ago.
Audience interaction and a variety of song types are among the characteristics of a Cuttin’ Edge show, Burgess, Richardson and other two band members Milom Williams and Chris Ward will bring to the Timken Performance Hall at the Cultural Center this weekend.
A future tour is in the works, with a definite stop in Nashville, Tenn. for a weeklong event celebrating bluegrass later this summer.
Their first album, self-titled Kevin Richardson & Cuttin’ Edge, is set to be released Aug. 7, which will be available for purchase at the event, which starts at 7 p.m. The CD is a mix of ballads and up-tempo songs – a little bit of something for everyone, Burgess promises.