Lovers Leap

Tickets are available for online purchase up until 8:00am the day of the show. If you would like tickets the day of show please visit us at 185 King Street anytime after 4:00pm.

October 12, 2019 8:00 pm October 12, 2019 10:00 pm

Standing on the precipice of a new and exciting venture, the band members of
Lovers Leap decided to jump. Under the shadow of the towering rock outcrop in Hot
Springs, NC, from which their name was inspired, their sound took flight and soared
through the mountain air. Their first encounter was set up by a festival producer as
a musical blind date between GRAMMY-nominated bassist Shelby Means (formerly
of Della Mae), acclaimed singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Mary Lucey
(formerly Biscuit Burners), award winning guitarist and songwriter Joel Timmons
(Sol Driven Train), and slide guitar pioneer Billy Cardine (Acoustic Syndicate and
formerly Biscuit Burners). The quartet felt an immediate musical chemistry, which
insisted on being pursued like a flirtatious lover. As their first show unfolded and
boundaries dissolved, the satisfying balance of lush harmonies and provocative solos
tugged on the audience’s heart strings while satiating their desires for instrumental
virtuosity.
The collaboration between these two musical couples has yielded a rich sonic harvest
and an eponymous debut EP, set for release in April 2019. The 6 song collection
builds on the band’s firm foundation in acoustic roots music, while guiding the
listeners into wordly rhythms and dobro daydreams. The album opens with “Walnut
Tree” and “Red Dawn Awakening,” spotlighting the women’s pure vocals, the play
between Cardine’s dobro and Lucey’s clawhammer banjo, and lyrical themes of
nature, renewal, death, and hope. “Love is Gonna Live” and “Love Brewed Cold”
both feature chugging bluegrass tempos and the theme of love returning. The
playful, “Great Expectations” follows with a mid tempo groove accented by light
percussion and John Hartford-esque vocal scats. Lead vocals and songwriting duties
are shared throughout between Lucey, Means, and Timmons, and the album closes
with a beautiful three part harmony cover of the Guthrie/Tweedy campfire classic,
“California Stars.”
Recording took place at the end of a steep gravel road, back in a mountain holler
above Asheville, NC at Cardine and Lucey’s home studio. The tranquil isolation,
surrounded by trees and songbirds, seeped into the tracks and filled the sessions
with a sense of calm and place. Through the process of trying out songs for each
other and arranging and producing the music together, the band collectively shined
some musical gems. Recording in such an environment, however, was not without
challenges or interruptions from Billy and Mary’s two boys, dogs, and hive of bees.
The resulting EP was a labor of love, with one or two day recording sessions spread

out over a year and carved out of the hectic schedule of four busy lives. Lucey has
been writing songs and plucking the banjo at home out of the spotlight for a few
years, focused instead on her nursing career and raising her two sons. Cardine
juggles fatherhood with a busy recording and touring schedule across the globe for a
variety of musical projects. Timmons and Means live in Nashville, balancing their
individual music careers with their duo’s international tour calendar. As seasoned
musicians, Lovers Leap has captured their unique chemistry in an alluring debut
project sure to grab the attention of the roots music scene and beyond.
Individually, the members of Lovers Leap have each made an impact on the evolving
Americana music scene. Means began singing and playing upright bass as a
young’un in a family band on the high plains of Wyoming. These talents led her to
Nashville where she landed a GRAMMY nomination with distaff bluegrass
powerhouse Della Mae. Timmons, as a founding member of Charleston, SC’s brass-
forward jam band Sol Driven Train, has cultivated a grass roots following through
the band’s two decade long commitment to touring, sonic playfulness, danceable
rhythms, and musical independence. Timmons and Means teamed up in 2017 as
husband and wife duo, Sally & George, and released their critically acclaimed debut
album, Tip My Heart. Lucey, a founding member of The Biscuit Burners, helped
propel the band to international attention with her powerful singing, bass playing
and songwriting. She also played with Uncle Earl alongside John Paul Jones for
their album release tour. Cardine has been hailed as a slide guitar pioneer, and
celebrated as both producer and composer. As a founding member of The Biscuit
Burners and current member of Acoustic Syndicate and Rapidgrass he continues to
show off his chameleonesque voice on all things slide. He has performed with Edgar
Meyer at Carnegie Hall and collaborated with greats such as Debashish Bhattacharya
and Jerry Douglas. Collectively the bandmates have presented their sound from the
Kennedy Center to Bonnaroo, Merlefest to Telluride, and across Europe, Asia,
Australia and the Caribbean. They each have been musical ambassadors and have
taught workshops throughout the country and internationally on their respective
instruments. They demonstrate a commitment to building cultural bridges and
community through the universal language of music.


The collaboration between these two musical couples has yielded a rich sonic harvest
and an eponymous debut EP, set for release in April 2019. The 6 song collection
builds on the band’s firm foundation in acoustic roots music, while guiding the
listeners into wordly rhythms and dobro daydreams. The album opens with “Walnut
Tree” and “Red Dawn Awakening,” spotlighting the women’s pure vocals, the play
between Cardine’s dobro and Lucey’s clawhammer banjo, and lyrical themes of
nature, renewal, death, and hope. “Love is Gonna Live” and “Love Brewed Cold”
both feature chugging bluegrass tempos and the theme of love returning. The
playful, “Great Expectations” follows with a mid tempo groove accented by light
percussion and John Hartford-esque vocal scats. Lead vocals and songwriting duties
are shared throughout between Lucey, Means, and Timmons, and the album closes
with a beautiful three part harmony cover of the Guthrie/Tweedy campfire classic,
“California Stars.”
Recording took place at the end of a steep gravel road, back in a mountain holler
above Asheville, NC at Cardine and Lucey’s home studio. The tranquil isolation,
surrounded by trees and songbirds, seeped into the tracks and filled the sessions
with a sense of calm and place. Through the process of trying out songs for each
other and arranging and producing the music together, the band collectively shined
some musical gems. Recording in such an environment, however, was not without
challenges or interruptions from Billy and Mary’s two boys, dogs, and hive of bees.
The resulting EP was a labor of love, with one or two day recording sessions spread

out over a year and carved out of the hectic schedule of four busy lives. Lucey has
been writing songs and plucking the banjo at home out of the spotlight for a few
years, focused instead on her nursing career and raising her two sons. Cardine
juggles fatherhood with a busy recording and touring schedule across the globe for a
variety of musical projects. Timmons and Means live in Nashville, balancing their
individual music careers with their duo’s international tour calendar. As seasoned
musicians, Lovers Leap has captured their unique chemistry in an alluring debut
project sure to grab the attention of the roots music scene and beyond.
Individually, the members of Lovers Leap have each made an impact on the evolving
Americana music scene. Means began singing and playing upright bass as a
young’un in a family band on the high plains of Wyoming. These talents led her to
Nashville where she landed a GRAMMY nomination with distaff bluegrass
powerhouse Della Mae. Timmons, as a founding member of Charleston, SC’s brass-
forward jam band Sol Driven Train, has cultivated a grass roots following through
the band’s two decade long commitment to touring, sonic playfulness, danceable
rhythms, and musical independence. Timmons and Means teamed up in 2017 as
husband and wife duo, Sally & George, and released their critically acclaimed debut
album, Tip My Heart. Lucey, a founding member of The Biscuit Burners, helped
propel the band to international attention with her powerful singing, bass playing
and songwriting. She also played with Uncle Earl alongside John Paul Jones for
their album release tour. Cardine has been hailed as a slide guitar pioneer, and
celebrated as both producer and composer. As a founding member of The Biscuit
Burners and current member of Acoustic Syndicate and Rapidgrass he continues to
show off his chameleonesque voice on all things slide. He has performed with Edgar
Meyer at Carnegie Hall and collaborated with greats such as Debashish Bhattacharya
and Jerry Douglas. Collectively the bandmates have presented their sound from the
Kennedy Center to Bonnaroo, Merlefest to Telluride, and across Europe, Asia,
Australia and the Caribbean. They each have been musical ambassadors and have
taught workshops throughout the country and internationally on their respective
instruments. They demonstrate a commitment to building cultural bridges and
community through the universal language of music.

"Walnut Tree" video 

Website