Macon County born band Mama Tried celebrated the release of their first full-length album on Tuesday, December 18 at the Macon County Welcome Center. The 11-track album, “Thicker Than Water,” is a followup to the EP that the group finished last year, which was picked up for radio play in Knoxville, TN, several areas in KY, and national station 102.9.
Mama Tried is made up of five men: Ron Alan Powell (lead vocals), Jason Hawks (guitar), Dan Dunaway (guitar), Scott Clariday (bass), and Chris Jones (drums). They began their musical road together at Macon County High School nearly 20 years ago.
“We’re all local guys,” said lead singer Ron Alan Powell. “We’re all workers, and engineers, and business owners, and what started off to be fun it’s turned into more success than we ever imagined. That is because of the support we get in Macon County.”
They recorded the album at Underdog Studios in Nashville, TN. It was produced by D.A. Karkos (lead guitar player for John Carobi), engineered by Cheney Brannon (drummer for Collective Soul and Gary Allen, and John Carobi), and mixed and mastered in Atlanta, GA.
The five share songwriting credit for all of the 11 tracks on the album. “We’re all songwriters,” said Powell. “It varies. There’s times we have songwriting sessions, and then there’s times when I’ll come to the table with some lyrics, and someone will say ‘hey I’ve been working on this melody or this rift, what do you think’, or someone else will say ‘hey, I’ve had this song idea’… with five, it’s a very unique process.”
Although they still do shows in and near Macon County, they find themselves playing more often in Nashville these days, at venues like the Hard Rock Cafe and Red Rooster. They plan to have another CD release party in Nashville, and then a family CD release party in Lafayette at an unannounced date. Their next show is on New Year’s Eve, at Kate’s Garage in Westmoreland, TN ($10 admission).
“Thicker Than Water” is available for purchase ($10) on Amazon, iTunes, or the Mama Tried website - www.themamatried.com.