Hear Naomi Wise:  https://youtu.be/VhhT9hZo3j0

Arden, North Carolina (May 25, 2018) — Kentucky Bluegrass band NewTown is bringing new life to the “Old World” with their new single “Naomi Wise,” an old English murder ballad written in modern times. It tells the story of commoner Naomi Wise who falls in love with a man in high-standing and what happens when forbidden love takes a dark turn.

Written by Donna Hughes, the haunting “Naomi Wise” serves as a cautionary tale, staying true to the English ballad style. Yet NewTown brings a fresh take with progressive arrangements that harken back to Appalachian roots.

The song and accompanying video is the first release from the band’s upcoming album “Old World,” expected later this summer from Mountain Home Music Company. It sets the tone for the rest of the album, highlighting the vocals of both Kati and Jr. Williams and giving listeners a taste of what the band does best — bring tradition into the modern age.

Donna Hughes is one of the most prolific songwriters in bluegrass and acoustic music, and she has written one of the best songs of her career with ‘Naomi Wise,’” says Jr. Williams. “The classic, tragic love story is portrayed  here and written so beautifully and vividly.”

Songwriter Donna Hughes says, “It was more than exciting to learn that NewTownwould be recording this song! The story of Naomi Wise was a very shocking tale. The legend around her hometown of Randleman, NC, is that she haunts the area still. A young orphan teenage girl with so much hope, lends her trust to a young man of means. The story of deception & betrayal is timeless, and familiar to every generation of souls.”

Listen to “Naomi Wise” HERE (https://clg.lnk.to/0mwYD) and look for more music from NewTown throughout the summer. 

About NewTown

Fronted by award-winning vocalist/fiddler Kati Penn Williams and her singer/banjo-picker husband, Jr. Williams, NewTown is one of the most exciting acts in contemporary Bluegrass. Formed in 2009, the Lexington, Kentucky-based group features first-rate vocal and instrumental work of musicians who combine individual virtuosity with a background of formal training. While Kati’s singing brings to mind Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Krauss or Lee Ann Womack, her voice is all her own, with a power that challenges the band to keep up with her and a passionate subtlety that breathes emotion into the quietest passages. Meanwhile, Jr. has the similar vocal phrasing of Chris Stapleton with a more rough- around-the- edges Dan Tyminski, or maybe a grittier version of Larry Sparks. They are joined by mandolinist Mitchell Cannon and bassist/vocalist Travis Anderson who have college backgrounds in music and collective decades of performing experience. NewTown has gained a strong following by playing at festivals throughout the U.S., sharing bills with such acts as Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. The ensemble has also opened shows for the John Cowan Band, whose namesake leader says, “Bands like NewTown are not by any means common; they’re not made every day. It takes sweat equity, passion, patience and vision.”

Lyrics: (Words & music by Donna Hughes, Flying Hound Publishing, BMI)

On his horse, he would ride

Into town every day

A charming man, a handsome smile

A white horse, a wealthy name

Naomi was an orphan girl

She fetched the water for the fields

Back and forth to the river

Easy was her heart to steal

Her heart raced a thousand beats

Every day when he would pass

He got down off his horse

Bowed his head, and took her hand

Her heart awakened that warm spring

Like the flowers by the river bank

And he promised her the world

She would never be the same

When it was found she was with child

His wealthy name would not be tied down

Forbade he was to see her

So he found another path to town

Naomi cried herself to sleep

He had found another love

No longer passing by

She was forgotten, it was done

Naomi went & tracked him down

And he gently took her hand

And he led her to the water

Held her down, until she drowned

Until she drowned

Until she drowned

Until she drowned

The love he gave, she’d never had

Forbidden love will never last

Floating by the River’s edge

Because she loved him, now she’s dead