Blue Mountain Myst
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Blue Mountain Myst

Asheville, North Carolina, United States | INDIE

Asheville, North Carolina, United States | INDIE
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Blue Mountain Myst @ Forge Valley Event Center

Mills River, North Carolina, USA

Mills River, North Carolina, USA

Aug
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Blue Mountain Myst @ El Ranchero Mexican Restaurant

Brevard, North Carolina, USA

Brevard, North Carolina, USA

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Blue Mountain Myst @ Pig Pickin/2200 Church Street

New Castle, Virginia, USA

New Castle, Virginia, USA

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Lenora Carver, Staff Writer 22.JUN.10
The music of Blue Mountain Myst started with one song, a kitchen sink, and three friends.
In July 2002, Laura Ashworth, Beth Ihme, and Bitsy Davis joined together in Ashworth’s Brevard kitchen to produce something other than supper but a new country music group called Blue Mountain Myst.
“We were all acquaintances though different ways. But I heard they could sing,” said Ashworth.
Davis was working at Child’s World daycare while Ihme and Ashworth worked at the local cable company.
Ashworth, who plays and teaches guitar, said she had a melody for a new song but wasn’t sure what it would sound like if sung.
“I had a tune in my head and I wanted to hear them sing it back to me,” said Ashworth.
Once they all came together in the kitchen, they began producing the bluegrass, alternative country, folk and eclectic flair of what is now Blue Mountain Myst.
“That’s why we called our first CD kitchen jam,” said Ashworth.
Ihme was the leader in pushing her friends to make a CD.
“The work these other ladies did was awesome,” said Ihme.
And a local recorder named Donald Britt and Engineer David Owen produced the groups first two CD’s, Kitchen Jam then Lonely Highways.

Ashworth, Ihme and Davis continued to practice in the kitchen and produce songs from the soul while working their everyday jobs and caring for their children. Ashworth was a single mom with three children, Davis was a single mom with four children, and Ihme was married with two children.
Nothing stopped the three women from singing and making music even when Davis moved to Clifton Forge, Va. to help care for her mother.
“It was all about being at the right place at the right time for us,” said Ihme about the groups beginning.
“We give God the credit.”
And it was all about being in the right place when the group met their manager Kelly Corwin.
Corwin, who is a singer and songwriter and also works with the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation in Asheville, was taking guitar lessons from Ashworth when she learned about the group.
“I knew she was in a band but eventually she gave me her CD,” said Corwin.
“I thought wow, this is incredible. There music is great and the harmony is amazing. There music is just incredible.”
Corwin, who manages four other artists, told Ashworth, Davis and Ihme that she wanted to help them.
“It just kind of grew into this thing that I was managing them at one point,” said Corwin, who added that Blue Mountain Myst was easy to promote.
The group has had many of their songs played on radio waves across America.
In addition, they have performed live at festivals, on WBTV/PBS in Roanoke, Va., played venues from Tootsies to the Vanderbilt in Nashville, Tenn., and were runners up in the Colgate Country contest.
But their biggest break came in 2008 when Ashworth, Ihme and Davis performed at the Battle of the Bands in Covington, Va.
Corwin said after the group’s performance, CMI Entertainment handed her their card and wanted to know more about Blue Mountain Myst.
“It took a year of coordination with CMI to get them on their roaster,” said Corwin.
But in 2009, Blue Mountain Myst signed a contract to produce their music with CMI Entertainment label.
This was the same month that the group’s Lonely Highways song was selected to air on Outbound Music Radio stations.
“I consider them as good as the Dixie Chicks or any other group out there,” said Corwin.
In early 2010, several of the groups’ songs were selected to play on the Women of Substance Radio station in Los Angeles, which resulted in their song True Love, written by Ihme, to reach number three in the station’s top ten charts.
“When you hear their harmonies, it’s just amazing. Your just captivated,” said Corwin.
But Ashworth and Ihme said they never imagined they would be performing or hearing their songs on the radio, they just enjoyed singing in the kitchen.
“We are having a good time,” said Ihme.
Ihme said if they could help one person through their music, then they have accomplished their goal.
“And we really enjoy seeing other people have a good time,” said Ashworth, who hates to perform but loves writing songs for the group.
When they are in concert, Ihme and Ashworth said they have enjoyed playing live with the Mysti Mountain Boys.
“Before, we had this band, we had to hire musicians like my son,” said Ashworth with a laugh.
All of these triumphs enforce Ashworth’s and Ihme’s feeling that the group’s musical path and destination has been laid out by God.
“When we get on stage, there is an energy there,” said Ihme.
Ashworth added, “There is just a chemistry.”
This same chemistry is carried over when they produce music.
Ashworth said on one occasion Davis asked her to tune her dulcimer.
“I tuned it wrong,” said Ashworth.
“And I was playing a song,” added Ihme.
“Then Bitsy started singing,” said Ashworth.
“Within 30-minutes, the song was done.”
Ashworth said sometimes the rhythm come first, sometimes the me - Transylvanian Times


"When Bitsy begins singing, it's almost like a light radiates from her and caresses everyone in the audience."
"They put on a first class performance, equal to none."
"Their original music and quality of performance would make any Highlander proud to say they heard them live, right here at home."
"You certainly won't regret seeing them, and we can all say we knew them when." - Virginian Review


"Three mountain gals echo the harmony of these hills." "Their music will move your soul." - Virginian Review


Discography

Kitchen Jam
Lonely Highways
Single/Angel in Black

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Bio


Blue Mountain Myst, an award winning band, is comprised of Laura Ashworth, Beth Ihme and Bitsy Davis. The trio are accompanied by the Mysti Mountain Boys, Dennis Fitzgerald, Billy Berberette and Jeremy Berberette. They have made a name for themselves and have a huge following in the southeast.
With sounds of bluegrass, alternative country, with a rootsy eclectic flair of Americana and folk melodies, Blue Mountain Myst’s original songs, written by Laura Ashworth, Bitsy Davis and Beth Ihme bring truth and dreams to life in harmonious melody.
They have released two CD’s, Kitchen Jam and Lonely Highways, which have made several radio waves across the nation. They were also featured live on PBS. They have performed all over the southeast selling out shows in major venues such as Douthat State Park and the Historic Stonewall Theatre in Virginia. They have also played at world famous venues such as Tootsies and the Vanderbilt in Nashville, TN.
Press reviews have reported, “Their original music and quality of performance would make any Highlander proud to say they heard them live, right here at home”, “Performing an eclectic combination of original tunes, Blue Mountain Myst is a breath of fresh air”, “When Bitsy begins singing, it’s almost like a light radiates from her and caresses everyone in the audience”, “They are poetic inspirations”. “They are some of the best known harmonic groups.”
In October 2008, they were in the Battle of the Bands in Covington, VA and were first runners' up, which resulted in a 2009 contract with CMI Entertainment.
In October 2008, their song, Lonely Highways was selected to air on Outbound Music Radio in Houston, TX.
Most recently in February 2010, they had several songs selected to get airplay on the Women of Substance Radio station out of Los Angeles, CA. Their song True Love made the top ten on the station’s charts and their amazing recording of Harlan was selected out of several hundred songs to be on the Women of Harmony themed show, along with The Dixie Chicks, The Wreckers, The Indigo Girls and The Corrs, just to name a few.
Their most recent project, they recorded a new song, which is a tribute to Johnny Cash titled “Angel in Black” with Nashville producer Chip Martin. Steelhouse Records released this as a single. They have had great reviews.
When asked what inspires them, they state, "Our music is unique. We just have our own individual spirits and opinions and we put them together in music."