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Apple & Setser

Apple & Setser

"I love how this album displays the individual abilities that Pam and Brad possess, but it also shows how their combined talents complement and enhance each other's music. The album is a great listening experience, and I believe you will love it as much as I do" Sharon White. 

" No matter if the song is an acoustic version of a pop hit like "It doesn't matter anymore" or the old-time memories captured on their cut"When the Wagon Was New," Brad and Pam make each song their own with clean, exciting musicianship and infectious vocals" David Johnson.  

Apple & Setser Biography  

Apple & Setser (Brad Apple & Pam Setser,) officially a duo since 2017, have played music together on and off for 30 years and have similar performing backgrounds in their respective family bands. Both musicians grew up playing music at the Ozark Folk Center and traveling the region performing separately. The duo regularly performs at the Mountain View Meeting Place in Mountain View, Arkansas, and travels the road to play shows and promote their music throughout the area. Apple & Setser have been nominated for Best Acoustic Act for the 2022 Arkansas Country Music Awards. 

Pam Setser Biography 

Golden voiced singer and multi-instrumentalist Pam Setser, based in Mountain View, Arkansas, was nominated for Americana Artist of the Year for the 2021 Arkansas Country Music Awards. The folk/bluegrass/country singer and musician was the first part of her family's band (The Simmons Family Band) for 16 years. Her experiences included appearing on Hee Haw and performing for Arkansas Governor Bill Clinton. Pam has performed at the Ozark Folk Center since 1973. She also had the honor of sharing the stage with Grandpa Jones and Ramona Jones, The Whites, and Joni Bishop. In addition to appearing as a solo artist, Pam performs with the Pam Setser Band, Apple & Setser, and the Ozark Granny Chicks, an old-time string band quartet. In addition to singing, Pam plays autoharp, mountain dulcimer, guitar (left-handed!), upright bass, and spoons.  

Pam's discography includes four albums with "The Simmons Family Band," five mountain dulcimer albums with her mom Jean Jennings, and three solo albums At Last, Crooked Ridge (familiar tunes), and her most recent release on the Bell Buckle Records label,  Now (primarily originals, an Americana mix of folk, bluegrass, gospel, 1930s swing, and country.) 

Brad Apple Biography 

Brad Apple is a multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and songwriter. His original songs have been recorded by Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau, and the former members of J.D. Crowe and the New South, known as Flashback. Brad's podcast, Acoustic Music Talk, featuring interviews with artists and discussions about all facets of acoustic music, is currently nominated for Best Publication/Podcast for the 2022 Arkansas Country Music Awards. 

Brad played in his family band for many years and regularly performed at regional bluegrass festivals and at the Ozark Folk Center State Park. His family ran The Apple Family Bluegrass Festival from 1979 to 1984. Brad was the audio mastering engineer at Raney Recording Studio in Drasco, Arkansas, for 10 years. Today, he has a recording studio where he records and masters his own projects and for other artists. Brad is very involved in the music community, performing with a long-time friend, Pam Setser, recording, and doing his podcast.

d was the audio mastering engineer at Raney Recording Studio in Drasco, Arkansas, for 10 years. Today, he has a recording studio where he does recording and mastering for his own projects and others. Brad is very involved in the music community, performing with a long-time friend, Pam Setser, recording, and doing his podcast.

Apple & Setser

Apple & Setser

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Album: Apple & Setser UPC: 198002884718 Genre: Folk, Bluegrass, Americana Produced by Brad Apple Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Brad Apple at Acoustic Sound Recorders, Batesville, AR Vocals and Instrumental Tracks Brad Apple-Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Mandolin, Acoustic and Fretless Electric Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals Pam

Album: Apple & Setser UPC: 198002884718 Genre: Folk, Bluegrass, Americana Produced by Brad Apple Engineered, Mixed & Mastered by Brad Apple at Acoustic Sound Recorders, Batesville, AR Vocals and Instrumental Tracks Brad Apple-Acoustic Guitar, Fingerstyle Guitar, Mandolin, Acoustic and Fretless Electric Bass, Lead and Harmony Vocals Pam Setser-Lead and Harmony Vocals, Dulcimer
Sam Cobb-Mandolin on “Too Far Gone” and “A Friend You’d Never Met”
Danny Crawford-Piano Tim Crouch-Acoustic Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, Bowed Bass, Djembe on Grandma Danced With The Arkansas Traveler David Johnson-Fiddles, Viola, Clawhammer and 3 finger style Banjo, & Dobro, on all tracks except where noted; Acoustic Guitar on I’ll Love Nobody But You Additional Recording by Tim Crouch Additional Recording by David Johnson at Pa’s Place, Purlear, NC Piano tracks recorded by Danny Crawford Photography by Gresham McMillon, Mountain View, AR Special thanks to all the wonderful musicians that lent their talents to the making of this record. Many thanks to Sam Cobb, Danny Crawford, Tim Crouch, and David Johnson. Track Listing 1. Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
 (P.D., Arranged by Brad Apple)
 2. Grandma Danced With The Arkansas Traveler
 (Brad Apple/Charley Sandage/Brad Apple
 Publishing/BMI /Black Branch Publishing/BMI
 3. A Friend You’d Never Met
 (Brad Apple/Brad Apple Publishing/BMI) 4. Too Far Gone
 (Pam Setser/BMI) 5. Hayes’ Hoedown (Pam Setser/ BMI) 6. Rake and Rambling Blade
 (P.D., Arranged by Brad Apple) 7. It Doesn’t Matter Anymore
 (Paul Anka/EPA Publishing/BMI) 8. I’ll Love Nobody But You
 (Jim & Jesse McReynolds/Fort Knox Music Inc./BMI, Trio Music Company/BMI) 9. When The Wagon Was New (P.D., Arranged by Pam Setser & Brad Apple) 10. When You And I Were Young, Maggie
 (P.D., Arranged by Brad Apple)

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Charting!

FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL (FAI) CHART). AUGUST 2022  
#4    Artist of the Month  
#4   Album of the Month  

FAI Top Songs of August  
#7    Grandma Danced with the  
        Arkansas Traveler  
#10   Hand Me Down My Walkin’ Cane  
#14   A Friend You Never Met  

FOLK ALLIANCE INTERNATIONAL (FAI) CHART SEPTEMBER 2022  
#8.   Artist of the Month  
#10.  Album of the Month  

BLUEGRASS TODAY WEEKLY CHART AUGUST 26, 2022  
#11.  I’ll Love Nobody But You  

BLUEGRASS TODAY WEEKLY CHART SEPTEMBER 15, 2022  
#20. I’ll Love Nobody But You  

BLUEGRASS TODAY WEEKLY CHART OCTOBER 7, 2022  

#5   I’ll Love Nobody But You  

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT WEEKLY CHART SEPTEMBER 3, 2022  

#24  Bluegrass Album ( Can't tell which sub-genre from the graphic)  

#11   Bluegrass Song - Grandma Danced With The Arkansas Traveler (Contemporary)  

#39   Bluegrass Song - Rake and the Rambling Blade (Contemporary)  

#40   Bluegrass Song - It Doesn't Matter Anymore (Contemporary)  

#41   Bluegrass Song - Hand Me Down My Walking Cane (Contemporary)  

#42   Bluegrass Song - Hayes Hoedown (Contemporary)  

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT WEEKLY CHART SEPTEMBER 17, 2022  
#37    Contemporary Bluegrass Album  
#39    I’ll Love Nobody But You (Single)  

#4     Album - Arkansas State Chart  

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT WEEKLY CHART SEPTEMBER 24, 2022  
#38 Contemporary Bluegrass Album  

# 3 Album Arkansas State Chart  

ROOTS MUSIC REPORT WEEKLY CHART OCTOBER 1, 2022  

#43   Contemporary Bluegrass Album  
#29   Grandma Danced with the Arkansas Traveler (Single)  Bluegrass  

#24  Grandma Danced with the Arkansas Traveler (Single) Contemporary Bluegrass  

#5     Album Arkansas State Chart

FAI Folk Chart for August 2022
Bluegrass Today Weekly Chart

Magazine Reviews and Highlights

https://alancackett.com/apple-setser-apple-setser  

"This is a rich and seeking record, braiding the natural connection between traditional Appalachian folk music and modern composition.... The duo’s rootsy underpinnings are the threads that bind these eclectic tracks, aided enormously by the pure, immediate and moving vocals that they share, full of rough-hewn and exquisitely captivating mountain harmonies—like the Carter Family for the 21st century....this is roots music that's unassuming, expertly played and sung by two clear as glass voices...one the finest examples of understated Americana that you’ll be likely to hear in this or any other year."   Alan Cackett,  alancackett.com 

https://americana-uk.com/apple-setser-ill-love-nobody-but-you-a-one-gal-guy  

"Apple & Setser’s ‘I’ll Love Nobody But You...recorded as a tribute to Jim McReynolds and Jesse McReynolds...is sweet, sweet bluegrass and a song that says exactly what it means in an uplifting and uptempo way. Jonathan Aird," Americana-uk.com 

 The Americana Highways Full Review:  https://americanahighways.org/2022/08/29/grooves-cuts-august-2022/ 

This is something you listen to just to slam the door on the world of politics & idiocy so you can bathe in something soul-defining, an interlude into the peaceful reality of the good things that glorify fresh air, a breeze blowing through your hair, a rushing cool stream, a rustle of leaves on an autumn day raining on your head as if to embrace you personally in the beauty it provides. This is the music I hear.  

Apple & Setser fail to make this bluegrass corny, old-fashioned or candy-coated. They perform & sing with vibrancy – they allow one to let go of one’s anxiety – to entertain, tell a story, or just create something from nothing. Create something from nothing – as God did.  

The fiddle sings & the vocals are perfect for such a showcase & despite the light-heartedness, there’s a country kick & sophistication that seethes through every note. A child in a candy store feels — a rush down the tracks on a roller coaster, first bite into a big cloud of pink cotton candy. It’s all here.  What’s attractive as well, is this duo’s vocal arrangements (“Hand Me Down My Walking Cane”) that reminded me as a youth in 1967 of that glorious style on Lyme & Cybelle’s 45 called “Follow Me.” But the banjos are live wires with the fiddle sawing.  

The music comes from the 10-song Self-Titled CD (Dropped Aug 1-Bell Buckle Records) that even includes an instrumental “Hayes Hoedown,” which is a rollicking piece of music – bring your own jug. The CD was produced by Brad Apple (vocalist/multi-instrumentalist/in Arkansas. For some accustomed to this music, it may be nostalgic but it’s the recording & performances together that shines. It’s like an old basement oak table that’s been sanded, varnished & refinished to a gleam.  Pam Setser (vocals/multi-instrumentalist) has been working with Brad since 2017. Award-winning bluegrass & gospel guest musicians David Johnson, Tim Crouch & Danny Crawford appear.  Great Escape music was performed by two pros.  

Highlights – “A Friend You’d Never Met,” “Grandma Danced With The Arkansas Traveler,” “I’ll Love Nobody But You,” (first single), “It Doesn’t Matter Anymore” & “Too Far Gone.”