UNSPOKEN TRADITION, “Simple Little Town,” no label. 10 tracks.

Unspoken Tradition, a North Carolina band, was formed in 2008 by Audie McGinnis, Zane McGinnis and Lee Shuford.

Recently, they added Tim Gardner, Ty Gilpin and Matt Warren to the lineup and recorded their first album for national release.

Without a label, Unspoken Tradition decided to release it independently.

And “Simple Little Town” is starting to garner some attention for the band.

Band members wrote seven of the 10 songs on the album.

The others come from a wide range of influences — Carter Stanley‘s “I’m Lost, I’ll Never Find The Way,” the alt rock group Cake‘s “Stickshifts and Safetybelts” and Standing Ground’s “Carolina Rain.”

The title track suggests that a couple move away from the fast pace of the city and settle in a “Simple Little Town.”

“Mr. President” is a hard-driving song, a farmer’s lament about hard times where the rich keep getting richer and the poor will soon be gone.

“Time Marches On” traces the good times and the bad in a family, beginning in 1973.

“Blood and Bone” finds a farmer working until his hands are worn out to support his family.

And “Rebel’s Shame” is about a soldier who ran away during a battle returning to the scene 40 years later.

Good album by good new group.

Can’t find it in stores? Try http://www.UnspokenTradition.com.

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