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Asheville band reflects on success amid CMAs

Town Mountain had another year of accomplishments after playing at the Grand Ole Opry again. (Photo credit: Town Mountain)

As Country Music Association Awards wrapped up Wednesday, an Asheville bluegrass and country group reflected on its growing success in the music world.

Town Mountain had another year of accomplishments after playing at the Grand Ole Opry again.

"The Grand Ole Opry means everything that country music embodies,” Jesse Langlais, a member of Town Mountain, said.

Langlais and his bandmates played at the famous venue twice.

"We played it once in June of 2016, and then, I think, June of 2017 was the second time we played it," Langlais said.

Langlais said they were experiences of a lifetime.

"It's a little bit of building of anticipation for multiple hours on end, and then you're like 'wow, we're really here, we're doing this' and then you get out and play your two songs and you're like 'oh, now it's over.' So, it was a great buildup to this really kind of 10-minute musical explosion there," Langlais said.

Langlais said more than just the experience of playing there, it's the meaning of playing at the Opry.

"Bluegrass is not the most popular genre of music out there, but, you know, when you step on stage in front of 5,000, 6,000 people and they receive you as well as they received us, then you can say, 'wow, you know, there is a mass of people who still love bluegrass music,’” Langlais said.

The band will be playing at The Orange Peel on Dec. 15.

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