Belton, Texas -University of Mary Hardin-Baylor presents Highways & Byways: A Traditional & Folk Music Concert Series welcoming 3 Penny Acre, Saturday, March 31, at 7:00 p.m. in the Hughes Recital Hall of the Presser Hall building on the UMHB campus.
3 Penny Acre is a musical collaboration between three up-and-coming songwriters, Bayard Blain, Bernice Hembree, and Bryan Hembree from Louisiana. The band takes its name from the cost of land in the Louisiana Purchase. Fans and critics have quickly identified their unique, Ozark-inspired sound as distinct, yet universally appealing. Listeners across the country have begun to appreciate their attention to lyrics, harmony, and carefully crafted acoustic arrangements steeped in roots music traditions but with a focus on fresh, new songs.
Shortly after forming the band, 3 Penny Acre won the 2008 Walnut Valley Festival (Winfield, Kansas) NewSongs competition. The exposure this brought the group helped to solidify their path as emerging artists. In the 18 months that followed, they toured extensively throughout the nation, were invited as an official showcase artist to the 2009 and 2010 International Folk Alliance Conference, and released a debut album that was selected as one of the Top 40 albums of 2009 by Norm Mast and Al Kniola of The Back Porch 88.1 WVPE (Indiana) and won “Album of the Year” at the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards.
Their sophomore effort Highway 71 is an album of 10 songs documenting the people and places of Middle America. The songs are a delicate balance of beautiful longing and an anti-nostalgic spirit, resisting the temptation to “gold wash” the tough history of the people and places they portray.