2019 marks a big change in Pretty Little Goat. After our fiddler left the group, the band was faced with a choice: to find another fiddler and keep focusing on fiddle music, or just stick with the 4 piece and focus more on original music? We chose the latter. This album still includes a few old fiddle tunes. We brought in many guest artists to help bring this album to life in the studio. Let The Sun Shine In is our first album that features mostly original Music. Here is the forward written by Michael Ashworth of the Steep Canyon Rangers:
"The Appalachian tradition is passed down by hand and by mouth. All skills necessary to survive were learned by watching or listening. Appalachian art was learned the same way. Our stories came from our elders. We recall our stories and lessons in the exact same timbre and pitch as we heard them. We carve our wood with the same strokes our grandfathers used. We bake our foods the same way our grandmothers did.
It is in this tradition that we learn our music. It comes to us by ear and leaves our bodies through our hands, ever changing. What does it sound like when tradition evolves? When we honor our past with excitement for our present?
It sounds like Pretty Little Goat.
Within the walls of this room, this album, lay the same traditions and stories from our ancestors. The same time honored sound coupled with an energy that is decidedly not traditional. It's exciting and new and fresh. It feels like going home and being young in a time that none of us ever lived in. In this room are stories of love and loss and the heartache of all that comes with being Appalachian. Soak this all in, because it's as close as we will ever be to our past while being as current as we need it to be."