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Embracing a sound that combined the high lonesome mood of traditional country with the edgy emotional energy of contemporary alt-country, the Everybodyfields were an acoustic-based act from Johnson City, TN, anchored by singers and multi-instrumentalists Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn. Describing their music as "harmony-driven songs about leaving, losing and home," the Everybodyfields' story began in 1999, when Andrews and Quinn met while both were working at a summer camp in Walland, TN. Discovering they shared a similar passion for the sorrowful sounds of classic country, Andrews and Quinn (who were both 19 at the time) began writing songs together, and while they parted company for a while after returning to Johnson City, Quinn saw Andrews performing with Dobro player David Richey and asked to join the act. Andrews and Richey agreed, and they formed the first edition of the Everybodyfields. The group's lineup would remain fluid over the next several years, with Andrews and Quinn sometimes performing as a duo, sometimes as a trio with Richey, and sometimes with as many as five musicians on-stage.
In 2004, the group released their debut album, Half-Way There: Electricity & the South, which appeared on their own Captain Mexico label. The Everybodyfields' second album, Plague of Dreams, was released by Captain Mexico in the fall of 2005, but in 2006 Richey parted ways with the group to pursue a career in bluegrass music. Andrews and Quinn added Josh Oliver (on guitar and keyboards) and Tom Pryor (on pedal steel) to their regular lineup, and the new version of the Everybodyfields attracted the attention of Ramseur Records, an independent label that had been enjoying great success with the Avett Brothers, who had often shared stages with Andrews and Quinn. Ramseur released the Everybodyfields' third and most ambitious album, Nothing Is Okay, in the summer of 2007. Two years later, however, the bandmates announced their decision to split up, with Jill Andrews and Sam Quinn both going on to launch solo careers.
the everybodyfields were an independent folk/country band from Johnson City, Tennessee. The band was fronted by Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews who met when they were nineteen while both working at a summer camp. Most recently, they were joined by guitarist and keyboardist Josh Oliver, pedal steel player Tom Pryor, and drummer Jamie Cook. the everybodyfields combine country, folk, bluegrass, rock and roll, and Americana to produce a unique sound that Harp Magazine called "stompin’ and twangin’ in world-class style." Sam Quinn's song "T.V.A." from Halfway There: Electricity and the South won 1st place in the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest 2005 at Merlefest. "Lonely Anywhere," from the album Nothing is Okay, was chosen by NPR as Song Of The Day for 29 February 2008.
Lately, the everybodyfields were the focus of increasing attention as a representative of the alternative country genre. They were chosen to play at Bonnaroo, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion and Twangfest in 2008.
On June 5, 2009, the band posted an announcement on their website indicating that they would disband in order for Sam Quinn and Jill Andrews to pursue their respective solo careers.
In 2011, it was announced that they would have a reunion show at the 2011 Bristol Rhythm & Roots festival in September 2011.Mills, Fred. "Everybodyfields: Alt-Country for Everybody." Harp Magazine 19 Apr. 2007. 21 July 2008 Cooper, Adra, and Jake Blumgart. "Everybodyfields to play at Guilford." The Guilfordian 11 Oct. 2006. 21 July 2008 Thompson, Stephen. "A Grimly Lilting Ode to Loneliness." NPR Music 29 Feb. 2008. 21 July 2008. "The Everybodyfields." Bonnaroo. Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival. 21 July 2008. Maddox, Rachel (June 5, 2009). "The Everybodyfields Break Up, Announce Solo Projects". Paste Magazine. Retrieved 2009-07-13. Janz, Doug. "Rhythm and Roots 2011 to feature Robert Randolph, Railroad Earth". gotricities.com. Retrieved 18 July 2011.