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Judah & the Lion, ‘Mason-Dixon Line’ — Exclusive Premiere

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Judah & the Lion are premiering the song ‘Mason-Dixon Line’ from their upcoming album, ‘Kids These Days,’ which will be released on Sept. 9 on Good Times Records.

“The song was just an honest way of talking about going up north and traveling for the first time,” lead singer Judah Akers explains. “I, like many Southerners, was a true homebody when I was young. Now that I’m getting to travel, it has been so amazing. But with that being said, my heart and home will always be in the South. Call it redneck, call it pride … I just love it down here.”

The song is one of several on the new project, which shows a maturity and emotional vulnerability among the bandmates.

“Wearing your heart on your sleeve can definitely be the hardest thing to do as a songwriter,” vocalist and mandolin player Brian Macdonald tells CMT Edge. “There are some things about our lives that you would just rather not share with everyone. However, it sometimes creates the most enticing songs, and I think it can be very rewarding if we are able to get to that point as songwriters.”

Judah & the Lion originally formed to be a Christian worship band, before realizing their music could reach a much wider audience while still holding to their core beliefs. They previously released their ‘First Fruit’ EP in 2012, followed by last year’s ‘Sweet Tennessee,’ which landed at No. 2 on Billboard’s Bluegrass chart.

To celebrate the release of ‘Kids These Days,’ the group is heading out on their first headlining tour this fall. Their six-week trek will kick off on Oct. 1 in Asheville, N.C.

“We are so excited about ramping up our tour schedule this next year,” Macdonald says. “We are planning on nothing less than a very energetic set. You will see a lot of colors, lights, a lot of dancing and maybe even some flips if you’re lucky.”

See a complete list of tour dates here, and listen to ‘Mason-Dixon Line’ below.

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