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The Valley Path

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"A true idea must be made real.

When the idea for The Valley Path was imagined, all involved agreed it was true and went forward. Forward in thought, forward in vision, forward in action. We achieved what we wanted to achieve, and whatever is said about The Valley Path, it will stand. USX has played more gigs than I can remember, from Marion to Prague, Detroit, Austria, Memphis, and Switzerland. Dirt floors and Masonic temples, churches and ghettos, wilderness and cities. To dozens and hundreds - occasionally thousands. We have recorded our songs, projected our collective visions. We have realized all that we have imagined. At this point, we have nothing to prove. We've been under the gun many times, and whatever anyone might think about us, we've never flinched. Never compromised. When things are good - and they usually are, being in this band is a dream. But we can't entirely escape reality. Fuse boxes blow, power fails, instruments break, people leave. We vomit in parking lots and go play inside. We sleep sitting up and wake up sore. Or we sleep in places most people would not willfully enter. We are hungry and miss home. We go on, and we are thankful because we have songs. And when we write our songs become a part of us, our center. Our home.

A song does not have to be a part of a collection. It is more important for music to take the path that it chooses, and an artist must be willing to let this happen. The Valley Path is one song.

And a song is a thing that changes."
- Nate - USX - December 25, 2010

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released May 31, 2011

Written and performed by:
BJ Graves
Josh "Asa" Holt
Justin Whitlow
Matt Johnson
Meghan Mulhearn
Nate Hall

Guest Musicians:
Tony Wyioming
Travis Kammeyer

Engineered by Travis Kammeyer at Farenheit Studios, Johnson City, TN
Mixed by Travis Kammeyer and Mikey Allred
Mastered by Vince Burke

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U.S. Christmas Marion, North Carolina

USX now approaches a decade of playing, recording, and evolving, and continues to blur the boundaries of heavy music with earsplitting rock that is by turns jangly, crushing, and dark.

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