Orange Blossom Records Announces Upcoming New Album by Trinity River Band

HEARTSTRINGS-Album-Cover-FINAL_300x274Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the upcoming album, Heartstrings by Trinity River Band, will be released on May 12, 2015. The album was recently recorded at National Media Services in Virginia with Executive Producer Mike Harris and Producers Will Shenk, Sarah Harris, and Joshua Harris. Trinity River Band members, Mike, Lisa, Sarah, Joshua and Brianna Harris are joined by special guests Marty Raybon on the song “Fences” written by Mark “Brink” Brinkman and Dale Pyatt, along with the talents of Mark Johnson on the song “Tell Me Darlin’ written by Anne and Pete Sibley.

Fans can expect the first single and title track “Heartstrings”to hit radio mid-April. The song, written by Mike Harris, is certainly highlighted by the tight family harmony featuring daughter, Sarah Harris on lead vocals. Sarah has received two consecutive nominations by the International Bluegrass Music Association for the Momentum Award in the Performance, Vocalist category.

Trinity River Band has received chart success and media attention for their previous albums: Better Than Blue, Today Don’t Look Like Rain, Time To Move, and their latest Christmas album, On A Morning Like This.

Heartstrings tracks include:

1. You Can’t Walk All Over Me
2. Heartstrings
3. Rusty Old American Dream
4. Going Down Hard
5. Tell Me Darlin’
6. Mindbender
7. Fences
8. How Blue
9. Give God The Power
10. Where Are You Tonight, I Wonder
11. Blue Mandolin
12. Only Here For A Little While

Heartstrings pre-orders are now available at Fans are also invited to follow the band on Facebook and Twitter.

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Mountain Fever Records Releases Debut, Self-titled Album from Adkins & Loudermilk

Adkins & Loudermilk album cover 2015Mountain Fever Records announces the release of the debut, self-titled album from Adkins & Loudermilk. This highly anticipated project has already produced a chart-making first single with “Backside of Losing.”

What started out as two impressive solo careers has morphed into what is already being described as a powerhouse team of vocals and songwriting. Dave Adkins has already had a successful career fronting his former band, Republik Steel, and Edgar Loudermilk has been known as one of the most solid bass-playing vocalists in bluegrass, having toured extensively with the likes of Rhonda Vincent, Marty Raybon and IIIrd Tyme Out. But when Adkins & Loudermilk met a couple years ago and began melding their talents of singing and songwriting together, it became clear to them that forming a new duo was much more musically exciting for them than going it alone. So in 2013, the two officially launched their band and set out touring while still promoting successful solo projects on Mountain Fever Records. Since the band’s formal beginning, the duo has been delighting audiences across the country gaining faithful fans who have patiently waited two years for the release of their debut album, appropriately titled Adkins & Loudermilk.

This new album features 12 songs that, by design, give equal due to both men as individual artists, while still shining a spotlight on their collective talents. The balance of Adkins’ growling, rock-tinged vocals combined with the bluegrass tenor vocal chops of Loudermilk, will offer listeners ample opportunity to enjoy all aspects of Adkins & Loudermilk. The album kicks off with back to back, decidedly bluegrass numbers, “Georgia Mountain Man,” sung by Loudermilk, and “Cut The Rope” featuring Adkins. With writing credits going to both men throughout, the album also features strong contributions from other writers of note including David Morris, Mark Brinkman and Hoyt Axton, among others. “Backside of Losing,” the first single from the album written by Adkins and Mark Brinkman, has already been a hit with radio programmers and fans, making its debut on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs chart. One of the strongest songs and performances from the project is “Weeds,” written by David Morris and Chris Dockins, and a winner in this year’s “Hazel Dickens Song Contest.” From bluegrass to blues, up-tempos to ballads, Adkins & Loudermilk have come out of the gate full force with their debut, self-titled album on Mountain Fever Records.

Adkins & Loudermilk is now available via digital download at iTunes and wherever great music is sold. For more about Adkins & Loudermilk, visit For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit

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New Songwriting Contest Announced


Judges Include Award-Winning Songwriters:
Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Donna Hughes, Brink Brinkman and Jenee Fleenor

The popular Dogs Deserve Better organization has launched a new songwriting contest on behalf of chained dogs. Songwriters who believe that dogs deserve a better life other than living at the end of a chain, are encouraged to submit their original tunes at before June 30, 2015.

An estimated 4-5 million dogs are still living outside 24/7/365 on chains and in pens all across the nation. In most areas of the country chaining is not banned or even limited.
The contest will be judged by some definite music and shakers in the music biz including the award-winning and chart topping writers Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Donna Hughes, Brink Brinkman, and Jenee Fleenor.  Applicants should inspire with their songs about freedom from chains, love for your best friend, or how a dog can change the world.

More on the Judges:

• Carl Jackson, Grammy-winning Producer & Songwriter of many hits in Nashville
• Jenee Fleenor, band member of the Blake Shelton band, (co-writer of Blake’s latest single “Bringing Back the Sunshine) formerly with Martina McBride, and & played on recordings by Rascal Flatts, & many other superstars.
• Brink Brinkman, writer of countless Bluegrass hits.
• Donna Hughes, writer of “My Poor Old Heart” by Alison Krauss & Union Station, a song from her Grammy-winning album “Lonely Runs Both Ways,” a song she performed at the CMA Awards. Donna’s songs have also been recorded by artists around the world, including Grammy nominated Seldom Scene. She currently has written over 500 songs, with 189 of them on iTunes.
• Larry Cordle, most famous for his song “Murder on Music Row”, which was recorded by George Strait and Alan Jackson and received the CMA Award for Song of the Year in 2000. He has written songs for Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, and many other giants in Country & Bluegrass.

Confirmed Prizes (more to come):
• Celeb-Signed Guitar
• Guitar Lover’s Gift Box: Includes Guitar Strings, Picks, Guitar Strap, Tuner
• Winning Song will be uploaded to Airplay Direct for global distribution to Radio Programmers.
• Photo shoot with Steve Routh Photography or Rashell Wright Photography, if willing to travel to, or near the NC area.
• $25 Gift Card to Musicians’ Friend
• Autographed copy of Donna Hughes latest CD, and Free Songwriting Consultation
• Free Consultation with Brink Brinkman
• Dogs Deserve Better swag
For more information on Dogs Deserve Better and the Freedom Songwriting Contest, please visit

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Donna Hughes Wins 2015 Canine Freedom Musician Award from Dogs Deserve Better


cfawardslogo-winners2015Multi-award winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights Activist, Donna Hughes has won the 2015 Canine Freedom Award in the Musician category from Dogs Deserve Better – a nonprofit organization that has been freeing chained dogs since 2002. For a complete list of winners of the 2015 Canine Freedom Awards, please visit

Dogs Deserve Better announced, “Each year, more laws are made limiting or banning chaining, and more groups get involved in making a difference for chained dogs. These formerly forgotten dogs’ plights are written about, their rescues applauded. While we spend so much time focusing on the negative and harsh realities involved in the fight to free Man’s Best Friends from chains, we realized we need to take a moment to CELEBRATE the good, too. There are so many people who HAVE stepped up to make a difference on behalf of chained dogs, who have come together to fight for them and say “No More.”

Donna Hughes’ original song, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” has certainly caught the attention of people around the world as she brings important awareness to dogs being kept on chains and living a life of suffering. The heart-wrenching tune appears in different two versions on her current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The song has received significant airplay, charting on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs and on AirPlay Direct’s Global Radio Indicator Chart’s Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Singles. Due to the heart-wrenching lyrics and video for “Dog On A 10’ Chain”, Hughes has since penned a happy follow up song, “One Less Dog In the Cold” that can be viewed on YouTube.

The Animal Rights Advocate continues her passionate mission to change tethering laws around the country. Hughes recently launched a petition to change tethering laws around the country and in her home state of North Carolina. Her grassroots efforts through social media have also made an impact and caught the attention of high profile celebrities, especially on Twitter, who are now lending their support.

Donna Hughes, along with the award-winning talents of Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Brink Brinkman, and Jenee Fleenor, will be judging a new Songwriting Contest hosted by Dogs Deserve Better. For more information including prizes to be award, please visit The deadline for submission is June 30, 2015.

For more information on Donna Hughes’ impressive catalog of music including lyrics, please visit

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Springfield Exit to Celebrate New Album at the George Washington Hotel

album-cover-springfield-exit-thatwasthen-600wSpringfield Exit will celebrate their new album That Was Then at Bluegrass In the Ballroom at The George Washington Hotel located at 103 East Piccadilly Street in Winchester, Virginia on Thursday, February 19. Doors open at 6:30 pm, dinner will be served from 6:30-7:45 pm, and the concert begins at 7:00 pm. Tickets are $10.00 and can be purchased at the door. Admission and Dinner tickets are $20.00. For more information, please call (540) 678-4700.

Springfield Exit will debut songs from That Was Then. The album will be available for purchase at the event or music fans can purchase now at Patuxtent Music, Adams County Banjo, iTunes, Amazon, and the Springfield Exit website, Radio programmers can download the music at

Vocalist Linda Lay heads an all-star ensemble of award-winning instrumentalists with husband David Lay (guitar and vocals) along with the distinguished talents of three former Johnson Mountain Boys – Marshall Wilborn (bass & vocals), David McLaughlin (mandolin, guitar, banjo, fiddle & vocals) and Tom Adams (banjo). On the album, the group welcomes special harmony vocal guests Tom Mindte on “Lonesome Wind” and Frank Solivan on “Don’t We All Have The Right.”

Fans can learn more about the band at, and join them on Facebook and Youtube.

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Sonny Ludlam Tribute Events Announced

Several tribute events have been announced for Fredericksburg, Virginia native Randolph P. “Sonny” Ludlam who passed away in May of last year. A committee consisting of Mark Newton, Mike Loving, Barry Surles and Warren Bauserman considered Sonny a dear friend and mentor organized a Golf Tournament and Special Tribute Concert taking place in May 2015.

2015_flier_sonny_golf-300Due to Sonny’s passion with helping young people, the Sonny Ludlam Memorial Golf Classic has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 28, 2015 and will benefit the Fredericksburg Elks 875 Summer Youth Camp. The tournament will be held at Lee’s Hill Golf Club located at 10200 Old Dominion Parkway in Fredericksburg. Check in begins at 8:00am with a 9:00am Tee Time. Music will be provided by Mark Newton & Friends, Sound by Poncho Honaker, Sponsored by Mr. B’s and MVP Awards. For information, please contact Mike Loving at 540-379-5510 or Barry Surles at 540-295-7720.

Golf Tournament participants will receive $15 off the ticket price of the Sonny Ludlam Tribute Concert scheduled for Saturday, May 2, 2015. This special concert will be held during the annual Mr. B’s Bluegrass Festival located at Mr. B’s Bluegrass Park, 7243 Gatewood Rd in Woodford, Va. Tribute artists include: Carol Phillips, Patsy Godley, Diane Beverly, Mark Newton, Larry Stephenson, Rosemary Perticari, and more special guests.

2015_flier_sonny_350The Mr. B’s Bluegrass Festival takes place April 30, and May 1-2. Tickets can be purchased by calling 804-449-6350 or visiting Three-day advance tickets are available through Wednesday, April 15 for $75. During the festival, music fans will enjoy performances by Newton & Thomas; Larry Stephenson Band; Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice; The Country Gentleman Sound; Spoon Creek; Davis & Bradley; Clay Hess Band; Goldwing Express; Code Blue; Malpass Brothers; David Church; Cabin Hill; Mark Templeton & Pocket Change; Bluegrass Brothers; Sonrise; East of Monroe; Bob Goff, Jr. with Billie Sue & Mill Run; Leon Morris; and Sherry Honaker & Warren Bauserman.

Sonny Ludlam worked for many years in newspaper and radio as an Advertising Representative and Photographer for the Free Lance-Star as well as Sales Manager for WFLS Radio. He had a life-long love for and commitment to Bluegrass and Gospel Music and served as promoter of the bluegrass festival at Graves Mountain for 19 years. He was Host of the popular Stained Glass Reflections, a two-hour gospel radio program, which aired every Sunday morning on Thunder 104.5. He was also an accomplished songwriter during the late 70’s and early 80”s, penning a number of songs for the Knoxville Grass, Virginia Squires and The Forbes Family.

Mark Newton remembers Sonny’s impact within their community saying, “I was raised in Fredericksburg and met Sonny when I was in middle school. As time moved forward, I witnessed the importance of Sonny’s impact within our community of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania. Sonny taught me so many lessons in life, from a young person and throughout my adult life, along with countless others in the community. It is our honor and pleasure to pay tribute to Sonny’s inspiring life.”

More on Sonny:

Born in Fredericksburg on January 3, 1935, to Gladys Blackley Ludlam and Howard Joseph Ludlam, Sonny lived most of his life in the Fredericksburg area. He graduated from Spotsylvania High School where he lettered in four sports: he then attended the University of Virginia.

Sonny was drafted into the United States Army at the age of 26 and served for two years, primarily on a 13-month tour of duty in Korea, and then he served the remainder of the time at Ft. Monroe, Virginia. Sonny attained the rank of Specialist 4th Class and was appointed as an official U.S. Army Correspondent, serving on the staff of the Bayonet and the Pacific edition of the Stars and Stripes.

He was devoted to his family, but also to his community. Sonny was a long-time member and past Exalted Ruler of the BPOE 875 Elks Lodge. He also worked diligently promoting the Fredericksburg Fair. Sonny was not only a charter member of the Fredericksburg Civil War Round Table, but also a charter member of the National Sportswriters-Sportscasters Association. Furthermore, he was founder of the Greater Fredericksburg Sports Club, and he co-founded the Spotsylvania Little League Football with Charlie Graves and Buddy Embrey. Sonny coached and refereed a variety of sports for the Fredericksburg area youth, including football and basketball. He was a larger-than-life person who lived life to the very fullest.

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Larry Stephenson Band Wins SPBGMA Album of the Year for Pull Your Savior In

LSB_SPBGMA20151641webThe Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America honored the Larry Stephenson Band with the 2015 SPBGMA Album of the Year Award for Pull Your Savior In. The 41st SPBGMA Awards Show was held Sunday evening at the Nashville Sheraton Music City Hotel as part of the organization’s multi-day convention that draws music fans from across the country.

Larry Stephenson BandThe Larry Stephenson Band includes members Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Kevin Richardson, and Matt Wright. The group performed last Friday and Saturday evening on the SPBGMA Main Stage before they headed over to the Texas Troubadour Theatre to serve as Host of the Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree that was broadcast live on AM 650 WSM Radio.

dreama-larry-2015-feb-spbgma-awardSunday evening, Larry and his wife Dreama presented the first three SPBGMA awards of the evening.  “SPBGMA is a weekend I look forward to all year, it’s a wonderful event that promotes Bluegrass Music and its artists. I couldn’t have been any happier or surprised with the win. Thank you SPBGMA and most of all the fans for the Album of the Year Award,” said Stephenson.

albumcover-larrystephenson-400wPull Your Savior In was produced by Ben Surratt and Larry Stephenson and includes Larry Stephenson, Kenny Ingram, Colby Laney, Danny Stewart with special guests Jimmy Fortune, Aubrey Haynie, David Parmley, and Dale Perry. “Celebrating their 25th anniversary with their latest CD, The Larry Stephenson Band has put out a collection of bluegrass and gospel songs that explain the longevity of their success. The songs will also make you feel really good. You can resist feeling good all you want, but I swear, by the time track 7 starts, and the Band eases their way into ‘How Great Thou Art,’ I promise your ears will tell your soul to smile,” says Parchbench in a recent album review.

Larry Stephenson has celebrated numerous other awards during his impressive 25 year career including his induction into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame, two International Bluegrass Music Association Recorded Event of the Year Awards, the 2012 SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year Award, and five SPBGMA Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year Awards.

For more information on the Larry Stephenson Band, please visit their website or join them on Facebook. Fans can purchase their digital music at iTunes, Amazon, and CD Baby. Physical copies that include a special Bonus Track, can be purchased at Radio programmers can download the entire album at or request a physical copy.

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Orange Blossom Records Signs Steve Harris

logo-orange-blossom-records-500Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Steve Harris to the label and will release his all gospel solo album, Sundown in April 2015.

Steve is the lead singer and guitarist with bluegrass band Circa Blue – a band he founded in 2010. His vocal and instrumental talents can be heard on Circa Blue’s self-titled debut album released in 2012 and their 2014 album, A Darker Blue. For more information on Steve Harris, please visit

steve-harrisOrange Blossom Records launched a year ago with the signing of award-winning Trinity River Band. Since that time, the band has received significant radio airplay, appeared on numerous TV shows, and continues their extensive tour around the country.

“In signing artists to Orange Blossom Records, my first priority is to find artists with integrity. My second is to signing artists who put their whole heart into their music. On both counts, I couldn’t have found a better person than Steve Harris,” said label President Joyce Harris. “Some might assume we are related, but we are not – although we are very proud to welcome Steve to the Orange Blossom Records family!”

For more information on Orange Blossom Records including future announcements on Steve Harris, please visit

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Never Just A Song by Shannon and Heather Slaughter Now Released

albumcover-never-just-a-song-400The new album, Never Just A Song, featuring the smooth voices and ultra-tight harmonies by Shannon and Heather Slaughter is now available at iTunes, CD Baby, and more retail outlets.  The husband and wife duo focuses on fresh, original material and wrote or co-wrote 8 of the 14 tracks.

Shannon and Heather’s innovative arrangements and soulful instrumentation shine on cuts like their recently released single, “Moonshiner,” that debuted at #10 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 and at #20 on the Monthly Top 20 Song charts.

What folks are saying…

“This is truly one of the best recordings of 2015 in my opinion and hopefully will bring the Slaughters what they so richly deserve: a place at the forefront of bluegrass music.” – Tim Stafford (Blue Highway)

“Shannon and Heather have a great new record on their hands! Solid songs showcasing vocal chops that are powerful when they need be and an understated appropriateness that makes them sound like classics. I was thrilled to get to be a part of this project!” – Randy Kohrs

“I highly recommend this new album to anyone who loves good bluegrass music. I especially enjoyed the original material – congrats on another fine album!” – Aubrey Haynie

“I’ve been listening to Heather sing for several years and I’m dead serious when I say she is one of the finest female vocalists I’ve heard, period!! On ‘Whiskey Colored Dreams,’ I can honestly say it has totally blown me away how solid this track is!!! In my humble opinion it’s time for this young lady to get her well-deserved dues.” – Terry Foust – Co-Writer of “Whiskey Colored Dreams” with Shannon Slaughter

Never Just A Song includes the talents of: Shannon Slaughter (Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals), Heather Slaughter (Lead Vocals), Ron Inscore (Mandolin), Cliff Bailey (Bass & Vocals), Trevor Watson (Banjo), Randy Kohrs (Resophonic Guitar and Vocals), Tracy Burcham (Bass), Justin Jenkins (Banjo), Melonie Cannon (Harmony Vocals), Ron Stewart (Fiddle), Tim Couch (Fiddle), and Doug Jernigan (Pedal Steel Guitar).

Shannon and Heather will be the featured artist on the Heartland Bluegrass today at 10:00am – noon (Eastern) at


Fans have certainly supported Shannon and Heather’s music as evidenced by their recent sold out show at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville where they celebrated the new album. To learn more about their music and view additional tour dates, please visit and join them on Facebook.


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