Surprise Radio Album Release Shoots Circa Blue to #2 on APD Chart

Circa Blue Surprises Radio with Full Album Release and
Immediately Hits #2 on the AirPlay Direct Bluegrass Folk Album Chart
album-cover-circa-blue-2016Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new Circa Blue album, Once Upon A Time is now available to radio stations via AirPlay Direct. The album went live this morning and has already jumped to #2 on the service’s Top 50 APD Bluegrass Folk Albums monthly chart. Stations may also request a private digital download from the label. Physical copies will be mailed to stations in the coming weeks and the label will soon announce the official retail street date.

Tracks include:
1. Carolina Dust (3:36) Mark “Brink” Brinkman
2. Before You Leave Here (3:12) Matt Naveau, Steve Harris, David Morris
3. Once Upon A Time (2:23) Steve Harris, Malia Furtado
4. Angeline the Baker (3:35) Public Doman
5. Cold Frosty Morning (3:34) Public Doman
6. I Sing Your Song (3:49) Steve Harris, Dawn Kenney, David Morris
7. Tripped Stumbled and Fell (2:51) Dawn Kenny, Rick Lang
8. Queen of Hearts (3:47) Hank Devito
9. Rain and Snow (5:03) Public Domain
10. Whispers of the North (3:09) Gordon Lightfoot

circa-blueCirca Blue is a Martinsburg, West Virginia based group that includes the talents of Steve Harris (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Malia Furtado (Fiddle, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Ashley Stewart (Bass, Lead & Harmony Vocals); Garrett Wren (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals); and Matt Hickman (Banjo).

Stay up-to-date on future announcement including the official album release by visiting circa-blue.com and orangeblossomrecords.com.

New Album Release: “Heartstrings” by Trinity River Band

HEARTSTRINGS-Album-Cover-FINAL_300x274Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce today’s new album release by Trinity River Band. Heartstrings is now available for purchase at iTunes, GooglePlay, Amazon, and TrinityRiverBand.com and to radio programmers at AirPlayDirect.com.

Band members include Sarah Harris a two-time nominee for the IBMA Momentum Vocalist Award on Lead & Harmony Vocals, Mandolin, and Irish Pennywhistle; Joshua Harris on Banjo and Resophonic Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals; Brianna Harris on Fiddle and Lead & Harmony Vocals; Mike Harris on Guitar and Lead & Harmony Vocals; and Lisa Harris on Upright Bass and Harmony Vocals. They are joined by special guests Marty Raybon and Mark Johnson.

Heartstrings is the culmination of all of our different musical backgrounds and influences. This is the truest representation of who we are, more so than any other album we’ve ever done,” said Sarah in her recent interview with Daniel Mullins for Bluegrass Today.

Heartstrings was recorded at National Media Services in Virginia with Executive Producer Mike Harris and Producers Will Shenk, Sarah Harris, and Joshua Harris. Tracks and songwriters include:

1. You Can’t Walk All Over Me (Sarah Harris, Mike Harris)
2. Heartstrings (Mike Harris)
3. Rusty Old American Dream (David Wilcox)
4. Going Down Hard (Larry Cordle, Leslie Satcher, and Don Poythress)
5. Tell Me Darlin’ (Ann & Pete Sibley)
6. Mindbender (Joshua Harris)
7. Fences (Mark “Brink” Brinkman and Dale Pyatt – Guest Vocals by Marty Raybon
8. How Blue (John Moffat)
9. Give God The Power (Mark “Brink” Brinkman)
10. Where Are You Tonight, I Wonder (Traditional Irish Ballad)
11. Blue Mandolin (Leroy Drumm, Stacy Richardson & Andy Richardson)
12. Only Here For A Little While (Waylon Holyfield and Richard Leigh)

Trinity River Band is now on their busy 2015 tour. To view their entire tour schedule and order your copy of Heartstrings, please visit www.trinityriverband.com, and follow them on Facebook and Twitter.

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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 AirPlayDirect.com.

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 springfieldexitband.com, and join them on Facebook and Youtube.

Long Awaited Dave Adkins’ Solo Album “Nothing To Lose” Releases on Mountain Fever Today

Dave_Adkins_DSC_1730-Edit-smallTake a one of a kind voice, a commanding stage presence, and a killer songwriter who can conjur up the long lonesome feeling of bluegrass music with a stealth and hearty vocal like no other and you’re quick to understand that Dave Akins is a rarity. He showcases these qualities and more with power on his new solo release Nothing to Lose, out TODAY on Mountain Fever. Produced by both Adkins and ADKINS & LOUDERMILK partner Edgar Loudermilk, this is a strong album indeed.

Adkins voice is deeply soulful and ladened with multiple textures that present him as a standout among today’s bluegrass vocalists. With a healthy amount of buzz amidst music fans as a result of his exciting live performances and powerhouse vocal chops, Adkins is quickly making a solo name for himself. Mostly recently with a nomination for SPBGMA Male Vocalist of the Year.

After years in groups and supporting or fronting others, Adkins is very proud of the results with Nothing to Lose. “Nothing to Lose is my first solo project and I couldn’t be happier for it to include three songs I wrote and one that was co-written with Edgar Loudermilk,” he says. The first single from the album, “Pike County Jail,” rose into the Top 20 on Bluegrass Today’s chart. “In talking about the song, Adkins elaborates, “When I was writing this song I wanted to keep it traditional and something you could really tap your toes to. Although it’s a prison song, it has a ray of hope for new beginnings and comes off as a happy tune,” he adds.

Those who have followed Adkins career know that he has a great deal of respect for those who buy his music and come to his shows. “I have always called them friends, not fans. My friends know that one of my frequent sayings is Put Some Grass In It,” he says.

So, what better title for a song. “Through this song I get to share my favorite expression and give a nod to some of my Bluegrass heroes,” says Adkins. “It’s a song about not trying to imitate them but hopefully paying tribute to them with my own flavor and style. This song expresses my love of Bluegrass music and my desire to try to make the masters proud while keeping the genre alive.”

Other favorites on the album include “Don’t Pray That Way,” a song that was a true labor of love for Adkins. “This song is about faith and courage inspired by someone that I grew up with in my church. I hope that it serves as a tribute to her selflessness and love of others,” he says.

On “Pretty Little Liar,” Adkins teams up with new musical partner Edgar Loudermilk. “This song started as an idea I had and shared with Edgar,” he says. From there it took on a life all its own. It has a beautiful soothing melody with a sinister twist in the end.”

Adkins thoroughly enjoyed making this album. “I have had a blast making this CD and have had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented professionals in the business. I am thankful for the experience of co-producing this project with Edgar Loudermilk and Mark Hodges,” he says.

Mountain Fever’s Hodges is equally excited. “Everyone pretty much knows what a great singer Dave is,” he says. “But it takes great songs to make a good record and we all put a lot of time into finding the right songs not only to highlight Dave’s powerful vocals but to create an album… an album like we used to buy on vinyl that had a purpose rather than just a pile of songs like so many artists are putting out today. This record doesn’t just sound good, it feels good.” For more information on Nothing to Lose visit www.mountainfever.com.

Adkins is already out on tour with Adkins & Loudermilk, supporting their individual solo efforts on Mountain Fever, and they will begin production of their first duo CD in the near future. Loudermilk’s solo album, My Big Chance Tomorrow, was released to rave reviews last October.

dave-adkins-nothingtolose250wAdkins hit the road this week for a full docket of live in-studio radio interviews to support his solo release, including sitting with Judith Burnette’s Blue Ridge Backroads on Blue Ridge Country Radio 98.1 at 8 p.m. Eastern tonight, March 11th, to listen to the entire record. Other stations this week include:

Monday March 10th:
WDHR 93.1 – Pikeville, KY
WXCC 96.5 – Williamson, WV
WPKE 103.1 – Pikeville, KY
WZLK 107.5 – Virgie, KY

Wednesday March 12th
Buddy Michaels Show (multiple channels) Hometown Festival Show
WBAG 1150 am – Burlington, NC
WKRX 96.7 – , NC
WLHC/WLQC – Sanford, NC Life 1031

Tuesday March 18th
Patriotic Radio Network with Duane Hess 8PM

For more information on Dave Adkins, visit facebook.com/DaveAdkinsMusic. For more information on Adkins & Loudermilk, visit www.AdkinsLoudermilk.com or www.mountainfever.com. News and info about their solo projects can be found online and via Facebook.

Nu-Blu Celebrates 10 Year Anniversary with New Digital Album Release

albumcover-10-nu-blu400wRural Rhythm Records announced the new digital album release of Ten by Nu-Blu. The digital album is available now iTunes, Amazon, Google Play and other digital stores. The physical CD will be available on July 16th. The album is also available now for radio programmers and DJ’s on AirPlaydirect.com.

Nu-Blu was founded ten years ago by husband and wife team, Carolyn and Daniel Routh, who are joined by long time band members Levi Austin and Austin Koerner to comprise one of today’s most popular bluegrass groups. Through the years, and after numerous charted bluegrass and gospel titles, Nu-Blu has developed a solid fan base utilizing the strong lead vocal talents of Carolyn, Daniel and Levi along with their diverse selection of material including original songs, traditional favorites and songs from other genres of music.

Now with five albums to their credit, Nu-Blu has developed a unique sound which combines their love for bluegrass music and respect for its traditional roots, along with an edgy feel that gives their music a fresh energy and spirit.

Appropriately titled,Ten contains ten new songs performed in their unique and distinctive style with award winning special guest musicians Ron Stewart and Jim VanCleve. The up-tempo “That Road”, written by Honi Deaton, kicks of the album and is the first single from Ten.

TRACK LISTING
1.    That Road
2.    Without A Kiss
3.    Caught In The Middle
4.    Eddie’s Garage
5.    Train’s I Didn’t Take
6.    The Seed
7.    It’s A Good Day To Be With You
8.    All Americans
9.    Giant Squid
10.  Shadows Of The Night

“Ten celebrates our 10th anniversary with new songs that we feel pass through the full range of emotions. We explore life on the road, family devotion, tragic loss, the joys of love, patriotism, and no regrets. We’ve even included a brand new original instrumental that will leave you breathless. This is our best album to date and we can’t wait to share it with our fans,” says, Carolyn Routh.

Nu-Blu are now on tour, for more information on the album and tour dates, please visit Nu-Blu.com.