Circa Blue Releases New Christmas Single to Radio

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Circa Blue is proud to announce they have released a new Christmas single titled “Bells of Home” to radio. The song is the title track for their upcoming album releasing later this month. “Bells of Home” was written by David Morris and Dawn Kenny and is now available at AirPlay Direct or by request.

“Every year at National Media Services, we select one prestigious customer to record a Christmas album. For our tenth anniversary it was an easy choice to select Circa Blue. The band came in during the sweltering Summer months and made it Christmas in July in the Upper Room Studios at National Media Services. We couldn’t be happier with the result,” said the company.

Co-writer David Morris explains more about the original song, “At its heart, ‘Bells of Home’ gets at something most of us have felt at some point: Being homesick at the holidays. Once we identified a soldier as our narrator, the possibilities for images and contrasts came pouring out. The hardest part was finding a battle that fit our story line – a fierce firefight, in the snow, on Christmas Eve. We wanted historical accuracy because we knew some listeners would check us. We found what we needed in Belgium in 1944. With the factual frame and a bit of imagination, Dawn and I pulled Bells of Home together quickly. It’s a tribute to families, to traditions and to those who gave up their holidays – some temporarily, some permanently – simply because, as the song notes, “some things are worth fighting for.”

Danny Paisley, this year’s IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year says, “Bells of Home is a song of a soldiers yearning for home at Christmas time. Circa Blue and Steve Harris’ wonderful singing make this a Christmas classic.”

Bells of Home is that hardest thing to find in the musical firmament, a GREAT new Christmas song. While enjoying your freedom this December by the fireplace, as your Christmas tree is shining its lights, listen to the words and music, let them inside and then try, just try, not to shed a grateful tear. Songwriters David Morris and Dawn Kenney, along with Steve Harris and Circa Blue, have created a holiday masterpiece that will find a permanent place in your heart,” says Mike Harris of Trinity River Band.

Musicians on “Bells of Home” include Circa Blue band members Steve Harris – Lead Vocal & Guitar; Malia Furtado- Harmony Vocal & Fiddle; Ryan Mullins – Harmony Vocal & Mandolin; Matt Hickman – Banjo; Ashley Stewart – Bass; and special guest Dawn Kenney – Guitar.

Stay up-to-date on future announcements including the official album release by visiting www.circa-blue.com.

Volume Five’s “Getting Ready For Baby”

vf_2014_02_webVolume Five’s “Getting Ready For Baby,” written by Jerry Salley, is now available at iTunes and other retail sites. 

Radio programmers down download the song at AirPlay Direct.

See the band live on Dec 18 in Burnsville, NC and Dec 19 in Suwanee, GA.

For more information on Volume Five, please visit their website, Facebook and follow the on Twitter!

Trinity River Band Releases New Christmas Album – “On A Morning Like This”

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Just in time for the holiday season, Trinity River Band has released a new Christmas album, On A Morning Like This. Parents Mike and Lisa Harris, along with their three children Sarah, Joshua, and Brianna, certainly shine on the album – taking turns on lead vocals and contributing their instrumental talents on all tracks.

The album features eight classic Christmas songs, plus two originals with the exquisite vocal talents of Sarah Harris. The title track, written by Lisa, and the original “This Christmas” written by Sarah, could certainly both become holiday classics.

National Media Services in Front Royal, Virginia invited Trinity River Band to record On A Morning Like This as the company’s annual Christmas album. “The new album certainly highlights National Media Services’ ability to put forth outstanding projects from start to finish, all in house. We were delighted to be a part of this project and humbled that they chose us for this venture,” said Sarah. “A special thank you to Will Shenk for his incredible patience while working so hard on this album, and making it sound so wonderful!”

The album was launched during the recent International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, North Carolina. During the week, Sarah Harris was honored with her second consecutive nomination for an IBMA Momentum Award in the Vocalist category.

On A Morning Like This is now available for digital purchase at iTunes, Rhapsody, AmazonMP3 and more outlets. Physical albums can be purchased at the band’s website at TrinityRiverBand.com.

After an extremely busy year of touring all across the country, Trinity River Band will perform numerous concerts in Florida, Georgia and South Carolina for the remainder of the year. Fans are invited to join them on Facebook and Twitter for more updates and tour information.

Radio stations can download their music at AirPlaydirect.com/music/TRB-OnAMorningLikeThis/ and their Orange Blossom Records album, Better Than Blue at AirPlaydirect.com/music/BetterThanBlue/.

A Coal Miner’s Christmas with Dale Ann Bradley, Darron & Vanessa Nichols, and Cumberland River

The Cumberland River Academy of Bluegrass and Appalachian Music presents:
A Coal Miner’s Christmas in Pineville, KY

New “Sonny Dean” Scholarship Announced

The Cumberland River Academy of Bluegrass and Appalachian Music are proud to present the second annual student fundraiser: A Coal Miner’s Christmas. The event will be held at the Bell Theater located at 114 Kentucky Avenue, Pineville, Kentucky on Saturday, December 17 (7:30 pm) and Sunday, December 18, 2011 (2:30 pm).

This special event stars The Students of the Cumberland River Academy along with founding members Darron and Vanessa Nichols (Common Strings), and Dale Ann Bradley (Sunday), plus special guest Cumberland River (Sat).

Not only can attendees purchase tickets for only $10, but are now being offered a RESERVED TABLE SEATING option: $100 that includes 4 seats at a table on the side near the stage; or $200 that includes a reserved sponsor table for 4 in the center near the stage with service of special holiday treats, sweets, and drinks. The sponsor table includes recognition of your support for the work of the Academy. Tickets can be purchased in advance at Brown Paper Tickets here.

The organization is also proud to announce CUMBERLAND RIVER has partnered with The Cumberland River Academy in creating the “Sonny Dean Scholarship.” The scholarship is named after band member Jamie Dean’s father, Sonny Dean, who was a significant musical influence and mentor to Jamie along with CUMBERLAND RIVER band members, Joey Jones, Dustin Middleton and Jamie Stewart while growing up in Harlan, KY. The band recently added new member Brad Gulley to the line-up. Additional information on this scholarship will be announced soon.

For more information on The Cumberland River Academy, please visit their website.

New Christmas single released: “Little Did They Know”

Wonderful to hear two of our favorite female vocalists on a new Christmas song! 

Today Rural Rhythm Christian Records announced the new Christmas song, “Little Did They Know,” written by acclaimed songwriter, Rick Lang.  Arranged and produced by Stephen Mougin, “Little Did They Know” features the elegant vocals of Jana Mougin (lead vocalist from the popular Euro band Fragment) with Melonie Cannon and Stephen Mougin providing harmony vocals.  They are joined by a great cast of musicians including: Randy Kohrs (Resonator Guitar); Stephen Mougin (Acoustic Guitars); Todd Parks (Bass); and Chris Brown(Drums).

“Writing Christmas and Seasonal material has been a passion of mine for a very long time. It goes back to the influences and experiences I had as a child at Christmas in our New Hampshire home. There have been many great songs written about the birth of Jesus that we all long to hear at this time of the year.  That being said, there still needs to be new songs written and recorded that hopefully will appeal to future generations as well.  I want to be one of the writers that helps keeps the Nativity Story alive…. in people’s minds…and hearts,” explained Rick Lang.

This beautiful tune will certainly appeal to any radio program that plays Christmas music during this holiday season.  Radio programmers can download the song free at Airplay Direct.com

“Little Did They Know” is available for purchase through all digital vendors including iTunes, Amazon.com, Rhapsody, eMusic, etc.

More on Jana Mougin

Jana joined the popular Euro band Fragment in 1992, originally as the lead singer, but has been the band’s bass player since 2000. She graduated from Comenius University, Bratislava with a degree in journalism. Before she became a full time musician she made documentaries in Slovak Television and hosted her own music show on Radio Forte in Trnava, Slovakia.

Jana was voted Slovak Bluegrass Music Association (SkBMA) Vocalist of the Year (1999, 2000) and Bluegrass Association of Czech Republic Vocalist of the Year (1997, 1998, 2000).

In 2005 she moved to Nashville, TN with her husband Stephen Mougin.  In the past few years she has recorded and performed with April Verch, Melonie Cannon, Thayer Washer, Pam Daley, Nedski and Mojo, and Cages Bend.  Jana plays Fender Mustang Bass with pickups made by Curtis Novak.