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.

Dave Adkins Continues to Reign On Top of the Bluegrass Radio Charts

da_cover_webDave Adkins self-titled album, that recently made its debut at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums chart for retail sales, is now garnering significant success on the bluegrass radio charts.  Adkins’ original song and first single release, “Change Her Mind,” is #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks with the album at #2 on the station’s Most Played Albums this month.

Change Her Mind” has also appeared on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Singles Chart for 11 weeks, recently earning the #1 spot, and appearing in the top 10 for four consecutive weeks. The publication hit the mark saying, “Adkins is entertaining, and truly has one of the most powerful voices in bluegrass today.”

The album and the red hot single continues to climb Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s National Bluegrass Survey Top 30 Songs and Top 15 Albums Chart and the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Albums and Singles charts.

Many other tracks from Dave Adkins have also been well received. The lightning fast “Turn and Burn,” co-written by Dave Adkins, David Morris and Dawn Kenny, was the 2nd Place Winner in the prestigious Hazel Dickens Songwriting Contest. The country flavored “Fool-o-sophy” written by Kentucky Hall of Famer Larry Cordle and Country superstar Chris Stapleton, has been appearing on a fan voted Country music chart. The impressive cover of John Michael Montgomery’s country hit “Sold” recently debuted on the Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Weekly Song Chart.

dave-obxAdkins is now out on tour performing songs from his hit album. Music fans can witness his one of kind live performance in Kentucky, Virginia, North Carolina, Indiana and West Virginia, before he heads out west.  For a full tour schedule, please visit daveadkinsmusic.com.

  • May 13 – Simply the Best in Grayson, Ky.
  • May 20 – Apple Blossom Festival, Elkhorn City, Ky.
  • May 21 – Laurel County Shrine Club Bluegrass Festival, London, Ky.
  • May 27 – Dr. Ralph Stanley’s 45th Annual Memorial Weekend Bluegrass Festival, Coeburn, Va.
  • June 2 – Collin Raye, Dave Adkins, Lonesome River Band, and more – Island Opry, Manteo, N.C.
  • June 3 – Sally Gap Bluegrass Festival, Williamsburg, Ky.
  • June 12 – 50th Anniversary Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival, Bean Blossom, In.
  • June 18 – Rockahock Spring Bluegrass Festival, Lanexa, Va.
  • June 23 – RudyFest hosted by Lonesome River Band, Grayson, Ky.
  • June 25 – South Branch Bluegrass Festival, Romney, W.V.
  • June 30 – Concert in Downtown Martin, Martin, Ky.

For more information on Dave Adkins, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Music fans can purchase the Dave Adkins album at his live shows or at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, DaveAdkinsMusic.com, and many more fine retail outlets.

New Music Friday: Once Upon A Time album by Circa Blue

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album-cover-circa-blue-2016Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new album, Once Upon A Time by Circa Blue, is now released and available for purchase at iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby, Circa-Blue.com, Orange Blossom Records and other fine retail outlets.

Circa 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).

Once Upon A Time features 10 songs by songwriters Gordon Lightfoot, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, David Morris, Dawn Kenney, Matt Naveau, Rick Lang, Hank Devito, Steve Harris, and Malia Furtado.

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

The band has released an official music video for the track, “Rain and Snow” that can be viewed on Youtube and below. The video was filmed by Seven Bends Media on location in Virginia and West Virginia.

Just last month, the album was released to radio stations at AirPlay Direct and immediately climbed to #2 on the service’s Top 50 APD Bluegrass Folk Albums chart. Stations may also request a private digital download from the label.

Circa Blue will host the inaugural Circa Blue Fest from May 6-8, 2016. The three-day bluegrass festival will feature: Blue Highway, Trinity River Band, Jim Hurst, Circa Blue, Lonesome Highway and more! This is an all-ages, family friendly event with kid activities, award-winning BBQ, instrument & songwriting workshops and plenty of campsite pickin’! The festival is held at the beautiful 40-acre Moose Acres in Martinsburg, West Virginia. A rain or shine event, the venue features a stage covered by a 400 seat pavilion, surrounded by tree shaded seating. For tickets and information, please visit circabluefest.com.

For more information on Circa Blue’s new album Once Upon A Time, please visit circa-blue.com and orangeblossomrecords.com.

Dave Adkins Heads to Nashville with New Album

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Dave Adkins Heads to Nashville with New Album

Appearances at WSM’s Coffee, Country, and Cody and a return to the Station Inn

Acclaimed Singer-Songwriter Dave Adkins will kick off his self-titled new Mountain Fever Records album this Friday, February 26 on WSM Radio’s Coffee, Country and Cody show. Fans can tune in to 650 AM WSM, listen online at wsmonline.com or watch live at the Heartland TV Network. Friday evening, Adkins’ returns for his highly anticipated performance at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. Fans are encouraged to arrive early for the 9:00 p.m. concert.

Known for his high energy live stage performances displaying his powerful vocals, Adkins will then take the show to his home state of Kentucky on Saturday, February 27 to perform at the Lady Lions Bluegrass Show in Vanceburg and later that evening at Simply the Best in Grayson.

Other release concerts include: Thursday, March 3 at the WDVX Radio’s Blue Plate Special at the Knoxville Visitor’s Center in Knoxville, Tenn.; Saturday, March 5 at Dixie Station in Elsmere, Ky.; and Friday, March 18 at the Branch House Theater in Fall Branch, Tenn.

Radio stations have been extremely supportive of the new Dave Adkins album. They are spinning numerous tracks including “Foolosophy” co-written by Larry Cordle and Chris Stapleton, his killer cover of “Sold” originally made famous by John Michael Montgomery, the Adkins’ original and first single release, “Change Her Mind,” and many more from this stellar album.

Fans can expect Adkins and his band to perform all tracks from the album which include:

1. Change Her Mind (2:22) David Ervin Adkins
2. Emmaline (2:43) Michael Huffman, Richard Williams, Alan Laney
3. Foolosophy (3:03) Larry Cordle, Chris Stapleton
4. A Whole Lot More To Tell (2:55) David Ervin Adkins
5. Russell Fork River (3:51) David Ervin Adkins, Dawn Kenny, David Morris
6. Sold (2:25) Rich Fagan, Rob Royer
7. You Don’t Have To Go To Be Gone (2:42) David Ervin Adkins, Paula Breedlove, Brink Brinkman
8. It’s Not Over (Til I Get Over You) (3:06) Terry Foust, Ray Edwards, Tom T. Hall
9. Turn and Burn (2:46) David Ervin Adkins, Dawn Kenny, David Morris
10. Angel Song (4:17) Corey Lee Barker, Chris Laffey
11. Wasting Away (2:10) Randall Hylton
12. One and Only (2:51) David Ervin Adkins

The Dave Adkins album officially releases this Friday, February 26. Pre-orders are now available at iTunes, Amazon, Google Play, Mountain Fever Records, Dave Adkins’ website and more outlets.

For more information on Dave Adkins, please visit DaveAdkinsMusic.com and join him on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Orange Blossom Records Signs Circa Blue – New Music Video Released

circ blueOrange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed CIRCA BLUE to the label and will release the band’s new album, Once Upon A Time, in January.

To give fans a preview of the upcoming album, the band has released a new music video for the track, “Rain and Snow.” The video was filmed by Seven Bends Media on location in Virginia and West Virginia. It sets forth the torrid tale of love un-requited, and the compelling story is borne out through a combination of acting and the band’s musical arrangement.

Once Upon A Time features 10 songs that include several co-writes with Steve Harris and songwriters David Morris and Dawn Kenney, an Award-Winning song by Brink Brinkman, a Dawn Kenney original, a collaborative effort between Canadian Star Matt Naveau, David Morris and Steve Harris, public domain standards, and a Juice Newton cover thrown in for good measure. The title cut “Once Upon A Time” was written by Steve Harris and Malia Furtado.

The Martinsburg, West Virginia based group 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).

Once Upon A Time was recorded, mixed and mastered at National Media Services, Inc. in Front Royal Virginia, engineered by Will Shenk, and produced by Steve Harris. “We are excited and honored to be partnered with Orange Blossom Records LLC for our latest release. Our future grows brighter every day,” said Harris.
For more information on Circa Blue, please visit circa-blue.com and Facebook.

For more information on Orange Blossom Records, please visit orangeblossomrecords.com and Facebook.

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 www.adkinsloudermilk.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.

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Contacts:
For Mountain Fever Records:
Mark Hodges
540-267-5978
mark@mountainfever.com

For Adkins & Loudermilk
Publicity
Penni McDaniel
Hope River Entertainment
770-367-1480
penni@hoperiverentertainment.com