Volume Five’s Drifter Debuts on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Albums Chart

album-cover-volume-five-600Volume Five made its debut this week at #5 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart with their impressive new project Drifter.  The album is receiving rave reviews including Parcbench Magazine saying it “raises the bar on their already impressive reputation.”

The first single release, “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Ross, continues to garner radio chart success.  It is the current #1 song on the Bluegrass Today Top 20, #7 on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks for June, and debuted this month on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Songs Chart.  Drifter is also crossing over to other formats; the track, “When I Go Away,” is today’s POWERPLAY song on Eagle Country Radio. Drifter is available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlayDirect.com.

“Volume Five can please a fan who just wants to hear a bluegrass beat with a pleasant melody, but the rhythmic interplay between the instruments can enthrall a more sophisticated listener after multiple hearings. It’s a special skill, and may ultimately be the one thing that eventually allows this talented quintet to rise to the top, a la Blue Highway,” said Bluegrass Today in a recent album review.

This impressive group is led by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals) who is joined by Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals).

Drifter is available at numerous digital outlets, VolumeFiveBG.com, mountainfever.com and more fine retail outlets.

_MG_0855For more information on Volume Five, please visit them at volumefivebg.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.   #V5

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Drifter is Volume Five’s sixth album since 2008, on the Mountain Fever Records label.

In 2014, Volume Five garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.

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New Music from Volume Five – DRIFTER Now Released!

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Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce Drifter, the new album from Volume Five, is available to radio and consumers today! The album release comes on the heels of news that Volume Five and their first single, “I Am A Drifter” are among the candidates for nomination for this year’s International Bluegrass Music Awards in multiple categories.

_MG_0855Founded by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals), Volume Five also includes the talents of Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals). These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. V5 has proven just that with their previous recordings on Mountain Fever Records. In 2014 they garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To FlyIn 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year and a GMA Dove Award Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.
Drifter is a culmination of everything that makes up a great bluegrass record. The musicianship of each of Volume Five’s members is only eclipsed by the smooth, caramel-like lead vocals of Harrell who is one of modern bluegrass music’s most underrated vocalists. His vocal tone touches on lonesome, guttural and alluring all at the appropriate times. The band’s first single, “I Am A Drifter,” has already set the tone for the album, making appearances on this month’s Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs as well as the SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks charts. With gems such as “Lonely Wind,” “Ranching Man,” “Tall Pines,” “Scarecrow,” and the consummate love song, “Because of You,” Drifter, is full of future hits for Volume Five.
Track List:
  1. I Am A Drifter (3:16), Donna Ulisse/Marc Ross
  2. Lonely Wind (4:17), Jeff Partin
  3. 95 Years (2:54), Carter Moore
  4. When I Go Away (4:16), Lawrence T. Campbell
  5. Ranching Man (3:03), Jesse Daniel
  6. Because of You (3:08), Ronnie Bowman, Jon Nite
  7. Lucky Seven (2:38), Colby Laney
  8. Tall Pines (2:44), Damon Black
  9. Scarecrow (3:31), Kevin Denny, Tom Botkin
  10. Alaskan Gold (2:32), Colby Laney
  11. Molly Dear (3:40), Jeff McClellan
  12. With My Gun (2:45), Jerry Cole
Drifter is available to radio programmers via AirPlayDirect.com or by emailing radio@mountainfever.com, and to consumers via various digital outlets and wherever great music is sold. 
For more information on Volume Five, please visit VolumeFiveBG.com.
For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com.

Lonesome River Band Returns to Host 16th Annual Rudy Fest

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RUDY FEST – June 22-25, 2016 in Grayson, Ky.

RudyFestSimplytheBestLonesome River Band continues their busy summer tour as they return to Host the 16th Annual Rudy Fest Bluegrass Festival in Grayson, Kentucky this week. The event will be held at the Carter County Fair Grounds June 22-25, 2016 with a stellar line-up that includes: Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Dave Adkins, The Steeldrivers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Volume Five, Balsam Range, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, and many more.  Lonesome River Band will hit the stage Friday, June 23 at 3:00pm and 6:30 and Saturday, June 24 at 11:00 pm.

Lonesome River Band’s Sammy Shelor is really looking forward to this weekend saying, “Rudy Fest is a beast of a bluegrass festival! Always an amazing crowd to play to and the support an artist needs to perform at their best. The crew there always makes patrons and bands both feel welcome and at home. Love that Gang!

Sammy & LRB have been with us a long time I got to catch a show couple weeks ago. They had it dialed in and were having a ball on stage. Their new material is top shelf,” says festival promoter Rudy Burchett. Tickets for Rudy Fest can be purchased at the gate for $100 (4-day weekend pass), or daily passes for $20 (Wed) or $40 (Thursday-Friday).  Kids 12 and under free. For more information, please visit rudyfest.com.

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will perform songs from their Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Chart album, Bridging the Tradition, released on the Mountain Home Music Company label. The band’s first single, “Thunder & Lightning,” is currently #2 on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, and appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs, Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Songs, and more single and album radio charts.

Last week, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) released the second of three IBMA Awards ballots.  Lonesome River Band are candidates for nomination in the following categories:

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Vocal Group of the Year
  • Instrumental Group of the Year
  • Song of the Year (Thunder and Lightning, Adam Wright writer)
  • Album of the Year (Bridging the Tradition, Mountain Home Music Company)
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Brandon Rickman)
  • Gospel Recorded Event of the Year (Rocking of the Cradle)
  • Banjo Player of the Year (Sammy Shelor)
  • Fiddle Player of the Year (Mike Hartgrove)
  • Mandolin Player of the Year (Jesse Smathers)
  • Bass Player of the Year (Barry Reed).

The official IBMA Award Nominees will be announced in August. For more information on joining IBMA, please visit ibma.org.

Lonesome River Band features Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.  For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Now Released! Lonesome River Band’s “Bridging the Tradition”

cover-art-lrb-2016-400Lonesome River Band will kick off today’s new album release, Bridging the Tradition (Mountain Home Music) with three special performances this weekend.

Tonight, March 18, the band continues the tradition of debuting their new albums at the world famous Station Inn in Nashville. On Saturday, March 19, Mountain Home Music Company will host a release celebration and concert at the Isis Restaurant & Music Hall in Asheville, N.C. On Sunday, March 20, Lonesome River Band will perform at The Barn at Chantilly Farm in Floyd, VA.

Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and 5-Time IBMA Banjo Performer of the Year, Sammy Shelor leads the group that is constantly breaking new ground in Acoustic music. With two stellar lead vocalists, Brandon Rickman (guitar) and newest member Jesse Smathers (mandolin), accentuated by the impressive talents of Mike Hartgrove (fiddle) and Barry Reed (bass), the band seamlessly comes together, performing the trademark sound that fans continue to embrace.

Lonesome River Band had been established for nearly a decade when the band released its landmark album, Carrying the Tradition, in 1991. The critically acclaimed project ushered in a new era for Bluegrass by acknowledging tradition while introducing new elements that expanded the genre. Now, 25 years later, this award-winning band is again set to build on the familiar while adding bold progressiveness to its legend with this latest release, Bridging the Tradition.

“This album is different than anything we’ve ever done,” says multi-award winning banjo player, Sammy Shelor. “The songs are ones that we are really personally interested in doing. What we came up with has once again helped to recreate our sound. All the while, we are being true to ourselves as musicians.”

Lonesome River Band continues to evolve in the ever-changing landscape of Bluegrass and Acoustic Country music. With Bridging the Tradition, the band once again delivers incredible, ground-breaking music that is rooted in the tradition it began decades ago.

For more information on Lonesome River Band, please visit lonesomeriverband.com and follow them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

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Lonesome River Band’s New Album Now Avail for Pre-Order

Lonesome River Band’s album, Bridging the Tradition releasing on Mountain Home Music Company in March, is now available for pre-orders at iTunes where you will immediately get the first single! For physical copy pre-orders, please visit lonesomeriverband.com.

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Huck Finn Jubilee 2016 Line-Up Announced

HuckFinn_FebOne_Lineup-01CProducers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to announce some of the greatest national headlining bluegrass names will be on stage for the 3-day event. Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario will be the site for this annual event June 10 thru 12, 2016 when thousands of bluegrass fans arrive to experience a family friendly festival that celebrates traditional Bluegrass music, education, activities, and the evolution of bluegrass music.

The line-up* of entertainment, featuring an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands, includes:

Friday, June 10: David Grisman Bluegrass Experience, Peter Rowan Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Balsam Range, The Special Consensus, and The Mountain Faith Band. An ‘80’s Retro Late Night Party featuring Love Canon will conclude the first day.

Saturday, June 11: Soggy Bottom Boys, Leftover Salmon, The Cleverlys, Dan Tyminski Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Della Mae, The Boxcars, and The Church Sisters. The Late night square dance will feature the Hogslop String Band.

Sunday, June 12: Punch Brothers, The Infamous Stringdusters, Elephant Revival, Mountain Heart, Dailey & Vincent, Sweetwater String Band, and Flatt Lonesome.

Additional artists will be announced prior to the event. In addition to the musical performances several workshops will be available to attend. Guests are invited to bring their own instruments for these workshops and of course impromptu jams amongst festival attendees is encouraged.

Tickets go on sale March 1 at 10am with several options to satisfy all attendees with prices starting at $45.00. Options to purchase VIP tickets, 3 day passes or reservations for hotels, camping or RV sites are available on line as well at http://www.huckfinn.com. Huck Finn Jubilee is produced by The Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau , the official destination marketing organization to promote the cities of Ontario and Rancho Cucamonga California to visitors nationally and internationally.

*line-up of entertainment is subject to change

About HUCK FINN JUBILEE Bluegrass Music Festival
Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival is a 3-day music festival, held on the second weekend of June annually, celebrating Bluegrass – America’s genuine roots music. Founded in 1975 by the Tucker Family, the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival continues to evolve and has become a premier 3-day showcase of traditional Bluegrass and Jam grass music. This family-friendly event is a community of music-driven campgrounds with endless pickin’ parties, music workshops and instrumental roots education for all ages, outdoor recreation and Tom Sawyer Island dedicated to all day kid’s activities.

Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau (a non-profit 501c 3), supports the cross-pollination and belief in the evolution of this music while honoring its rich history. This unique festival showcases an array of musicians spanning across local, regional, and national Grammy nominated and award-winning bands alike. Huck Finn Jubilee is committed to presenting exceptional headlining musicians as well as emerging artists dedicated to creating sounds for the future whhttp://www.huckfinn.comile preserving the deeply imbedded roots of Bluegrass. Bluegrass music tells a story and narrative of the lives of the everyday American people. For more information visit http://www.huckfinn.com

New Single Release by Dave Adkins on Mountain Fever Records

da_cover_webMountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of new music by Dave Adkins. “Change Her Mind” is available to radio today and is the first single from Adkins’ self-titled album due for release in February 26th.

Dave Adkins is a powerhouse of talent. His vocals, songwriting, and excitable stage presence simply astounds audiences, drawing them in almost instantaneously within the first few moments of a live performance experience. New fans of his music soon learn that behind Adkins’ immeasurable talent is a heart of gold, sincere in his approach to his music and with his fans.

In February 2014, Mountain Fever Records released Adkins’ solo album, Nothing To Lose. Adkins contributed his songwriting talents with one co-write and three originals – one of which was the instant chart success “Pike County Jail.” Numerous other tracks dominated the bluegrass radio charts in 2014 including the title track reaching #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks, several #1s on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20, and the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Albums charts in 2014 and Top 150 Albums of 2015.

Adkins’ second project on the label was the collaborative album Adkins & Loudermilk that helped garner the duo a nomination by the International Bluegrass Music Association for the 2015 Emerging Artist of the Year Award. The first single release, titled “Back Side of Losing,” was written by Dave Adkins and Mark “Brink” Brinkman and appeared on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 50 Songs of 2015. The album also appeared at #17 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 150 Albums of 2015.

Fans and radio are ready for more from Dave Adkins so with that in mind, Adkins began gathering material for his next solo project. With a killer track list of tunes written by some of the industry’s most talented songwriters, along with Adkins’ originals and co-writes, they will not be disappointed. The first single, “Change Her Mind” written by Adkins, is now available to radio programmers via AirPlay Direct and consumers may purchase the single via iTunes beginning January 18th.

For more about Dave Adkins, visit daveadkinsmusic.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit mountainfever.com.

Bria Kelly (The Voice) Records and Films Powerful New Music Video for Anti-Dog Chaining Song “Why Me?”

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Bria Kelly, famous for top 10 finish on The Voice last year, and top 20 stint on America’s Got Talent, the year before, was the obvious choice to record the vocals for the new song “Why Me?” When asked what this song means to Bria, she replied, “I am humbled by the opportunity to support such an amazing cause. Written by Amy Havens Hines and Donna Hughes, this song should be an eye opening reality check to those who turn a blind eye to animal cruelty.”

Amy Hines reached out to Donna Hughes, an Award-Winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights activist. Hughes has recorded a series of anti-chaining songs including the first, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain,” that appears on her album From The Heart, and the follow-up “One Less Dog In The Cold.”

“When Amy Hines sent me her haunting lyrics, I immediately had a vision for the melody, and after reading her haunting lyrics, I knew the title had to be what all dogs on chains are thinking, ‘Why Me?’ Dog chaining is legal in my area, so after many sleepless nights, tossing and turning, worrying about all the dogs who live all around me on chains, I knew we had to get this song recorded by someone special! I am honored and sincerely grateful Amy chose me as her partner to complete this song. I have true admiration for her and all the happy hearts and helping hands at Dogs Deserve Better, as they rehabilitate dogs from a lifetime of suffering,” said Hughes.

The song “Why Me?” came together in one day. They then reached out to Bria Kelly to perform it knowing that her powerful vocals and huge fan following would certainly help bring global attention to this powerful tune.

The lyrics then traveled to Nashville where it was professionally recorded and mixed by musician Scott Vestal who also played acoustic guitar and bass on the recording. Vestal’s impressive career includes stints with Kenny Chesney, Dierks Bentley, Donny and Marie Osmond, Sam Bush, David Lee Roth, Ricky Skaggs, and many other high profile artists. He has also appeared on numerous national TV shows.

Other musicians on “Why Me?” include the amazing talents of: Jenee Fleenor, (currently performing with Blake Shelton) on Violin; Josh Shilling (lead vocalist with Mountain Heart) on Piano and Harmony; Chris Brown (Belmont University, Sam Bush, Linda Rondstadt) on Drums; and Bob Williams (has played Rhythm and Blues with the Peptonz, American folk music with Carey Creed, Bluegrass with the Grass Menagerie, and classic Rock and dance music with Scott Young and Steppin’ Out) on Guitar.

Cetre Peques (Music Video Director) and the entire Who’s Johnny Creative production team immediately jumped on board to produce the music video for “Why Me?” in hopes of raising awareness and showing the correlation between animal abuse and crimes against humanity. Dr. Sheri Bias, Liquid Talent Agency joined the team by providing over 50 professional actors.

On July 25, 2015, the actors, writers, producers, and Bria Kelly showed up on 1915 Moonlight Rd. in Smithfield, Virginia. Once the home of Michael Vick’s “Bad Newz” dog fighting compound, it is now home of Dogs Deserve Better that operates the Good Newz Rehabilitation Center for Chained & Penned Dogs. After what can only be described as a “surreal” experience, the 22 hours of filming took place on the very property where dozens of dogs had been fought and died. No one left without having a life altering experience.

The “Why Me?” video can be viewed at https://youtu.be/byoPuFK5wNE

The song can be purchased for download on CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon and all major distribution sites. A portion of every song will benefit the dogs at the Good Newz Rehabilitation Center for Chained & Penned Dogs (dogsdeservebetter.org).
More information about “Why Me?” can be found at whymemusic.com

Radio programmers worldwide can download “Why Me?” at Airplay Direct:
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donna-hughes-400wDonna Hughes, an award-winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights activist, is using her voice to help un-chain dogs. She started a petition, which has now grown to 35k signatures, and has also set up a page a “Dogs Without Chains” Facebook page where she posts all the new tethering ordinances being passed around the nation.

She also set up a page called “Flying Hound Fences,” aptly named after her Publishing Company, (Flying Hound Publishing) to organize volunteers to build fences in her area, for those who need help.

Due to her efforts and many other organizations, more and more people have begun filing into their Local County Courtrooms, to argue a ban on chaining dogs. Both “One Less Dog In The Cold” and “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” have extremely sad videos on YouTube, difficult to watch, but necessary to educate. Both songs have been shared by celebrities such as Wynonna Judd, some of The Real Housewives in Hollywood, Broadway Stars, Pulitzer Prize Winners, and more.

Donna’s songs and efforts have been covered widely in the media in global publications and high profile social sites like “The Little Things,” with 3+ million fans.

For more information on Donna Hughes, please visit www.donnahughes.com.

New Single by Donna Hughes – “The Way I Am” Now Avail to Radio and For Digital Purchase

Donna HughesDonna Hughes is proud to announce the first single release, “The Way I Am” from her upcoming new bluegrass album, FROM THE HEART is now available to radio and for digital purchase.  Donna provides lead vocals on her original song that is a perfect summertime tune with a fun and lively Cajun feel.

She is joined on “The Way I Am” by Scott Vestal (Banjo), Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Rob Ickes (Reso Guitar), Cory Piatt (Mandolin), Zak McLamb (Bass), Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar), and Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle and Harmony Vocals).

FROM THE HEART was recorded at Hilltop Studio in Nashville, TN with Engineer Steve Chandler. This highly anticipated new project, set for release later this year on her label, Running Dog Records, includes 16 original songs plus 1 cover. She will also release an Americana album, FLY, this fall featuring 8 originals plus 4 covers.

Donna recently launched an Indiegogo campaign where her fans have been pre-ordering both of these new albums.  As promised, fans who have already participated were the first to receive the new song, “The Way I Am” last week.  Fans can still pre-order these albums and find other levels of supporting her music by visiting Indigogo.com. The single is now available for purchase at DonnaHughes.com.

Radio stations can download “The Way I Am” at AirPlayDirect.com or request a WAV file. Lyrics and additional information can be found at her website.

Please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, and Pandora.