Donna Hughes Tugs on the Heartstrings with her Original Song “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain”

See the Video and Lyrics below

donna-hughes-two-albumsDuring last year’s brutal winter months, North Carolina Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes penned the heart wrenching and powerful song, “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” that has certainly pulled on the heartstrings. The song, and her YouTube video have been featured and shared on numerous popular sites including Talking-Dogs.com, LoveMyDogBlog, and the wide-reaching Dogs Deserve Better Facebook page to name a few. Donna has also started a new Facebook community page facebook.com/DogsWithoutChains hoping to bring awareness to animal cruelty.

Early next year, Donna will announce her 2015 tour that will include performance dates overseas and around the country. While she regularly performs and speaks at elementary schools, she will soon announce more public speaking engagements as an Animal Rights Advocate continuing her passionate mission to change tethering laws around the country.

Donna plans to publish the lyrics, in addition to a happy ending for the dog, in a children’s book, with sheet music to the song in the back of the book. She also has a couple of other dog songs that she feels will make great children’s books as well – helping to educate children to love and cherish their pets.

“Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” appears on both of Donna’s current albums, From the Heart and Fly. The dog song, along with three of her other originals (“Gone,” “The Red Oak Tree,” and “Where The Good Daddies Go”) have been nominated for Strictly Country’s 20th Annual Spirit Awards in the Song of the Year category.

Since the late summer release of these impressive albums, Donna continues to receive media support including recent album reviews in Power Source Magazine, coverage on Bluegrass Today and many other popular publications – both online and in print.

Radio success has been tremendous for Donna this year. The first single release, “The Way I Am” is currently #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart with “Dog On A 10’ Chain” at in the #2 spot for the second week in a row. “The Way I Am” is also on the Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks for November; Bluegrass Today’s Monthly Chart for December; Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Bluegrass Songs for November; Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs for December to name a few.

From the Heart and Fly are available to radio stations worldwide on AirPlayDirect (APD) and as previously announced, was the first winner of the Beyond The Song Contest. She recently added her all of her albums to APD including: Gaining Wisdom produced by Tony Rice on Rounder Records; Hellos, Goodbyes, and Butterflies produced by J.D. Crowe on Rounder Records; and her first two self-produced albums Somewhere in Time and Same Old Me on her label Running Dog Records.

She has received tremendous APD chart success for these projects with 5 albums appearing on: the APD Top 50 Bluegrass/Folk Albums this month; From The Heart at #13 on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Albums and at #46 on the APD Global Indicator Top 50 Albums All Genres for All Time; Fly at #7 on the APD Top 50 Americana Albums this month; 10 songs on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass / Folk Singles this month; 4 songs on the APD Top 50 Americana Singles this month including two with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Tony Rice; and 5 songs on the APD Top 50 Christian Gospel Singles this month.

Donna Hughes’ music can be found on iTunes, Amazon, CD Baby and many more outlets. To view lyrics for “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain” and her vast catalog of original music, please visit DonnaHughes.com. Fans are invited to join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, Pandora, and many more sites.

Lyrics to “Dog On A 10 Foot Chain”

Nothing to look forward to
Watching cars go by all day
Nothing to play with, nothing to do
Shivering in the cold hard rain

They forget to bring me water
They forget that I am here
They don’t know how smart I am
They don’t even see my tears

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

Sometimes it’s hard to stay cool
On a blazing hot summer day
I dream of crossing the stream
And catching a fish as the sunlight fades

It’s hard to stay warm in the winter
Some nights it’s hard to be strong
I dream of chasing butterflies
And rabbits all day long

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

The world is big and beautiful
But I’ll never see it all
Maybe when I go to Heaven
Someone will love me and throw me a big red ball

What did I do wrong, what did I do?
I just want someone to love me, because I love you
Whatever it is I did wrong, maybe I can change
No one knows how hard it is, how hard it is to be………. a dog on a 10 foot chain

Lonesome River Band Returns as Host of RUDY FEST

_MG_1777-300Lonesome River Band returns as the Host of RUDY FEST held at the Carter County Fairgrounds in Grayson, KY. The event began today and runs through Saturday, June 22 with Lonesome River band set to take the stage on Friday and Saturday. This year’s festival will also feature The Bluegrass Album Band that includes the talents of Doyle Lawson, J. D. Crowe, Tony Rice, Bobby Hicks, Todd Phillips, and Josh Williams.

RudyFestSimplytheBest“We have been a part of Rudy Fest for the past 10 years and in our second year of hosting the festival, said Lonesome River Band member Sammy Shelor. “The vibe of Rudy Fest is what LRB is all about. The fact that the crew there uses the festival to raise money for the Carter County Youth Sports programs and other special needs of the community makes it a great event in all aspects. It is one of the most appreciative crowds on the whole Bluegrass Circuit.”

The 2013 RUDY FEST four-day line-up also includes many other top national touring acts with performances by: The Grascals, The SteelDrivers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Boxcars, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time, Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice, Dave Adkins & Republik Steele, Dailey & Vincent, Balsam Range, and many more.

For more information on RUDY FEST including tickets, directions and a complete line-up, please visit www.rudyfest.com.

LONESOME RIVER BAND is lead by Virginia Country Music Hall of Famer and Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Bluegrass & Banjo winner, SAMMY SHELOR (Banjo, Harmony Vocals) who is joined by: BRANDON RICKMAN (Guitar, Lead & Harmony Vocals); MIKE HARTGROVE (Fiddle); BARRY REED (Bass, Harmony Vocals); and RANDY JONES (Mandolin, Lead & Harmony Vocals). For more information on the Lonesome River Band including upcoming tour dates, please visit LonesomeRiverBand.com.

Bill Monroe’s Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival June 9 – 16, 2012

The Mecca of Bluegrass Includes 8 Big Days of Entertainment with Over 55 Bands

 

The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival will be held June 9 – 16, 2012 at the Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Music Park & Campground in Bean Blossom (Brown County), Indiana.  The 8-day event includes a stellar line-up of over 50 bluegrass bands, Youth Bluegrass Boot Camp, instrument and vocal workshops, jam sessions, camping, food, vendors, and so much more.  Tickets can be purchased by phone (800) 414-4677 or at the park’s website: www.beanblossom.US

The 46th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival includes performances by:

Saturday, June 9

Tim Graves, Daryl Mosley and Farm Country, Newfound Road, Jesse McReynolds and Virginia Boys, Larry Stephenson Band, Gene Watson, Larry Gillis and Swamp Grass, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and Tommy Brown & County Line Grass.

Sunday, June 10

Marge Sullivan Family, Pastor Baggett, Cumberland River, Don Stanley and Middle Creek, Tommy Brown and County Line Grass, Volume Five, Chris Jones and Night Drivers, Grasstowne, Jr. Sisk and Rambler’s Choice, Darrell Webb Band

Monday, June 11

Bankester Family, Lonesome Highway, Common Strings, Moron Brothers, David Davis and Warrior River Boys, Ronnie Reno and Reno Tradition, Lonesome River Band, The Boxcars, Hill Benders

Tuesday, June 12

Don Rigsby and Midnight Call, Spinney Brothers, Jimmy Bowen and Santa Fe, Moron Brothers, Glen Bonham and Southern Tradition, Little Roy and Lizzy Show, Randy Waller and Country Gentlemen, The Expedition Show

Wednesday, June 13

Spinney Brothers, Wildwood Valley Boys, Goldwing Express, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Karl Shifflett & Big Country Show, Kenny & Amanda Smith, The Grascals, Longview, Special Consensus, and a great performance by our Boot Camp attendees at 4:30 pm.

Thursday, June 14

Kyle Ramey Band, Larry Efaw and Mountaineers, James King Band, Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Karl Shifflett, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Special Consensus

Friday, June 15

Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain, Dale Ann Bradley, Charlie Sizemore Band, Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers, JD Crowe & The New South, Ralph Stanley II, James King Band

Saturday, June 16

Magnolia Drive, Tommy Sells & Big Country Show, Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, Dr. Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Tony Rice Unit, JD Crowe and Former New South Reunion Show

The YOUTH BLUEGRASS BOOT CAMP takes place June 11-13, 2012.  The camp is open to ages 6-18 years and offers over 15 hours of professional instruction in all levels, beginner through advanced for Banjo, Guitar, Fiddle, Bass and Mandolin.  The event is sponsored by CIBA, J.D. Crowe & The New South, Martin Guitars, and the Bean Blossom Jamboree Foundation.  For anyone interested in becoming a sponsor or requesting more information on the camp, please contact Sarah Wasson via email swasson@setel.com

Last year, the Bill Monroe Music Park celebrated the 100th anniversary of Bill Monroe’s birth with a live album recording by Rural Rhythm Records.  The album has been released, is available for sale at BeanBlossom.US and is also available for purchase at the park.  This incredible live performance tribute album was produced by Sammy Shelor (Lonesome River Band) and includes performances by: Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & III Tyme Out, Lou Reid & Carolina, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Blue Moon Rising, Grasstowne, Brand New Strings, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Carolina Road, and more.

Sam Jackson, George Riddle, and the legendary Tommy Lamb will emcee the event.  Sound will be provided by Tom Feller and J&R Productions.

The Bill Monroe Music Park is located at 5163 SR 135N, Bean Blossom, Indiana  46160.  For  more information including purchasing tickets, directions, complete schedule, and more, please visit: www.billmonroemusicpark.com  or www.beanblossom.US

The 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bluegrass Festival is sponsored by:
Dillman Furniture, Martin Guitars, and Hope River Entertainment.

LIFE GOES ON album by Musicians Against Childhood Cancer® Now Released

Rural Rhythm Records has now released the highly anticipated new album release, LIFE GOES ON by the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer®.  This new 2 CD set is now available for purchase at Amazon.com, County Sales, Ernest Tubb Records Shops, the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer website, Rural Rhythm Records, directly through the participating artists and many more locations.  The LIFE GOES ON album was recorded live during the annual MACC festivals from 2006 – 2011 with the exception of the new single “Life Goes On” that was recorded at Randy Kohrs’ Slack Key Studio in Nashville, TN.

The all-star line-up on the LIFE GOES ON 2-CD Set includes the following tracks:

 

Disc 1

01      GOODBYE TO THE BLUES – Johnson Mountain Boys

02      BEYOND THE SUNSET– Doyle Lawson, Russell Moore, Jamie Dailey, Josh Swift

03      RAGGED MAN – Gibson Brothers

04      I GOT A WOMAN – Pine Mountain Railroad

05      PLEASE COME TO BOSTON – New Found Road

06      SIX FEET UNDER THE GROUND – Michael Cleveland and Fame Keeper

07      IN THE TIME THAT YOU GAVE ME – Shawn Camp

08      GOIN’ ACROSS THE SEA – J. D. Crow & The New South

09      HIGHWAY OF SORROW – Junior Sisk

10      FRAULEIN – Lost and Found

11      RAIN AND SNOW – Brandon Rickman (Lonesome River Band)

12      REVELATION – Bradley Walker

13      PANHANDLE COUNTRY – Clay Hess & Friends

14      ACROSS THE GREAT DIVIDE – Josh Williams Band

15      FORTY YEARS – David Parmley & Continental Divide

16      THE WATER IS WIDE – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

17      HARD TIMES – The Grascals

18      PAUL’S MINISTRY – Paul Williams

19      STRUTTIN’ TO FERRUM – Lonesome River Band

20      BLUE SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN – The SteelDrivers

 

DISC 2

01      MANZANITA – Tony Rice

02      ROLLIN’ AND TUMBLIN’

03      PRECIOUS MEMORIES – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

04      LITTLE JOHN I AM – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

05      TENNESSEE WHISKEY – Chris Stapleton, Morgane Hayes, Bradley Walker

06      SMASHVILLE – Sierra Hull & Highway 111

07      GIVE MY LOVE TO ROSE – Sally Connell, Dudley Connell

08      WHERE THE NEVER DIES  – Don Rigsby & Josh Williams

09      NOTHING BUT A WHIPPORWILL – Blue Highway

10      THE WATER SO COLD – Marty Raybon and Full Circle

11      THE TURKEY BUZZARD – Joe Mullins & Aubry Hayine

12      HE DIED A ROUNDER AT 21 – Junior Sisk, Randy Kohrs, Josh Williams

13      THE LIKES OF ME – Randy Kohrs Band

14      SHOUTING TIME IN HEAVEN – Kenny & Amanda Smith

15      AT THE END OF THE A LONG LONELY – Danny Paisley & Southern Grass

16      MEMORIES OF MOTHER – James King

17      I SHOULD’VE CALLED – Larry Stephenson

18      OLD VIOLIN – Larry Cordle, Michael Cleveland

19      LIFE GOES ON – Jerry Salley, Carl Jackson, Ronnie Bowman, Rickey Wasson, Larry Cordle

Rural Rhythm Records will soon release a new music video of the first single, “Life Goes On.” The song is currently #8 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart.  The VIDEO was filmed at Liberty Church in Gallatin, TN during the week of the 2012 SPBGMA convention and features Ronnie Bowman, Jerry Salley, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Rickey Wasson, and directed by brothers, Sammy Passamano III and Anthony Passamano.  Although the video is still in production, the label has released a short preview that can be found on their website.  Family memory photos are courtesy of the musicians involved in this project and Darrel Adkins who founded Musicians Against Childhood Cancer along with his wife Phyllis Adkins in honor of their daughter, Mandy who lost her battle with cancer on November 25, 2000.  Proceeds from the annual festival benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

For more information on Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, please visit their website at BluegrassClassic.com

For more information on Rural Rhythm Records, please visit RuralRhythm.com

Today’s new album release: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM

Today, Rural Rhythm Records released the highly anticipated new album, BILL MONROE 100th YEAR CELEBRATION: LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM that was recorded this past June at the Bill Monroe Music Park in Bean Blossom, Indiana during the 45th Annual Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival. Last Sunday, the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Renfro Valley, KY hosted a special CD Release celebration for this exciting new commemorative album.

Robert Lawson, Executive Director of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame & Museum opened the event with introductions of the KHOF Board Members and other special guests. VIPs in attendance included radio personalities Charlie Hall, Larry Carter, Zeke Buttons; along with Jim Gabehart (Bluegrass Today); Frank Goodbey (Founder of the Bluegrass-L); Thomas Adler who wrote the liner notes and is author of the 2011 publication of Bean Blossom: The Brown County Jamboree and Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass; Vic Gabanny famed sound engineer at Bradley’s Barn where Bill Monroe recorded; Ronnie Reno; James and Valerie Gabehart; and many more.

Sam Passamano, II, President of Rural Rhythm Records thanked the numerous people involved in the making of the album including a very special thanks to Dwight Dillman, owner of the Bill Monroe Music Park for hosting this live album recording and making this album possible. He also thanked Robert Lawson with the KHOF and their Board of Directors for hosting the event in their fabulous facility.  Many thanks went to Sammy Shelor, (album producer) along with all of the participating artists: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Lonesome River Band, Lou Reid & Carolina, Bobby Osborne & Rocky Top Express, Ronnie Reno & The Reno Tradition, Audie Blaylock and Redline, Wasson & McCall, Blue Moon Rising, Grasstowne, Brand New Strings, Carolina Road and the Bartley Brothers; on-site production staff Tom Feller and Dale Perry; Anthony Ladd (Kneelindesign) for the fabulous artwork; Sammy Passamano III (videographer) along with the rest of the Rural Rhythm Records team.  “But most of all we need to thank the Father of Bluegrass, Mr. Bill Monroe,” he said.

Brand New Strings, who appear on this tribute album and have a previous Rural Rhythm release, NO STRINGS ATTACHED, opened the performance portion of the event with a fantastic set that highlighted the band’s incredible instrumental talents and vocal harmonies.

A stellar group of musicians who participated on the tribute album, plus more Rural Rhythm family of artists and friends, delighted the crowd with spectacular performances.  This All-Star BILL MONROE TRIBUTE BAND included the talents of Sammy Shelor, Steve Gulley, Dale Ann Bradley, Carrie Hassler, Audie Blaylock, Preston Schmidt (Brand New Strings); and Tony Mowell (Blue Moon Rising).  Sammy Shelor fresh off a recent performance on The Late Show with David Letterman (Lonesome River Band and special guest, Steve Martin) performed “Goldrush.”  Four-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Dale Ann Bradley sang “In Despair,” Carrie Hassler gave an amazing performance of “Blue Moon of Kentucky,” Audie Blaylock wowed the audience with “Cry, Cry Darling; ” and Steve Gulley, impressed all with his vocal talents on “ Used to Be.”

Kentucky Hall of Fame member and bluegrass supergroup, J.D. Crowe & The New South closed out the show in grand fashion with more Monroe tunes like “Molly & Tenbrooks,” and “Where you Gonna Hide?” – a song Dwight McCall’s Dad recorded as Earl Taylor & Jim McCall on the Rural Rhythm label many years ago.  They also performed songs from Rickey Wasson’s solo album, plus numerous J. D. Crowe & The New South tunes.

Paul Berstein from Lexscape Productions, who handles all of the video work for the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame, was on hand filming this special event that will be released at a later time.

BILL MONROE 100TH YEAR CELEBRATION:  LIVE AT BEAN BLOSSOM is now available at fine retail outlets including:  Walmart, f.y.e. entertainment, Amazon, iTunes, Ernest Tubb Records Shops, County Sales, Music Shed, Rural Rhythm’s website, and wherever Bluegrass music is sold.

VIEW MANY MORE PHOTOS FROM THE CD RELEASE PARTY HERE.

Donna Hughes Receives Multiple Honors from Various Organizations

Donna Hughes
Donna Hughes

Acclaimed songwriter and national touring artist, DONNA HUGHES has just received numerous honors and nominations by a variety of organizations in recent weeks including being nominated by The Carolina Music Awards for the Country Female Vocalist of the Year. Winners will be announced at the 2nd Annual Carolina Music Awards Show on August 15, 2009 at the Progress Energy Center in Downtown, Raleigh, NC.  Fans can still cast their vote at the organization’s website at: CarolinaMusicAwards.com

Hughes’ current CD, GAINING WISDOM (Rounder Records), has also garnered 4 nominations by the Just Plain Folks Music Organization for Bluegrass Album of the Year, Country Song of the Year (“Hold On“), and Bluegrass Song of the Year (“Bottom of a Glass” and “What I’m Looking For.”) Just Plain Folks is a community of over 51,500 songwriters, recording artists and music industry professionals and host to the world’s largest independent music awards.  The Awards Show will be held Saturday, August 29, 2009 from 5:00 pm – 11:00 pm at the Wildhorse Saloon in Nashville, TN.

The International Bluegrass Music Association has chosen Donna Hughes as a 2009 IBMA Showcase Artist where she will perform with her band at this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass held at the Nashville Convention Center in September.

Hughes has recently been in the studio recording a new bluegrass album with producer and bluegrass legend, J. D. Crowe.  This will be her second Rounder Records release and comes on the heels of her acclaimed “Gaining Wisdom” album produced by legendary guitarist, Tony Rice.  The CD featured many of Hughes’ original songs complimented with guest vocals by Alison Krauss, Mary Chapin Carpenter, Rhonda Vincent and more. 

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