Donna Hughes Announces Release Party for Two New Albums and Music Video Premiere

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Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes will celebrate two new albums, FROM THE HEART and FLY, and the premiere of the music video for the song, “The Red Oak Tree” on August 23, 2014. This highly anticipated event will take place at the Sunset Theatre located at 234 Sunset Avenue in Asheboro, NC beginning at 7:30 PM. Tickets can be purchased at the door and are $5 for Adults and free for children 10 & under.

Hughes certainly showcases her tremendous songwriting talents on both projects with an amazing 21 tracks (19 original songs plus 2 covers) on her Bluegrass album, FROM THE HEART and 12 tracks (8 original songs plus 4 covers) on the piano album, FLY.

“I thoroughly enjoyed the experience of getting some amazing musicians together to interpret brand new songs from my heart. I find there is no greater high than watching them assemble the notes together for the first time. I so admire and respect their patience with the long sessions. It’s rather addictive, and as long as I am alive there is someone willing to listen, I’ll continue to write more and seek the hands that bring the songs to life,” said Donna.

Musicians joining Donna on FROM THE HEART include: Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Scott Vestal (Banjo), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle & Harmony Vocals), Cory Piatt (Mandolin), Zak McLamb (Bass), Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar), and special guest Andy Kearns as Auctioneer on her original song “Gone.” The album was mastered by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground Studios, Greenbrier, TN and Recorded at Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN with Engineers Steve Chandler & John Nicholson. Tracks 3, 7 & 10 were recorded at Riverside Audio, Mount Gilead, NC with Engineer Greg Luck.

On FLY, musicians include: Donna Hughes (Lead Vocals & Piano), Jenee Fleenor (Violin & Harmony Vocals), John Catchings (Cello), Mark Fain (Bass Violin), Andy Kearns (Auctioneer on “Gone”), and Melody Williamson (Harmony Vocals on “All You Need Is A Dream”). The album was mastered by Scott Vestal at Digital Underground Studios, Greenbrier, TN and Recorded at Hilltop Studios, Nashville, TN with Engineers Steve Chandler and John Nicholson.

The Red Oak Tree” song appears on both albums providing listeners with both an acoustic and a piano version of the haunting tune. The music video will premiere at the release party on August 23rd. The three day video shoot was filmed last month by Videographer, Anthony Ladd of Pikeville, TN. Over 100 of Donna’s friends and family appear in the video shot at the Asheboro City Cemetery. Other locations include the home of Chad & Barbara Hall (otherwise known as the “John Hughes” home), Loraye Hughes’ home (Donna’s mother), and the Denton Farm Park. More details on the video will be announced following the premiere.
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Donna Hughes Announces Two New Albums & Indiegogo Campaign


Donna Hughes is excited to announce not one, but TWO new album releases this year and she’s inviting her loyal fans to be a part of it. The charismatic and extremely talented Singer-Songwriter put together a video introduction for these two new albums and is inviting fans to check out various levels of participation at Indiegogo.com.

Earlier this month, Donna recorded these two new albums at what might be called marathon recording sessions at Hilltop Studio in Nashville with Engineer Steve Chandler. They recorded 29 songs – 24 brand new originals and some just days old!
Joining her in the studio and appearing on the new Bluegrass album entitled, FROM THE HEART, are: Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Scott Vestal (Banjo), Rob Ickes (Dobro), Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle), Cory Piatt (Mandolin), Zak McLamb (Bass), Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar), and special guest Andy Kearns as Auctioneer on her original song “Gone.” Jenee also lends her violin talents along with John Catchings (Cello), Mark Fain (Bass Violin) and Donna Hughes on Lead Vocals and Piano on Donna’s new piano album, entitled FLY.

Donna certainly showcases her tremendous songwriting talents on both projects with 16 original songs plus 1 cover song on the Bluegrass album, FROM THE HEART with 8 originals plus 4 covers on the piano album, FLY.

In 2001, Donna released her first album entitled SOMEWHERE IN TIME, where she wrote 9 of the 15 songs. In 2003, she released SAME OLD ME, where she contributed all 21 songs, which opened many doors. Her next two albums were released on Rounder Records. GAINING WISDOM, produced by Tony Rice, was released in 2007 where she wrote 12 of the 14 songs. Her 2010 HELLOS, GOODBYES, AND BUTTERFLIES album was produced by J.D. Crowe and included 15 original songs. Donna has 133 original songs for sale on i’Tunes.

Donna has received impressive radio success throughout the years. She previously reached #1 on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Albums with HELLOS, GOODBYES, AND BUTTERFLIES along with many other bluegrass singles charting in various genres of music. She has written many noteworthy songs for many other artists as well, such as: “Sad Old Train” by the Seldom Scene; “My Poor Old Heart” by Alison Krauss & Union Station – who also performed the song at the 2005 CMA Awards; “Never Gonna Change” by Kati Penn; “Scattered to the Wind” by Darren Beachley; “Little Bluebird” by The Snyder Family, and many more.

Donna will perform today at the Senior Center Volunteer’s Dinner in Asheboro, NC; June 29 at the Tabernacle Baptist Church Service in Troy, NC; July 16 at Center Park in Greensboro, NC with many more dates soon to be announced.

Please visit DonnaHughes.com and join her on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Youtube, Pinterest, and more sites. Listen to her music on Pandora!

Lonesome River Band Signs with Mountain Home Music Company

2014-signing-mountain-home-music-companyCarrying the tradition into 2014, Bluegrass powerhouse the Lonesome River Band has just signed an exclusive recording agreement with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company.

The band’s multi-award-winning banjo player Sammy Shelor comments: “Lonesome River Band is very excited about the opportunity to be a part of The Mountain Home/Crossroads Music Family. We look forward to recording this next project and having the support of such a great team. Thanks to Mickey Gamble and the rest of the team for making this a reality.”

The Lonesome River Band is a staple in Bluegrass and has remained a headlining act at major Bluegrass and Roots Music festivals for years. They continue their heavy presence as a sought-after live band as they begin work on this new album.

Mountain Home, based in Arden, NC, near Asheville, is home to some of the top bands in Bluegrass including Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Balsam Range, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Grascals, and more.

The group begins recording in April with the new release planned for this summer.

New Album Release by Lou Reid & Carolina

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Lou Reid & Carolina are proud to announce today’s new album release – the “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” on KMA Records. The album is now available for sale at Amazon, Kmart, County Sales, CD Universe, and more retail outlets. Music journalist, Keith Lawrence says, “It’s one of the best bluegrass albums you’ll hear this year. Fans of Lou Reid & Carolina will definitely want this album in their collection.”

dvd-coverThis special performance is also available in DVD format and for sale on the band’s website at loureidandcarolina.com. This project was filmed by Jerod Jacobs with “Six Foot Kitten” based in Salisbury, NC during an exciting live concert event held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

Lou Reid, Christy Reid, Trevor Watson and Skip Cherryholmes have been busy on tour including last week’s performance at the IBMA Street Festival in Raleigh, NC and upcoming performances like: October 5 at the Oak Grove Bluegrass Festival, Oak Grove, LA; October 19 at the Home Creek Farms Festival, Pinnacle, NC; October 25 at the Howmet Playhouse Theater, Whitehall, MI; October 26 in McGregor, Ontario Canada;  and November 16 at the McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX.

For more information on the band, the new album and a complete tour schedule, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com. It is available to all radio programmers at airplaydirect.com.

DETOUR heads to Bristol Rhythm & Roots before taking off to Raleigh for IBMA WOB

banner-detour-largeDETOUR will make their debut this Saturday, September 21 at the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion in Bristol, TN.  Then the band takes off to Raleigh, NC for the annual International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass with performances at:

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IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Showcase at the Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC

WAMUWed, September 25 – 12:00 pm – WAMU Bluegrass Country’s 6th Annual Live Broadcast from IBMA’s World of Bluegrass

Wed, September 25 – 6:00 pm
IBMA Bluegrass Ramble Showcase at The Pour House Music Hall, Raleigh, NC

Thursday, September 26 – Invitation Only Talent Buyer’s Reception at the Convention Center, Raleigh, NC

Friday, September 27 – Invitation Only – Forestville Road Elementary School, Knightdale, NC 10:000 am

Saturday, September 28 – 12:40 pm
IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass performance the Raleigh Convention Center

Saturday, September 28 – 11:00 pm
IBMA Bluegrass Ramble at Kings, 14 W. Martin St., Raleigh, NC sponsored by Bluegrass in the Plains

For more details on these performances, please visit DETOUR’S website and also IBMA.org. We encourage you to download the FREE World of Bluegrass Official Visitors APP to help keep track of locations and performances.

Lou Reid & Carolina Gearing Up for CD and DVD Release of 20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home

dvd-coverLou Reid and Carolina are proud to announce the CD and DVD release of their “20th Anniversary Concert – Live at the Down Home” on KMA Records. The album is set for release October 1, 2013 and is available for pre-order at Amazon, County Sales, CD Universe, plus more retail outlets. The DVD is available for sale now on the band’s website at loudreidandcarolina.com.

The band has released a preview video including a performance of their new single, “Mountain Girl” available for viewing on youtube and Facebook. Jerod Jacobs with “Six Foot Kitten” based in Salisbury, NC filmed the band during the exciting live concert event recently held at the Down Home in Johnson City, Tenn.

“The “20th Anniversary Concert” album recently made its debut on Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction hosted by Kyle Cantrell. The album is available to all radio programmers at airplaydirect.com/music/loureidandcarolina20thAnniversaryConcert.

Lou Reid and Carolina have been busy on tour with upcoming performances at:

  • September 27, 2013 – Raleigh, NC – IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival – Martin Street Stage 8:15 PM
  • September 28, 2013 – Raleigh, NC – North Carolina Pavilion Stage Sponsored by MerleFest and Mast Farm Inn – 1-1:45pm for a workshop then a 2 pm performance
  • October 19, 2013 – Home Creek Farms Festival, Pinnacle, NC
  • October 25, 2013 – Howmet Playhouse Theater, Whitehall, MI
  • October 26, 2013 – McGregor, Ontario Canada
  • November 5, 2013 – Oak Grove Bluegrass Festival, Oak Grove, LA
  • November 16, 2013 – McKinney Performing Arts Center, McKinney, TX
  • February 14, 2014 – Bluegrass First Class, Asheville, NC
  • June 12, 2014 – Bluegrass in Cherokee, Cherokee, NC
  • June 19, 2014 – Rockahock Bluegrass Festival, Lanexa, VA
  • June 21, 2014- Charlotte Bluegrass Festival, MI

Lou Reid and Carolina includes the fine talents of Lou Reid, Christy Reid, Trevor Watson and Skip Cherryholmes. For more information on the band and the new CD & DVD, please visit LouReidandCarolina.com.

Newton & Thomas Scheduled for Numerous Performance in Raleigh for IBMA WOB

newton-thomasMark Newton & Steve Thomas have been entertaining audiences all year long and will now take their lively show to Raleigh, NC next week. They have numerous performances scheduled during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) World of Bluegrass convention including:

  • Monday, Sept. 23 – 11:30 am – On the Air with Host Mike Moore on WMYN Radio’s “Celebrate NC” on your dial or listen live on the web at http://www.rcrlive.com
  • Wednesday, Sept. 25 – 1:00 pm – Live interview and performance WAMU Bluegrass Country live broadcast from the Raleigh Convention Center, Room 201 in front of a live audience.
  • Wednesday, Sept 25 – 11:00 pm – Bluegrass Ramble Showcase sponsored by MerleFest, Pinecastle Records, and The Mast Farm Inn to be held at the Longview Center.
  • Thursday, Sept 26 – 3:00 pm – Special Artist Presentation titled “Working with Pinecastle and Starting Our New Band” to be held at the North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion located in the Exhibit Hall at the Raleigh Convention Center.
  • Thursday, Sept. 26 – 4:00 pm – North Carolina Bluegrass Pavilion Stage in the Exhibit Hall of the Raleigh Convention Center.
  • Friday, Sept 27 – 3:45 pm performance on the City Plaza Stage at the Wide Open Bluegrass Street Festival to be held at the 400 block of Fayetteville St., in downtown Raleigh. For more information on tickets to all of these events, please visit http://www.ibma.org.

Earlier this year, Pinecastle Records released the album, REBORN by Newton & Thomas that includes the hit single, “Old McDonald Sold The Farm.” The song has spent all year topping the bluegrass radio charts including reaching #1 four times on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart, climbed as high as #5 on Sirius XM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Most Played Tracks, and continues to climb the Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 30 Songs chart. The album made its debut this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Album chart as well.

“Old McDonald Sold The Farm” has also been released as a music video that has spent numerous weeks at #1 on Yallwire’s Top 10 Most Watched Bluegrass Music Videos and appeared earlier this month at #13 on Yallwire’s Top 100 Most Watched Videos in All Genres. The video can be viewed at on youtube, yallwire.com, the band’s website and many other locations.

For more information on Newton & Thomas including additional tour dates, please visit NewtonandThomas.com. For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit pinecastlemusic.com.

“Martha & Mary” by Nu-Blu Now Out to Radio

Pinecastle Records is pleased to announce today’s new single, “Martha and Mary” by Nu-Blu. The song was written by Becky Buller and Nancy Cardwell and appears on Nu-Blu’s first gospel album, NAIL BY NAIL set for release October 30, 2012. The single has been serviced to bluegrass radio stations and is also available at AirplayDirect.com.

“The story of Martha and Mary is one of the great Gospel stories of the Bible. Nu-Blu’s latest single, ‘Martha and Mary’ reminds us that there is a little bit of Martha and a little bit of Mary in each of us. Talk about getting a listener – any listener – to relate to the song’s message, Nu-Blu has a sure-fire winner in this song, destined to be a favorite among fans and radio programmers alike,” said Brian McNeal, Prescription Bluegrass.

Fans can listen to the new single “Martha and Mary” plus pre-order a copy of NAIL BY NAIL at pinecastlemusic.com/bluegrass-gospel/nail-by-nail  and get an instant download of the track, “Martha and Mary.”

The label released Nu-Blu’s THE BLU-DISC last year that included the impressive single “Other Woman’s Blues” that was also released as a music video. Pinecastle also released a holiday single, “Christmas in Dixie,” late last year as well. Just a few short weeks later, that holiday favorite reached the #1 spot on the Airplay Direct’s Top Bluegrass Album Chart.

This energetic bluegrass band, consisting of Daniel Routh, Carolyn, Routh, Levi Austin and Austin Koerner, has certainly proven to have crossover success in a variety of genres.  They have been featured in numerous Bluegrass publications including the April 2012 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. Their single, “Spin On A Red Brick Floorfrom their NIGHTS album debuted at #10 on the Euro Americana Chart and spent five weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 chart.  Nu-Blu were the winners of the Country Band of the Year Award by the Carolina Music Awards in 2010 and were nominated by the organization again last year as the Country/Bluegrass/Americana Group of the Year.

For more information on Nu-Blu and to receive upcoming announcements on NAIL BY NAIL, please www.Nu-Blu.com. For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit www.PinecastleMusic.com.

NU-BLU Launches New Single To Raise Awareness for Duke Children’s Hospital

Pinecastle Records Offering Free Download of “Family Quilt”

Nu-Blu is proud to announce the Tuesday, April 3, 2012 launch of a new single, “Family Quilt” to help raise awareness and donations for Duke Children’s Hospital in Durham, NC. This is the first fund raiser of its kind for Duke Children’s,” said Robyn Soffera, director of annual programs.  “We’re excited that Nu-Blu chose to support us in such a creative way.”

“On behalf of Nu-Blu, we would like to thank so many people that have helped us, both in our music careers and on a personal level.  We are so excited to be able partner with Duke Children’s to be able to help children and their families that are going through these life-altering events.  Please join with us and become part of our Family Quilt,” said Daniel Routh.

“Family Quilt” was written by Jeff Walter and Deborah Berwyn and is the second single release from the band’s current album THE BLU-DISC on Pinecastle Records.  The label is offering a free download of the song for all donations via Nu-Blu.com, in addition to valuable coupons from participating sponsors.   The band will accept donations through August 25, 2012 and present a check for 100% of the proceeds directly to Duke Children’s Hospital that evening at a fundraising event in Wake Forest, NC.

Public Service Announcements have been released to radio by Pinecastle Records, and also available for download at AirplayDirect.com, or Nu-Blu.com.

About Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center:
Duke Children’s Hospital & Health Center, located in Durham, N.C., is nationally ranked among the best in pediatric health care programs.  Caring for children is our number one priority, from routine check-ups and immunizations to the treatment of life-threatening injuries and illnesses.

At Duke Children’s, we provide hope and the most advanced health care available.  Offering innovative procedures including stem cell and bone marrow transplants as well as a variety of support services for our patients and their families, Duke Children’s cares for children from around the world. We are also a critical local resource – taking care of 60 percent of Durham’s children with more than 70 percent of patients coming from central North Carolina.

For more information please visit www.dukechildrens.org.

About Nu-Blu:

Nu-Blu includes the talents of Daniel Routh, Carolyn Routh, Levi Austin, and Austin Koerner.  The band is featured in the April 2012 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine.  Nu-Blu is celebrating their current album, THE BLU-DISC (Pinecastle Records) that includes the new single, “Family Quilt” along with their first single and video release of “Other Woman’s Blues.”  Please visit Nu-Blu.com for a complete tour schedule and more information.  For more information on Pinecastle Records, please visit PinecastleMusic.com.

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