Digital Release of “Things We Do For Dreams”

 

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Trinity River Band’s popular new bluegrass album, Things I Do For Dreams, is now available for purchase at major retail outlets including  iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more. The band released the physical album to their fans earlier this month on their website and at their label’s site, Orange Blossom Records.

BU - JULY 2016 - TRINITY RIVER BANDBe sure to check out this month’s issue of Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine for a feature article on the band titled “Faith, Family, Music.”  The talented group includes: Sarah Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocal, Mandolin; Joshua Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Banjo, Dobro; Brianna Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Fiddle; and parents Lisa Harris – Harmony Vocals, Bass and Mike Harris – Lead & Harmony Vocals, Guitar.

Bluegrass music fans and radio programmers are loving the fast-paced first single release, “Come Back Train” written by Jerry Salley and Cassidy Lynn Alexander. The song has been appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Song Chart and is currently #5 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Singles Chart.

Radio stations can access the album at AirPlayDirect.com (APD) or by request. Things We Do For Dreams hit #1 on the APD Top 50 Bluegrass Albums Chart earlier this month and jumped to #6 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Album chart.

Album-Cover_FINALTracks and songwriters include:

1.      Between Me and Jolene (3:27); Kim Fox, Brandon Rickman

2.     Time’s A Crooked Thing (3:17), Irene Kelley, Becky Buller

3.     The Promised Land (3:52), Fred Lehner, Andy Spooner

4.     Lover’s Leap (4:58), Sarah Harris

5.     The Mirror (3:54), Joie Scott, Bob Stewart

6.     Ten Miles To Deep Gap (3:15), Jack Lawrence

7.     The Things We Do For Dreams (3:42), Brink Brinkman, Tresa Jordan

8.     Silver and Gold (4:25), Carl Perkins, Greg Perkins, Stan Perkins

9.     Right Where She Left Him (3:44), Kim Fox, Craig Market

10.   My Own Worst Enemy (3:47), Sarah Harris

11.    Secrets (4:48), Sarah Harris

12.   Come Back Train (3:17), Jerry Salley, Cassidy Lynn Alexander (1st Single)

The group has been on an incredibly busy summer tour. For a complete tour schedule and more information on Trinity River Band, please visit trinityriverband.com and join them on Facebook and Twitter.

 

Tune-In Alert: Dave Adkins

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On Wednesday, July 27, be sure to tune-in to Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction for the live broadcast of the IBMA Press Conference where the year’s official IBMA Award Nominees, Hall of Fame Inductees and  Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients will be announced.  Immediately following, Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction will re-broadcast the exciting Dave Adkins Track by Track with Host Kyle Cantrell. Dave’s self-titled album debuted earlier this year at #1 on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart, includes two #1 singles, along with an impressive list of other successes.

For more information on Dave Adkins and to find out when the band will be in your area, 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.

To Book the Dave Adkins Band at your event, please contact Hope River Entertainment at 770-367-1480 or email penni@hoperiverentertainment.com.

New Songwriting Contest Announced

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Judges Include Award-Winning Songwriters:
Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Donna Hughes, Brink Brinkman and Jenee Fleenor

The popular Dogs Deserve Better organization has launched a new songwriting contest on behalf of chained dogs. Songwriters who believe that dogs deserve a better life other than living at the end of a chain, are encouraged to submit their original tunes at DogsDeserveBetter.org before June 30, 2015.

An estimated 4-5 million dogs are still living outside 24/7/365 on chains and in pens all across the nation. In most areas of the country chaining is not banned or even limited.
The contest will be judged by some definite music and shakers in the music biz including the award-winning and chart topping writers Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Donna Hughes, Brink Brinkman, and Jenee Fleenor.  Applicants should inspire with their songs about freedom from chains, love for your best friend, or how a dog can change the world.

More on the Judges:

• Carl Jackson, Grammy-winning Producer & Songwriter of many hits in Nashville
• Jenee Fleenor, band member of the Blake Shelton band, (co-writer of Blake’s latest single “Bringing Back the Sunshine) formerly with Martina McBride, and & played on recordings by Rascal Flatts, & many other superstars.
• Brink Brinkman, writer of countless Bluegrass hits.
• Donna Hughes, writer of “My Poor Old Heart” by Alison Krauss & Union Station, a song from her Grammy-winning album “Lonely Runs Both Ways,” a song she performed at the CMA Awards. Donna’s songs have also been recorded by artists around the world, including Grammy nominated Seldom Scene. She currently has written over 500 songs, with 189 of them on iTunes.
• Larry Cordle, most famous for his song “Murder on Music Row”, which was recorded by George Strait and Alan Jackson and received the CMA Award for Song of the Year in 2000. He has written songs for Alison Krauss, Garth Brooks, and many other giants in Country & Bluegrass.

Confirmed Prizes (more to come):
• Celeb-Signed Guitar
• Guitar Lover’s Gift Box: Includes Guitar Strings, Picks, Guitar Strap, Tuner
• Winning Song will be uploaded to Airplay Direct for global distribution to Radio Programmers.
• Photo shoot with Steve Routh Photography or Rashell Wright Photography, if willing to travel to, or near the NC area.
• $25 Gift Card to Musicians’ Friend
• Autographed copy of Donna Hughes latest CD, and Free Songwriting Consultation
• Free Consultation with Brink Brinkman
• Dogs Deserve Better swag
For more information on Dogs Deserve Better and the Freedom Songwriting Contest, please visit dogsdeservebetter.org/2015songcontest.html.

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

Mountain Fever Records Announces New Music from Volume Five, Voices, Available Jan. 20, 2015

album-cover-volume-five-voices400wMountain Fever Records announces the upcoming CD release of Voices from Volume Five, which will be available on Jan. 20, 2015.

Founded in early 2008 by vocalist and fiddle player Glen Harrell, Volume Five 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. “When I put this group together, I knew the style of music I wanted us to play and the goals I wanted to achieve,” stated Harrell. “It was just a matter of finding the right guys who wanted to create their own identity in the industry. I didn’t just want us to be another band that moves onto the scene and is gone in a few years, but one that would have a unique sound that players and listeners would remember for many years to come – one that sounded like no other band in the business.”

_MG_2458Volume Five’s touring schedule has afforded them the benefit of playing with numerous artists over the years, many of whom have become fans. Buddy Melton of Balsam Range says, “What defines a great band? Superior musicianship, impeccable singing, moving song selections…Volume Five has all the above and more…Extremely talented, yet humble and genuinely real people. Volume Five has a magical quality about them that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression in the world of acoustic music.”

Volume Five has had great success with their previous releases including their first, Down In a Cell and their second release,Children of the Mountains, which garnered the group their first #1 song, “Anywhere is Home Again.” With their third album, Run, they achieved significant Bluegrass Today chart success appearing almost every week of 2013. “Rich Man’s Daughter” was the first single from the album which went to #1 only three weeks after it was released. Several other songs from the album climbed as high as #2 and many weeks they have had as many as four songs from the album appearing on the chart at one time.

2014 also proved to be a stellar year for the band. On the heels of a their well-received southern-gospel CD release, The Day We Learn to Fly, the band earned two IBMA nominations for Emerging Artist of the Year and IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for the album’s title cut.

Voices will be the band’s fifth album and features 12 tracks of carefully selected songs, showcasing the many facets of musical tastes that come from within the decidedly bluegrass ensemble—traditional, classic, and on-the-edge—this CD covers it all.

Track Listing:

“King of California”
“Going Across the Mountain”
“Dream Softly”
Crazy Night”
“Strangest Dreams”
“Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” with Rhonda Vincent
“Satan’s Ridge”
“Colder and Colder”
“Sam’s Gap”
“Amanda”
“Soldier For the Lonely”
“Faithfully”

For more about Volume Five, visit www.volumefivebg.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.

Donna Hughes Continues to Garner #1s from Two New Albums

donna-hughes-two-albumsSince the recent release of her two new albums, Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes continues to garner #1s on a variety of radio charts’. She has also received significant media attention including gracing the cover of Americana Rhythm Music Magazine.

donna-hughes-americana-rhythmIn the past two weeks, Donna reached the #1 spot on the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Song Chart with two songs – “The Way I Am” and “Dog On A 10′ Chain.” Both songs appear on her album FROM THE HEART, and the heart wrenching “Dog On A 10′ Foot Chain” also appears on her piano album FLY.

Another impressive milestone was achieving the top spot on AirPlay Direct’s Global Indicator Top 50 Albums Charts several times with FROM THE HEART. The chart covers all genres of music. She is currently #15 on the site’s All-Time Top Bluegrass Albums Chart.

beyondthesongAs previously announced, Donna was the recipient of the first “Beyond The Song” contest winning a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250. “I was impressed not only with Donna’s talent and art, but just as importantly with how she is running her career… like a business,” said Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song.

“The Way I Am” has also consistently appeared on the Bluegrass Today (BT) Weekly Top 20 since its release, landing at #9 this week along with charting at #17 on the BT Monthly Top 20 for December. Donna recently sat down with John Lawless of Bluegrass Today to chat about both albums.  Fans can view the video here.

“The Way I Am” also appears at #20 on this month’s Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine Top 30 National Bluegrass Survey Song Chart, at #18 on the NMW Country Internet Top 30 Indie Chart, .#19 on the NMW Top 85 Country Main Chart and more.

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

Donna Hughes Wins “Beyond the Song – APD” Contest

airplaydirectCongratulations to Donna Hughes, the winner of the “Beyond The Song” contest. Donna has won a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250…!

$750 Beyond the Song Consultation Package – 10 Hours
$1,500 APD “Marketing & Awareness” Campaign

albumcover-donnahughes-fromtheheart2014-300w“I was impressed not only with Donna’s talent and art, but just as importantly with how she is running her career… like a business. I look forward to working with her.” – Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song

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

New Album Release: Turn On A Dime by Lonesome River Band

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“Perhaps the best way to describe Turn on a Dime, their new effort from Mountain Home Music Company, is that from start to finish, it’s a Lonesome River Band album – just what fans have come to expect from one of the most consistent hitmakers in bluegrass music.” – BLUEGRASS TODAY

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Newton & Thomas to Host Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace

PickStomp350hNashville’s Mark Newton & Steve Thomas will host the new weekly Pick & Stomp Concert Series at the Nashville Palace presented by Robert’s Western World. The first concert takes place Thursday, October 9 with opening act, Casey Campbell. Doors open at 6:30pm and the fun will continue until 11:00pm. Attendees will certainly enjoy the tasty food, great music, authentic barn dance and pickin’ party!

Newton & Thomas are pleased to welcome the following entertainment with more to be announced soon.

Thursday, October 16 – Chris Henry & The Hardcore Grass Band, Greg Garing
Thursday, October 23 – Richard Smith, Thom Bresh
Thursday, October 30 – Larry Cordle, Jenee Fleenor
Thursday, November 6 – Tennessee Mafia Jug Band

“Steve and I are honored to host this new concert series and welcome fans of bluegrass and roots music. We think they will enjoy the laid back atmosphere and feel like they are part of the family. Pickers are welcome,” said Newton.

Pick & Stomp tickets are only $10 and can be purchased in advance or online at nashville-palace.com.

Newton and Thomas received significant chart success with their latest album, REBORN on Pinecastle Records. The project includes numerous Top 5 singles like “Old McDonald Sold the Farm” that reached #1 numerous times on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song Chart. The lively and popular tune was also released as a music video that can be viewed on YouTube. For more information on Newton & Thomas, please visit NewtonandThomas.com and follow them on Twitter and Facebook.