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.

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.

Surprise Radio Album Release Shoots Circa Blue to #2 on APD Chart

Circa Blue Surprises Radio with Full Album Release and
Immediately Hits #2 on the AirPlay Direct Bluegrass Folk Album Chart
album-cover-circa-blue-2016Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new Circa Blue album, Once Upon A Time is now available to radio stations via AirPlay Direct. The album went live this morning and has already jumped to #2 on the service’s Top 50 APD Bluegrass Folk Albums monthly chart. Stations may also request a private digital download from the label. Physical copies will be mailed to stations in the coming weeks and the label will soon announce the official retail street date.

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

circa-blueCirca 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).

Stay up-to-date on future announcement including the official album release by visiting circa-blue.com and orangeblossomrecords.com.

Circa Blue Announces Inaugural Circa Blue Fest

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Circa Blue is proud to announce they will present and host the inaugural Circa Blue Fest, this May 6-8, 2016.

Circa Blue Fest is a three-day bluegrass festival featuring some of the hottest acts in bluegrass today. This year’s line-up includes; 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. Situated in the Eastern Panhandle, it is just a short drive from Virginia, Washington DC, Maryland and Pennsylvania. A rain or shine event, the venue features a stage covered by a 400 seat pavilion, surrounded by tree shaded seating. Rough camping and bath houses are available as well.

Ongoing updates and information can be found at www.circabluefest.com, Facebook, Twitter or email contact@circabluefest.com.

The event is a collaborative effort with the community, and benefits The Child Safe Center-CAC- “Promoting a Collaborative Response to Child Abuse.”

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).

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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.

New Radio Single – “Sundown” by Steve Harris

Sundown album by Steve HarrisOrange Blossom Records is proud to announce the new gospel single “Sundown” by Steve Harris has now been released to radio stations and is available at airplaydirect.com/music/Sundown/.

Steve reminisced about the song saying, “Sundown’ is a Mosie Lister tune that my dad played in our home when I was a young lad. The Chuck Wagon Gang had a vinyl recording of it out at the time, and he would play it on our Sears and Roebuck floor model stereo, all-the-while belting out a heartfelt (woefully out-of-tune) accompaniment.”

Orange Blossom Records will release the album Sundown on April 20, 2015 that includes the talents of: Steve Harris-Guitar, Banjo and Vocals; Mary Paula Wilson-Vocals; Ed Wilson-Vocals; Sarah Harris (Trinity River Band)-Vocals; Malia Furtado (Circa Blue)-Vocals; Sheri Philp (Concession 23)-Vocals; Marshall Wilborn (Springfield Exit)-Bass; Emory Lester-Mandolin; Jon Glik-Fiddle; Gaven Largent (Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper)-Dobro; and Christopher Sexton (Nothin’ Fancy)-Piano.

Steve is the lead singer and guitarist with bluegrass band Circa Blue – a band he founded in 2010. His vocal and instrumental talents can be heard on Circa Blue’s self-titled debut album released in 2012 and their 2014 album, A Darker Blue. For more information on Steve Harris, please visit circa-blue.com/steve/2014/8/15/steve-harris.

For more information on Orange Blossom Records including future announcements on Steve Harris, please visit www.OrangeBlossomRecords.com.

Orange Blossom Records Signs Steve Harris

logo-orange-blossom-records-500Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Steve Harris to the label and will release his all gospel solo album, Sundown in April 2015.

Steve is the lead singer and guitarist with bluegrass band Circa Blue – a band he founded in 2010. His vocal and instrumental talents can be heard on Circa Blue’s self-titled debut album released in 2012 and their 2014 album, A Darker Blue. For more information on Steve Harris, please visit circa-blue.com.

steve-harrisOrange Blossom Records launched a year ago with the signing of award-winning Trinity River Band. Since that time, the band has received significant radio airplay, appeared on numerous TV shows, and continues their extensive tour around the country.

“In signing artists to Orange Blossom Records, my first priority is to find artists with integrity. My second is to signing artists who put their whole heart into their music. On both counts, I couldn’t have found a better person than Steve Harris,” said label President Joyce Harris. “Some might assume we are related, but we are not – although we are very proud to welcome Steve to the Orange Blossom Records family!”

For more information on Orange Blossom Records including future announcements on Steve Harris, please visit OrangeBlossomRecords.com.