Uncle Hadley Music has a song co-written by staff writer Donna Ulisse and Chris Jones on the new Mountain Home Music release by Chris Jones & The Night Drivers. The album is titled Run Away Tonight and the song is “My Portion and My Cup”.
Whether it’s in the studio or on stage, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers are making some of the most distinctively elegant yet driving music to be heard anywhere today, and they’re delivering it with a unique blend of dry wit, emotional authenticity and broad humor that’s won the loyalty of a growing number of fans across the country, from Merlefest in North Carolina to California’s Huck Finn Jubilee, and around the world. Steve Martin referred to the Night Drivers as “. . . some of the best players in bluegrass! Chris Jones’ voice is there with the great masters.” Americana artist Jim Lauderdale said of Chris, “He continues to have one of the most distinctive and best voices in music, period.”
Other nominees are Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Becky Buller, Shawn Lane, and Bill Castle. Between these five writers, they have had an impressive list of songs recorded. The award is voted on by committee that examines the accomplishments of each songwriter during the given time period for the award. Things considered are songs recorded, chart positions, radio airplay, sales, songwriter workshops given and other things done during the year to further the craft of songwriting.
Donna did a spoof video to promote the single by interviewing many key bluegrass artists. After banjo player Greg Davis is knocked down by a mysterious overstrung force the big question is “What could it have been?” Breaking news from The Bluegrass News Network with Donna Ulisse reporting and commentary from Russell Moore, Audie Blaylock, David Adkins, Edgar Loudermilk, Sammy Shelor, Larry Cordle, Joe Mullins,Larry Stephenson, Roland White, Rebekah Long as well as all of her band The Poor Mountain Boys, Jon Martin, Rick Stanley, Bill Baldock and Greg Davis. See the video below:
Hadley Music Group is proud to release the fourth solo effort by singer songwriter Natasha Borzilova, Wilder Days. On this album she borrowed instruments from friends, learned to play them for the songs on the album. Instruments she played included mandolin, dulcitar , keyboard, and banjo as well as acoustic and electric guitars. She wrote all of the songs on this CD with the exception of her first cover tune, “Oysters”, a song by Tori Amos who has been a favorite of hers for a long time. Below is the EPK with Borzilova talking about some of the songs on the album and her process of making this record.
Hadley Music Group has released a companion CD to the book The Songwriter in Me: Snapshots of My Creative Process written by singer songwriter Donna Ulisse. The CD is titled The Songwriter in Me: The Demo Recordings and includes all twenty-four songs that are featured in the book as lyrics.
As soon as the book was completed, Donna approached Kathy Anderson at HMG with the vision of a companion CD offering readers of the book the opportunity to also listen to the songs as they were reading the lyrics along with the notes Ulisse has in the book regarding the meter of each song, how the melody works with the lyric and rhyming patterns. It was also her vision to present the songs in much more sparse arrangements than her other recordings to show the listeners how she often hears her songs when she writes them and also how she records them to present to her publisher as a representation to pitch to other artists, inspiring “The Demo Recordings” as part of the title. All of the songs are recorded with just acoustic guitar tracks and and on occasion an additional mandolin, fiddle and vocal harmony. Musicians on the CD are Bryan Sutton, Kenny Smith, Glen Duncan and Tony King. Ulisse’s husband and co-writer on many of the songs, Rick Stanley, sings harmonies on multiple tracks and also sang lead on the song “The Man That I Am” which Ulisse felt was a bit more believable than singing it herself.
The album includes some of Donna Ulisse’s most popular songs such as “Let it Rain”, “Showin’ My Roots”, and “I Am A Child of God” as well as many songs that have yet to be heard. However, even the familiar songs will sound fresh to those familiar with the original releases when they hear them in this stripped down setting.
The Larry Stephenson Band recently included “Come To Jesus Moment” on their bluegrass gospel release Pull Your Savior In. The album has received very favorable reviews and is getting heavy airplay on bluegrass and gospel stations.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver also included the song “Wilma Walker” on their current release In Session.
Each year in late September, the International Bluegrass Music Association hosts an annual conference ending with the annual awards show. The event has been held in Raleigh, NC for the past two year. Donna was there in full force as an official showcase artist but she also did many other things.
Bluegrass Today’s David Morris interviewed her about her book on songwriting. You can watch the video here.
Donna and her band The Poor Mountain Boys also did a master class at a local middle school. Enjoy a short video clip of them teaching here.
On Friday evening, Donna and The Poor Mountain Boys were part of the IBMA Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, doing a show on a street stage in downtown Raleigh to a large and enthusiastic crowd.
There was also an interview with the local ABC affiliate about women in bluegrass as well as a songwriting workshop with several other bluegrass songwriters. Ulisse also had a booth all week in the exhibit hall where she took time to meet and greet folks.