Borzilova back in studio for 4th solo project

Natasha with co-producer John Caldwell in the studio

Natasha with co-producer John Caldwell in the studio

Singer songwriter Natasha Borzilova has been busy at work creating her fourth solo project for Hadley Music Group. The concept for this album is playing nearly all of the instruments, borrowed from many friends, and learning to play them for the record. Once again the album will feature all original songs by Natasha with the exception of the tune “Oysters” written by Tori Amos.

A release date of spring 2015 is the target.

Hadley Music has song on Grammy winning Del McCoury album

DelMcCouryGrammy14The Del McCoury Band won the 2014 Grammy nod for Best Bluegrass Album and we are proud to say we are a publisher on the song “Butler Brothers” which is part of this fine album. The song was written by Uncle Hadley Music’s writer Donna Ulisse and her co-writer Jerry Salley.

Natasha Borzilova chosen as SERFA official showcase artist

SERFABANNERHadley Music Group recording artist Natasha Borzilova was selected as an official showcase artist at the Southeast Regional Folk Alliance conference in Montreat, North Carolina. She will perform a 25 minute showcase for venue owners and DJs as well as several late night showcases.

 

 

Showin’ My Roots: Glowing reviews and tops lists of 2013 releases

ShowinMyRoots_FlatCVR  Showin’ My Roots has been receiving fantastic reviews and finished the year on some of  the best of 2013 lists. Below are many of the links.

DEEP ROOTS       

CMT EDGE Top 10 albums of 2013 

THAT NASHVILLE SOUND Top 100 songs of 2013

WNCW Top 100 of 2013

ENGINE 145 BEST OF BLUEGRASS & ITS OFFSHOOTS 2013

GAC-TV REVIEW

FLYING SHOES REVIEW

RAMBLES.NET REVIEW

BLUEGRASS NOTES REVIEW

MY KIND OF COUNTRY REVIEW

MUSIC NEWS NASHVILLE REVIEW

 

Showin’ My Roots receives enthusiastic reception from radio

Donna Ulisse’s Showin’ My Roots is already being received well at radio. It maintained the #1 slot on the Airplay Direct Bluegrass/Folk chart for radio digital downloads for the whole month of October with over 900 downloads by radio.

It also was #9 in the FolkDJ charts which is compiled from actual playlists of 129 DJs worldwide who report their playlists to the chart. It is also currently #10 in the EuroAmericana chart which is compiled from airplay by DJs in Europe playing Americana, bluegrass and roots music.

SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction continues to add songs off the album into rotation.

Hadley Music’s Donna Ulisse included on RFD-TV’s Simply Bluegrass

Donna with Eric and Leigh Gibson; The Gibson Brothers and also IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Donna Ulisse recently spent a day in the Nashville Northstar TV studios surrounded by the “who’s who” of bluegrass music taping RFD TV’s Country Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass. The show was hosted by Grand Ole Opry star Bill Anderson and Ricky Skaggs.

Other guests on the show included The Grascals, Bobby Osborne, Mac Wiseman, The Whites, The Roys, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Del McCoury, Doyle Lawson, Jesse McReynolds, The Gibson Brothers, Jerry Douglas, Ramona Jones, Sierra Hull and Donna’s duet partner on her new album, Newgrass icon Sam Bush.

Donna sang the song One Way Rider off her new CD at the request of Terry Choate who booked her on the show and Carl Jackson and Larry Cordle sang harmony with her. The staff band consisted of Barry Bales on upright bass, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Ron Stewart on banjo, Stuart Duncan on fiddle and Donna’s co-producer on her new CD “Showin’ My Roots” on guitar, Bryan Sutton. Air dates are yet to be announced.

Ulisse celebrates CD release in WSM studios

L to R: Rick Stanley, Bill Baldock, Bill Cody, Donna Ulisse, Greg Davis, front: Jon Martin

The morning of October 15th found Donna Ulisse and her bluegrass band The Poor Mountain Boys in the WSM 650-AM studios with host Bill Cody on the Coffee, Country and Cody show to celebrate the release of her newest CD on the Hadley Music Group label, “Showin’ My Roots.”

Donna and her top notch band performed two songs live during the hour and Bill Cody also interviewed Ulisse and played tracks from the record.

Ulisse has been a favorite studio guest of Bill Cody and Charlie Mattos so on this morning she also brought some of her homemade Italian meatballs and sauce to them both as well as to Operations Manager Joe Limardi who also grew up in an Italian family.

 

Donna Ulisse with WSM Operations Manager Joe Limardi

Donna Ulisse in the WSM studios on CD release date!

Hadley Music Group releases Showin’ My Roots by Donna Ulisse!

It might seem surprising for a performer who has been nominated as IBMA’s top songwriter for two successive years to be releasing a “covers” album, but ― in a sense ― that’s what Donna Ulisse has done with her latest effort.

Yet, while Showin’ My Roots puts Ulisse’s interpretive skills on fine display, it stands as far more than a stylistic exercise or even a tribute. Although her deft touch as a lyricist and composer is present on only two of these 13 tracks, the rest are songs that form the bedrock of her musical heritage: She has lived and breathed them for so long, she might as well have written them.
And she breathes new life into them with her magnificent voice, as warm and supple as ever, backed by some of the finest musicians in bluegrass music. Ulisse co-produced Showin’ My Roots with acoustic guitar virtuoso Bryan Sutton, and the supporting cast includes Scott Vestal on banjo, Rob Ickes on Dobro, Andy Leftwich on mandolin and fiddle, and Viktor Krauss and Byron House on upright bass. Sam Bush duets on the traditional work song “Take This Hammer,” and harmony vocalists include John Cowan, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Fayssoux McLean, Larry Stephenson, Frank Solivan, Jerry Salley and Rick Stanley, Ulisse’s husband and band mate.

This is a diverse collection of songs, in tempo and sentiment. The Stanley Brothers (cousins of Ulisse’s husband) are represented in songs penned by Carter (the sprightly “How Mountain Girls Can Love”) and Ralph (the resigned “If That’s The Way You Feel”). Ulisse honors two heroes with her spin on Merle Haggard’s version of Dolly Parton’s “In The Good Old Days When Times Were Bad.” “Your Good Girl’s Gonna Go Bad,” made famous by Tammy Wynette, shows her feisty side, as does Loretta Lynn’s “Fist City.” She serves up a gorgeously wistful take on Hank Locklin’s “Send Me The Pillow You Dream On,” and an earnestly prayerful “Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus.”

Two songs that Ulisse wrote with her husband bookend this album. Both beautifully illustrate the love that went into this project. The album-opening title track is an ode to those whose “singin’ and writin’ lit a fire in me”: Haggard, Parton, Lynn, Carter Stanley. And  “I’ve Always Had a Song I Can Lean On,” closes the album with a message that illustrates the importance music has always played in Ulisse’s life.

From beginning to end, Showin’ My Roots is as an extended love song to her influences, and one that lovers of bluegrass and traditional country music are sure to enjoy again and again. These timeless performances may well light a fire in generations to come.

Street Date: October 15 2013

Donna Ulisse thanks Del McCoury!

Donna and co-writer Jerry Salley recently caught up with bluegrass icon Del McCoury in Raleigh, North Carolina at the International Bluegrass Music Awards to thank him for recording their song, “Butler Brothers” on the new Del McCoury Band CD The Streets of Baltimore. The CD was released on September 17, 2013 and is already receiving heavy airplay and stellar reviews.

Butler Brothers is a song about two brothers fighting on different sides in the Civil War and the struggle of their mother having two sons in a war on opposing sides. It was inspired by real life documents Ulisse’s husband Rick Stanley got from a Virginia courthouse about his own family. To read more about the background on the song, visit the Bluegrass Situation to read an interview journalist did with Donna for a piece she was writing about the album.

Donna Ulisse featured in Singing News

Donna Ulisse was featured in October 2013 in a full page article in the most read southern gospel magazine, Singing News. The piece ran on the Front Porch Fellowship page and was written by Les Butler, radio host of Front Porch Fellowship which is syndicated to over 200 gospel music stations across the country and listened to online.