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First single ships from upcoming Donna Ulisse album

mandolin-cover“It Could Have Been The Mandolin” is the first single to ship to radio from the upcoming release by Donna Ulisse, Hard Cry Moon.  The song is a co-write by Plisse and frequent co-writer Jerry Salley.

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:


Ulisse releases companion CD to her book



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.

Uncle Hadley Music adds more bluegrass cuts to catalog


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.

Both songs are written by Uncle Hadley Music writer Donna Ulisse and her husband and frequent co-writer Rick Stanley. 

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!

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.

Ulisse’s “An Easy Climb” ships to radio

Donna Ulisse’s fourth bluegrass CD An Easy Climb has shipped to radio. It is another collection of thirteen songs written or co-written by Ulisse and is also her fourth collaboration with producer Keith Sewell at the helm in the studio. Other co-writers on the project are Marc Rossi, Rick Stanley, Kerry Chater, Lynn Gillespie Chater and Irish singer songwriter Ben Glover. The CD is shipping to bluegrass radio, folk radio, Euro-Americana DJs overseas as well as Americana stations. The CD is also available on Airplay Direct for download by radio stations worldwide.

Musicians on the CD are Rob Ickes on dobro, Viktor Krauss on upright bass, Scott Vestal on banjo, Keith Sewell on acoustic guitar and Andy Leftwich on fiddle and mandolin.

Donna Ulisse back in studio

Producer Keith Sewell and Donna Ulisse

Hadley artist Donna Ulisse is back in the recording studio working on her fourth release for the label. Once again she is collaborating with producer/guitarist Keith Sewell who has been at the helm of her prior releases on Hadley Music Group Records.

Musicians on the project are some of the cream of the crop in the bluegrass genre with Sewell on guitar, Andy Leftwich on mandolin and fiddle, Viktor Krauss on upright bass, Rob Ickes on dobro and Scott Vestal on banjo. The album will be a new collection of original tunes written or co-written by Donna. Other co-writers on the material are Rick Stanley, Marc Rossi, Kerry Chater, Lynn Gillespie Chater and Ben Glover.

The CD is set for an early June 2011 release.

Donna Ulisse returns to Bluegrass Underground

Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys playing Bluegrass Underground at Cumberland Caverns

Donna Ulisse & her band The Poor Mountain Boys returned to appear on  the show  Bluegrass Underground on October 30, 2010 to pick some bluegrass 333 feet under the ground in the Volcano Room at Cumberland Caverns in McMinnville, Tennessee.  Also appearing on the show to a very enthusiastic audience  was Lonesome River Band.  

The show will be broadcast on WSM 650-AM on an upcoming evening before the Saturday night Grand Ole Opry show broadcast and has also just signed an agreement to be broadcast on Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction channel. Check back for broadcast dates which we will post when we receive them.