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Companion songbook now available for All The Way To Bethlehem

Hadley Music Group has published its’ first song book and it is the companion guitar/vocal songbook for the Donna Ulisse Christmas album All The Way To Bethlehem. The songbook also has photographs of Donna with all of her co-writers and additional information written by Donna to give the reader insight to the process of writing the songs. The book can be ordered from Donna’s website store or on

Guitar chords are diagrammed above the staff.

All The Way To Bethlehem set to release on Oct. 23

With movie-like drama and clarity, Donna Ulisse re-tells the story of Christ’s conception and birth in her powerful new album, All The Way To Bethlehem. But this is not a conventional Christmas CD. Rather it occupies the same artistic territory as such Bible-based narratives as Jesus Christ Superstar and Joseph and The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.

All The Way To Bethlehem will be released October 23rd.

Inspired by the myth about the origin of the inn near which Christ was born, Ulisse put herself in the place of the harried innkeeper who had to turn Joseph and his pregnant wife Mary away, even as he sympathized with their plight. This yielded the album’s keystone song “You Cannot Stay Here”. From there, Ulisse and a corps of gifted co-writers, conjured up the words and feelings of the other figures in this timeless saga–the angel that delivers the unsettling news to Mary; the puzzled but compliant Joseph; Mary’s much older cousin, Elisabeth, who also conceives miraculously; even the Star of Bethlehem, beaming with pride and self-importance as it heralds this earth-changing event. But above all, there is Mary, the radiant new mother, who whispers to her baby before surrendering him to his divine destiny, “Let the world wait
for a little while.”

Produced by Keith Sewell, the much-praised sideman for the Dixie Chicks, Lyle Lovett and Ricky Skaggs, the 11 songs on the album are performed principally to acoustic instruments. In addition to Sewell, the musicians include Andy Leftwich, of Skaggs, Kentucky Thunder band; Viktor Krauss, who, like Sewell, has long been a mainstay in Lovett’s band; Rob Ickes, the multiple award-winning dobroist and member of the Grammy-nominated bluegrass group, Blue Highway; Byron House, whose many musical achievements include membership in Robert Plant’s Band Of Joy; John Mock, who counts James Taylor, Kathy Mattea and the National Orchestra of Ireland among his array of live and recorded credits; and vocalists Wendy Buckner Sewell, Ana Sewell and Rick Stanley.

All The Way To Bethlehem has a companion songbook. It will also be available in choral arrangements next year. Ulisse, a recent nominee for the IBMA’s Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year award, will perform the full album at upcoming Christmas shows with her band, The Poor Mountain Boys.

All The Way To Bethlehem can be sampled and purchased at Amazon, CDBaby, iTunes, numerous other online digital stores and at Donna’s website.



Donna Ulisse completes first Christmas album for 2012 release

Donna Ulisse with producer Keith Sewell finishing up work on her Christmas album

Hadley Music Recording artist Donna Ulisse and producer Keith Sewell have wrapped up work on her first Christmas album set for release in the fall of 2012. The album title will be “All The Way to Bethlehem” and is a self-written concept album chronicling the journey to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ.

Ulisse spent the past several months researching the story of the Nativity and all the characters and writing the songs with several co-writers as well as two that she wrote alone. This will be the fifth CD Sewell has produced for Ulisse.

Hadley Music & Donna Ulisse release first Christmas music

For the first time in Ulisse’s career and the history of Hadley Music Group, Christmas music was shipped to radio this week. Ulisse penned two songs that excited us at the label so much we decided to contact her producer Keith Sewell and see if he was open to go in the studio with her and track the songs for a digital commercial release as well as a limited shipping to radio. The songs are also available on Airplay Direct for downloads by radio.

The songs are both about the biblical Christmas story of the Christ child’s birth. They are already receiving many downloads by radio and we are excited for Donna to finish writing the album and recording it for full release in 2012.

DJs who receive the CD or download the songs and want Christmas liners done, please email Kathy Anderson your script at kanderson(at) by December 5, 2011 and Donna will be happy to do them and send you and mp3.

Donna Ulisse promotes An Easy Climb on SiriusXM

Kyle Cantrell, host of Bluegrass Junction on SiriusXM with Donna Ulisse

Once again Donna Ulisse was the guest of Kyle Cantrell, host of Track by Track on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction Channel 61 in early October. The show is an hour long interview that goes through the artist’s new release “track by track” as Kyle interviews them about the stories behind the songs, the recording of the album and other various items of interest in their careers.

Naturally on this taping they were discussing Donna’s newest release, An Easy Climb. The show will air four times per the schedule listed below.

Wednesday, November 30 @ 11 AM Eastern
Thursday, December 1@ 9 PM Eastern
Saturday, December 3 @ 8 AM Eastern
Sunday, December 4 @ 11 AM Eastern

No Depression chooses to feature Ulisse video

No Depression website (formerly the roots/Americana trade magazine) recently chose Ulisse’s video performance of “Her Heart is A Stone Hard Ground” as one of their featured videos. Donna co-wrote the song with Marc Rossi and Irish singer songwriter Ben Glover.

Natasha Borzilova plays Music City Roots!

Natasha Borzilova performing on Music City Roots

Late in July of 2011 Natasha Borzilova made her first appearance on Music City Roots which is a weekly, two-hour radio show that revives the historic legacy of live musical radio production in Nashville. Broadcast on Wednesday nights from 7pm to 9pm, CST, Music City Roots, Live From The Loveless Cafe showcases Nashville’s astonishing music scene, from country and Americana to more progressive interpreters of tradition — a “roots and branches” format that brings together fans of different tastes and generations. Presented live from the stage of the Loveless Barn, this show showcases purveyors of authenticity across many genres.

The show was called their “Girl Power” night as there were many female singer songwriters on the lineup including Tara Nevins with The Heartbeats
Frontier Ruckus, Lera Lynn, Angela Easterling & The Beguilers and .Amanda Shires

Journalist Craig Havighurst of String Theory Media wrote this about Natasha’s performance:

“Natasha Borzilova is a fascinating young artist. Russian-born and a veteran of some serious touring and attention as part of Bering Strait, she writes songs that defy conventions and turn unexpected corners. And if that doesn’t keep your attention, her big round and expressive voice will. “Balancing Act” was a highlight.”

Below is a video clip of Natasha performing the title track to her first solo release “Cheap Escape”.  She wrote the song with label mate Donna Ulisse.

Donna Ulisse tours Russia!

Donna Ulisse sound check in Kremlin Square in Vologda, Russia

At the invitation of the U.S. Embassy in Russia, Donna Ulisse & The Poor Mountain Boys made their first international trip in July 2011 performing as the only American act at four bluegrass festivals in Russia. They were considered music ambassadors playing this true American art form of music in the cities and towns of Vologda, Semenkovo and Yekaterinburg. The festivals were a gift from the U.S. Embassy to the people of Russia and also featured several Russian bluegrass bands.

While there, Donna was interviewed by countless television and radio hosts and also appeared on their morning TV show. It was a whirlwind of seven days from the time they left the U.S. until the returned but the trip was a huge success. To read more about the tour from Donna’s perspective and see more photos, visit her website by clicking here.

An Easy Climb EPK released

View the new video about the making of Donna Ulisse’s new CD An Easy Climb. Video production by Craig Havighurst of  String Theory Media.

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.