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In newly released footage, legendary landscape photographer Ansel Adams recounts capturing one of his most popular images: Moonrise, Hernandez, New Mexico.
Adams' son Michael recently explained in an interview with Marc Silber of Advancing Your Photography how the events unfolded the day the photo was taken. Riding along with his father, he remembers how Ansel caught sight of the moon rising over the landscape and pulled the car over to take the photo. In the clip above, you'll hear Michael and Ansel Adams himself explain how the image was created, thanks to some quick thinking when a light meter couldn't be found. The resulting image is, of course, a classic.
Willis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is pleased to announce Drifter, the new album from Volume Five, is available to radio and consumers today! The album release comes on the heels of news that Volume Five and their first single, "I Am A Drifter" are among the candidates for nomination for this year's International Bluegrass Music Awards in multiple categories.
Founded by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals), Volume Five also includes the talents of Harry Clark (mandolin & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), Patton Wages (banjo & vocals), and Colby Laney (guitar & vocals). These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. V5 has proven just that with their previous recordings on Mountain Fever Records.
In 2014 they garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations; Emerging Artist and Gospel Recorded Performance for their album The Day We Learn To Fly. In 2015 they received another nomination for IBMA's Emerging Artist of the Year and a GMA Dove Award nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" with special guest Rhonda Vincent, a song appearing on their Voices album.
Drifter is a culmination of everything that makes up a great bluegrass record. The musicianship of each of Volume Five's members is only eclipsed by the smooth, caramel-like lead vocals of Harrell who is one of modern bluegrass music's most underrated vocalists. His vocal tone touches on lonesome, guttural and alluring all at the appropriate times.
The band's first single, "I Am A Drifter," has already set the tone for the album, making appearances on this month's Bluegrass Today Top 20 Songs as well as the SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Tracks charts. With gems such as "Lonely Wind," "Ranching Man," "Tall Pines," "Scarecrow," and the consummate love song, "Because of You," Drifter, is full of future hits for Volume Five.
Drifter is available to radio programmers via AirplayDirect and to consumers via various digital outlets and wherever great music is sold. For more information on Volume Five, please visit www.volumefivebg.com. For more about Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.
The album's first single, "Come Stay Awhile", was released on May 1, along with a music video filmed at Sleepy Creek Lake in Berkeley County, W.Va. "Memories & Tears" was released to radio broadcasters on June 15 via AirPlay Direct, and the album went to #1 on the website's Top 50 Albums chart. The album's 11 tracks also held the top 11 spots on AirPlay Direct's Top 50 Singles chart.
Stottlemyer had performed and recorded six of the songs, leaving Stoney Creek with a blueprint for their rendition. Stottlemyer's and Files' mother, Ruby Kindle, then gave Files an additional five songs that only existed as lyrics on paper.
"Some of them she sang in her band, but then my mom gave me a stack of songs that she wrote and said 'why don't you do something with these?' So that's what I did," Files says. "Over the last six months, I put my style of bluegrass music to them. They all turned out pretty good."
Files wrote music for three of the new songs ("Give Them All To Jesus", "Won't It Be a Happy Time?", and "Keep Your Eyes Toward Heaven"). By this time, Kenton Catlett, who had played in Stottlemyer's band, joined Stoney Creek. He remembered writing music to one of the songs ("Someone To Share the Load") years earlier. Catlett also composed new music for Stottlemyer's final song, "Some Sweet Day", which he performs on the album in his lead vocal debut with Stoney Creek.
"I give the guys credit; they're all singing on it with me," Files says. "It's a project that I started mainly for my mom and dad; that's why I called it "Memories & Tears". I wanted to get all of my sister's music on a CD for them. There are 11 songs on the project - six are gospel songs and five are traditional bluegrass. I tried to keep them with a traditional flavor."
Stoney Creek has been praised as "mainstream bluegrass at its best" by Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine. Frank Jurney of the Berryville Bluegrass Series has noted that "Libby Files is among the rising number of female vocalists who are making a big impact on bluegrass music."
"Memories & Tears" is the first project to feature Stoney Creek's current lineup, including Libby Files on vocals and bass, Brett Smeltzer on mandolin and vocals, Kenton Catlett on guitar and vocals, and Troy Stangle on banjo and vocals.
Stoney Creek will be celebrating the release of "Memories & Tears" with a series of concerts in July. This will include a July 1 appearance at Martinsburg's Fridays @ Five concert series, and a July 28 appearance at the Toni Saylor concert series at War Memorial Park. Additional dates are scheduled in Maryland and Pennsylvania. The band's full schedule can be found at www.StoneyCreekBluegrass.net.
Greenville, SC -- Pinecastle Records is proud to announce a new release specifically produced for cloggers, square dancers and other American traditional dance, Rags Reels Breakups and Breakdowns. The album features nine 7 to 12 minute mashups hand picked from the label's large library of acclaimed instrumental tracks. Producer Chip Futrell, faculty adviser of the North Carolina State University Wolfpack Clogging Team, felt there was a need for fresh material in the clogging world since no new material had been produced in decades.
The album has already been utilized in several clogging competitions, garnering a very enthusiastic response from both dancers and competition organizers. Bill Nichols, the so called "Grandfather of Clogging" recently reviewed a copy saying, "The CD from Pinecastle records is an excellent product for the traditional clogger as well as for calling traditional square dances. I will use this CD in all my upcoming events. Thank you for all the hard work you did to make this project a reality."
Futrell had this to say about the project: "For many years, clogging and square dancing have needed new, fresh instrumental bluegrass music for dancing. Chip FutrellIt has been years since any record company has released a collection of long-play bluegrass tracks. This music is needed not only for recreational dancers but also for competition. Pinecastle Records gave me the opportunity to "open their vaults" and review a vast collection of tracks that are the best instrumental mixes that have been released in years. The result is a collection of nine medleys/remixes that will be used by cloggers and square dancers around the world."
Clogging kidsThe tracks have been re-mastered to accentuate the bass and rhythm to give the music the drive needed for dance competition. The Wolfpack Clogging Team debuted the first song from the album in competition on January 30, 2016 at the NC State Clogging Challenge with great success. Futrell remarked “This is the first time that I've heard our music on high-grade sound equipment like this in an auditorium and it's awesome! I received very positive feedback.”
Chip Futrell is a life-long clogger who learned clogging while growing up in Denton, NC. He now resides in Wilson, NC and is the Director of Continuing and Professional Education at North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC.
Pinecastle Records has been producing modern and traditional bluegrass and Americana music since 1989 with a catalog of over 275 releases. It is home to some of the best and brightest of upcoming talent as well as long time veterans of the industry. Notable artists who have recorded on the label include The Osborne Brothers, Charlie Waller and The Country Gentlemen, Jesse McReynolds, Dale Ann Bradley and many more.
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