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Congratulations to Donna Hughes, the winner of the “Beyond The Song” contest. Donna has won a consulting and advertising package with Beyond The Song and AirPlay Direct worth $2,250! The price includes a $750 10 hour Beyond the Song Consultation Package plus $1,500 AirPlay Direct "Marketing & Awareness" Campaign.
“I was impressed not only with Donna’s talent and art, but just as importantly with how she is running her career… like a business. I look forward to working with her.”
- Gary Bradshaw, Executive Director – Beyond The Song
Award-winning Singer-Songwriter Donna Hughes has written over 500 songs during her impressive career. She has albums produced by Tony Rice (Gaining Wisdom) and J.D. Crowe (Hellos, Goodbyes & Butterflies) both on the Rounder Records label. Her songs have been recorded by numerous artists throughout the years including “My Poor Old Heart” recorded by Alison Krauss & Union Station and performed during the CMA Awards Show in 2005.
Numerous other artists have recorded Donna’s original songs such as: The Seldom Scene, (“Sad Old Train” from the album Scenechronized), Kati Penn, (“Never Gonna Change” from the album My Turn To Cry), Nu Blu (“Nights” from their album Nights), Darren Beachley (“Scattered To The Wind” from his album I Love You To The Moon & Back), and The Snyder Family Band (“Little Bluebird” from their Comin’ On Strong album).
“Whatever moves me, moves me to write,” she explains. For Hughes, songwriting is an all-consuming endeavor, encompassing all that goes on around her. “My songs are always about something I have seen, done, or felt – or something that I saw someone else do or go through. There is always truth to every song I write, even if it isn’t my truth.”
In 2014, Donna embarked on her biggest endeavor yet by producing and releasing not one, but two new albums in 2014. From the Heart is her bluegrass album and includes 19 original songs plus two cover songs. The album includes the talents of Scott Vestal (Banjo), Tim Stafford (Lead Guitar), Rob Ickes (Reso Guitar), Jenee Fleenor (Fiddle), Cory Piatt (Fiddle), Zak McLamb (Bass) and Lucas White (Rhythm Guitar).
The second album, Fly, has certainly delighted Donna’s fans that love her piano music, with 8 original tunes, plus 4 cover songs. Donna is joined by Jenee Fleenor (Violin), John Catchings (Cello) and Mark Fain (Bass Violin).
Decades since its 80s reign as “one of the most important bluegrass bands ever,”(Chris Thile, Punch Brothers, Nickel Creek) — Hot Rize is back on top, with its first studio album since 1990 going right to #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass chart in its first week. The impressive debut adds commercial heft to critical acclaim: "Classic" (The Wall Street Journal), “historic” (Music City Roots), “clearly measures up to the best the band had to offer in their heyday” (The Bluegrass Situation), with Garden & Gun praising the band for still “pushing boundaries.”
Between their inception in 1978 and their amicable dissolution at the height of their powers in 1990, Hot Rize were, in the words of Garrison Keillor, "the Lamborghini of bluegrass." Twenty-four years after the members parted ways to pursue acclaimed solo careers, the quartet returned to release 'When I'm Free' (Thirty Tigers) on September 30 and embark on their biggest tour since their heyday.
Featuring early members Nick Forster, Tim O'Brien and Pete Wernick plus Bryan Sutton, who replaced founding member Charles Sawtelle after his death in 1999, 'When I'm Free' is, in the words of Nick Forster, "a testament to this new formation of Hot Rize, to ongoing creativity, and to a contemporary approach that still sounds like us."
For the first time ever, the band recorded the album sitting in a circle - "the way people have always played music," Wernick says - ending up with more jointly-written songs than ever before, alongside two traditional tracks, a Los Lobos cover, and a new song given to them by Mark Knopfler. Original "Come Away" is vintage Hot Rize through and through, while "Blue Is Fallin'" swings with a bluesy swagger. And on Bryan Sutton's first Hot Rize writing contribution "I Am The Road," the four members blend in reverent gospel-style harmony.
Their admirers range across disciplines and generations. "Hot Rize is the great modern bluegrass band. They're the connective tissue that links the great founders of bluegrass with the modern tradition," says Steve Martin. Chris Thile of Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers calls them "one of the most important bluegrass bands ever." And Dierks Bentley adds, "I've been in love with Hot Rize ever since I heard Tim O'Brien's mandolin kickoff to 'Blue Night.' Individually, Tim, Pete, Nick and Bryan are unique stylists and some of the best at their respective craft. Combined, they make up one of the greatest bands in any genre of music."
Hot Rize will promote "When I'm Free" with a full touring schedule well into 2015, including stops this fall at Nashville’s War Memorial Auditorium (10/17), City Wineries in New York and Chicago, Philadelphia's Keswick Theater, and The Hamilton in Washington DC.
Next Tuesday October 28th, Yale University’s Dept. of African American Studies will host a roundtable discussion entitled ‘Exploring the Rise and Fall of Paramount Records,’ featuring Jack White, Greil Marcus, Dean Blackwood, Scott Blackwood, Adia Victoria, and Daphne Brooks. Together, they’ll unpack Paramount’s curious tale and celebrate the release of Volumes 1 & 2 of ‘The Rise and Fall of Paramount Records 1917-1932,’ an epic omnibus jointly released by White’s Third Man Records and Revenant Records.
The program will feature a dynamic conversation between roundtable participants and highlight a profound listening experience as each participant plays a selected song in its entirety and discusses its deeper implications and dimensions. This is a free event, and seating will be first come, first serve. More info attached.
America’s greatest label, Paramount put to wax some of the most important recordings from artists like Son House, Louis Armstrong, Charley Patton + hundreds more. Vol I of ‘The Rise & Fall’ came out last year and was hailed as "spectacular" (New York Times) and "unprecedented" (Rolling Stone). Vol II is out Nov 18th.
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[by Kat Dalager]
Okay, I’m going to name names: Chris Buck gives great blog.
His posts are witty and fun and they make me want to read the whole thing. His stories are interesting and his photos help tell the story. Sure, not everyone will be able to blog about a shoot with comedian Steve Martin, but the basics should be the same even if it’s a shoot with Mr. Corporate Executive.
Kat Dalager has been an Art Producer and voyeur for companies such as Life Time Fitness, Campbell Mithun, Target, Carmichael Lynch and The Martin Agency.
The Canon EOS 7D II is the long-awaited follow up to the 7D, offering a 20.2MP APS-C sensor, dual-pixel AF with a 65-point phase detect system and continuous shooting at 10 fps. It's also equipped with 1080/60p HD video capture and a number of compression options, as well as microphone and headphone ports. We put the 7D II through its paces in our studio and have updated our first impressions review with the results. Read more