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Glen Harrell featured in Fiddler Magazine Fall 2022 issue 


Glen Harrell - Turn up the VolumeFiddler Magazine|Fall 2022

In just a little over 10 years since its formation, Volume Five has become one of the most popular bluegrass bands in the industry. The reason is obvious: distinctive, strong vocals, quality instrumentation, well-chosen bluegrass and gospel songs in its repertoire, and a dedicated leader of the band.Matt Merta 

That position is held by vocalist/fiddler Glen Harrell. Since 2008, he has made Volume Five one of the most recognizable names in the bluegrass festival circuit. 

This success and recognition did not come easy or out of the blue. Harrell has been working with his fiddle for a number of years in order to create a unique and creative sound in bluegrass. The main ingredient to that sound has been his passion for the music. His early years were spent in Cherokee, Alabama, and though he started out on guitar as a kid, it was his father that motivated him to move toward the fiddle. "My great-grandmother told me she would buy me a fiddle if I would learn to play it," he explains. "At that time it just seemed like something new and fun to do. I had no idea I would come to love it and all the places it would take me throughout life."

Harrell would spend his early music years jamming at relatives' homes and visiting bluegrass festivals with his family. Like most teenagers, he would play with friends and form short-lived bands, although he leaned more toward bluegrass and country projects than the expected rock bands of high schoolers. "When I was about 14 or 15, I started playing with a band around the Muscle Shoals, Alabama, area called Bell Terry and the Alabama Grass. 

"At that time the Bluegrass Album Band had just gotten really popular so I listened to a lot of their music. I loved Bobby Hicks' fiddle playing and tried to sit down with a cassette player and learn all the licks I could that he played. He is still one of my all-time favorites." During this time, he was playing a Stradivarius-copy five-string fiddle.

Read the entire article in the magazine.

Welcome Jacob Eller 

(October 3, 2022) – The award-winning bluegrass band, Volume Five is proud to announce the addition of Jacob Eller on bass. Jacob began his career playing bass for the Galax area bluegrass band No Speed Limit, honing the skills that he brought to bear later with The Church Sisters and with Sierra Hull. “I’ve been a Volume Five fan for years. I’m excited to get out and play music with these guys. The songs and musicianship are top shelf,” said Eller. 

Jacob Eller joins this exceptionally talented group that includes band leader Glen Harrell on lead vocals and fiddle, Jacob Burleson on guitar and vocals, Aaron Ramsey on mandolin, and Chris Wade on banjo. 

Glen Harrell welcomes Jacob Eller to the band, saying, “When Jacob played the first gig with us, I knew he had the groove we were looking for. He’s a very talented guy and fits right in with Volume Five in every aspect. We look forward to playing and recording music with him!” 

Volume Five has been busy touring this year and achieving success for their recent Mountain Fever Records singles. Their current chart hit is “Losing My Religion,” written by bluegrass songwriter and musician Josh Miller. The song is currently #3 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly and Weekly Top 20 Songs chart. Other recent chart hits include “When Karma Comes Calling,” written by Ronnie Bowman and Terry Herd, and “What I Didn’t Say, written by Glen Harrell. 

Volume Five has been busy on tour. Upcoming performance dates include Friday, October 14, 2022, at Ole Smoky in Gatlinburg, Tennessee, Saturday, October 15 at the Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee, and Saturday, November 5 at the Eagle Bluegrass Concert series in Berryville, Virginia.

New Single: "Losing My Religion" 

Willis, Va. (August 16, 2022) – Mountain Fever Records proudly announces today’s new single, “Losing My Religion,” by Volume Five. Not to be confused with the R.E.M. hit song, Volume Five’s “Losing My Religion” was written by bluegrass songwriter and musician Josh Miller. This new track includes the award-winning talents of Glen Harrell on lead vocals and fiddle, Jacob Burleson on guitar, Patton Wages on banjo, Aaron Ramsey on mandolin, and Jeff Partin on bass and resophonic guitar, and Josh Shilling on tenor harmony vocals.

Band leader, fiddler, and lead vocalist, Glen Harrell, said, “I was so fortunate to have this song dropped in my lap. Josh Miller is one of my favorite writers and musicians. This song shows how anyone can have their world turned upside down and become hurt so deeply that they doubt everything they know to be true. This is a great song to remind people once again that it rains on the just and the unjust.” 

The award-winning Volume Five has a long history of success on the radio charts and garnering other recognition. Several years ago, the band won the IBMA Song of the Year Award for their hit “I Am A Drifter,” In 2021, Mountain Fever Records released “When Karma Comes Calling,” written by Ronnie Bowman and Terry Herd. It was the #1 song six times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Chart and named in the publication’s Top 50 Bluegrass Songs of 2021, even with its late-year release. The track also appeared on the Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey Chart and the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Bluegrass Singles chart. It was followed with similar success by “What I Didn’t Say, written by Glen Harrell in honor of his parents. 

Volume Five is now on tour with Glen Harrell, Jacob Burleson, Aaron Ramsey, Chris Wade, and Zach Collier.

New Singe: "What I Didn't Say" 

(March 8, 2022) – Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the new single, “What I Didn’t Say,” by the multi-IBMA award-winning bluegrass band Volume Five. This emotional song was written by Volume Five’s lead vocalist and fiddler, Glen Harrell, after he suffered the devastating loss of both parents in 2019. 

Glen shares his thoughts on creating the tune: 

“I wrote this tune after losing my dad in a tragic accident while we were working together in August 2019. It brought me to the lowest place I have ever been in my entire life. No matter how much I try to tell myself that it will get easier to cope, the pain is always there. It was even more difficult because I lost my mother to cancer just two months before my dad passed away. Volume Five was performing in California when I got a call that my mom died, and it completely broke my heart that I couldn’t be with her.” 

“My parents lived a very simple and modest life. I cherish the memories of sitting on their front porch laughing and having a good time just talking about our lives and what was happening at that time. We have a large family, so we always had cookouts and enjoyed being around each other. When you lose your parents, you always wish you had asked them more questions, listened better when they were talking, told them everything you wanted them to know, and let them know how much you love them. If I had told mine every single day, it would still never be enough.” 

“With this song, I just wanted to write something in memory of them and share a little through the lyrics about how losing my dad in the accident truly broke me as a human being. It took the life out of me, and I know I will never be the same. I loved my parents dearly, and I think about them every day. I hope this song will inspire everyone who hears it to take time and visit your mom and dad and spend quality time with them. We all think we will be ready when the time comes, and they leave this world, but I can tell you that even if they live to be 100, you will never be prepared,” said Glen Harrell. 

Volume Five, and their fans, suffered another heartbreak when their beloved banjoist Patton Wages suffered a stroke early in 2021, soon after the band’s recording session. Fortunately, Patton continues to improve and keeps fans apprised of his journey. Patton’s one-of-a-kind banjo talents are included on both current singles and will be on all tracks on the upcoming Volume Five album along with former band member Jeff Partin. Current members, Glen Harrell, Jacob Burleson, and Aaron Ramsey are also part of the track and upcoming album. 

Glen continues to find solace and happiness in recording and performing with Volume Five, the band he originally formed in Mississippi as a casual jam band in 2008. Today, Volume Five’s sound is instantly recognizable. They have been highly successful on the bluegrass radio charts, including their recent single, “When Karma Comes Calling,” written by Ronnie Bowman and Terry Herd, that reached #1 seven times on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 charts. The publication also included this hit single on the Bluegrass Today’s Top 50 Songs of 2021, even with a late-year release. 

Volume Five’s trademark sound is undoubtedly highlighted by Glen Harrell’s soulful and smooth lead vocals and complimented with the extraordinary talents of Jacob Burleson on guitar, Aaron Ramsey on mandolin, Chris Wade on banjo, and Zach Collier on bass.  

"When Karma Comes Calling" DEBUTS at #1 on Bluegrass Today 

Willis, Va. (October 29, 2021) –The award-winning band Volume Five debuts at #1 on the Bluegrass Today Weekly Top 20 song chart with their new single, "When Karma Comes Calling." This is the first single release from the band’s upcoming album, Karma scheduled for release next year on Mountain Fever Records. 

“When Karma Comes Calling” was recorded earlier this year and includes Glen Harrell, Patton Wages, Jacob Burleson, Aaron Ramsey, Jeff Partin, and Kameron Keller. Volume Five’s fans are thrilled to hear beloved banjo player Patton Wages on this song, as he suffered a stroke soon after the band recorded the tune. Thankfully, Patton continues to improve and fans love to keep up with him on social media. 

Volume Five has achieved tremendous chart success for both radio airplay and sales over the years. They appeared in the Top 5 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Charts for a previous release and at #12 for their latest Mountain Fever Records’ album, For Those Who Care To Listen. In addition, this award-winning band took home the coveted International Bluegrass Music Association's Song of the Year Award for "Drifter" as well as the Emerging Artist of the Year Award in 2017. 

Volume Five will perform Thursday, November 18, 2021, at the Station Inn in Nashville, Tennessee, and on Saturday, December 4, 2021, at Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Georgia. For more information on Volume Five including their music and tour, please visit Reserve a date for Volume Five to perform at your next event at

Aaron Ramsey Joins Volume Five 

“We are so excited to welcome Aaron Ramsey to Volume Five. We have all known Aaron for several years, have worked with him in recording, and he has filled in on mandolin and bass a few times in the past. Over the last few years we have been trying to work it out where Aaron could be a part of the band but it always seemed like when we wanted him to come, he had other obligations, or when he had thought about picking with us we didn’t have a slot open. Well the opportunity for us both finally came around. Aaron is one of the most talented musicians and record producers in this business. He has a great musical mind whether on the stage or in the studio. Not only that but he is a good friend of ours, and its always fun to play music with your buddies. We look forward to creating new music, and him being part of Volume Five," said Glen Harrell.

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New Single and Video! 

Mountain Fever Records releases the first single, "15th of October" from Volume Five's upcoming October album release of "For Those Who Care To Listen."

Volume Five releases new music video for this tune recorded at the house at Everett's Music Barn in Suwanee, Georgia.   Check out the video here. 

Review: Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine 

Based on the lead vocals of Harrell and backed by Burleson, Laney, and Wages, the group uses their instrumental prowess and arranging skills to make another of Volume Five’s successful musical milestones.: Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine

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"The album is sonically gorgeous.." 

.."Milestones, the newest release from Volume Five on Mountain Fever Records. It is packed snout to tail with songs from the top writers in bluegrass, sung by Glenn Harrell, who is emerging as one of the most convincing vocalists in the music, and played by as choice a rhythm section as we have on offer."


Mountain Fever Records Releases Milestones by Volume Five 

February 9, 2018 --  Mountain Fever Records is happy to announce the release of the newest album from the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) Emerging Artist of the Year, Volume Five. Milestones is available to radio and consumers today! 
Nashville is known as a “10 year town” — indicating it takes a full 10 years to achieve any real success in the music business. And while fans have long been hot on the trail of Volume Five (V5), it’s easily said the industry is finally catching on and wising up. After a full decade of playing thousands of shows and making some of the best records in bluegrass, V5 has hit their stride. In 2017, the IBMA honored V5 with Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for “Drifter,” arguably one of the most played tracks of the decade, thus far. 
Aptly named, Milestones is the seventh album for V5 on Mountain Fever Records, and is further proof the band knows how to find and record top-notch material. Fellow bluegrasser Jerry Cole gets writer credits for the bookend tracks, "Just Beyond the Window" and "Stoney Hill," both exemplary in setting the tone for the record while closing with the proverbial exclamation point. "Looks Like Losing Love" is written by Ronnie Bowman and Billy Droze, both considered among the elite in their craft. Of the 12 cuts, it's no coincidence the three ballads are co-written by Craig Market who clearly has a knack for weaving words that tug at the heartstrings when teaming up with writers such as Josh Miller, Becky Buller, and Tim Stafford.  The albums first single, "Now That's A Song" was written by Bob Minner and Shawn Lane, and has already taken a well-deserved ride on the song charts including multiple weeks on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Songs chart and coming in at #4 on February's Top 20. No doubt, Milestones is a very well-written album, matched perfectly with a band who performs the music the way it was intended.  
In the liner notes, Stafford eloquently summarizes V5 and Milestones: 

"Volume Five has a very distinct sound that begins with Glen Harrell’s pitch-perfect, rich baritone voice. He has a great emotional range in his singing that allows the band to do a wide variety of songs effectively. The fact that Colby Laney and Jacob Burleson often switch guitar and mandolin seamlessly to create different tones and sounds testifies that Volume Five is one of the top instrumental bands on the circuit. Patton Wages is a groove machine on banjo, and bassist Chris Williamson provides a propulsive, rock-solid foundation. Glen’s fiddling is icing on the cake, as is guest Gaven Largent’s (Dobro) tasteful fills and leads. Jacob already has one of the best mandolin chops in bluegrass, and Colby is an inventive and powerful lead and rhythm guitarist. But this is a vocal band first, even beyond Glen’s powerhouse singing—the harmonies are exquisite as well, wrapping themselves around his lush lead vocals. This is one great bluegrass record.” 

Radio programmers may download Milestones via AirPlay Direct or request a digital download by emailing Consumers may purchase Milestones today wherever great music is sold. For more information on Volume Five, visit For more on Mountain Fever Records, visit

Tune-In Alert / Flashpoint Radio Feb 5, 8 and 10, 2018 


Hear Glen Harrell talk about Volume Five's new album MILESTONES on Feb 5 on Flashpoint Bluegrass Radio Show at 8-11E/7-10C on 

That show will re-air on Bluegrass Planet Radio on Thurs, Feb 8 at 8-11E/7-10C 

Saturday Feb 10 - Hear the entire album in hour 2 of Bama Bluegrass at8-10E/7-9 C Alabama Public Radio Stations, streaming at: 

All three shows are available on & the tunein app.

Mountain Fever Releases New V5 Single: "Now That's A Song"  

Fresh off the win of TWO International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, Volume Five has emerged with new music being released on Mountain Fever Records today. "Now That's a Song" is the first single from an upcoming album, Milestones, due early next year.

Founded by Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals), Volume Five includes the talents of Patton Wages (banjo & vocals),  Colby Laney (guitar & vocals), Chris Williamson (bass & vocals), and Jacob Burleson (mandolin & vocals). These five musicians together blend into a band with true and proven staying power. With countless IBMA, SPBGMA, and Dove Award nominations to their credit, the band walked away with IBMA's Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year honors just last month in Raleigh, NC. Their previous album, Drifter, received rave reviews, produced several charting singles, and hit Billboard's Top 5 Best-Selling Bluegrass Albums chart.  
With their career moving with in an upward trajectory, Volume Five is coming out of the gate strong with "Now That's A Song," the first single from their new album. "I had been looking for a good uptempo song and contacted Bob Minner to see if he had anything fresh to send me," says Glen Harrell. "This one caught my ear right away and I thought 'now that's a song.' A few moments later, after reaching the chorus, I realized that was actually the title of the song! Bob co-wrote this with Shawn Lane and we think it's a winner!" 
With an unexpected, almost subtle dobro kickoff, "Now That's A Song" blazes into a spirited, straight-up bluegrass melody supporting a sweet lyric telling of a long-time love. Harrell's lead vocal moves flawlessly with the words while the makeup of V5 proves exactly why they are turning a genre of music noted for its musical dexterity, on its ear. 

Radio programmers may download "Now That's A Song" via AirPlay Direct or request a digital download by emailing Consumers may purchase "Now That's A Song" today. 

For more information on Volume Five, visit For more on Mountain Fever Records, visit

Bluegrass Today: The Story Behind the Song "I Am a Drifter" 

Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi wrote the award-winning song I Am a Drifter when they got together for one of their regular song-writing sessions that, as Ulisse tells us, took place each Monday. 

On Thursday, September 28 last, I Am a Drifter was named the winner of the IBMA’s Song of the Year Award for 2017. 

The duo’s song-writing abilities were also recognized with I’m Calling Heaven Down, the lead track on Ulisse’s album When I Look Back, winning the Just Plain Folks Awards for Best Bluegrass Song in 2009. 

I Am a Drifter started as one type of song, but was completely changed in character and message by the time that it was completed.


Volume Five Wins Two IBMA Awards! 

Volume Five was honored with two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards that were presented during the 2017 IBMA Awards Show held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. 

The first award announced for the band was for Emerging Artist of the Year. The group features the extraordinary talents of lead vocalist, fiddle player and band leader, Glen Harrell who is joined by Colby Laney on guitar and vocals, Patton Wages on banjo and vocals, Chris Williamson on bass and vocals, and aspiring young talent, Jacob Burleson on mandolin and vocals. 

Volume Five was also presented with the prestigious the Song of the Year Award for “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi. The crowd was delighted with Ulisse’s excitement while accepting the award with Glen Harrell and the band. The chart-topping tune appears on Volume Five’s album Drifter on Mountain Fever Records that debuted last year on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart. 

“I would like to thank everyone for all the kind words to me and the V5 members. I also want to thank all the guys that have been with the band over the years and have contributed to our sound and success. I would like to thank Harry Formby Clark, Adam Duke, Jeff Partin, Mark Hodges, Casey Cullwell, Jesse Daniel, Shane Blackwell, and Aaron Ramsey. Thanks so much to Moonstruck Management as well. We just couldn’t do this without the entire team,” said Harrell. 

For more information on Volume Five, please visit them at, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Check out Drifter at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and more retail and streaming outlets. 


Two 2017 IBMA Award Nominations! 

Volume Five has received two 2017 International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nominations - Emerging Artist of the Year and Song of the Year for "I Am A Drifter" from our album Drifter now available on Mountain Fever Records.

Thank you to our fellow IBMA voting members for these honors.

We look forward to performing during the 2017 IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC this September.  Please visit for more information on this fun event!


Thank you,

Glen, Patton, Colby, Chris and Jacob

Patton Wages Releases Banjo Tab Book 

Patton Wages has released his new Banjo Tab book that is now available on our Merch page. 

The book includes with all the solos and selected backup from Volume Five's Drifter and Voices albums. Transcriptions created by Russell Sawler. 

Bluegrass Today says "Wages is a thoroughly modern bluegrass banjo player, with a subtle but driving style that should be attractive to any pickers learning to play the instrument. With today’s widely-available slow down software, learning transcriptions from records is a great way to work on tone and timing, as well as walk through what another professional player has done in the studio."

Jacob Burleson Joins Volume Five 

Volume Five has announced that multi-instrumentalist Jacob Burleson, one of the most aspiring young talents in bluegrass music today, has joined the band.  Jacob will make his debut performance with Volume Five at Everett’s Music Barn in Suwanee, Ga. on Saturday, January 28, 2017.
Jacob is from Newland, a small town in the mountains of North Carolina and is the son of Jason and Shelly Burleson.  Since his Dad is a founding member of the award-winning group Blue Highway, Jacob has grown up around bluegrass music allowing his talents to thrive by attending festivals and jamming with some of the top pickers in bluegrass.  After a few years of jamming and honing his craft as a musician, he landed a gig with Kenny and Amanda Smith band.  Jacob’s early influences include his heroes - Sam Bush, Adam Steffey, Dempsey Young, Shawn Lane and many more. Blue Highway, Volume Five, Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and the New Grass Revival are the artists he has listened to and studied the most. 

Band leader, Glen Harrell says, “I’m really excited about Jacob joining Volume Five.  We have a lot of talented young musicians in the group and he will be a perfect fit. It’s always interesting to watch these young musicians joining professional touring bands and honing their skills thus taking their talents to even a higher level.” 

Volume Five’s new line-up is:  Glenn Harrell – fiddle, lead vocals; Colby Laney – guitar, vocals; Patton Wages – banjo, vocals; Chris Williamson – bass and vocals; and Jacob Burleson – mandolin, vocals.  Jacob replaces Harry Clark who left the band to pursue other interests. 

Volume Five has received significant success this year with their Mountain Fever Records release, Drifter.  The album debuted earlier this year on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart and earned the band the 2016 Album of the Year Award from the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa.  Volume Five garnered two #1 singles on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 this year - “95 Years” and “I Am A Drifter.” Both songs and the album continue to receive success on a variety of radio charts. 

For more information on Volume Five, please visit them at, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.  Drifter is available at iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more fine retail outlets.  

Volume Five Hits #1 with “95 Years” 

Volume Five has turned it up another notch with the continued success of Drifter that debuted earlier this year on Billboard’s Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart and earned the band the 2016 Album of the Year Award from the Bluegrass Music Association of Iowa. The band has now garnered their second #1 song with “95 Years,” written by Carter Moore, as it tops the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Weekly Songs chart today. Their previous #1 on the chart was “I Am A Drifter,” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossie, from this Mountain Fever Records release.

95 Years” and “I Am A Drifter” both appear on Power Source Magazine’s Top 35 Song Chart for December and have also appeared on several other radio charts this year including SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction’s Most Played Tracks and the Roots Music Report’s Top 50 Songs Chart. The album is #9 this month on Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine’s Top 15 Albums Chart and “I Am A Drifter” appears at #8 their Top 30 Songs chart.

Volume Five continues to grow their fan base with stellar performances like the one during the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass Street Fest in Raleigh in October. The band recently released a live performance video from this show that also includes commentary by lead vocalist and fiddler Glen Harrell.

Glen is joined on Drifter by Chris Williamson on bass & vocals, Patton Wages on banjo & vocals, Colby Laney on guitar & vocals, and Harry Clark on mandolin and vocals. The album is available at iTunes, Amazon, GooglePlay, and more fine retail outlets.

Drifter is also crossing over to other formats; the track, “When I Go Away,” was the POWERPLAY song on Eagle Country Radio this past summer. The album is available to radio stations worldwide at