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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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.."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."
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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 email@example.com. Consumers may purchase Milestones today wherever great music is sold. For more information on Volume Five, visit www.VolumeFiveBG.com. For more on Mountain Fever Records, visit www.mountainfever.com.
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 worldwidebluegass.com
That show will re-air on Bluegrass Planet Radio on Thurs, Feb 8 at 8-11E/7-10C www.bluegrassplanetradio.com
Saturday Feb 10 - Hear the entire album in hour 2 of Bama Bluegrass at8-10E/7-9 C Alabama Public Radio Stations, streaming at: www.apr.org
All three shows are available on Tunein.com & the tunein app.
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.
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 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 volumefivebg.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Check out Drifter at iTunes, Amazon, Spotify, Google Play and more retail and streaming outlets.