New CD and New Mando Man for Volume Five

Image634974639185754585Run, the latest project by bluegrass group Volume Five and Mountain Fever Records hit shelves today.

A CD release party is scheduled for March 9th at 6 p.m. EST at Everett's Music Barn in Suwannee, GA.

"We are extremely excited to share this our new music with our fans, and we hope that they enjoy listening to it as much as we enjoyed making it," said lead vocalist Glen Harrell.

Fans can order the CD on the Volume Five merchandise page.  The album's first single, "Rich Man's Daughter", was released in October and has reached number one on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Top 20 Chart.

On Run, the band focused on simply trying to find quality songs for the album. “I once heard Carl Jackson say when you are recording a new project, don’t worry about the song order, tempos, and things like that. Just cut all the good songs,” says leader Glen Harrell. “So that’s what we have tried to do. Just cut good songs and let our fans decide which they like the best.”

Songs like “Fox on the Run,” “Paradise,” and “Hickory Holler’s Tramp” were bluegrass festival favorites long ago. “Then it seems like no one would do them because they thought of it as being corny because everyone was singing them many years ago,” Harrell says. “Our opinion, and we hope the bluegrass folks agree, is if they are good songs they should be heard. We love to do songs that tell stories and that people can relate to. After all, that is what bluegrass music was founded on.” We just wanted to give them a fresh sound so that folks would say, ‘I forgot how great a song that is.’”

The title cut from Run was a song that was originally recorded for mandolin player Jesse Daniel’s solo CD. “He had it recorded but it had a much different tempo and feel to it. When we were in the studio tracking, I told Jesse I really liked that song but I was just hearing something different. So we started arranging the song to the way that I heard it. When we got it tracked, I remember Jesse saying I never even dreamed it would sound like this compared to the way it was cut on my CD. Jesse is a great songwriter and he really knows how to tell a story through a song. This is one of those songs that the crowd really gets into when we perform it live on stage.”

Other songs on the album include a new version of Charlie Louvin’s “See the Big Man Cry,” a song the band felt compelled to pay honor to by maintaining the original integrity of Louvin’s recording. "Rich Man's Daughter,” written by former Volume Five band member Colby Laney, and the project's first single, is a perfect example of what listeners have to look forward to. Glen Harrell's voice soars perfectly with the minor-sounding melody in a way that just proves this band is a reckoning force.

The band received critical acclaim for their first two Mountain Fever projects, Down In A Cell andChildren Of The Mountains. When talking about these two releases, J. Roths, Music Director with KEOS Radio in College Station, TX said, “From the very up-tempo traditional song “Long Journey Home,” to the newly written "Greenwood Mill,” and story songs like “The Rabbit Song” and "Coal Miner's Curse,” this project will be much appreciated by the Bluegrass enthusiast. This is nice follow-up to the earlier album "Down in the Cell" that included "The Baptism of Jesse Taylor.” Don't overlook that one! These guys have a good formula, pick good, sing good, harmonize good, so what more could you ask for. They've delivered!”

Run promises to be just as solid.

Volume Five already has what other bands search years for, a signature sound. "Just like the rest of the bluegrass world, I love these guys," states Mark Hodges of Mountain Fever Records. "Their sound is recognizable after the first two or three notes and there are not many bands you can say that about. They play “quality bluegrass."

Volume Five came on to the music scene in 2008 and is characterized by soulful singing, dead-on harmonies and precise picking. The band is made up of seasoned performers Glen Harrell (fiddle and vocals), Patton Wages (banjo and vocals), Chris Williamson (bass and vocals), Jeff Partin (dobro, guitar & vocals) and Harry Clark (mandolin). Volume Five is currently in the studio working on a new gospel album. 



Harry Clark joined Volume Five in January 2013 as the band's newest mandolin player.

Just nineteen years old, Harry is from Searcy, Arkansas and has been playing instruments (he also plays the guitar) since he was eight years old.

Harry credits his brother, Jeb Clark (a flat-picker guitarist formerly a member of The Roy Band) as being his inspiration and biggest supporter.

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