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Bluegrass Traditionalist Laura Orshaw Releases New Album on Dark Shadow Recording



IBMA Award-winning artist Laura Orshaw releases highly anticipated new album on Dark Shadow Recording, Solitary Diamond. Produced by label head Stephen Mougin and mastered by David Glasser at AirShow Mastering, the well-rounded album showcases the wide range of her artistry — from her more vulnerable side to lively, country-infused tracks. Above all, each body of the work demonstrates her inspiring fiddle skills and captivating vocal abilities, proving she is a dynamic force to be reckoned with.


The album also features other incredible female powerhouses from the genre, like Jenee Fleenor, Catherine “BB” Bowness, and Brittany Haas. The core band is comprised of Orshaw’s contemporaries Casey Campbell, Alan Bartram, Tony Watt, Reed Stutz, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Eli Gilbert and her Po’ Ramblin’ Boys bandmate, Josh Rinkel. The guest vocalists include: Tim O’Brien, Ronnie Bowman, Trey Hensley, Alecia Nugent, Lindsay Lou, Garnet Bowman, Stephen and Jana Mougin.


Solitary Diamond is available wherever you consume music.


Tracks from the album have been featured on No Depression’s Best of the month playlist, Nashville Noise, and are also sitting in the #14 slot on the Bluegrass Unlimited Top 30 Bluegrass Songs chart in June issue.


“Solitary Diamond exemplifies everything I love about bluegrass: compelling stories, passionate vocals, and intense picking,” proclaims label head Stephen Mougin. “The band and guest vocalists all brought their own attitude to the project which, along with Laura, gives it an unexplainable edge. We had a lot of fun making this record, from selecting tunes to assembling musicians to creating arrangements, and I’m thrilled she has this platform to showcase her unique sound.”


A respected powerhouse on the Bluegrass scene, Orshaw is known for infusing a bit of country into the traditional sounds of the genre. The seasoned performer has celebrated a successful career as a member of the Grammy-nominated Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and two IBMA award winners (2020 Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, 2020 Collaborative Recording of the Year).


Ahead of the album release, Laura released three singles, “I Can’t Settle Down,” “Hank,” and “On Her Own.”


Singles are available to DJs and programmers by request to DSR Radio contact, Jana Mougin: jana@darkshadowrecording.com


Solitary Diamond Track Listing:

01 I’LL TRADE YOU MONEY FOR WINE (4:10)

Robert William Fulks, Boondoggle Inc., D/B/A Lorne Rall Music, ASCAP


02 ON HER OWN (3:44)

Jim Ringer, Folklore Productions Inc (ASCAP) / Budde Music Inc (ASCAP) / Admin by Downtown Music Services


03 AFTER YOU (3:54)

Jerry Chesnut, Jerry Chesnut Music Inc., BMI


04 ROCK-A-BYE CINDY (3:49)

Gary Gordon, Roberta L. Gordon, Gordon Gordon Songs, BMI


05 I’LL BE HURTIN’ EITHER WAY (2:30)

Jeannie M. Kuykendall, Rio Nuevo Entertainment, LLC, ASCAP


06 HIGH MOUNTAIN RISING (3:45)

Tim Stafford, Daniel House Music, BMI/Thomas Jutz, Thomm Songs, SESAC


07 I CAN’T SETTLE DOWN (2:47)

Roberta Gordon, Gordon Gordon Songs, BMI/Tim Carter, Tree O Music, SESAC


08 LONELY IS MY NAME (3:40)

Joshua Rinkel, Laura Orshaw, Keep It Lonesome Music, BMI


09 THE BAND OF JESSE JAMES (3:19)

Jim Ringer, Folklore Productions Inc (ASCAP) / Budde Music Inc (ASCAP) / Admin by Downtown Music Services


10 VEINS OF COAL (4:24)

Richard Daniel Stearns, Red Dog Run Publishing, BMI


11 SPEAK YOUR HEART (3:32)

Mark Simos, Devachan Music, BMI


12 HANK (3:14)

Cy Winstanley, Songbroker Music Publishing, APRA, AMCOS


ABOUT DARK SHADOW RECORDING:

Dark Shadow Recording is a full-service studio and record label led by award-winning Stephen Mougin, located on a hilltop that surveys Music City's electric skyline. The label produces and turns out music from some the industry's most promising artists in the Bluegrass, Americana, Country, and Folk genres. The roster includes Becky Buller, Rick Faris, Rick Lang, Stillhouse Junkies and Full Cord.


ABOUT LAURA ORSHAW:
 
A respected powerhouse on the Bluegrass scene, Orshaw was the first female to win SPBGMA Fiddle Player of the Year and prides herself on keeping the sounds of traditional Bluegrass alive in the genre. A seasoned performer, Orshaw has toured throughout the world opening and sharing the stage with artists such as Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, John Scofield, Jim Lauderdale, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sarah Jarosz, Tony Trischka, Becky Buller, and Darol Anger among others. Orshaw has celebrated a successful career as a member of the Grammy-nominated Po’ Ramblin’ Boys and a two IBMA award winner (2020 Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, 2020 Collaborative Recording of the Year).


Stay up to date here: www.lauraorshaw.com