Ashlee Blankenship signs with Mountain Fever

Mountain Fever has released a single for their newest artist, Ashlee Blankenship and Blades of Blue.

This young group from southwest Virginia is fronted by 23 year old vocalist Blankenship, with Joshua Underwood on banjo, Dustin Pyrtle on guitar, Jimmy Creed on bass, and Caleb Courtner on mandolin. They will be finishing their first album over the winter with Sammy Shelor producing and engineering.

Ashlee has won kudos from some bluegrass heavy hitters in her part of the country.

“I feel like the sky is the limit for Ashlee. She has a powerful voice that can wrap around any song, whether old or new, and deliver it with authority and confidence.”

Adam Steffey

“Ashlee Blankenship is my favorite of the up and coming singers in the bluegrass industry. She’s soulful and energetic with a great range, and can sing anything from traditional to contemporary bluegrass with great feeling!”

Sammy Shelor

The single is Paul Williams and Sam Humphrey’s Deep River, originally recorded and released as a single by Jimmy Martin in the 1950s.

Have a listen to Ashlee and the boys’ version…

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The single is available to radio programmers through either AirPlay Direct or Radio Submit. Fans can download it free from the band’s web site.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.