The mailing to journalists of the Donna Ulisse CD Walk This Mountain Down (Hadley Music Group) is imminent. Promo mailings for this album “should be in another week or so,” according to Kathy Anderson of the Hadley Music Group.
Donna has been working on Walk This Mountain Down for the past year, writing and recording the album with her producer Keith Sewell. She collaborated with fellow writers Rick Stanley, her husband, regular co-writer and cousin to Ralph, along with Marc Rossi, Dennis K. Duff and Richard Leigh, as well as writing two on her own. Once again there are many stories around the songs and, as always, there are a couple of gospel songs included.
Helping out in the recording studio were Keith Sewell, on acoustic guitar; Rob Ickes, on resonator guitar; Andy Leftwich, on mandolin and fiddle; Scott Vestal, on banjo; and Byron House, on upright bass, rightly described as the cream of the crop.
Several of Ulisse’s friends – Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley, Curtis Wright, Keith Sewell, Wendy Buckner Sewell and Rick Stanley – are featured singing harmony.
One of the tracks, the song Poor Mountain Boy, a Ulisse-Stanley composition, is included on the latest Prime Cuts of Bluegrass compilation CD, just released to bluegrass radio.
Walk This Mountain Down will be sent to radio stations in January of 2009 just prior to general release on February 10.
Donna and her band, lovingly dubbed The Poor Mountain Boys after the afore-mentioned song, but known individually as Robin Roller (banjo), Scott Neubert (resonator guitar, guitar and harmony vocals), Rick Stanley (guitar and vocal harmony), Bobby King (upright bass) and Matt Raum (mandolin), played an official showcase set at the recent IBMA WoB Convention.
For additional information about Donna Ulisse visit www.DonnaUlisse.com.