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Glen Harrell from the band Volume Five Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

Glen Harrell from Volume Five Interview by Christian Lamitschka for Country Music News International Magazine & Radio Show

 

Lamitschka:  How was the last year for you? What were your highlights?

Answer:  2017 was a great year for me and the guys.  We were able to play several different venues we had never played before.  We also picked up two awards at the IBMA Awards show in 2017.  We won Song Of The Year for our single "I Am A Drifter" written by Donna Ulisse and  Marc Rossi. We also won Emerging Artist.  It was a very rewarding year for me and the guys.

Lamitschka:  What is your latest CD and how's it doing?

Answer:   Our latest CD is called Milestones.  We released our first single called "Now That's A Song" and it has just spent three consecutive weeks at #1 on Bluegrass Today’s music charts as well as #1 on the monthly chart for March.

Lamitschka:  How did you choose the title for the CD?  Is there a story behind the name?

Answer: We wanted to choose a title that sort of describes where we are as a band and where we are headed.  Milestones really seemed to be fitting for the time.  February 2018 marked 10 years since I put this band together and each year has been a milestone for us and the goals have set for this band.

Lamitschka:  Do you write the songs yourself? If not, how do you go about finding the songs for your CD?

Answer:   Many of the songs we record come from writers that are or have been inside the band.  I spend a lot of time looking for great material to record.  I typically reach out to really great songwriters and gather songs for about a year.  I try to find unique melodies or story lines that will make great tunes for Volume Five.

Lamitschka:  Please tell us about the songs on your album (influences, etc).

Answer:  The songs we recorded for our latest CD Milestones were also handpicked by me, as were the songs on our other albums.  I usually find the majority of the songs and bring them in to the band and we try them to see how they fit us.  The ones on this CD have been extremely great songs.  Each with it own unique sound and story line. There are three tunes on this record co-written by one of my favorite writers Craig Market.  The song he wrote called "Haley" really sticks out to me.  It is a great story song that will rip your heart out if you are a dad with a little girl.   "North Dakota" was written by Becky Buller and Craig Market and it is one of my favorite cuts on CD.  The melody and story really caught my ear the first time I heard it.  I called Becky right away and told her I wanted to record it if she didnt have it promised to anyone.
The song "Just Beyond The Window" is another one of my favorites from the CD that’s fun to play and sing just because of the groove and feel of the song when singing and playing.  We feel like the whole CD is full of strong but different type songs that we think will catch the listener’s ear and possibly tug on their heartstrings a little.
  
Lamitschka:  What will your next single be?

Answer:   The next single will be "Tell Me You're Not Leaving" by Tim Stafford and Craig Market.

Lamitschka:  What kind of songs do you like to record the most?

Answer:  That’s a great question.  I think basically just songs that won’t be forgettable and that fit our style of music and particular sound.  We want to people to remember it  when the song comes on  and who it is doing it just by our unique song choice and sound.

Lamitschka:  You did a duet with Rhonda Vincent. How did that happen to come about?

Answer:   I did a duet with Rhonda Vincent on our Voices CD.  I have always loved Porter Wagoner and Dolly Parton’s song "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" .  I loved the message behing the song more than anything.  I had asked to Rhonda to record it with me a few years back and had planned to have it on our all gospel CD  but due to scheduling and recording conflicts we just couldnt get it finished in time for the all gospel CD so we just put it out on our bluegrass CD instead.  I couldn‘t have picked a better fit than Rhonda for that paritcular song and she nailed her part as usaual. 

Lamitschka:  What is your favorite song among all the songs you have recorded and what's the story behind it? 

Answer:  I think my two favorites would have to be "Rich Man’s Daughter" written by our guitar player Colby Laney.  This was one of the first songs I feel like that really opened the door for what Volume Five would define as our unique sound.  It is a well written song and a great melody that doesnt sound like every other song on the radio.
The other would be "Thorn Tree Shade" written by Kyle Burnett.  I can’t say enough about how well written this song is.  It is however a murder ballad but the lyrics are so well put together.  This has probaly become our most requested song every place we play.

Lamitschka:  Are you doing anything to take music beyond its current borders or are you happy where it is?

Answer:  I have from day one with this band tried to create a fresh new sound for bluegrass that might draw in new listeners and expose them to more bluegrass and grow our music.  Whether you are a bluegrass fan or not, I have always hoped when someone hears our music that they would like it even though may have never been a bluegrass fan before and introduce it to someone else as well. Our website is www.volumefivebg.com.  Folks can find all of our recorded music there, information an picutres of the band as well as tour schedule.

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