January 9, 2018
Breakin’ Easy receives a stunning review on ALL ABOUT VOCALS
A big thank you to Kaya Savas for such a great review on Donna’s current release! Here is how it starts:
Here at All About Vocals we are obsessed with the human voice and the first thing you’re likely to notice when you listen to Donna Ulisse, whether live or on a recording, is her pure, natural, and authentic voice. Variously described as “rapturous and angelic,” strong, supple, warm, rich, companionable and crystalline. Ulisse (pronounced You-liss-ee) has been called “one of the best singer-songwriters in bluegrass.” Which leads us to her release of Breakin’ Easy. The album was produced by label-mate and Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame member, Doyle Lawson.
Click here to read the rest of the review.
January 3, 2018
Donna’s Breakin’ Easy included in a Top UK list!
A heartfelt thanks to music writer Kelly Gregory in the UK for including Donna’s new album Breakin’ Easy on her Top Ten list for 2017 calling the album the best bluegrass album of 2017! Kelly writes for the premier country music magazine in Europe, Country Music People.
Country Music People is Europe’s number one country music magazine and is published monthly. It gives you the world of country music from Austin to Nashville and beyond. The magazine is a winner of the coveted CMA (US Country Music Academy) Wesley Rose International Achievement award for outstanding contributions to the promotion and development of country music internationally. For almost 50 years it has delivered the inside stories on country music’s hottest stars and in October 2011 celebrated its 500th issue.
CMP gives you the world of country music: New Country, Roots, Honky Tonk, Americana, Traditional, Acoustic, Country-Rock, Old Time, Bluegrass, NashPop, Cowboy, Rockabilly, Western Swing, Singer-Songwriter, Alternative…The biggest stars, the hottest buzz, and the best music – Country Music People is the passionate fan’s all-access pass to everything country!
January 2, 2018
Breakin’ Easy makes Dave’s Dozen 2017 Favorites list on Bluegrass Today!
Respected bluegrass music journalist David Morris compiled a list of his favorites for 2017. We were thrilled to see Donna’s album included in the list! He writes the following about the compilation and you can read about all of his choices here.
It’s time for my annual compilation of favorite recordings of 2017. It is decidedly subjective, not necessarily the best overall, but what caught my ear and imagination.
There’s just one caveat: I don’t include recordings that include songs or liner notes that I had a hand in writing. Anything else is eligible, provided it meets my admittedly broad definition of bluegrass.
December 28, 2017
Henry Carrigan includes Breakin’ Easy on end of year No Depression list!
Freelance journalist Henry Carrigan decided to compile a list of the ten CDs released in 2017 that had moved him in some way and that he had returned to and listened to over and over again. It was great to see Breakin’ Easy show up on that list! It was also wonderful to see the Rebekah Long CD Run Away on the list which Donna produced. See the full list here.
Dec. 26, 2017
SiriusXM airs live performance of Donna’s Christmas show!
SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction’s program director and radio host Kyle Cantrell approached Donna about recording one of her Christmas performances of her landmark album All The Way to Bethlehem this year to broadcast over the Christmas holiday. Donna immediately reached out to her good friends in the bluegrass world, Larry Stephenson and Jerry Salley, and asked them to read the scriptures for the show making it an extra special event. Bluegrass Junction has often featured the album during the holidays but the live show includes all of Donna’s very special narrative which brings the characters to life in a whole new way. The show aired four times from Dec. 23-25.
Dec. 22, 2017
Breakin’ Easy makes the CMT.com Top 17 for 2017 list!
We were over the moon excited to see Donna’s album Breakin’ Easy on the end of the year list put together by the staff at CMT.com! She is in some pretty good company along with Chris Stapleton, Jason Isbell, Flatt Lonesome, The Grascals, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill to name a few. To read the full list click here.
On a point of interest, the staff writer who chose Donna’s CD was Edward Morris who has been following and writing about Donna’s career since she was an artist on Atlantic Records in the early 1990’s and wrote a wonderful article about her in Billboard about her very first album release. A heartfelt thanks to Ed for continuing to write about Donna’s music!
Dec. 22, 2017
A Little Past Lonely climbing charts!
Another composition by Donna and longtime co-writer Marc Rossi off Donna’s current release Breakin’ Easy just took a nice big jump in the Bluegrass Today chart from #16 to #3! The song has a real country heartache feel and has been a favorite by everyone at the record label from the get-go. As always, a big thank you to the DJs who continue to play Donna’s music!
Dec. 14, 2017
Donna featured on Handpicked by Del McCoury on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction
On the December 13, 2017 show Handpicked with Del McCoury on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, Del chose to play Donna’s recording of the Dottie West classic “Here Comes My Baby Back Again” from her current album Breakin’ Easy. The show is hosted by bluegrass legend Del McCoury and songwriter/bassist Jon Weisberger.
Donna chose to record this song because of her personal connection to Dottie West who she met when she was singing at local clubs in Nashville years ago. Dottie West often came in to hear her and was always kind and gracious to Donna.
Dec. 13, 2017
Bluegrass Today offers up rave review of Breakin’ Easy!
Popular bluegrass online magazine Bluegrass Today featured a glowing review of Donna’s current release Breakin’ Easy written by David Morris. Below is just a sampling of what David had to say about the CD:
” The latest Mountain Home Music CD from Donna Ulisse is one of those “on the one hand, on the other hand” propositions.
On the one hand, Ulisse’s Breakin’ Easy is a textbook example of top-notch traditional bluegrass songwriting. Every listen unveils a new little gem, a turn of a phrase or a couplet that calls to mind home, faith and other cornerstones of the genre.
Right off the bat, in Without Trouble Please, she’s “hopin’ for a blue sky…a sweet 24 hours without trouble please.” We’ve all had that thought countless times. Ulisse turned it into a singable petition.
Elsewhere, she tells of being “a little past lonely,” of having “that back home feelin’ again,” and being “in a hurry to go nowhere” There are “rows of unplowed peas” and nods to deep roots, lasting love and strong wills.
On the other hand, the arrangements push the boundaries, in fresh creative ways. That’s largely the influence of her regular co-writers, Marc Rossi and Rick Stanley – a relative of those Stanleys and Donna’s musical partner and husband. But the instrumentation on the Doyle Lawson-produced project add a layer of newness, too. There are tenor guitars and a little steel here and there, even drums and percussion on some tracks. None of that is shocking, given Ulisse’s country music roots.” Click here to read the full review.