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Borges signs with Lonesome Day; label plans many releases

Thursday, May 1, 2014 – Massachusetts roots singer Sarah Borges signed a deal with Lonesome Day Records with a new album coming this summer.

Lonesome Day outlined a series of releases going into 2015. The label, based in Booneville, Ky., also will release a Bob Seger bluegrass tribute disc in August.

On June 24, Borges will see the release of "Radio Sweetheart," her first solo record since disbanding Sarah Borges and the Broken Singles. "I'm really proud of this record. I wrote songs that felt important to me. It doesn't feel like a new me, but it feels like the old me is finally back," said Borges. She previously released several albums on Sugar Hill.

Next on deck is bluegrass artist Richard Bennett's "In The Wind Somewhere," which is due May 27. Bennett's fifth solo release features Mark Schatz, IMBA Mandolin Player of the Year Adam Steffey, fiddler Ron Stewart and Sean Lane of the Grammy-nominated band Blue Highway on tenor vocals. The record was recorded at the Lonesome Day Studio in Booneville and mixed by Grammy Award winning engineer Brandon Bell.

The finishing touches are being put on "Silver Bullet Bluegrass: A Tribute to Bob Seger," tentatively slated for an August release. The compilation features many artists on Lonesome Day Records' roster, as well as American Idol Season 4 runner-up Bo Bice, and singers from the bands Blue Highway, Wildfire, Mountain Heart, The SteelDrivers and the Boxcars.

"This is a project that I have been wanting to do for a long time, and it is all bluegrass. One of our goals with this record is to make it very easily recognized as bluegrass and also very palatable to the bluegrass listener. It is not a 'hot pickin' record; the focus is on the songs and the singers, and the arrangements stay fairly true to the originals. These are legitimate versions of great songs that will have some of the best singers in bluegrass contributing to them," Lonesome Day Records owner Randall Deaton recently told Bluegrass Today.

Another release eyed for a potential fall release is a new record by bluegrass artist Jeff Clair, which will start production soon under the helm of country singer Gary Nichols of the SteelDrivers. "I met Gary at the bluegrass festival Rudyfest in Kentucky, and we kept in touch. I was a big fan of The SteelDrivers and thought Gary was an excellent singer and was happy to get him on the Bob Seger tribute. He had expressed an interest in producing more and asked if I had any artists. I mentioned Jeff so Gary looked him up on YouTube, they had a few conversations and hit it off, and now here we are," said Deaton.

Jeff Parker, known for his singing and mandolin skills and member of Dailey & Vincent, starts production on his next record on April 28. A fall release is planned.

Tim Shelton, who fronted Newfound Road on Rounder Records for years, will also begin production soon - sometime this summer - with Paul Kolderie (Girls Guns And Glory, Phish's Mike Gordon) at the helm for an early 2015 release.

The tentative "Silver Bullet Bluegrass" track listing (not final):
1. Tim Shelton, "Against the Wind"
2. Girls, Guns and Glory's Ward Hayden, "Betty Lou's Getting' Out Tonight"
3. Blue Highway's Tim Stafford, "Even Now"
4. Wildfire's Robert Hale, "Feel Like a Number"
5. Darrell Webb, "Long Twin Silver Line"
6. Mountain Heart's Josh Shilling, "Mainstreet"
7. Larry Cordle, "Night Moves"
8. Bo Bice, "Ramblin' Gambling Man"
9. Jeff Clair, "Roll Me Away"
10. The SteelDrivers' Gary Nichols, "Turn the Page"
11. Jeff Parker, "We've Got Tonight"
12. The Boxcars' Keith Garrett, "You'll Accomp'ny Me"

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Sarah Borges spent a good many years road dogging with her longtime band, the Broken Singles - a brilliantly effective display vehicle for her tough-but-tender songcraft - before taking a much needed hiatus to start a family and reflect on her journey to date. With the Broken Singles shelved after a game but ultimately unsuccessful run for the brass ring, Borges went the solo route in every conceivable way; she separated from her husband, Singles guitarist Lyle Brewer, and released the sedate but »»»
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