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Volume Five announces new band member

Monday, December 19, 2016 – Jacob Burleson has joined bluegrass band Volume Five, it was announced today.

The North Carolina native, whose father was a founding member of Blue Highway, makes his debut performance with Volume Five at Everett's Music Barn in Suwanee, Ga. on Jan. 28, 2017.

Burleson, of Newland, N.C., is the son of Jason and Shelly Burleson. After a few years of jamming and honing his craft as a musician, Jacob landed a gig with Kenny and Amanda Smith band.

Volume Five leader, Glen Harrell said, "I'm really excited about Jacob joining Volume Five. We have a lot of talented young musicians in the group, and he will be a perfect fit. It's always interesting to watch these young musicians joining professional touring bands and honing their skills thus taking their talents to even a higher level."

Volume Five's new line-up is: Harrell - fiddle, lead vocals; Colby Laney - guitar, vocals; Patton Wages - banjo, vocals; Chris Williamson - bass and vocals; Jacob Burleson - mandolin, vocals. Jacob replaces Harry Clark.

Volume Five recently released "Drifter" on Mountain Fever Records.

CD reviews for Volume Five

Milestones CD review - Milestones
Bluegrass music has been on a growth spurt for a decade or more, and with that comes diversity that brings talk of what's 'real' bluegrass or who's more 'traditional.' Falling squarely in the middle of that argument is Volume Five, five guys who can play it straight, twangy and driving bluegrass style or throw it in a lower, sentimental country gear and wrench every drop of emotion out of a lyric. About half of the group's latest looks back to Flatt & Scruggs »»»
Drifter CD review - Drifter
Volume 5's title track is a fast-moving song that fits the modern bluegrass mold, not exacly like a song you would have expected from Mr. Monroe, but it does tell a story. He's a drifter, here today, gone tomorrow, love him at your own risk. Glen Harrell, lead vocalist and fiddle player, has a powerful, clear voice (no strong inflections) on the high end of the lead range - just right for the high, lonesome sound if you sing below tenor (Vince Gill, Larry Stephenson). »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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