Volume Five is certainly blazing a red-hot trail on the bluegrass scene with their live stage performances and chart topping albums. Their newest release, Drifter, on Mountain Fever Records, certainly demonstrates their various styles of bluegrass that has earned them critical acclaim from media, radio and their peers. The album made its debut on the Billboard Top 10 Bluegrass Album Chart and has achieved significant radio success this year with four tracks charting and two singles reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 Chart.
In 2015, the band received two separate industry award nominations. Volume Five was nominated for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and also a GMA Dove Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man” featuring guest vocals by the Queen of Bluegrass Rhonda Vincent on the Dolly Parton cover song from their album VOICES. That album received significant radio airplay and hit #1 on SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction Most Played Albums with “Dream Softly” in the top spot the program’s Most Played Tracks in April 2015. Five songs achieved chart success on Bluegrass Today’s Top 20 Song chart including “King of California,” “Dream Softly,” “Faithfully,” “Going Across the Mountain,” and “Colder & Colder,” and “Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man.”
In 2014 Volume Five garnered two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) nominations: one for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and also for the IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for The Day We Learn To Fly (album), Stacy Richardson and Leroy Drumm (writers), Volume Five (producers), Mountain Fever (label). The band’s first gospel and fourth overall release on Mountain Fever Records was the well-crafted Southern gospel flavored bluegrass album, The Day We Learn To Fly, from which their nominations stemmed.
Volume Five was founded by leader Glen Harrell in early 2008 and has now grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts. “When I put this group together, I knew the style of music I wanted us to play and the goals we wanted to achieve. It was just a matter of finding the right guys who wanted to create their own identity in the industry. I didn’t just want us to be another band that moves onto the scene and is gone in a few years, but one that would have a unique sound that players and listeners would remember for many years to come – one that sounded like no other band in the business,” said Glen.
The band includes the talents of Glen Harrell (Fiddle & Vocals); Chris Williamson (Bass, Vocals); Patton Wages (Banjo & Vocals); Colby Laney (Guitar & Vocals), and Jacob Burleson (Mandolin, Vocals.) These five musicians together truly blend into a band with staying power. Volume Five’s touring schedule has afforded them the benefit of playing with numerous artists over the years, some of whom have become fans such as Buddy Melton of Balsam Range who says, “What defines a great band? Superior musicianship, impeccable singing, moving song selections…Volume Five has all the above and more…Extremely talented, yet humble and genuinely real people. Volume Five has a magical quality about them that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression in the world of acoustic music.”
One thing fans can count on with Volume Five is that they will never be let down with their live performances and that those live performances will transcend the live show and be just as impactful on their recorded music. Their level of quality musicianship is constant and is making an impact at radio. Don’t be surprised if these guys are familiar to the festival attendees, as each member of Volume Five has held tenure with a national touring band. Playing with such well known acts as Marty Raybon and Full Circle, The Roys, Bradley Walker, Mountain Heart, and many others has helped each member of Volume Five hone his craft to perfection, while at the same time given each member the stage experience needed to entertain just about any crowd.
While Volume Five is a traditional band, their soulful singing, dead-on harmonies, and precision picking set them apart from other bands of this style. They have received critical acclaim for their first album Down In A Cell and their second release, Children of the Mountains, garnered the group their first #1 song, “Anywhere is Home Again.” On the third album, Run, they achieved significant Bluegrass Today chart success appearing almost every week of 2013. “Rich Man Daughter” was the first single from the album which went to #1 shortly after it was released. Several other songs the album climbed as high as #2 on the charts and many weeks they have had as many as 4 songs from the album appearing at one time in the Bluegrass Today Top 20.