Nu-Blu - The BLU-DISC
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Release Date: August 9, 2011

Previous Nu-Blu Releases:

Nu-Blu Radio Catalog
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2017: Shine (Christmas EP)
Click here to go to Nu-Blu-Shine

2017: Vagabonds
Click here to go to Nu-Blu Vagabonds

2014: All The Way
Click here to go to Nu-Blu-All The Way

2013: Ten
Click here to go to Nu-Blu-Ten

2012: Nail By Nail (Gospel Album)
Click here to go to Nu-Blu-Nail By Nail

2010: Nights
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About The Blu Disc:
THE BLU-DISC includes special guests: Rob Ickes (Dobro), and Christy Reid (harmony vocals) on the brand new single, “Other Woman’s Blues.” On this, their second release (and the first for the newly active Pinecastle label) they present 12 well-chosen and engaging cuts that range from solid bluegrass to modern country
Nu-Blu has the fortune to be blessed with not only Carolyn Routh’s vocal abilities—she can sing ethereal as on “Roses And Rust” and “Look To You” and hard and punchy on “That’s Who I’m Supposed To Be,” all with a purity of voice that conjures visions of Alison Krauss—but also with a harmony blend with Daniel Routh and Levi Austin that seems almost perfect it is so smooth ( if “raw” is your favorite kind of harmony, this may not be your type of band). Daniel Routh also does some fine lead vocal work on “Every Shade Of Blue” and a moving “Guitar Case,” as does Levi Austin on “Lonesome Heartache Blues” and “Just Trying To Get Home To You.” This band is deep in vocal talent, and they make the most of it. Song choices fit the abilities of the band well here (though when you have this level of vocal ability almost anything might sound very good). Highlights include the gently rolling “Make Me Whole Again” with very nice resonator guitar work by Austin, “Family Quilt” (a family-ties metaphor), and the driving “Must Be The Wind.” The instrumental support from the band members is stellar, and Luck’s fiddle and Ickes’ guitar are very complimentary.
For those who like variety along with straight bluegrass, and some absolutely topnotch vocal work, this release is highly recommended.

Track Listing:
1. LOOK TO YOU (3:47)
Songwriters: Tim Wheeler
Publishers:Weaver Of Melodies Music (ASCAP)

Songwriters:Kira Small
Publishers: Gerry Bruce Music (ASCAP)

Songwriters:Jon Weisburger, Tony Rackley
Publishers: Use Your Words (BMI), Big Cedar Music (SEASAC)

4. ROSES AND RUST (3:05)
Songwriters: Tim Stafford, Kim Williams, Larry Shell
Publishers Daniel House Music(BMI), Sony ATV Cross Keys Publishing(SEASAC), Magic Mustang Music Inc.(BMI)

Songwriters: Marc Rossi, Donna Ulisse
Publishers: Marc My Words(ASCAP), Uncle Hadley Music (ASCAP)

Songwriters: F.J. Meyers, B. Nelson
Publishers: Morganactive Songs Inc.(ASCAP), You And I Music/Colgems EMI Music Inc. (ASCAP)

7. GUITAR CASE (4:12)
Songwriters: Marc Rossi, Donna Ulisse
Publishers: Marc My Words(ASCAP), Uncle Hadley Music (ASCAP)

Songwriters: Shane Ingram
Publishers: Weaver Of Words (BMI)

9. FAMILY QUILT (3:59)
Songwriters: Deborah Berwyn, Jeff Walter
Publishers: Masoncreek (ASCAP), Jack and Jenny Music Inc.(BMI)

10. MUST THE WIND (2:18)
Songwriters: Mark Brinkman
Publishers: Mark Brinkman Songs (BMI)

Songwriters: Tony Rackley, Becky Buller
Publishers: Big Cedar Music (SEASAC), Good Night Sparky Music(BMI)

Songwriters: Tim Stafford, Jon Weisburger
Publishers: Daniel House Music(BMI), Use Your Words(BMI)

Liner Notes:
Carolyn Routh – Lead Vocals/Bass
Daniel Routh - Vocals/Guitar/Resophonic Guitar
Rob Ickes – Dobro
Greg Luck - Fiddle
Kendall Gales - Mandolin
Levi Austin – Banjo/Vocals
Christie Reid – Vocals on Other Woman’s Blues

-Production Credits:
Tracking, editing and mixing: Red Squared Audio, NC
Additional tracks recorded at: BackPorch Studio, Olin, NC
Mastered by: Red Squared Audio, NC
Engineered by: Daniel Routh
Executive Producer: Lonnie Lassiter
Project Coordinator: Ethan Burkhardt
Produced by: Nu-Blu
Photography: Dean Hoffmeyer
Creative Layout and Design: Matt Hood
*Rob Ickes appears courtesy of Rounder Records
*Christy Reid appears courtesy of Rural Rhythm Records

About Nu-Blu:
Hailing from Siler City, NC, the textbook definition of a picturesque small southern town, Nu-Blu’s heart and soul is husband-and-wife duo Daniel and Carolyn Routh. Carolyn’s caramel-coated soprano is one of the band’s defining traits, at times a tender lullaby, at times a freight train headed straight for you, but always unwinding a surprising tale. Daniel is the group’s backbone, a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who also handles band management. TJ Honaker on vocals and banjo, and Justin Harrison on fiddle/mandolin round out the quartet’s warm, layered, American roots sound. Together they deliver upbeat, blazing-fingers pick work just as well as gentle, heartwarming ballads, and they do it all with a natural togetherness that can’t be faked, forged over hundreds of shows on the road.

  • Members:
    Daniel Routh, Carolyn Routh, Levi Austin, Kendall Gales
  • Sounds Like:
    Blue Highway, Alison Krauss, Keith Whitley, Becky Buller
  • Influences:
    Dolly Parton, Kenny Rodgers, Pat Benatar, Alison Krauss, George Jones, Merle Haggard, Lonesome River Band
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