Bluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse and her band The Poor Mountain Boys will take the stage at the world famous Station Inn at 402 12th Avenue South in Nashville, Tennessee on Thursday, April 10, 2014 as part of the popular WSM-650AM show The Station Inn Sessions. The show is free and open to the public and is hosted by Mike Terry. Ulisse's performance will feature much of the music from her current release Showin' My Roots as well as some of her chart toppers from her six previous releases.
The show runs from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. with the interview segment taking place at 5:00 p.m. and the music starting at 6:00 p.m. The show is also broadcast live over WSM 650 and can be listened to on the radio dial in the Nashville area or online at wsmonline.com
The first thing you're likely to notice when you listen to Donna Ulisse - whether live or on a recording - is the voice. Variously described as "rapturous and angelic," strong, supple, warm, rich, companionable and crystalline, that voice commands your attention, adapting readily to whatever song she is singing, wrapping itself around the lyrics and imbuing them with just the right emotion needed to bring the song home.
Ulisse (pronounced You-liss-ee) also has been called "one of the best singer-songwriters in bluegrass." Which leads us to the pen. Nominated as the International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of the year for two years running, Ulisse has been blessed to have her songs recorded by the Del McCoury Band, Claire Lynch, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Bankesters and Nu-Blu, Diana Jones, Natasha Borzilova and Louise Mosrie among others.
Ulisse has released seven well received albums for Hadley Music Group, each incorporating traditional and contemporary bluegrass, gospel and country: Walk This Mountain Down (2009), Holy Waters (2010), An Easy Climb (2011), All The Way To Bethlehem (2012), the gospel compilation I Am A Child of God (2013) and Showin' My Roots (2013). Her 2012 release, All The Way To Bethlehem, a stunningly original song cycle relating the story of Christ's birth, drew rave reviews, including: "may be the best Christmas story-related country album of 2012" (Country Standard Time) ... "a work of art" (The Bluegrass Special) ... "a masterpiece" (Bluegrass Unlimited) ... "a grand adventure told in song" (CMT. com).
Interestingly enough, Ulisse's latest album, Showin' My Roots, is one in which her own songwriting takes a back seat to the compositions of some of her greatest influences including Dolly Parton, Loretta Lynn. Merle Haggard and Carter Stanley. Her performance on the Station Inn Sessions will feature much of the material from the new release which is currently climbing several bluegrass and roots music charts.
For more information about Donna Ulisse visit www.donnaulisse.com