Good things are happening

Wow, time is flying!  We had a great time at SPBGMA last month.  One of the highlights of my time there was getting to sing in a late night jam session with Chris Jones.  He is a gentleman of the highest order and I am delighted that he was able to spend some time singing and playing with us.

“I Always Do” is getting quite a bit of airplay and we appreciate all of the DJs who are playing it and the fans who are requesting it.

We have named our new project!  Our new CD will be titled Turn This Heart Around and we’ll be releasing it in June.   I can’t wait for you to hear our new songs!  We are delighted to present songs written by Sierra Hull, Eric Gibson, Sarah Siskind, Gretchen Peters, Larry Cordle, and many other fantastic writers on this project.  We’ll be planning a CD release party (or two) soon, so stay tuned.  Thanks for stopping by!

“I Always Do” debuts at number #3!

Thanks for stopping by!  I’m thrilled that our new single, “I Always Do”, debuted on the Bluegrass Today chart at number 3!!!  Thanks to all of the DJs who are playing our music and to our fans for requesting it!  If you don’t have your copy yet, please visit iTunes or Amazon.  (DJs, please visit AirPlay Direct or contact me for your copy.)  The full project will be released early next year.  We are going back into the studio at the end of this month to record the last four songs for the new album.   The songwriters have really outdone themselves on these cuts.  I hope you will love them!

We had a great time at IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh last month.  I was absolutely amazed at the turnout of an estimated 140,000 people.  WOW!  It was great to see so many dear friends and make so many new ones.  Several local venues hosted music throughout the week and the street fair showcased several stages stretching over several city blocks.  The business conference was helpful and informative as always and the awards show brought a tear to my eye.    The bluegrass festival itself was held at the Red Hat Amphitheater and it blew me away.  Here are a couple of photos that I took during Del McCoury’s show.   I can’t wait to go back to Raleigh!

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Thanks again for stopping by!  We’ll be hard at work in the next few weeks putting the finishing touches on our new album.  Hope to see you soon!

“I Always Do” is being released!!!!!

I am delighted to finally be able to tell you about the new single from our upcoming album!  The song is called “I Always Do” and it was written by none other than Ashby Frank.  Ashby is a fantastic, sought-after musician and songwriter.  The first time I heard this song, I knew it had to be on our new album.  I recorded it at Ben Surratt’s Rec Room Studio last month with Thomas Wywrot, Maggie Estes White, Megan McCormick, Sierra Hull, Jon Weisberger, Stephen Mougin, and Artie Werner.  I hope you love it as much as I do!  The single is available right now to DJs around the world via Airplay Direct, so listen to your favorite bluegrass radio programs and let your DJ friends know that you want to hear “I Always Do”.   The song’s official release date will be October 8th and that’s when “I Always Do” will be available for purchase as a digital download on iTunes and CDBaby.   Let me know what you think of this great song.  As always, thanks for stopping by!

Great press and new single

Hi!  Just wanted to tell you about a recent article on Bluegrass Today.  It tells all about our latest recording session for the new album.  Here’s a link:  http://bluegrasstoday.com/missy-werner-tracking-this-month/ Watch for our new single coming soon!!  -M

Recording this week

First of all, I’d like to thank all of our fans who reached out to us earlier in the month when Artie’s father passed away and my aunt passed away on the same day.  We appreciate your beautiful cards and messages.  Thank you for your kindness and concern and for your thoughts and prayers.

This week, I’ll be in Nashville working on our new CD project.  We have picked out some great songs for this session and I’m excited to tell you about them. We reached outside of the bluegrass circle for many of them, looking to strong songwriters in any style rather than bluegrass in particular – country, Americana, etc.  Folks will recognize many of the writers’ names when they see them and, with that in mind, the choice to use some of our many musical friends in Nashville on this session made sense.  They’re players who are comfortable with a wide range of styles, but are still serious bluegrass players, and the opportunity to come up with a great – and unusual – combination like this was too good to pass up!  The songs that we record this week will appear on our new CD to be released in the spring along with the cuts and I have recorded with my touring band.  We will be releasing a single to radio soon in anticipation of the new album’s release and I’ll keep you updated on that.  I can’t wait for you to hear our new songs!

Let me tell you a little bit about these musicians.  On this session, I’ll be working with Sierra Hull, mandolinist extraordinaire, and I’m delighted to announce that my touring band has already cut a song that she co-wrote (“Song That I Love”) for the project.  Maggie Estes White will be playing fiddle on this session.  She is a member of the Vickie Vaughn Band and she has done a lot of freelance work with various country and bluegrass artists, including the Opry with Mike Snider, and a record with Buddy Spicher.  Maggie was, along with Sierra, a member of the Young American Bluegrass Idols who performed at the 2003 IBMA Awards Show and FanFest, and she won the Georgia State Fiddle Championship in 2006.  Thomas Wywrot, originally from Dryden, Ontario, will be playing banjo and some guitar on this session.  He played in Alecia Nugent’s band for some time, and then toured with the Isaacs from 2008 to 2011.  Megan McCormick is playing guitar on this session.  She is originally from Alaska and she is a cousin to my pal (and duet partner on our last album) Frank Solivan.  Megan was the original guitar player in Missy Raines & The New Hip.  She left to pursue her own career as a singer/songwriter/guitarist and she released a fantastic album called Honest Words.  Rounding out the session artists will be our very own producer, Jon Weisberger, on bass.  Among his many accomplishments, Jon plays bass with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers and he is a prolific songwriter.

I can’t begin to tell you how excited I am!  Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

Leadership Bluegrass and Studio Time

Hello!  Thanks for stopping by!  Good things just keep happening :)  Last month, for the first time in my life, I sang at the World Famous Station Inn in Nashville!  It was something that I had always wanted to do and, when Chris Jones and the Nightdrivers invited me to sing with them there, I was thrilled!  Here we are with another one of my favorite musicians, Paul Kramer, on fiddle.

Station Inn with CJND

The next few days were spent in Leadership Bluegrass.  The International Bluegrass Music Assocation created this highly interactive program to bring people together from all facets of the bluegrass music industry for an intense, three day experience.  I was delighted to be chosen to participate in this year’s class and it was life-changing for me.  The idea is to foster a better overall understanding of the state of the industry and to motivate people who are committed to bluegrass music to share perspectives and ideas.  Spending time with all of these consummate professionals gave me an appreciation for the industry as a whole and a sense of community that I never felt before.  I came away from this event rejuvenated and I know that we forged friendships that will last a lifetime.   I am proud to be a member of the Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2013!  Best class ever ;)

Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2013

 

The following week, the band and I traveled back to Nashville to begin recording our new CD at Rec Room Studio.  We recorded four songs and I’m happy to report that all have been mixed and we’re ready to begin work on the next group of songs.  We have chosen 14 songs in all for the new project and I absolutely love our new material.  I simply can’t wait to share it with you.  Stay tuned and I’ll keep you posted!

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Missy in the studio 2013

 

SPBGMA and other exciting happenings!

Wow, I have so many things I want to share with you, I don’t know where to start!  I guess the best place to start is with our chart action.  We are delighted to announce that our latest CD, Three Kinds of Lonesome, came in at number 22 on the Roots Music Report’s Top 100 Albums of 2012 and we are in great company!  Here’s a link to the chart:  http://rootsmusicreport.com/index.php?page=2012_year_end_chart&genre=bluegrass .

Our show at Plain Folk Cafe in January went very well.  Vicki and John, the hard-working owners of the Plain Folk Cafe, love their bluegrass and they make everyone feel right at home.  The food is wonderful, they have music several nights a week, and they host a jam session on Sundays.   Here’s a photo (many thanks to our friend, Bob Sheets):

MWB at Plain Folk January 2013

Unfortunately, our recording session last month had to be rescheduled due to illness (that bug that was nasty!), but have no fear.   We have rescheduled the session for next month and we are ready to go!  These new songs are fantastic and we also have a Carter Stanley song for you that I absolutely adore.

My heart goes out to our guitarist and dear friend, Tim Strong, whose father passed away on January 31.  George Strong loved bluegrass music and instilled that love in his sons.  We will all miss him very much.

I have some pictures to share with you from SPBGMA.  SPBGMA is the Society for the Preservation of BlueGrass Music in America and every year they have a convention in Nashville at the end of January.  Hundreds of bluegrass musicians descend upon the Sheraton Music City on Thursday and the music doesn’t stop until Sunday night.  We had a great time and made a lot of new friends along the way.  I was thrilled to be asked to sing with Chris Jones and the Night Drivers on their showcase.  The lovely and talented (and sweet as can be) Emily Bankester and I provided background vocals along with CJND’s own Mark Stoffel for the Night Drivers’ new single Wolf Creek Pass.  We had a blast!  Here are a couple of photos of us rehearsing and performing together, thanks to my new friend, Phil Bankester.

Rehearsing with CJND at SPBGMA 2013

Rehearsing backstage: L to R – Emily Bankester, Mark Stoffel, Missy Werner, Chris Jones, Ned Luberecki, and Jon Weisberger

Singing with CJND at SPBGMA 2013

Performing Wolf Creek Pass!

I love going through the trade show at SPBGMA.  It’s a great place to visit with friends and try out the latest instruments and gear.  I picked up a new Blue Chip pick and some of my friend David Harvey’s extraordinary Jubillee polish for my mandolin.  Artie and I also stopped by the Bluegrass Today booth to chat with our friends, Katy Daley and John Lawless.    Here a photo of us.  What a photogenic group :)

Artie - Katy Daley - John Lawless - Missy

L to R:  Artie Werner, Katy Daley, John Lawless, Missy Werner

There is always an abundance of great jam sessions at SPBGMA and this year was no exception.  My mandolin got a serious workout!  I can’t even begin to list all of the fantastic musicians that I was blessed to get to sing and play with, but here’s a photo from very late Saturday night in the lobby of the hotel.  Thanks again to Phil Bankester for the photo.  I love it!

Greg Cahill - Paul Kramer - Wil Maring - Robert Bowlin - Jon - Missy

What a jam!  Robert Bowlin, Paul Kramer, Missy Werner, Greg Cahill, Wil Maring, Jon Weisberger

 Great things are happening!  I will keep you posted on our recording progress.  Thanks for stopping by!

 

Recording!

2013 already?  My, how time flies!  We had a wonderful time over the holidays spending time with our families and we hope you did too.  Christmas always makes me reflect on life and how blessed we are.  Sometimes it’s nice just to stand and listen to the snow fall.  Beautiful!

We are excited to be getting back in the studio this year.  Our first recording session for the new album is January 26th at The Rec Room Studio in Nashville with engineer extraordinaire Ben Surratt at the helm.  I’m delighted to have my dear friend and mentor, Jon Weisberger, producing this project.  The songwriters have been busy and we have a great many fantastic songs from which to choose.  We have selected four so far to record at the end of this month.  We had our first rehearsal this week and it went fabulously!  Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

November and beyond!

We’ve got some exciting gigs this month!  Here’s a video promoting our show at Bobby Mackey’s in Wilder, KY on November 24th (Thanksgiving weekend).  If you’ve never been there, you’re in for a treat, complete with mechanical bull and honky tonk attitude :)  It’s a really great place!

Missy Werner Band promo for Bobby Mackey’s

I’m thrilled to announce that we are gathering material for a new Missy Werner Band album!  We’ve got some great songwriters on board already and I love the new songs that they’re sending us, so look for our new project next year.  Our producer, Jon Weisberger, has some great ideas for some special guests too.  Of course, I’ll keep you posted on our progress.  I can’t wait to get back in the studio!

On a personal note, I’m having a birthday this month and I plan on celebrating by going to see the new James Bond movie.  I love all of the Bond films and I’m already smitten with the new theme song for this one.  Fun!

Take care and thanks for stopping by our website!

-M

IBMA WoB and more fun

We had a fantastic time in Nashville!  It was a very eventful week and I’m thrilled to have so many great memories to cherish.  One of the highlights of my week was getting to meet one of the most influential and ground-breaking women in Bluegrass, Lynn Morris.  I was beside myself when she came to see Chris Jones and the Night Drivers at a late night showcase and I had been asked to sing harmony with them.  Afterwards, I met Lynn and gave her a copy of our latest CD, explaining that we had recorded “Blue Skies and Teardrops” in her honor.   She was exceptionally gracious and kind.   Here’s a photo that I love!

 

Jon Weisberger, Lynn Morris, Ned Luberecki, Missy Werner

This year was the last year (at least for a while) that the IBMA Awards were held at the Ryman Auditorium.  Just walking into the Ryman, the Mother Church, gives me chills because I’m always reminded of all of the icons who have set foot on that stage and how much music lives there.  I snapped this photo before the Awards show began.

We left the convention inspired and excited to get started on our new CD project.  We talked to several great songwriters and we’re gathering material now.  Stay tuned for more details!