Donna Ulissee's warm, mellow voice highlights her own wonderful songs accompanied by stories about how the songs arose to produce a genuine and interesting performance. Recently she has presented here narratives with a very effective instrumental background building into the song itself even more effectively. We have watched Donna move from being a relatively uncertain performer who had toiled behind the scenes as a contract song writer and demo recording performer for many years, into smooth, polished performer who reaches out to audiences in ways that draw their appreciation. She's surrounded herself with a strong band, featuring the excellent harmony singing of her husband Rick Stanley as well as a corps of Nashville session musicians whose work is always crisp.
The great James King has been ailing. His voice is not at the top of his game, and he tires easily. Nevertheless, his spirit is undimmed and he continues to thrive on performing the great material for which he is known, both the Stanley Brothers covers that brought him to prominence, and the story songs like Echo Mountain, The Bed By the Window, and Thirty Years of Farming that continue to bring tears to his eyes and those of his audience. At present, only Merle Johnson remains from the band he's toured with for the past few years, so a good deal of his effort is focused on teaching his band as he moves into the uncertain future. A national treasure.....
Greg Davis Just Restin'
Promoters at Dumplin Valley
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage
Aerial Photo of Dumplin Valley