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#1 on Airplay Direct!! - March 4, 2016

468 downloads -- not bad for only 2 days since the official press release!!

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category: Bluegrass/Folk



Mountain Fever Records - PRESS RELEASE - March 1, 2016

Mountain Fever Records Announces Debut Album from the

Wyatt Rice & Dan Menzone Alliance!

Something Out Of The Blue

Due for Release March 18th

Preorder Now! 


WILLIS, Va. (March 1, 2016) – Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the release of brand new music from the Wyatt Rice & Dan Menzone Alliance. Something Out Of The Blue will be released March 18th but is available for preorder now!

Fans of acoustic guitar music should be well acquainted with the name Wyatt Rice. He was first spotlighted as an original member of the Tony Rice Unit. He has been featured on numerous recordings and videos, including his solo album "Newmarket Gap" and "Picture In a Tear" with his own band, Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz; and despite being an adventurous banjoist, a composer, and a recording artist (he can claim four albums with his former group Traver Hollow and two solo albums), Dan Menzone remains unfamiliar to most bluegrass fans. As Dr. Ted Olson states in the liner notes of the duo's new album, "By combining the individual and collective strengths of two musicians who have never sought the limelight—musicians who for years have been quietly yet resolutely dedicated to their separate visions of the possibilities for bluegrass music—the Rice-Menzone Alliance is truly greater than the sum of its parts. And on Something Out Of The Blue they truly merge their visions.


The music on this album is at the same time workmanlike and magical—it is painstakingly crafted and yet offers much that is truly surprising, something out of the blue."

Something Out Of The Blue is chock-full of expert musicianship from Rice who plays guitar and Menzone who plays banjo on the entire project. The duo have brought together elite musicians to round out the band — Fred Carpenter on fiddle, Rob Ickes on Dobro, Adam Steffey on mandolin, Ron Rice and Eric Seay on bass — and together, this group of masterful virtuosos are allowed to creatively interpret seven instrumentals on the album. The remaining five songs on the 12-track project are perfectly sung by the likes of Richard Bennett, Russell Moore, and Don Rigsby, with support vocals from Dale Ann Bradley and Dan Boner

Something Out Of The Blue - February 28, 2016

The new Wyatt RICE & Dan MENZONE album is about to be released! Word has come from Mountain Fever Records that the project will be on the market March 18, 2016!!! Be the first to get a copy and pre-order yours now!

COUNTDOWN to release - February 14, 2016

Dan & Wyatt are getting ready to raise the curtain....get's coming!!!! This is SOMETHING OUT OF THE BLUE!!

Something is coming..... - January 22, 2016

The final edits have been made! Mark advises Dan & Wyatt that pressing should happen within the next few weeks!

Zink & Company - January 2, 2016

The 2016 touring schedule has begun. Dan is looking forward to the upcoming season.

Artwork is in - December 14, 2015

Dan & Wyatt are excited to see the first proofs for the artwork on their upcoming project. We won't spoil the surprise! Let's just say it's "out there!"

Dan picked up by Record Label - November 1, 2015

Mark Hodges, president of Mountain Fever Records in Willis VA, welcomes Wyatt Rice & Dan Menzone Alliance into his home of fine, traditional bluegrass bands. Dan and Wyatt have finalized their recording project and are excited to be working with Mark for the release of their album.

Dan & Corey Zink - October 30, 2015

Dan will be testing the waters as banjo player for Corey in his country/bluegrass band Zink and Company. Dan will be filling in for two shows this year.

ISC announces Award WINNER - May 12, 2011

Congratulations go out in a HUGE way to Dan for taking FIRST PLACE in the International Songwriter Competition for the Instrumental Category for GONE BESERK off his latest album Frostbite!

As you know...Dan has been playing for over 30 years and he's been nominated for other awards in the past, but this is by the far the GREATEST accomplishment for him.

Over 16000 entries had been received for the competition. 16 of those were selected as finalists in the instrumental category - and to note, of those, only 4 were from the United States. Among the judges were Peter Gabriel, Wynona, a member of the Byrds, and too many others to name.

Dan would like to thank Lee Marcus for his originality and creativity in Gone Beserk. Also, thanks go out to Wyatt Rice, Rickie Simpkins, Rob Ickes, Ron Rice, and Adam Steffey for their phenomenal musicianship, as well as Richard Bennett and Don Rigsby for the vocals. All of these guys make playing and writing an inspiration.

Finally - a really big thanks goes out to YOU, his fans. Without your support and listening ears, none of this would mean anything!

Check out the website:
Click on "winners" and page down to "Instrumental."
Click on "judges" to see who is involved in this event.

International Acoustic Music Awards - February 7, 2008

Dan Menzone - Menzone Drive was one of the finalists in the 4th Annual IAMA in the Instrumental category.
Great work Dan!!

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