Bio

The Blue News is Brent Orndorff and Dustin Richardson. 

They play rock n’ roll. Sometimes they play the blues.

 

“The Blue News is clearly on the track toward great heights.”

- Online Rock

 

They released their first album Blue News (wordplay with the words “New blues”) in 2006 and have since released four more studio albums: The Signs (2007), Strange Light (2008), Good At Falling (2010) and Wartime Songs (2011).  They have also released three singles: New Tattoo (2017), Freak Out (2018) and Touch The Sun (2019). As an independent band they managed to reach a huge audience and earn regular income from royalties while managing to keep 100% of their own publishing. The band currently has their most recent album Wartime Songs available on CD from any record store and a total of 48 songs available virtually everywhere streaming and downloads are available.

 

Their original music began getting widespread attention as early as 2007 when they placed two songs on national television. The songs Love’s So Strong and Next Time were selected for the series Road Trip Nation on PBS. By 2011, the band succeeded further with several more song placements on national TV and in video games.

 

That same year they were able to work with studio guru Jim Devito and producer Sylvia Massey on the album Wartime Songs. The song Two Lovers was selected by band members of Sublime to be included on a compilation CD called Fresh Cuts Vol. 7 and 50,000 copies were distributed in Guitar Center stores nationwide. That same year, the band recorded a 45-minute blues album (Now out of print) and won second place in the state of Indiana for the Blues Foundation’s “Best Self-Released CD” competition. In 2012, the band made the decision to stop playing live to focus on songwriting and producing more high-quality recordings. In 2013, the song Come Back Home was placed in the film Force Of Execution.

“They play raw, organic rock and roll. I’m a fan!”

- Producer Sylvia Massey

 

Things really began to take off in 2016 when the song Just A Game was used in an official trailer for the film Demolition, four of their songs were selected to be in the popular video game Rebel Galaxy, and the song Running Back To You was picked up for the Netflix series Bloodline (S02E03). Between 2016-2019 the number of plays for their music skyrocketed. In early 2016, they had reports of 10,000 total plays on Spotify and their songs are now approaching 1 million verifiable plays on Spotify and YouTube in 2019.

Music Placements:

Netflix Series "Bloodline" (S02 E03) starring Kyle Chandler, Linda Cardellini, John Leguizamo & Chloe Sevigny. Song title: Running Back To You / Album: Strange Light (2008).

Film: "Force of Execution" starring Steven Seagal, Ving Rhames & Danny Trejos. Song Title: Next Time / Album: The Signs by The Blue News Project. Downloads available from CDbaby and streaming on Pandora Radio.

Movie Trailer: "Demolition" starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Naomi Watts & Chris Cooper. Song Title: Just a Game / Album: Wartime Songs.

Video Game: "Rebel Galaxy" available on Xbox Live, Steam and Playstation. Song Title: Stay Gone For Good / Album: Wartime Songs

Video Game: "Rebel Galaxy" available on Xbox Live, Steam and Playstation. Song Title: Old River / Album: Strange Light.

Video Game: "Rebel Galaxy" available on Xbox Live, Steam and Playstation. Song Title: Same Old Story / Album: Strange Light.

TV Series: "Heartland" aired on CBC Canadian television in 2010. Song Title: Rattlesnake Blues / Album: Strange Light.

TV Series: "Heartland" aired on CBC Canadian television in 2010. Song Title: Same Old Story / Album: Strange Light.

TV Series: "Heartland" aired on CBC Canadian television in 2010. Song Title: Break of Day / Album: Strange Light.

TV Series: "Aussie Pickers"

TV Series: "Swamp Monsters aired on Destination America.

TV Series "Turn and Burn" aired on Discovery (4 episodes).

Video Game: "Air Conflicts: Vietnam" Song Title: Break of Day / Album: Strange Light.

TV Series: Best Bars in America aired on Bravo TV.

TV Series: UFC Ultimate Insider" aired on Fuel TV.

TV Series: "Necessary Roughness" aired on TBS. Song Title: Run and Hide / (previously unreleased).

TV Series: "Necessary Roughness" aired on TBS. Song Title: "Love's So Strong" / Album: The Signs by The Blue News Project.

Video Game: "Rock Band 3" on Xbox Live and Playstation. Song Title: Hitman Blues / Album: Wartime Songs.

Video Game: "Rock Band 3" on Xbox Live and Playstation. Song Title: Just A Game / Album: Wartime Songs.

Mobile App Game: "Tap Tap Revenge Tour" Song Title "Just A Game" / Album: Wartime Songs.

TV Series: 30 for 30: You Don't Know Bo" aired on ESPN. Song Title: Love's So Strong / Album: The Signs by The Blue News Project.