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WARTIME SONGS

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The 6-song album Wartime Songs is a "minimalistic" rock record featuring only two musicians - James Orn on guitar and vocals and drummer Dustin Richardson. All songs were recorded during a single session at Retrophonic Studios near Jacksonville, FL with audio engineer Jim Devito. Devito has worked with bands such as Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Allman Brothers Band, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers and more. Additional parts for guitar and vocals were recorded at the band's studio in Indiana.

The songs were mixed by acclaimed producer and engineer Sylvia Massey and Fernando Flores. Sylvia Massey has worked in the studio with Red Hot Chili Peppers, Tom Petty, Johnny Cash, Tool and more.

The song "Two Lovers" was chosen for a compilation CD called "Fresh Cuts" and 50,000 CDs were given away in Guitar Center stores.

The song "Just a Game" was featured in a movie trailer for the film "Demolition" starring Jake Gyllenhaal. The song also appeared in the Rock Band video game along with "Hitman Blues".

The song "Stay Gone For Good" is heard in the video game "Rebel Galaxy" and has become the most-played song by the band with over 130,000 plays on Spotify.

The CD can be purchased directly through this site, CDbaby and Super D Distribution for record store orders in North America.

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Afterglow (Remix)

NONA (featuring The Blue News)

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This song was written and recorded virtually during the US quarantine lockdown in March of 2020. The lyrics reflect the trying times we experienced living during a pandemic and offer hope looking forward. The message we want to convey is that we must be there for each other even after the sun has gone down and things are getting dark. This single is the first collaboration between band members from the bands The Blue News and NONA and the first song written virtually between two studios in Nashville, TN and Indiana.

Written and recorded at Studio 2300 Nashville in Nashville, TN and The Break Room in Terre Haute, IN.

James Orn - Vocals, Guitar and Bass Dustin Richardson - Drums and Synthesizer Jeff Winchester - Drums

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ARTIST NEWS

New Content on YouTube & SoundCloud

There is new content available on the band’s YouTube channel along with new full songs and new song snippets now streaming on SoundCloud!

The new content includes the new single coming out February 19 - “Pump It Up” (the Elvis…

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New Cover: "Pump It Up" 

Hear the new cover of "Pump It Up" by Elvis Costello & The Attractions performed by The Blue News. 
The song is being released as a limited edition digital release in February of 2021 and only 25 MP3 copies are…

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Rig Rundown

In the spirit of collaboration we're sharing the effects used for the electric guitar on tracks by The Blue News. This rig is used by James Orn (aka James "Brent" Orndorff) for the electric guitar. His electric guitars include a…

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AFTERGLOW (Remix) - NEW SINGLE

A new single titled "Afterglow (Remix)" is coming out on Friday, October 23. The song will be released by NONA featuring The Blue News. This song features musicians from two bands collaborating and it's the first virtual songwriting collaboration between…

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New Single: Run & Hide (Behind The Music)

A new single arrives on April 1, 2020 when "Run & Hide" by The Blue News will be released on 150+ streaming and download services around the world, including Spotify, Apple Music, TikTok, Amazon, Pandora, YouTube, and more.

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New Album: "Wolf Spirit" by James The Lesser

James The Lesser is a side-project featuring the members of The Blue News. The 3-song EP titled "Wolf Spirit" features a different approach in songwriting, and the songs lean more into Pop and Soul, rather than the Blues or Rock…

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Our Most Popular Song 

In 2018, streams and downloads of the song "Stay Gone For Good" by The Blue News exploded due to the song being heard in the video game "Rebel Galaxy". The song reached over 125,000 streams on Spotify and nearly 80,000…

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