The Blue News was formed in late 2005 by musician, songwriter and producer Brent Orndorff from West Terre Haute, Indiana. By 2006 the first album - Blue News - was released by Statue Records Hollywood. The label offered a record release deal after A&R heard a song from a previous solo album. Rather than release a solo record, Orndorff formed a band to record for the album and play live. The band name is a spoonerism of the words “New Blues” which alludes to the fusion of the blues into new rock music. Original music released by The Blue News received national attention in 2007 when two songs were chosen to be licensed for television. The songs Love’s So Strong and Next Time were selected for the TV series Road Trip Nation on PBS. The band has self-released three more studio albums: The Signs by The Blue News Project (2007), Strange Light by Blue News (2008) and Wartime Songs by The Blue News (2011). The band’s songs have reached more people each year by being placed in several TV series, Netflix series, video games and feature film. (see credits below)
The following musicians have collaborated with The Blue News:
Dustin Richardson - Drums, Audio Production (also heard playing on a side project “James The Lesser” - Listen here)
Jeff Winchester - Drums Kraig Kerins - Drums
Bill Gregory - Bass
Reggie Raisner - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Jake McCullough - Guitar, Bass, Vocals
Raven Grant - Backing Vocals
Eric Rasley - Bass
Pat McDermott - Guitar, Bass (also heard on a side project “James The Lesser” - Listen here)
Clayton Page - Bass
Shawn Morgan - Drums
In 2011 The Blue News worked 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. The band also 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 stopped playing live shows to focus on songwriting, music production, publishing and licensing their music catalog.
In 2013, the song Come Back Home was placed in the film Force Of Execution. In 2016 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 online has skyrocketed. As of October of 2019, their songs have over 1 million verifiable plays on Spotify and YouTube alone.
Additional shout outs and thanks go to Mike at NOMA Music CA, Audiosocket, Jim Devito at Retrophonics Studios, Steven at MAF Records, Statue Records, CDbaby, Emio at Arista Records in NY, Elton at Studio 2300, Fernando Flores, Sylvia Massey, and lastly thank you to Sublime with Rome for picking our song for the Fresh Cuts compilation CD.