Since forming, the North Carolina based Americana / Bluegrass band Nu-Blu has gained national attention for their one-of-a-kind style and sound. Led by husband-and-wife couple Daniel and Carolyn Routh, they’re on a mission to put out the best music possible. Carolyn explains, “Bending any type of boundary is not something that we intended to do, it’s just kind of who we are and how we feel the music. The bending has become more of the venues that we are taking the music into more than the actual music itself.”
They Collaborated With Soul Legend Sam Moore
In 2014, the band made national headlines with their collaboration featuring Sam Moore. For people aren’t familiar with Moore or his music, he is one-half of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame duo Sam & Dave, known for their huge hits “Soul Man” and “Hold On, I’m Comin’” which were both released in the 60s.
“Our criteria for selecting a song to record is based on its ability to evoke an emotion or create a moment,” says Carolyn. “When you ‘feel’ the song, that feeling/emotion passes to the listener regardless of the songs origin. The song will tell you what it needs. That’s when the magic happens.”
She adds, “Collaborating with the legendary Sam Moore was one of the biggest highlights of our career to date. Sam is a wonderful, kind, and humble person. He is an inspiration both in front of a microphone and when sharing his life’s story.”
Their Music Has Been Featured on TV Shows Like CBS “Sunday Morning” and Fox News
To date, Nu-Blu’s music has reached millions of people, even gaining the attention of TV host Mike Huckabee, who called the award-winning band “one of the hottest bluegrass groups in the country.” One of their appearances came on Imus in the Morning, with Nu-Blu performing alongside Moore live on the show. Their music has also been featured in other places like CBS “Sunday Morning” and Fox News.
Speaking about the national exposure, Carolyn Routh says, “The response was simply amazing. Folks really got behind us and it really felt great to have that support. Typically, receiving head turns and thumbs up from everyone outside the genre is where the challenge lies, but with the national attention, we gained tons of fans outside the genre as well!”
They Host a Nationally-Syndicated TV Show Called “Bluegrass Ridge”:
Nu-Blu hosts a nationally-syndicated TV show called “Bluegrass Ridge.” Airing in over 160 million homes in the USA, along with 5 countries, it’s the leading Bluegrass television series. The music video driven show features new weekly episodes each hosted by Daniel and Carolyn Routh. In addition to airing on Heartland TV and the Z Living Channel, it also is shown on The Family Channel, Keep It Country – UK and Country TV – New Zealand. Fans of the show can also catch weekly episodes online each week for free (watch here).
“The show brings light to a genre that is too often overlooked, underappreciated, or stereotyped,” said Carolyn. “We feel honored to have this opportunity and consider it a great privilege to promote the music we love each week to our viewing audience.”
They Recently Released an In-Depth DVD called “The Stories We Can Tell”:
Earlier this fall, Nu-Blu released their very first DVD. In it, they detail their biggest challenges and triumphs throughout their career. Featuring a combination of exclusive videos and new interview footage, the band opens up about some very personal issues they’ve faced, including Carolyn’s near-death stroke.
When describing what she hopes people take away most from the DVD, Carolyn explains, “In doing so, we hope some of the challenges we’ve faced and overcame, both individually and together may encourage someone else. At the very least, we can all laugh, cry, and learn to persevere together.”
The No-Hair November Initiative
In 2018, Carolyn Routh’s father was diagnosed with cancer. As a result, she decided to launch the #NoHairNovember movement. The initiative started last year as several ladies started copying Carolyn’s faded hairstyle and posting on Instagram, describing how got the inspiration from her short cut. The main goal is to create cancer awareness for women who aren’t able to participate in ‘No Shave November.’ The band is excited to announce that Routh’s father is now officially cancer-free!
They Have New Music Coming in 2020:
The chart-topping group is back in the studio working on their follow-up to their previous effort Vagabonds. The album featured a collaboration with Country Music Hall of Fame singer Jimmy Fortune, while also cranking out hits like their first cross-over Country song “A Lot More Love” and the No. 1 heartbreaking military tribute “640 Battlefield Drive.”
“We are presently working on a new studio project with plans to release in early 2020,” explains Carolyn. “As always, expect the unexpected. There will be some very special collaborations and some exciting videos too. As for ‘the sound’, it will be distinctly Nu-Blu.”