Volume Five has certainly been blazing a red-hot trail on the bluegrass scene with their live stage performances and chart-topping albums. Their newest release, Milestones, celebrates the band's 10th anniversary. As with their previous album, Drifter also on Mountain Fever Records, the group certainly demonstrates their various styles of bluegrass that has earned them critical acclaim from media, radio and their peers.
In 2017, Volume Five was honored with two International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. They received the Emerging Artist of the Year Award and the prestigious the Song of the Year Award for “I Am A Drifter” written by Donna Ulisse and Marc Rossi. The song appeared on Volume Five’s Billboard Top 10 album Drifter. The band includes the talents of Glen Harrell on fiddle & vocals; Patton Wages on Banjo & Vocals; Colby Laney on guitar & vocals; Jacob Burleson on mandolin & vocals; and Jeff Partin on bass.
Volume Five’s touring schedule has afforded them the benefit of playing with numerous artists over the years, some of whom have become fans such as Buddy Melton of Balsam Range who says, “What defines a great band? Superior musicianship, impeccable singing, moving song selections...Volume Five has all the above and more...Extremely talented, yet humble and genuinely real people. Volume Five has a magical quality about them that will undoubtedly make a lasting impression in the world of acoustic music."
In 2015, the band received two separate industry award nominations. Volume Five was nominated for IBMA’s Emerging Artist of the Year Award and also a GMA Dove Nomination for Bluegrass Song of the Year for "Daddy Was An Old Time Preacher Man" featuring guest vocals by Rhonda Vincent on the Dolly Parton cover song from their album Voices. In 2014, Volume Five garnered two IBMA nominations: one for IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year and also for the IBMA Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for The Day We Learn To Fly (album), Stacy Richardson and Leroy Drumm (writers), Volume Five (producers), Mountain Fever (label). This was the band’s first gospel and fourth overall release on Mountain Fever Records. Volume Five was founded by leader Glen Harrell in early 2008 and has now grown into one of bluegrass music’s most unique new acts. “When I put this group together, I knew the style of music I wanted us to play and the goals we wanted to achieve. It was just a matter of finding the right guys who wanted to create their own identity in the industry. I didn’t just want us to be another band that moves onto the scene and is gone in a few years, but one that would have a unique sound that players and listeners would remember for many years to come - one that sounded like no other band in the business,” said Glen.
Glen Harrell (fiddle & vocals): Glen has been around music since he was just a child. He started playing guitar at the age of nine and at about age fourteen began playing the fiddle. He played with numerous local bands while in high school, and later toured with several bands around the bluegrass circuit. In 2002, he began playing with country music artist Marty Raybon (former lead singer of the country super group Shenandoah), and toured with him for the next six years playing venues all across the nation and in several countries, as well as appearing on worldwide television and playing the hallowed Grand Ole Opry numerous times.
After creating this band in 2008 he says he has found the music he has always wanted to play. "Nothing is better than playing music with friends as well as having them as band mates when everyone has the same vision for the band. Glen now lives in a small town in Northeast Mississippi called Booneville. He and his wife Michelle have been happily married for over 25 years and have three children.
Patton Wages (banjo/guitar & vocals):
Patton was raised in Stockbridge, GA and began playing banjo at age 9. He was first influenced by Earl Scruggs, J.D. Crowe, and Terry Baucom, as well as Scott Vestal, having the opportunity to meet Scott at Everett's Music Barn shortly after his stint with Doyle Lawson. Patton then worked with the Georgia-based group "Lost Horizon," playing festivals around the southeast and making numerous appearances on national television. Patton then spent four years in Nashville sharing the stage with Marty Raybon and working at the Gibson Guitar Corp. OAI Division.
He now lives in Mountain Rest, SC. Patton's interests include his son, Brayden, music and whatever comes up to pass the time. Email: email@example.com
Colby Laney (Guitar): Colby Laney is from Marion, North Carolina and began playing fiddle around age five with guidance from his father Bart Laney who plays fiddle, mandolin and guitar. At age 12, he started he also learned guitar and mandolin and knew he wanted a career in music. Laney played with regional groups as a teenager including the Linville Ridge Band before leaving home to attend ETSU's Bluegrass Program. While at ETSU, he performed with many acts including the ETSU Pride Band, Next Best Thing, Mountain Heart, Alecia Nugent, Larry Stephenson and a prior stint with Volume Five.
Laney enjoys writing and recording as well. If he doesn't have a guitar in hand, he might have a fishing pole.
Jacob Burleson is from Newland, a small town in the mountains of North Carolina and is the son of Jason and Shelly Burleson. Since his Dad is a founding member of the award-winning group Blue Highway, Jacob has grown up around bluegrass music allowing his talents to thrive by attending festivals and jamming with some of the top pickers in bluegrass. After a few years of jamming and honing his craft as a musician, he landed a gig with Kenny and Amanda Smith band.
Jacob’s early influences include his heroes - Sam Bush, Adam Steffey, Dempsey Young, Shawn Lane and many more. Blue Highway, Volume Five, Alison Krauss, Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver and the New Grass Revival are the artists he has listened to and studied the most.
Jeff Partin returns to Volume Five where the performed with the band for over four years. He has spent the last four years with Mountain Heart. Jeff is a multi-instrumentalist and recording artist whose 10 year musical career in bluegrass music has brought him to many different places around the United States.
Jeff began playing music at an early age with his family. His first instrument was bass which he began playing when he was eight. By the time he was thirteen he had started playing dobro which quickly became his obsession. Since then he has shared the stage with musicians like Barry Bales, Jerry Douglas, The Tony Rice Unit, and Mountain Heart.
He enjoys spending time with family, playing music in church, recording records in his studio, traveling, and kayaking. Jeff and his wife, Kelly, are looking forward to the arrival of their first addition to the family- Afton Snow Partin, in December of this year.