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Sep 9, 2014
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RLM Website

Posted: September 9, 2014

Website Changes
This week we’re planning major changes and improvements to the music website. Getting better and better. Heather, who manages Rick Lang Music, is working with CatchFire Creative to add some new features and post a lot of new stuff for the Christmas album release. We’ll be setting up Vimeo and YouTube links to post the two new Christmas album videos. Got recording session photos, song lyrics, story behind the Christmas album, and of course we’ll upload the new music. It’s all very exciting and can’t wait to share it all with folks.

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Sep 4, 2014
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Upcoming Christmas Release

Posted: September 4, 2014

Back to work on the Christmas album release scheduled for October 7th. Lots to do, several deadlines to meet. Already have a page set up and posted the music on AirPlay Direct. Designing a new banner ad for that. Also sending out promo CDs to NPR and Jazz radio hoping for heavy airplay during the Holiday season. As the album is mixed genres, a little tricky figuring out our target audience. “That’s What I Love About Christmas” is a little Jazz, a little Bluegrass, a little Southern Gospel, and that feel of the Christmas classics of the 30s and 40s. Just hope folks will dig it!

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Aug 28, 2014
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Thomas Point Beach

Posted: August 28, 2014

Getting Ready for Thomas Point Beach this weekend. Can’t believe it’s Labor Day already….where did the summer go?  Last year I played a couple of sets at TPB and did a songwriting workshop. This year I can kick back, relax, and visit some old friends and songwriting buddies.

Looking forward to spending some time there with two of my favorite co-writers Ted DeMille and Rich Schleckser. We’ve written quite a few songs together and have got a few cuts in recent years. The band Nightflyer just recorded and released a gospel tune Ted and I wrote together “Gospel News”. It’s one of my favorite co-writes. Maybe we can start working on a new song while we’re there….hope so!

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Aug 18, 2014
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End of Summer

Posted: August 18, 2014

August is here, the summer is winding down. Spent a good part  of it in PT recovering from shoulder surgery. On the mend, getting a little stronger every day. Using a lot of my spare time to write  articles for Bluegrass Unlimited and getting ready for the release of my new Christmas album this fall “That’s What I Love About Christmas”. The street date is set for October 7th. Can’t wait!

Just submitted my most recent article to BU on Stephen Mougin and his record label Dark Shadow Recording. I was a good choice to write this one as I have gotten to know Stephen very well through songwriting together. Also he’s produced a lot of my song demos as well as the new Christmas album. The article hopefully will come out in the fall around the time of the IBMA World Of Bluegrass In Raleigh, NC.  Will have to wait and see.

……more to come!

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Apr 2, 2014
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Out Where the Wildflowers Grow

Posted: April 2, 2014

“Out Where The Wildflowers Grow” was my first attempt at recording a collection of my original compositions. It pretty much represents a sampling of my early songwriting days. I had been playing some of the tunes at area music venues, and thought it would be good to have something  to sell at the shows. The album was recorded in two consecutive days in the summer of 1991 at Fishtracks in Portsmouth, NH.

The band consisted of Dave Dick in banjo, mandolin and guitar, Bob Dick on bass, Roger Williams on dobro and me on rhythm guitar and lead vocals. It was recorded pretty much live. Initially released on cassette only, “Out Where The Wildflowers Grow” is now available on CD.

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Apr 2, 2014
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Little Did They Know

Posted: April 2, 2014

Writing Christmas material has been a passion of mine for a very long time. There have been many great songs written about the birth of Jesus that we all long to hear at this time of the year. That being said, there still needs to be new songs written and recorded that hopefully will appeal to future generations as well. I want to be one of the writers that helps keeps the Nativity Story alive…in people’s minds…and hearts. “Little Did They Know” is one of those songs.

“Little Did They Know” focuses on the real life drama that took place just before and after Jesus was born… on that very first Christmas day. Joseph and Mary had made the long and difficult journey form Nazareth to Bethlehem. When they arrived, the couple searched desperately for a suitable place to deliver their child, but were turned away time and again…forced to take refuge in a cold dark stable. Little did anyone know what was to take place would become “the greatest story ever told.” This is the first single I’d ever released. Produced by Stephen Mougin, “Little Did They Know” features the sparkling vocals of Jana Mougin…who offers a heartfelt rendition of the story. We are all very proud of this recording!

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Apr 2, 2014
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Look to the Light

Posted: April 2, 2014

“Look to the Light” is the story of my journey along a spiritual pathway… that started several years ago. I have always loved Bluegrass Gospel music, which eventually became an important element of my songwriting. My catalog of original gospel compositions has become considerable, over the course of the last twenty five years.

After my mom passed away in 2001, I immersed myself deeper into my spirituality…causing a resurgence in writing Gospel Songs. It was then I knew I had to somehow, someday record a collection of my Gospel tunes to celebrate my renewed faith & thank God for all the blessings in my life. It was something I was meant to do.

Under the supervision of Jesse Brock and John Miller, we created “Look to the Light”. The end result was far greater than any expectation Jesse, John or myself had when we first started the project. It took 3 ½ years from start to finish, but it was well worth the wait. Together, we were able to assemble a cast some of the most talented musicians and singers in the Bluegrass world…that really elevated the recording.

This is truly an album of destiny. It was destiny that led me to John & Jesse…and then to Rural Rhythm Records released the album on their newly founded Rural Rhythm Christian label.
We all feel truly blessed to have played a part in the making of an album that turned out to be so very special….that really moved and uplifted all who listened to it.

RickLang

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Apr 2, 2014
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The Season of My Heart

Posted: April 2, 2014

Going back to the earliest days of my childhood, Christmas and the winter season was perhaps my very favorite time of the year. My mind is still filled with many fond memories from those days; the fragrance of a fresh cut Christmas tree, images of frost on the windows, snow drifting up to the front door, icicles glistening in the sun, the glow of candles and colored Christmas lights, the wonderful sound of some of the old Christmas “classics” from the 1940’s and 50’s like “Let It Snow”.

Eventually I started writing Christmas/Seasonal songs of my own to try and re-capture the spirit of the winter season. In 2002 I asked my dear friend Bob Dick if he would produce a Christmas album for me. Thought I had about enough material at the time, but kept on writing, editing and re-writing until we were both comfortable going forward with the project. Along with Bob, Dave Dick, Roger Williams, Karen Lincoln and a few other friends, we created “The Season Of My Heart”, released in the winter of 2003. We were all pretty happy with the way it turned out…and still get a lot of wonderful feedback from folks to this day!

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