Dark Shadow Recording Inks Deal With Award-Winning Bluegrass Artist Laura Orshaw

Article Contributed by C2 Media Relations | Published on Saturday, September 25, 2021

Dark Shadow Recording has signed Grammy nominated fiddler and vocalist, Laura Orshaw, to its roster. A two-time IBMA Award-winning artist, and the first Female to win SPBGMA Fiddle Player of the Year, Orshaw is currently in pre-production for her debut Dark Shadow project, due out in 2022. A seasoned performer, Orshaw has toured throughout the world opening and sharing the stage with artists such as Del McCoury, Ricky Skaggs, John Scofield, Jim Lauderdale, Old Crow Medicine Show, Sarah Jarosz, Tony Trischka, Becky Buller, and Darol Anger among others.

Orshaw joins Dark Shadow’s roster of established Bluegrass artists including Becky Buller, Rick Faris, Rick Lang and Stephen Mougin.

I’m beyond thrilled to be joining the Dark Shadow Recording family,” said Orshaw. “Although I’ve known Stephen and Jana (DSR Owners) for many years, my first chance to work with Stephen in the studio was in 2017 when my then fiancé, Tony Watt, and I recorded a duet version of Guy Clark and Shawn Camp’s “Magnolia Wind.” We gave the song out as a wedding favor to our guests, and sang it as part of our wedding vows. That memory is very dear to my heart, and since then I’ve had the chance to work with Dark Shadow Recording on projects with Becky Buller, Rick Faris, and Stephen’s own solo project. Stephen’s skills as a producer and engineer are truly awe-inspiring, but I am most impressed with his work coaching artists and creating an environment where they can do their best work. It’s an honor to join Stephen, Jana, and the rest of the DSR family!”

“Anyone who has heard Laura Orshaw play and sing knows she’s a powerhouse,” said Dark Shadow Recording owner Stephen Mougin. “In studio sessions, I’ve watched her inspire fellow musicians to “up their game” because of her offerings to a tune, one of the many reasons I asked her to play on my own album. She has toured with a variety of bluegrass bands from modern to traditional and manages to sound perfectly at-home in every scenario. Beyond being a great human, Laura is a determined, hard-working, talented artist and I’m thrilled that she is joining the Dark Shadow Recording family.”