Through the years, Nu-Blu has worked hard to develop a group that would give the listener a diverse experience. By mixing their original songs along with traditional material, and even incorporating songs from other genres, the group has certainly created a unique and driving blend of music that keeps audiences coming back for more.
Nu-Blu was founded by husband and wife team, Carolyn and Daniel Routh. Carolyn, on bass, provides her trademark lead vocals with impressive clarity and vocal range and Daniel, on guitar, brings his songwriting and vocal talents to the group. The two young guns, Levi Austin (banjo and vocals) and Austin Koener (mandolin) fill out the ranks providing the band with a solid and talented backbone.
In May 2010, Nu-Blu released their first album, NIGHTS, along with the single, “Spin on the Red Brick Floor.” Radio immediately welcomed the album as evidenced by its debut at #10 on the Euro Americana Chart, reaching as high as #7 on the Roots Music Bluegrass Report, and spending more than 5 weeks on the Americana Music Association’s Top 40 chart as an indie release. Several months later, the band was awarded the “2010 Country Band of the Year” by the Carolina Music Awards. In September 2010, Nu-Blu was signed to Pinecastle Records. The following month, the label released the group’s new single, “Christmas in Dixie,” an 80’s cover song made famous by the country band, Alabama. Just a few short weeks after the song was released, it hit #1 on the Airplay Direct Top Bluegrass Album Chart.
To close out such an eventful year, Nu-Blu made history as the first bluegrass band to launch a smart phone APP – yet again expanding their audience, but more importantly introducing bluegrass music to the masses. Their smart phone APP provides live feeds from the popular Bluegrass Blog, WorldWideBluegrass.com, BluegrassTV, Napster, Last FM and Nu-Blu News. In 2011, Nu-Blu was again nominated by the Carolina Music Awards as “Bluegrass/Americana/Country Band of the Year as they geared up for their new album, THE BLU-DISC releasing August 8, 2011 on Pinecastle Records. The label has released the first single, “Other Woman’s Blues” written by Kira Small and providing a unique twist on Dolly Parton’s hit song “Jolene.” Nu-Blu is joined on the song by special guests, Christy Reid (harmony vocals), and Rob Ickes (Dobro.)