Mountain Fever Records

Who would be crazy enough to start a new record company these days?

Someone who believes so strongly in the quality of the artists they are hearing and the music that those artists are creating, that stepping out on a limb to bring that music to the masses overrides their desire to “not be called crazy.”  Everybody needs a little crazy now and then.

Enter Mark Hodges.  As founder of Mountain Fever Records, Hodges is just that person to shake it up a bit.  “I started this nutty idea in 2006 when I opened up my studio to anyone that wanted to record,” he recalls. “It was like an experiment.  Only rules at the time were that you had to live here in Floyd County, Virginia.  You could record two songs and it gave me permission to distribute the product.”

As a kid, his love of music, playing music and listening to music was palpable and something he couldn’t escape.  It captivated him and like so many successful businesses that start with the talents and passion of one person, that idea becomes contagious when in the hands of the right individual.  Starting as an amateur musician himself, Hodges dabbled in it throughout his youth and past his high school years.  After getting the kids off to college it was like the Blues Brothers movie… “we’re getting the band back together”, and all the friends of yesteryear were in a similar situation so it just happened. “I started recording myself and friends on a 4-track, then an 8-track, and then a 16-track,” he recalls.  Then a studio was born – Mountain Fever Studios.

His small little recording studio that he used mainly to help friends at the time, became something more.  “I started helping people do free recordings and then I helped promote a few of them.  One thing led to another and her we are.  Out of a desire to help other musicians, I was able to grow this music business into something I’m very proud of today.”

That small, local idea grew quickly with Hodges at the helm.  This humble beginning led to Hodges producing a CD project for a local female artist in 2008 but she didn’t quite stick with the music scene.  The fledgling label followed that up with producing a CD for a young local Virginia bluegrass gospel band called Statement and that was followed up by a pair of North Carolina bands called Sweet Potato Pie and The Hagger’s Mountain Boys. Volume Five, followed and from that point on, the label was off and running.

Mountain Fever currently distributes over 60 titles with many more scheduled and a  current active roster of 16 artists, not including sideman projects.

Michelle Nixon and Drive’s “A Place I Belong” was the label’s first number one record.  Over the course of the label, we’ve been blessed to have a lot of music in the top spots.  We’ve had at dozens of #1 songs and many #1 albums.  With so many charts available, including Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, the defunct  Bluegrass Music Profiles, Roots Music Report and Cashbox, we’ve been fortunate to have a strong chart presence since our inception.

With a passion and penchant for strong bluegrass vocalist and precision instrumentalists, as well as an appreciation for not only the traditional sound of bluegrass, but its more modern day musical cousins of progressive bluegrass and Americana, Hodges started developing a solid musical roster that rivales much of what was being released.

Now, a 72 track recording studio hidden in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Floyd, the appropriately named Mountain Fever Records offers the best in multi-genre music from Southwest Virginia and surrounding areas, from bluegrass to Old-time, Gospel to blues, rock to reggae. With continued growth and no sign of stopping, the label is bringing on more and more stellar acts regularly.  In 2014 they began an Americana label to support the music they love that goes beyond the confines of bluegrass.  Travianna Records  expands their focus as a home for musicians outside the traditional bluegrass box.

“It has truly been a privilege to bring all of this music to fans of bluegrass and Americana music,” Hodges says. “It still gets me excited every time I hear something new and innovative.  I’m first and foremost a fan of the music.  If you can’t be crazy about your work and remain a fan of what got you excited in the first place, then what’s the point right?”

13 Comments

  1. Heidi Olsen
    September 17, 2016 @ 12:34 pm

    I am a host of Burlington County Bluegrass at WBZC FM in New Jersey. I would love to have a copy of Junior Sisk’s latest CD Poor Boys Pleasure. In addition, I would like to interview him on my show October 22nd at 11 a.m. eastern time. Is any of that possible?

    Thanks very much, and I’m really enjoying the music!

    Heidi Olsen
    WBZC FM 88.9
    Rowan College of Burlington County

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  2. Dewey Longuski
    September 21, 2016 @ 11:05 am

    Good day,

    Do you accept original songs for consideration to pitch to your bluegrass artists?

    Na zdrowie!

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  3. Christon Begley
    September 22, 2016 @ 10:02 pm

    Hello,
    My name is Christon Lee Begley (C Bexter) I am the manager of HrHr Productions we are a small group of two rappers who are a sort of team with Tyler Bellflowers “T Bell” as the lead singer and sometimes soloist. We are extremely new in the music world although T Bell has recorded a song with a label before. And I had a few inquires about some of the things we would need to do to get started. My first question is, How do we get started in the business of actually selling songs and possibly talking to small time labels to record and make a profit selling our songs. My second question was how much does it cost on average to record a song with someone who provides services such as you and would we need to provide our own beat (that we would own the rights to obviously.) Additionally I was wondering how to make beats or who to talk to, to get them. And finally I was wondering if you could possibly tell us what we could do to better our music by listening to a few of our videos on the YouTube channel, I know we are new and have much to learn but they have real talent that is very clear to see if you know them on a day to day basis, they are constantly writing new songs and finding things they dislike about there previous works and working on changing it for the better, and they are always striving to break the barriers set for them and they do with every song even the statistics show that watch time and likes even subscribers go up with each song posted. P.S. we have decided to stop recording them sitting in front of the camera for the videos and are moving on to more professional looking backgrounds, also we hope to be able to make a full legitimate music video once we get more money into our equipment currently we only have about 2000$ worth in lights and computers and camera. Thank you for your time

    Sincerely,
    Christon Lee Begley

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCqrSfZUN-mBsSLtPYi_lD6g

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  4. Jay Armsworthy
    October 2, 2016 @ 11:23 pm

    Hi Mark,

    I hope you had a great time at the IBMA World of Bluegrass convention.

    On Saturday October 22, I will holding my annual Bluegrass for Hospice fundraiser where all proceeds will go toward my local area Hospice of St. Mary’s, Hospice House. Once again, a handmade wagon has been donated to raffle off for the event. I will call it the “Bluegrass Wagon Raffle”. I will be filling it with lots of Bluegrass memorabilia. I am asking if you would be willing to donate anything that I could include in the wagon. I am looking for items such as: CD’s, event tickets, Bluegrass Publication subscriptions, memberships, photos, t-shirts, hats, stickers, etc. If you are able to contribute, it would be greatly appreciated. Please send items to: 23302 Christy Court, California, MD 20619.

    I also wanted to mention, my headline act this year is Mountain Faith, which I’m sure you are proud of the win of the IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year. If you have any promotional material to help me promote the show better, it would be greatly appreciated as well.

    Thanks again for your willingness to help make this years, Bluegrass For Hospice-2016 a successful event.

    Jay Armsworthy
    Event Coordinator/Promoter
    Bluegrass For Hospice-2016
    http://www.bluegrassforhospice.com

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  5. Greg Torrington
    October 6, 2016 @ 10:13 am

    Sideline Colors & Crossroads

    Offered on Airplay Direct. Is this a brand new release or a vintage one? There is no mention of it on yours or the band’s website – or on the Internet for that matter!

    Please let me know ASAP – only interested in new releases for airplay.

    Thanks,

    Greg

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  6. Sammie Suggitt
    October 19, 2016 @ 5:26 pm

    Would love to work with you guys! You have the right feel about you! Best of luck in all that you do!!! Was so thrilled to see that you are associated with Americana and not just bluegrass!!!

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  7. DR. FILLMER HEVENER
    November 4, 2016 @ 11:59 am

    I AM 83 YEARS OLD AND HAVE BEEN PLAYING A MANDOLIN FOR SOME 73 YEARS. MY STYLE IS UNIQUE IN THAT WHEN I USE THE STRAIT PICK ON THE MANDOLIN, IT SOUNDS MUCH LIKE ONE FINGERPICKING A GUITAR. WOULD YOU BE INTERESTED IN HEARING A SAMPLE? CORDIALLY, FILLMER HEVENER, 224 MOHELE ROAD, FARMVILLE, VA. 23901. FHEVENER@OILART.COM

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  8. Peter Deachman
    November 7, 2016 @ 5:29 pm

    What is the CD that Goin’ Back To Bristol featuring Shawn Camp is on?

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  9. Richard Grossman
    November 16, 2016 @ 3:27 pm

    Hi,
    I’m inviting you to check out my website, http://undiscoveredhits.com. for some of the best songs you’ve never heard. Most of them are from my days as a staff songwriter in Nashville at Tree International Publishing in the eighties, where I had songs recorded by Reba Mcentire, T.G. Sheppard and many lesser known artists, as well as some more recent songs. While you may not have heard them on the radio, my fellow songwriters and the studio musicians were big fans of my tunes. These weren’t written or produced with bluegrass in mind, but many of them could work in that style, so I’m approaching folks in the bluegrass field what with what’s become of country music of late.

    I hope you’ll check out my website, and if you’d forward this or mention it to any and/or all of your roster list, I’d be most grateful. There’s a wide variety of melodic, lyrical, original songs to choose from. Thanks in advance.

    Richard Grossman

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  10. Richard Albright
    December 15, 2016 @ 6:33 pm

    We are WQSV Radio in Ashland City, TN (20 miles from Nashville). We play quite a bit of Bluegrass Music. We found no email address. Would you please call me. My name is Richard Albright, 615-337-4062.

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  11. Richard Albright
    December 15, 2016 @ 6:34 pm

    See above from Richard Albright

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  12. Peter Bardsley
    December 17, 2016 @ 8:17 pm

    if any are interested to visit the Gold Coast in Australia search for churches with over 100
    members,I think there are 2 Baptist,1 Anglican,2 Uniting 2 small Brethren in which I was raised,if not finding one I have a double+2 single beds available close friends more free food included no parking but if they fly to Brisbane a bus is cheap & get a taxi to my sons at 27,A Muir St Labrador entrance between 25+28 where we see more trees than houses so it feels like country,I canceled my card because of fraud but can pay return fares if needed

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  13. Carl Goldstein
    January 4, 2017 @ 3:46 pm

    Please forward a hard copy CD of the new Mac Wiseman for air play on WVUD Newark Delaware to me at PO Box 3672 Greenville DE 19807. Thanks.

    Reply

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