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Nu-Look for Nu-Blu in a Nu-Bus-Wrap that's Nu-for-You

Nu-Blu Peterson TunersNashville, TN -- Bluegrass trend-setters Nu-Blu, will be hitting the road in their newly wrapped Peterson Tuners tour bus. The chrome-colored bus, cleverly nicknamed Lola, from the hit Barry Manilow song "Copacabana," will travel throughout the United States, as the band continues their monumental tour of North America. The partnership came natural, with both Peterson Tuners and Nu-Blu sharing a love of innovation. After a highly successful 2015 tour, the chart-topping quartet will set their sights on the New Year, as they bring their power acoustic sound to even more audiences than ever before.

AirPlay Direct's Industry Panel Presentation At IBMA

AirPlay Direct and IBMANashville, TN -- This year at IBMA Business Conference 2015, on September 30th at 8:30am EST, AirPlay Direct will be presenting a 1 hour exclusive industry panel on “Who We Are”, “What We Do” and how we benefit “You” directly. This panel is specifically designed for the artists, record labels, radio stations, radio promoters, PR firms, managers, publishers, etc. that comprise the professional, global bluegrass community at large. This panel will feature Robert Weingartz, Chairman & Creator – AirPlay Direct, Lynda Weingartz, CEO – AirPlay Direct and 2 “Featured Guest Panelists”.

Joe Spann to Join International Bluegrass Music Association Staff

Joe SpannNashville, TN - The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) - the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community - announced that Joe Spann has joined the organization as Member Services Manager. Spann will be based at IBMA’s office in Nashville, Tennessee and will report to Executive Director Paul Schiminger. Joe’s duties will include maintaining direct communication with members regarding membership activation and renewal, identifying new programs to assist member career advancement, and coordinating the World of Bluegrass registration experience.

AirPlay Direct Co-Sponsors IBMA Conference & IBMA Momentum Awards

IBMA AwardsNashville, TN -- Robert Weingartz, Chairman & Creator of AirPlay Direct announced, “AirPlay Direct is proud of our on-going strategic partnership with the IBMA. We are excited about our previous involvement with and co-sponsorship of IBMA “Momentum Awards” for 2014, and looking forward to the same level of involvement and participation in 2015. Listed below are the winners of the various IBMA “Momentum Awards” for 2014. Each artist “Momentum Award” recipient was also awarded an AirPlay Direct “Marketing & Awareness” package to promote and market their music to APD’s 9,700+ radio station members globally.”

Bluegrass Music Museum Names New Executive Director

IBMM Executive Director Chris JoslinOwensboro, KY - The International Bluegrass Music Museum's Board of Directors announced that Chris Joslin has been named as the organization's Executive Director. Joslin is expected to begin working at the Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky on September 1. Joslin brings to the IBMM extensive experience as an Executive Recruiter, including his most recent position with the Sanford Group, a retained search firm out of Nashville, Tennessee. Prior to that, he worked as an operations manager with a healthcare company in Nashville focused on stand-alone physical therapy clinics. Joslin received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Belmont University as well as a Masters of Business Administration from Belmont's Massey School of Business.

Cumberland River Joins LoweRider Entertainment Artists Roster

Cumberland RiverCumberland River announces that they have signed with LoweRider Entertainment! LoweRider Entertainment is a full service talent agency from Nashville, TN. LoweRider Entertainment represents the best in live entertainment…from hit-making legendary artists, musicians and songwriters to up-and-coming stars.

Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation Takes Reins of Song of the Mountains

Song of the MountainsAfter months of announcements, protests and business wrangling, it was announced last week that Tim White will return to Song of the Mountains. In addition, the new Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation will take over the Song of the Mountains concert series. The agreement and contract will split the Song of the Mountains program from the Lincoln Theatre and the rights will change hands to the new foundation. As contract and legal agreements come to a close, the Lincoln Theatre is expected to receive a $50,000 donation from the Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation as part of the negotiations. The Appalachian Music Heritage Foundation was created as a non-profit by Joe Ellis, Sam Russell and Ed Stringer, all Marion businessmen who were instrumental in the founding of Song of Mountains program.

WirelessGuys WIFI Provides Secure Wireless Transactions at Huck Finn Jubilee

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- WirelessGuys announced this week, the successful design and deployment of secure temporary WIFI service for high volume onsite ticket sales and point-of-sale purchases at the 39th annual Huck Finn Jubilee in Ontario, CA. Established in 1975, the Huck Finn Jubilee is currently produced by the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau and is held at the Cucamonga-Guasti Regional Park in Ontario, CA. The Jubilee is a three day family friendly festival celebrating traditional music, education, activities and the evolution of bluegrass music.

BlueHighways TV to Launch on DISH Network

BlueHighways TVFranklin, TN -- BlueHighways TV, an independent network offering original programs that explore the people, stories, traditions and music of America, announced today that it will launch on DISH on July 1, 2015. BlueHighways TV will be available on DISH Channel 73 to all DISH customers.

Huck Finn Jubilee Tops Attendance & Economic Impacts

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Organizers of the Huck Finn Jubilee Bluegrass Music Festival, the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau, is proud to release the results of the annual event. “This year was a milestone in the Bluegrass Festival industry when we booked 23 bands for a three day weekend” said Michael Krouse, President and CEO of the Greater Ontario Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The line-up of entertainment, along with the music education and workshops provided at Huck Finn Jubilee has the attention of the music industry. The benefit to our local community is fantastic and it is rewarding to hear the rave reviews from the fans and families that attended.”

Helen Highwater Stringband Joins Roe Entertainment Roster

Left to Right - David Grier, Shad Cobb, Missy Raines, Mike ComptonMaryville, TN -- Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment is pleased to welcome Helen Highwater Stringband to his roster of artists for exclusive booking representation. Shad Cobb, Mike Compton, David Grier and Missy Raines, all whom have forged a musical path as individuals for several decades each, have joined forces to form Helen Highwater Stringband.

Tammy Jones Robinette Signs with Rural Rhythm Records

Tammy Jones Signs with Rural Rhythm RecordsNashville, TN -- In preparation for her second Bluegrass project, Tammy Jones Robinette has signed with powerhouse Bluegrass label, Rural Rhythm Records. The deal comes on the heels of Tammy's first Bluegrass release last year. Produced by Mark Fain (versatile bass player and longtime band member of Ricky Skaggs' Kentucky Thunder), Let it Shine was warmly embraced by both Bluegrass and Gospel critics, earning three entries for consideration in the initial nomination process by the IBMA.

Tim White Comments on Song of the Mountains Status

Tim WhiteBy Tim White
I want to thank all of my friends, fellow musicians and fans of Song of the Mountains for your overwhelming support over the past three weeks. Your kind words of support have meant so much to me and my wife Penny. Just to let you know briefly what has happened since the Lincoln Theatre board's "Re-organization committee" released me from my contract 3 1/2 years early...the director of the Lincoln Theatre stands pretty much all alone now.

The Grascals Return to The Andrea Roberts Agency

The GrascalsNashville, TN -- The Andrea Roberts Agency (ARA) is very pleased to announce the return of The Grascals to the agency's roster of talent for their bluegrass representation. This a reunion, or more like a homecoming, as ARA represented The Grascals for their bluegrass bookings from 2004-2008.

The Acoustic Shoppe One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores

Acoustic ShoppeSpringfield, MO -- The Chapmans' Acoustic Shoppe in Springfield, Missouri has been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument and product retailers for the 1st time. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present The Acoustic Shoppe with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville.

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