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NewTown Signs with Moonstruck Management

NewTown bandNashville, TN --- NewTown has inked a new business relationship with Moonstruck Management, the booking and management firm that handles stellar bluegrass acts including Dr. Ralph Stanley, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band. The dynamic NewTown band from Lexington, KY is led by gifted fiddler and singer, Kati Penn-Williams and husband, Jr. Williams. NewTown is a dynamic band that delivers a truly creative musical blend of the traditional and the modern in its acoustic artistry.

Orange Blossom Records Signs Steve Harris

Orange Blossom Records signs Steve HarrisCallahan, FL -- Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Steve Harris to the label and will release his all gospel solo album, Sundown in April 2015.

Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival Expands to Two Days

Rhonda Vincent & The RageOrganizers are adding a second day to one of the area’s fastest growing outdoor heritage music events. In its fifth year, the Chantilly Farm Bluegrass and BBQ Festival will take place on May 22-23, 2015 at the beautiful Chantilly Farm in Floyd and will feature many of the most popular performers in bluegrass and mountain music, along with a variety of children’s activities, expanded camping, arts and crafts vendors, and other festivities.

AirPlay Direct Continues As Year Round Sponsor Of IBMA

AirPlay Direct and IBMAAirPlay Direct is pleased to announce that their relationship continues to grow and evolve every year with IBMA… and this year is no exception. AirPlay Direct’s year-round sponsor relationship with IBMA will continue through 2015, with tangible benefits for IBMA Business Conference attendees and IBMA members.

Gold Heart Signs with Mountain Fever Records

Gold Heart with Mark Hodges courtesy East Public RelationsWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed Gold Heart to their label. The sister-trio's first single from their upcoming album will be released in early Spring. Gold Heart, featuring the Gold sisters Tori (mandolin), Jocey (guitar), and Shelby (fiddle) have been touring world wide and astounding audiences with their fun personalities, intense harmonies and brilliant musicianship since 2005. With nearly ten years on the bluegrass scene, hundreds of live performances and now four albums under their belt, Gold Heart is elated to join Mountain Fever Records. Of the trio, Keith Lawrence of Bluegrass Notes stated, "If angels sing bluegrass, this is what it sounds like."

Steep Canyon Rangers Partner with SevenBar Aviation

Steep Canyon Rangers and SevenBar AviationThe Steep Canyon Rangers are proud to announce our new partnership with SevenBar Aviation, a leading air medical provider with more than 65 years of experience delivering quality service. Central to the partnership are three fundraising concerts by Steep Canyon Rangers for a trio of hospital foundations closely aligned with SevenBar. Along with these performances, the Steep Canyon Rangers will also make visits to the children’s care areas of each hospital and participate in a VIP meet-and-greet event.

International Bluegrass Music Museum Begins Executive Director Search

International Bluegrass Music MuseumThe International Bluegrass Music Museum's board of trustees announced in December that Gabrielle M. Gray, the museum's chief executive, would be ending her exceptional 12-year tenure as the museum's creative leader and retires as executive director. Carly Smith has been acting as the museum's interim director. The Museum has officially commenced their search for a new Executive Director to carry on the tradition and lead the museum on the next page of its journey.

Dolly Parton Signs Producer Development Deal with NBC

Dolly PartonUniversal City, CA -- NBC has signed a development deal with Dolly Parton, one of the most honored female country musicians of all time and an American icon. The network will develop a slate of two-hour movies with the legendary country music icon as their producer.

Ripsaw Partners with Patuxent for Louie Setzer Bluegrass Album

Louie SetzerRipsaw Records announces that it has partnered with Patuxent Music to produce a Louie Setzer bluegrass album to be released in the early spring of 2015. Setzer, aka "The Duke of Bluegrass" with his "titanium tonsils," was Ripsaw's first recording artist (Ripsaw 209; 1976). He is also Ripsaw's most recent artist, having recorded two tracks released in April 2014 on The Best of Ripsaw Records, Volume 4.

Steep Canyon Rangers & Oskar Blues Brewery Announce Partnership

Steep Canyon Rangers and Oskar Blues BreweryNashville, TN -- The popular North Carolina-based bluegrass ambassadors, Steep Canyon Rangers, are proud to announce a new partnership with Oskar Blues Brewery, brewers of Dale’s Pale Ale, Mama’s Little Yella Pils, and other craft beers. This collaboration, which kicks off in January 2015, is the culmination of a long-standing friendship rooted in a shared commitment to music, the environment, and community-oriented charitable causes. A shared love of craft beer helped seal the deal.

IBMA in Need of New Ethics & Conflict of Interest Policies

Code of EthicsThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a long history of leadership problems. In virtually every case, the underlying issue was "transparency" or, the lack there of. The lack of transparency was caused by two factors. Communications were non-existent, late or self-denial and, a lost trust in the leadership as a result. If one goes back through the years of emails and other communications, there is always a common thread and, for the past 12+ years, a common individual in the mix as well.

Telefunken to Sponsor Podunk Bluegrass and Litchfield Jazz Fests

Pictured picking up an assortment of mics at TELEFUNKEN headquarters in Connecticut, (L-R) are Litchfield Jazz Fest audio engineers Brian Silver and Nick Joyce.Telefunken Elektroakustik of South Windsor, Connecticut, recently sponsored two important and historic music festivals in their home state. The Litchfield Jazz Festival, a favorite of the public and critics alike has been going for the past 19 years and the Podunk Bluegrass Festival has been a yearly success since 1996.

Belk Seeks Southern Musicians for 2015 Southern Music Showcase

Belk logoCharlotte, NC -- As part of its 2015 The Road South campaign, Belk, the nation's largest family owned and operated department store, announced today its second year of the Southern Musician Showcase. The Showcase will promote Southern musicians by offering them a chance to win a cash prize and an opportunity to perform at major fashion, sports and music events, a performance wardrobe and stylist provided by Belk and an opportunity for their songs to be featured in Belk television commercials.

Vector Management Adds Nathan Stanley to Roster

Nathan StanleyNashville, TN -- Rising bluegrass prodigy Nathan Stanley has recently joined the Ken Levitan co-founded Vector Management roster for representation. Following his "Bluegrass Album of the Year" win at the 2014 Dove Awards, Nathan Stanley is gearing up for an exciting New Year. At just 22 years old, the Virginia native now joins his Grandfather, Dr. Ralph Stanley as the newest member of the Vector Management roster.

IBMA Desires Change for the Future...

Change and DirectionFor as long as I was a member of IBMA and for the many years since, people have always been asking for change. They want a change. The board needs to change. This or that needs to change. Change. Change. Change. What is it they want changed? What direction do they want association to go in? What is it they want? These questions are rarely asked and, when I ask members, I receive as many different opinions as I do people I ask. There doesn't seem to be any consensus.

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