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Wilson Pickins BG Promotions Welcomes Tyler Williams Band

Tyler WilliamsWilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions is proud to announce the addition of the Tyler Williams Band to our Artist lineup. Singer, songwriter Tyler Williams, born in central Ohio, is a young man with big dreams that started when he was just 2 years old. By the time he was 4, he began playing piano attracting the attention of everyone around him. Although Williams was born with Cerebral Palsy and became blind at infancy, he remained determined in his pursuit of becoming an entertainer despite the obstacles.

Eastman Guitars Endorses Singer-Songwriter Dave Adkins

Dave Adkins and Eastman GuitarsPomona, CA -- Eastman Handcrafted Guitars and Mandolins is proud to announce their endorsement of Singer-Songwriter Dave Adkins. “We are thrilled to welcome Dave Adkins into the Eastman family,” said Artist Relations Manager Tim Finch. “We couldn’t be happier to have him on board and are very excited about his upcoming album release and tour.”

Nu-Blu Kicking Off 2016 Tour After NAMM Show

Nu-BluNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu, the fastest-growing act in bluegrass and Americana music, is kicking off 2016 with a blockbuster tour across North America, including a stop in Baja, Mexico. The group recently performed during The NAMM Show (National Association of Music Merchants) in Anaheim, California while supporting their partners Peterson Tuners, D'Addario, QSC Audio, Sennheiser/Neumann.Berlin, Hercules Stands and Kirlin Cables.

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Joins Webster PR Roster

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band 50 YearsNashville, TN -- The iconic and profoundly influential Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, often cited as a catalyst for an entire movement in country, rock and American roots music, joins Webster Public Relations for publicity representation as the band marks its 50th birthday of nonstop touring and recording vital music. 2016 marks the 50 year anniversary for Grammy and CMA Award-Winning Group.

Blue Ridge Music Center Concert Attendance Increased in 2015

Blue Ridge Music Center AmphitheaterGalax, VA -- With the help of the National Park Service, donors, sponsors, and volunteers, the Blue Ridge Music Center experienced another fantastic season in 2015. More than 35,000 patrons visited the Blue Ridge Music Center to explore the Roots of American Music exhibit, listen to Midday Mountain Music, and plan their Parkway journey at the Visitor Center during the May through October season.

Nancy Cardwell to Represent Valerie Smith, Jesse McReynolds and Ray Cardwell

Nancy CardwellWorking in conjunction with BuckleDown Productions owned by J. Gregory Heinike and Valerie Smith, Nancy Cardwell of Nashville, TN announced this week that she will be booking dates for 2016 and 2017 for Bluegrass Hall of Fame member and Grand Ole Opry star Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys; the most entertaining woman in bluegrass music, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike; and an exciting talent who has recently returned to Nashville, Ray Cardwell & Tennessee Moon. Cardwell may be reached at (615) 260-4807 or nancyk.cardwell@gmail.com. The home office for BuckleDown Productions is in Bell Buckle, TN, at (931) 389-0222.

Mountain Faith Signs with APA for Booking Representation

Mountain FaithNashville, TN -- APA is excited to announce the signing of family Bluegrass act Mountain Faith for booking representation. “Over the past fifteen years, Mountain Faith has become one of the most respected acts in the Bluegrass genre,” said APA’s Cass Scripps. “We are anxiously looking forward to sharing their unique story and talents with fans across the country, and putting them in front of as many people as possible.”

Birthplace of Country Music and AirPlay Direct Ink Strategic Partnership

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumNashville, TN -- AirPlay Direct is pleased to formally announce our new “Strategic Partnership” with the Birthplace of Country Music. The Birthplace of Country Music promotes and celebrates Bristol, Tennessee/Virginia as the birthplace of country music. BCM enhances Bristol’s role in the birth and development of country music through the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, WBCM Radio Bristol, and educational outreach and programming.

Bluegrass Junction May Not Air Bluegrass Holiday Music

SiriusXM Bluegrass JunctionRecently there has been a lot of ruckus on Social Media, blogs and elsewhere regarding the on-air SiriusXM satellite broadcast of Bluegrass Junction being preempted for nine days while SiriusXM airs special holiday programming. There have been petitions, threats of cancelling the service, boycotts and basically a whole lot of the bluegrass music community up in arms regarding the decision. The overall feeling is that the bluegrass music channel, Bluegrass Junction, should be for bluegrass music only. Many subscribed to the service just to have that exclusive 24 hour programming and to go for over a week during the holiday period without being able to enjoy their favorite bluegrass holiday music would be disturbing and more than just an inconvenience.

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Adopts Avid Everywhere

Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival - Avid EverywhereNew York, NY -- AES (Booth #718) Avid® (Nasdaq:AVID) today announced that live sound company Sound on Stage and recording systems provider Diablo Digital turned to Avid Everywhere™ to help produce the annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park. Avid Artist Suite live sound, mixing and recording solutions helped overcome the daunting logistical challenges of providing sound support for quick changeovers and recording every single note for more than 90 artists at the three-day music festival.

Is Broadcast Radio Fading Away -- Again?

Listening to Old Time RadioI'm a lot like the many of the electronic generation today -- load up the MP3 player, CD Changer, and the Media Server and let MY music play MY way -- without any commercials and annoying talk. I just don't know what the future of radio is. From my point of view (very limited and myopic!) it doesn't look too good for the future of radio. From having been in broadcast radio in the '70s and watching it through the years, I seriously doubt that audience numbers are anywhere close to what they have been in the past. We saw AM radio become an unnecessary commodity when FM and FM-Stereo came along. Now, I believe we're seeing FM also going the way of the dinosaur as digital music takes hold on very small, high-capacity, ligh-weight portable devices that consumers program with their own music tastes and can change as those tastes change. Here is my 20:20 hindsight and my prediction of the future of radio.

Birthplace of Country Music Receives Virginia Tourism Corporation Grant

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, TN/VA -- Governor Terry McAuliffe announced that the Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) received $10,000 from the Virginia Tourism Corporation Marketing Leverage Program grant fund. In total VTC awarded more than $796,000 for 45 tourism marketing projects across the state to help increase visitation and revenue for Virginia’s localities through tourism.

Executive Director Paul Schiminger Explains the IBMA Awards Process

Paul J. SchimingerThe new Executive Director for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), Paul Schiminger, has put together an educational video that explains the entire process for the association's annual awards and the voting process that ultimately decides the winners. Held annually since 1986, today almost two dozen awards are handed out to recognize the top achievements across the industry. The awards feature new professionals through the Momentum Awards through the normal music awards and finally the Hall of Fame inductions. Some awards are voted on by the professional membership and some are determined by select committees without voter input.

BMI Distributes Historic 75-Year High of $840 Million on $1 Billion Revenues

BMINew York, NY -- Broadcast Music, Inc® (BMI®), the global leader in music rights management, today reported that it had achieved the highest revenues and royalty distributions in the Company’s 75-year history for its fiscal year ended June 30th. BMI generated record revenues of $977 million, and distributed and administered more than $840 million to its songwriters, composers and music publishers. These results cap a ten-year period during which BMI has generated more than $8 billion in revenues and distributed royalties of more than $7.5 billion. BMI operates on a non-profit-making basis and returns more than 85% of all revenue to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.

Mountain Fever Records Signs Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice

Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce they have signed one of traditional bluegrass music's torch-bearers, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice to their label. Sisk will begin work on a new album to be released March, 2016.

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