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MerleFest 2016 Comes to a Triumphant Close

Sam BushWilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Window World, has wrapped up its 29th year. Early estimates show that from its start on Thursday, April 28, to its close on Sunday, May 1, aggregate participation over the festival’s four days was approximately 74,500 participants. MerleFest, held on the campus of Wilkes Community College, is the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.

Eastman Credit Union Commits $100,000 To Radio Bristol

Birthplace of Country Music MuseumBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is proud to announce an exciting new partnership with Eastman Credit Union (ECU) that will help fund the Radio Bristol Presents: Farm & Fun Time show over the next five years.

Sam Bush Renews with Sugar Hill Records, New Album Coming

Sam Bush SigningNashville, TN -- GRAMMY Award-winning multi-instrumentalist Sam Bush has renewed his deal with Rounder Label Group’s Sugar Hill Records. His new album, Storyman, is slated for release this summer. This will be his first release since his 2009 album, Circles Around Me. Pictured from left to right: Ashley Moyer - Publicity Manager Rounder Label Group, Cliff O’Sullivan - COO Rounder Label Group, Sam Bush, Gary Paczosa - A&R Rounder Label Group, Lisa Hopkins - Director, Sales & Non-Traditional Business Development at Concord Music Group, Matt Miller - Project Manager Rounder Label Group.

The Andrea Roberts Agency signs ClayBank

ClayBankNashville, TN – The Andrea Roberts Agency (ARA) is pleased to announce the signing of new band, ClayBank, to an artist development deal that will include booking and management duties for the group. They will be joining The Grascals, Flatt Lonesome, Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle, Wildfire, and Volume Five on the roster of ARA artists.

Zack Autry Endorsed by Acclaimed Georgian Master Luthier Randy Wood

Zack Autry with Randy WoodEvery young professional musician hopes for a moment in their career when a personal feeling of accomplishment from something so unexpected, will seem to justify all of the hard work that is put into the craft day in and day out. That’s howZack Autry felt when Randy Wood handed him one of his custom crafted mandolins following his show with the Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry, on March 19. He was shocked, incredibly happy, proud, and grateful.

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.

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