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Wilson Pickins Welcomes Alan Bibey & Grasstowne to Roster

Grasstowne 4Wilson Pickins Promotions is proud to announce the addition of Alan Bibey & Grasstowne to their stellar lineup of bluegrass musicians. Grasstowne is currently in the studio working on the next exciting release to follow up the notably successful “Grasstowne 4.”

16 Toe-Tapping Reasons Asheville is the Next Music City

Asheville Music CityAsheville, NC -- Asheville, where deep-seated bluegrass roots harmonize with new talent and innovative sounds, is on the verge of becoming one of America's top music cities. From the nation's longest-running folk festival and Grammy-winning musicians to Moog Music and a weekly drum circle, music rings through the air in this Blue Ridge Mountain city. NEW: The sounds and melodies of Asheville can now be heard online via Explore Asheville Radio.

Martin Regains Ownership Of The Company's Trademark In China

The DreadnoughtNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co., Inc. (Martin Guitar) located in Nazareth, Pennsylvania is proud to announce it has regained the rightful ownership of three of its legendary trademarks in China.

Lonely Heartstring Band Hits “Top 50 All-Time” Chart

Deep WatersRounder Records recording artists the Lonely Heartstring Band have now climbed into the AirPlay Direct “Top 50 All-Time” Americana / AAA Album Chart with their debut CD Deep Waters! They find themselves in very good company.

Pitt Reso-Guitars Endorses Glen Crain

Glen CrainVeteran resophonic guitar player and fairly new luthier, Jerry Pitt, Pitt Resophonic Guitars, of Melcher – Dallas, Iowa, is proud to announce his endorsement of Glen Crain, one of the most melodically creative and well respected Dobro players in the bluegrass industry today. Glen is plays Dobro with the Edgar Loudermilk Band, featuring Jeff Autry and has played with the guys for many years.

Introducing the New RebelRecords.com

Rebel RecordsCharlottesville, VA -- Rebel Records is excited to announce the roll out of its new and improved website. The site, www.rebelrecords.com, highlights Rebel's outstanding roster of current talent while also reflecting on the significant impact the label has had in shaping bluegrass music for the last half century.

Chevron Appalachia to Sponsor Donna Ulisse Workshop

Donna UlisseChevron Appalachia, LLC is sponsoring five time IBMA Songwriter of the Year nominee Donna Ulisse and her Songwriting Escape teaching team to teach a three hour workshop in Moundsville, West Virginia on Saturday, September 10, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Grand Vue Park Event Center at 250 Trail Drive, Moundsville, WV. The focus of the workshop will be what Ulisse calls the "nuts and bolts of songwriting."

Foundation for Bluegrass Hires Nancy Cardwell

Nancy CardwellNashville, TN -- The Foundation for Bluegrass Music hired Nancy Cardwell as their administrator in August, as they are gearing up for a full slate of events planned for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, NC, Sept. 27 – Oct. 1, 2016.

Randall Hibbitts & Appalachia to Wilson Pickins BG Promotions

Randall HibbittsWilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions proudly announces the addition of Randall Hibbitts and his band, Appalachia to the agency. Randall is widely known as the former bass player for the Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys, leaving just this past February to focus more of his efforts on his own band and pursuing event promotion for the James Wimmer Bristol Bluegrass Spring Fest.

Moonstruck Management & Hope River Entertainment Announce Merger

Moonstruck ManagementJosh Trivett, Owner of Moonstruck Management, and Penni McDaniel, Owner of Hope River Entertainment are proud to announce they are merging the agencies under the Moonstruck Management name. “I am so excited about the merger of Moonstruck Management and Hope River Entertainment on so many levels. Penni McDaniel is a wonderful veteran of the industry in all aspects: Booking, PR, Album & Radio Promotions. With the recent hire of Ben Wilson as Booking Agent, and now adding all of Hope River’s services under the Moonstruck umbrella, this fulfills my original vision. Moonstruck Management will be a full service agency that offers artists an entire gamut of services needed to build or advance their career,” said Trivett.

Levi Austin Makes Major Moves In His Career

Levi AustinNashville, TN -- Levi Austin is making some critical, evolutionary decisions in the direction and growth of his career. We are pleased to announce that he has made the decision to move to Nashville. Levi played his last show with his band Nu-Blu that he had been with for 10 years; it was not an easy decision for him. Levi wishes nothing but the best for his friends in their career. It was a sad moment in his life, but it is time for Levi to take advantage of the multiple career opportunities available to him at this time.

BMI to Challenge 100% Licensing in Federal Court

BMINew York, NY -- ASCAP and BMI, the country's two leading performing rights organizations (PROs) collectively representing more than one million songwriters, composers and music publishers, have joined forces to fight the Department of Justice's (DOJ) recent interpretation of their respective consent decrees and to push for consent decree reform. United in their belief that the DOJ's decision to mandate 100% licensing will cause unnecessary chaos in the marketplace and place unfair financial burdens and creative constraints on songwriters and composers, the two organizations are pursuing a joint campaign: BMI through litigation and ASCAP through legislative reform.

Rounder Artist The Lonely Heartstring Band Sign Endorsement with AirPlay Direct

Deep Waters AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce the signing of The Lonely Heartstring Band to an AirPlay Direct Artist Endorsement Deal. Four of the five band members of The Lonely Heartstring Band met while students at Boston’s Berklee College of Music. They are the winners of the 2015 International Bluegrass Music Association’s Momentum Award, and feature Charles Clements (bass & vocals), George Clements (guitar & lead vocals), Gabe Hirshfeld (banjo), Patrick M’Gonigle (fiddle, vocals), and Matt Witler (mandolin). The Boston-based bluegrass quintet released their debut album Deep Waters June 3 on Rounder Records.

Levi Austin Signs Career Development Deal

Levi AustinAirPlay Direct’s Collective Evolution is pleased and proud to sign Levi Austin to a Career Development Deal with Collective Evolution. Collective Evolution is a boutique, high-end entertainment and media consulting firm. Our clients include recording artists, record labels, record producers, management companies and radio promotion / PR firms. We deliver creative consultative services and customized business solutions to our clients based upon their specific needs and goals.

Ben Wilson Joins Moonstruck Management as Booking Agent

Ben WilsonJohnson City, TN -- Moonstruck Management is proud to announce the addition of Ben Wilson as a new Artist Booking Agent with the agency. “I am very excited about the addition of Ben Wilson to Moonstruck. In the evolution and expansion of a business, it is critical to have the right personnel in place to execute the vision of a business model. Ben has a vast amount of experience being the Executive Director of the famed Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival, both in how to work with artists directly, and also contract negotiations. His genuine personality combined with true passion for the music and business is the perfect mentality. I am excited about the new developments within Moonstruck and the future that lies ahead for our team,” says Owner Josh Trivett.

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