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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.

Jeff Autry Becomes Newest “Cotten-Picker”

Gary Cotten and Jeff AutryGary Cotten, self-taught, Master Luthier from Grayson, Kentucky has handcrafted hundreds of beautiful, full, rich sounding guitars since his start many years ago. He carefully selects the musicians that he would like to own and play one of his instruments before handing over a guitar. Jeff Autry is one of the chosen few.

Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers Announce New Booking Rep

Joe Mullins & The Radio RamblersXenia, Ohio -- Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers are very proud to announce the addition of a new booking agent and team member. Laura Mainer will now be representing the band full-time as well as manage the band's day-to-day office needs.

WAMU Seeks New Owner for Bluegrass Country

Bluegrass CountryWAMU is offering "Bluegrass Country" radio. WAMU made the following announcement on their website yesterday afternoon explaining the situation, and offering the information necessary for potential buyers to use regarding the Request For Proposals and what the sale entails and includes. Here is the formal announcement from WAMU:

Dale Perry Endorses Wilson Custom Banjos

Steve Wilson, proudly announces the endorsement of his latest custom banjo model “The Guardian,” by veteran bluegrass banjo picker, Dale Perry. The two banjo players, Dale with David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition; and Steve, with Wilson Banjo Co., recently ran into each other at the Boxcar Pinion Memorial Bluegrass Festival in Chattanooga, TN., where “The Guardian” custom model landed in the hands of Mr. Perry for the first time. Not long after the test drive, the five string ended up on stage for the David Parmley and Cardinal Tradition’s second set. Dale later had this to say about his new instrument:

Branded Bluegrass Joins Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions Roster

Branded BluegrassBranded Bluegrass is a band from central Indiana with a catalog of music deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass and gospel, with a flair for some contemporary bluegrass, classic country and even a little bit of rock ‘n roll now and then. Audiences are sure to enjoy their diversity, tight harmonies, energetic stage show, and charismatic personalities.

Springer Mountain Farms® 10 Year Sponsor of Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman

Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman 2015Nashville, TN -- Springer Mountain Farms® is proud to continue their 10 year sponsorship of the Ryman Auditorium’s Bluegrass Nights at the Ryman. Since 2006, Springer Mountain Farms® has presented some of the hottest acts in bluegrass music on the historic Ryman stage. This year’s lineup includes Vince Gill, Del & Dawg (Del McCoury & David Grisman), Greensky Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage with Legends of Bluegrass - Jesse McReynolds, Bobby Osborne, & Mac Wiseman, The SteelDrivers, and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Birthplace of Country Music Receives Multiple Honors

Birthplace of Country Music HonorsBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM), parent organization of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum, the Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, and Radio Bristol, took home top honors at the Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's (NETTA) 19th annual Pinnacle Awards, including "Best of Show" for BCM's interactive remote exhibit at the Bristol, Virginia Welcome Center. BCM received two Pinnacle Awards for its public relations and advertising campaigns surrounding the CD release of Orthphonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisited, an award was given for the organization's website, and one for the economic impact of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, which is estimated to add more than $16 million in tax revenue for Bristol and the surrounding region.

Ace Hotel and Martin Guitar Support Artists and Communities

Ace Hotel & Martin Guitars New York, NY -- Ace Hotel and Martin Guitar have been friends and partners for a half-decade now, cultivating a collaboration that's deeply rooted in a shared passion for music and the desire to support those who make it. In 2016, Martin and Ace Hotel will evolve their partnership from in-room strumming and 5 at 5 into a two-part initiative that centers around public outreach and an openhanded support towards musicians.

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