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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.

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.

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