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The Hillbenders Ink Artist Endorsement Deal With AirPlay Direct

The HillbendersAirPlay Direct recently announced the launch of their new V.I.P. Endorsement / Professional Development Initiative. This strategic program was developed to grant specific endorsement opportunities, and professional services / resources to worthy artists, radio programmers and music industry professionals globally. AirPlay Direct’s consulting division, Collective Evolution, has developed and will now manage these new programs for AirPlay Direct.

Rhonda Vincent's "Christmas Time" Debuts at #2 on Billboard

Rhonda Vincent - Christmas TimeNashville, TN -- It may only be November, but Christmas Time is upon us, as Rhonda Vincent's latest album debuts at No. 2 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums chart. The star-studded project features vocal collaborations with The Oak Ridge Boys, Willie Nelson, Charlie Daniels, Bill Anderson, Dolly Parton, Ronnie Milsap, Gene Watson, Lorrie Morgan, and more (see track listing below). Christmas Time is available now at digital retailers and wherever music is sold.

The Cox Family Album Debuts #1 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart

Gone Like the CottonThe GRAMMY®-winning The Cox Family’s long-awaited new album Gone Like the Cotton, 17 years in the making, has debuted on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart at #1. The album, their first since 1996’s acclaimed Just When We’re Thinking It’s Over, has been exceptionally well received by critics.

Mountain Faith's "That Which Matters" Debuts at #1 on Billboard

That Which MattersWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records is proud to announce the new album, That Which Matters, from Mountain Faith has reached #1 on Billboard's Top 15 Bluegrass Albums! That Which Matters was released October 16th to a vast audience including bluegrass, gospel and pop music fans, thanks in large part to the attention Mountain Faith gained earlier this year through regular appearances as contestants on NBC television's popular show, America's Got Talent.

Donna Ulisse's "Hard Cry Moon" #1 on Roots Music Report

Donna Ulisse - Hard Cry MoonBluegrass singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse was elated to learn that her new album Hard Cry Moon, produced by guitarist Bryan Sutton, is #3 in the Euro Americana chart for the month of October and also took an impressive jump from #50 to #1 in two weeks in the Roots Music Report chart. The album was just released on September 25, 2015.

Mipso's "Old Time Reverie" Debuts at #1 on Billboard's Bluegrass Charts

Mipso - Old Time ReverieNashville, TN -- Following its first week of release, Old Time Reverie – the new album from acclaimed stringband modernists Mipso – has debuted at the coveted #1 spot on Billboard magazine's Bluegrass Chart. The album also charted at #20 on the venerable publication's Folk Chart and #23 on their Heatseekers Chart, which tracks new and developing artists.

Ron Block’s "Hogan’s House of Music" Debuts at #2 on Bluegrass Sales Charts

Ron Block - Hogan's House of MusicNashville, TN -- It’s been a good week for banjo and guitar aficionado Ron Block. Hogan’s House of Music, his first solo instrumental LP, debuted in the #2 slot on the bluegrass sales chart, missing the top spot by just four units.

Trinity River Band Getting Lots of Chart Action with Heartstrings

 Heartstrings Callahan, FL -- Trinity River Band is celebrating their hit Heartstrings album that has earned sterling media reviews and global airplay since its release. The album has garnered extensive radio airplay with five impressive tracks appearing on the Bluegrass Today Top 20 chart including the most recent “How Blue,” with lead vocals by two-time IBMA Momentum Vocalist Nominee Sarah Harris, and “Rusty Old American Dream” with sibling Joshua Harris singing the lead.

Gibson Brothers Set #1 On Bluegrass Unlimited Album Chart Record

 BrotherhoodNashville, TN -- Beloved bluegrass group the Gibson Brothers is celebrating a previously unprecedented feat: with the ascent of their album Brotherhood to the number one spot on Bluegrass Unlimited’s album chart, they become the first band in the chart’s history to reach the top spot over eight consecutive albums.

Dale Ann Bradley's “Pocket Full of Keys” Tops Roots Music Report Chart

Pocket Full of KeysDale Ann Bradley’s album, “Pocket Full of Keys,” tops Roots Music Report’s Bluegrass Chart the week of August 6. It is her first album with Pinecastle Records after re-joining the label last year. Bradley is also the cover artist in this month’s “Bluegrass Unlimited” magazine The story, written by Bill Conger, includes the singer talking about who inspired her to produce this album and writing and choosing songs for the CD. She also discusses her love for all genres of music, and the fact that she grew up in a church that didn’t allow music. That didn’t deter the Female Vocalist of the Year (for both the international Bluegrass Music Association and Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music for America) from loving music and pursuing it as a career!

Twilight Years are Highlight Years -- Ronnie Reno Scores Top-Ten at Billboard

 Lower Than LonesomeNashville, TN -- At age 67, "Bluegrass Music's Youngest Old-Timer," Ronnie Reno, has turned his twilight years into highlight years. Lessons Learned (his first release in over a decade and his debut album with Rural Rhythm Records) sits at #10 on the Billboard Bluegrass chart this week. This is not Reno's only appearance in this week's top ten. He also lent his talent to two additional albums, Country Grass by ?Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road and Brotherhood by the Gibson Brothers.

“Country Grass” Debuts at #6 on Billboard Bluegrass Chart

Country GrassLorraine Jordan & Carolina Road have debuted at #6 on the Billboard Bluegrass Albums Chart with their latest Pinecastle Records release, Country Grass. In addition, their single, "Runnin' Water," has debuted on Bluegrass Unlimited's National Survey at #25. For Country Grass the bluegrass chart-toppers have teamed with some of the biggest country artists of all-time, including Crystal Gayle, Lee Greenwood, Jim Ed Brown, Lynn Anderson, The Kentucky Headhunters, T.G. Sheppard, Eddy Raven, and John Conlee, to give country classics a new, unique, bluegrass twist. In addition, joining the impressive line-up is country singers Kelly Lang and Jesse Keith Whitley, along with bluegrass favorites Marty Raybon and Ronnie Reno.

The SteelDrivers’ “The Muscle Shoals Recordings” Debuts at #1

 The Music Shoals RecordingsNashville, TN -- Three-time Grammy nominees The SteelDrivers have cause to celebrate: their new album, The Muscle Shoals Recordings, which was released to great acclaim on June 16 via Rounder Records, has debuted at #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart. The album, which landed at #5 on the Top New Artist Albums Chart, and #125 on the Top Current Albums Chart, achieved the highest first-week sales in the band’s history.

“Tried & True” Music puts The Spinney Brothers on the Charts!

 Tried & TrueThe Spinney Brothers have been overwhelmed by the support from all the radio programmers and fans of their latest music on Mountain Fever Records, Tried & True! The album comes in at #3 on BU's Top 15 Albums chart and continues to be on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction's Most Played Albums chart coming in this month at #13. And we couldn't be more excited to have TWO songs on BU's Top 30 Songs chart; "My Music Comes From Bill" at #7 and "Gonna Catch A Train" at #8!

Lonesome River Band Announces a New Member, #1 Chart Song and “Lila Mae” TV Debut

Lonesome River BandNashville, TN -- Lonesome River Band has a plethora of good news to kick off the summer including their new band member Jesse Smathers, a #1 chart song and the TV debut for their “Lila Mae” music video.


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