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Introducing a New Depot for Bluegrass Music

R&R ProductionsBluegrass music is no longer under-represented in the Phoenix metro area! In 2014, R&R Productions was formed by two long-time bluegrass devotees, James Reams and Ned Robbins, to promote all things bluegrass in the central desert. “It was heartbreaking to see opportunities like concerts, films, and other events bypass Arizona completely on their way to or from the west coast,” lamented James Reams. “Ned and I put our heads together and pooled our resources with the goal of making Phoenix an oasis for bluegrass artists and a leader in innovative opportunities for bluegrass-related events.”

Too Late Press Releases are Becoming Common

 YesterdayI don't know if this is a new trend in promotion and publicity or not but, in the past couple of months, I've received over a dozen press releases for events occurring in just a few hours. In one case, the event was a three day event that began two days earlier. I can't believe that just in the past couple of months that nobody knows their client artists are going to be on television until five minutes before showtime. I can't believe nobody knows their client artist will be performing at a festival until they have already been on stage and are already headed for their next gig. This, however, seems to be the latest fad in PR.

Beyond the Recognition: The Effect of Awards on Music Careers

Pictured at an IBMA Awards after-party are Mickey Gamble (left), president of Crossroads/Mountain Home Music Company of Arden NC, and Tim Surrett of the multi-award winning band Balsam Range. Surrett is the original founder of the Mountain Home label.Nashville, TN --- Artists on the Mountain Home Music Company label garnered the greatest number of nominations of any record label in the recent 2014 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards. When the awards were handed out, Mountain Home artists walked away with six impressive honors.

Chris Jones & The Night Drivers Join Mountain Home Music

Chris Jones & the Night DriversRaleigh, NC -- Mountain Home Music Company has signed a long-term exclusive recording agreement with Chris Jones & the Night Drivers. The band will head into the studio soon to work on an anticipated second-quarter 2015 release.

Mountain Home Music Company Launches New Website

Mountain Home Music CompanyNashville, TN -- With two recent Grammy®-Nominated albums, and twenty-two nominations in next week’s International Bluegrass Music Association awards, leading Bluegrass label Mountain Home has launched a new website, http://MountainHomeMusicCompany.com, to serve as an informational hub about their roster of multi-award-winning artists.

Darin & Brooke Aldridge Sign with Buddy Lee Attractions

Darin & Brooke Aldridge sign with Buddy Lee Attr.Nashville, TN -- Mountain Home Music recording artists, Darin & Brooke Aldridge are excited to announce that they have signed with Buddy Lee Attractions (BLA). Buddy Lee Attractions’s recent expansion of the agency representation to encompass Bluegrass performing artists has opened the doors for artists like Darin & Brooke Aldridge.

AirPlay Direct Co-Sponsors IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference

AirPlay Direct + IBMAAirPlay Direct is pleased to announce our on-going partnership with the IBMA, and our “Co-Sponsorship” of the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference, as well as the IBMA Momentum Awards. The IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global Bluegrass music community.

Nu-Blu Goes All The Way to New York for New Album Promotion

All The WayNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu is set to take their contemporary style of bluegrass with an influential sound of country to New York City in an effort to promote their new album, All the Way, which becomes available tomorrow, September 16. Nu-Blu will be joined by Rock and Roll Hall of Fame member Sam Moore, as they pay tribute to the late George Jones while performing "Jesus and Jones," on Imus in the Morning this Friday, September 19 and on Fox News Channel's Huckabee this Saturday, September 20 and Sunday, September 21. Nu-Blu will perform "A Little Good News," on The Better Show airing on September 24.

Roe Entertainment Welcomes Becky Buller

Becky Buller. Photo by Glenn SweitzerMaryville, TN -- Jim Roe of Roe Entertainment is pleased to announce the addition of singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Becky Buller to his roster of award-winning artists. Originally from St. James, Minnesota, Becky Buller has traipsed the world over performing Bluegrass, Americana and Roots music to the delight of her many fans.

Dr. Ralph Stanley Signs With Vector Management

Dr. Ralph StanleyNashville, TN -- Musical titan Dr. Ralph Stanley has signed to Vector Management for career management, joining a roster that includes some of the most iconic musicians, chefs and public figures in the world. Ken Levitan, Vector co-president and founder, welcomes Dr. Stanley saying, “We are honored to be working with such a legendary, prolific artist. He is truly a musical treasure of this generation.”

Renfro Valley Barn Dance Celebrates 75th Anniversary

Ronnie Reno joins Renfro Valley Entertainment Center to celebrate 75 years of the Renfro Valley Barn DanceNashville, TN -- Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in beautiful Renfro Valley, KY proudly known as "Kentucky's Country Music Capital” is celebrating its 75th year anniversary. Inside the lusciously green walls of this Valley you will find a music tradition that started back in 1939 by the founder John Lair. Great classic country, southern gospel, and mountain bluegrass music rings from the rafters and is “Still Going Strong” at two theaters to this very day. Many artists began their career or called the Renfro Valley Barn Dance their home over the years such as Red Foley, John Lair, Coon Creek Girls, Old Joe Clark, Pete Stamper, Homer & Jethro, Dale Ann Bradley, Steve Gulley, Troy Gentry (Montgomery Gentry) and more.

Fun with Flatt Lonesome: The Making of "Too"

Flatt Lonesome: TooNashville, TN --- The members of Flatt Lonesome are bound by blood, faith, marriage and years of friendship. It is a familiarity and camaraderie that is evident in their tight harmonies, stellar musicianship and collaborative showmanship. It's also evident that these six artists genuinely enjoy one another's company.

Junior Sisk Partners with Chantilly Farm

Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceJunior Sisk & Ramblers Choice is excited to announce the beginning of a new partnership with Chantilly Farm, a special events venue and campground in Floyd County, Virginia and home of the well-known Chantilly Farm Bluegrass & BBQ Festival. Calling Sisk “one of the most prominent rising stars in traditional bluegrass music,” Chantilly Farm lead promoter Jason Gallimore says that the venue’s entire team is excited about the partnership. “We believe this partnership will bring a whole new level of interest in what we are doing here at Chantilly Farm,” he says.

Some Tips for Do-It-Yourself Promoters

Cybergrass LearningYour band has put together a new album and its ready for release. Many artists try and do some of their own promotion so they send out a press release on the new project in the hope that it will get enough coverage too jump start sales and get the project into the public's view. Some bands can do this and others seem to fall flat. I receive all kinds of band announcements every week and there is certainly a difference between those from artist management and those home-rolled.

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out - New Site and Schedule

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Russell Moore asks, "Have you seen our website lately? It's had a bit of an overhaul with new photos and a new look. Check it out at www.IIIrdTymeOut.com!" The new site features new images, music samples, and is a great update for 2014. Always charging forward, creative and entertaining, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have a new image on the web for fans to keep track of what the band is up to and where they'll be performing.

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