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The Rise in Popularity of the Banjo

Shackleton BanjoThere was a time when the banjo was reserved for country and bluegrass musicians but the popularity of the instrument is growing, with more and more people picking up a banjo for its beautiful sound, accessibility and versatility. The Great British Banjo Company are happy to be at the forefront of the banjo resurgence in the UK.

Lynda Weingartz Appointed as New CEO of AirPlay Direct

Lynda WeingartzAirPlay Direct, the global leader in digital delivery to radio, is pleased to announce the appointment of Lynda Weingartz to the post of CEO of AirPlay Direct. Since Lynda came onboard in early 2011, she has been instrumental in helping to advance the marketplace position of AirPlay Direct, grow revenues and increase the financial stability of the company. Lynda has effectively negotiated and launched pivotal partnerships for AirPlay Direct with companies such as the Hard Rock Café, the IBMA and record labels / artists around the world.

Dailey & Vincent get New Bus Wrap

Dailey & Vincent Bus WrapThe award winning bluegrass duo, Dailey & Vincent, got all wrapped up in their bus. Or, better, their bus got a new wrap for their sponsors and the band. The group just shared on Facebook the first pictures of the new bus wrap that's been added to their bus, The Mark. They said, "We are honored and thankful to be teamed up with our wonderful friends at Springer Mountain Farms Chicken! We also want to thank our Lord and Savior who for some reason continues to bless us when we aren't worthy. But make no mistake, we are humbled and thankful. Look for us at a show or on a road near you!

Bluegrass Circle Promotions Announces National Promoters Alliance

Bluegrass Circle Promotions, Inc.Raleigh, North Carolina: Five prominent business people have forged an alliance to co-promote several bluegrass festivals in the Southeastern United States. Cory Hemilright, Lorraine Jordan, John Locust, Don Mitchell and Tim White recently formed the group and will serve as the officers of the organization. Bluegrass Circle Promotions will manage several events including Bluegrass Christmas In the Smokies, Shiners in the Smokies Festival, The Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival, Bluegrass in Cherokee and the newly created, Song of the Mountains Bluegrass Festival.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper - Nathan Livers Gets a Haircut

Nathan Livers Hair CutCharlestown, IN -- Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are pleased to announce they have exceeded their goal of 5000 Facebook Fans as a result of their "Locks For Likes" contest. The band launched the contest in 2013 with the promise of a special Flamekeeper Prize Package to one lucky winner, and a haircut for Flamekeeper mandolin player, Nathan Livers, who would donate his hair to Locks of Love, a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada under age 21 suffering from long-term medical hair loss from any diagnosis.

Steve Dilling's Next Bluegrass Chapter with Jordan Entertainment

Steve Dilling. Photo by Ted LehmannGarner, NC -- Accomplished banjoist and long-time emcee of IIIrd Tyme Out, Steve Dilling, has joined Jordan Entertainment. Dilling will serve as manager of Jordan Entertainment and agent for Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road. His main duties will include booking the band and hiring entertainment for Christmas in the Smokies and Bluegrass in Cherokee festivals as well as the company's latest venture, a coffeehouse / music venue that will host a bluegrass concert series on Thursday nights and national acts on the weekend. Personally, Dilling will also continue to play with the band Sideline and teach.

So Much MOORE Media Celebrates 25th Year

Martha MooreNashville, TN -- Martha E. Moore is celebrating her 25th year as head of her independent, boutique public relations firm, so much MOORE media. Moore opened the doors of so much MOORE media in November 1988, and it's a name that Jo Walker-Meador (former Executive Director, CMA) believes fits her perfectly. Meador reflects, "I watched Martha fine tune her knowledge of both national and international press as she established her own company. It is apparent that Martha has always gone above and beyond in applying her knowledge and expertise for her clients."

Richard Bennett & Wyatt Rice Sign with Rock House Entertainment

Richard Bennett and Wyatt RiceRichard Bennett and Wyatt Rice have teamed up to hit the road with two guitars, a bass and Richard’s timeless vocals. This guitar duo is two of the most well known and respected guitarist in the industry. Richard is most known for his time with bluegrass music legends J.D. Crowe & The New South where he spent several years, but since that time has performed with several of the industry's biggest bluegrass artists such as Terry Baucum, Lou Reid, Tony Rice, Bobby Osborne, Vasser Clements, Kenny Baker, and The Bluegrass Album Band just to name a few! Richard is currently working on a new album which will release in early 2014 on Lonesome Day Records and will feature the talents of Adam Steffey, Mark Schatz, Ron Stewart, and Legendary Guitarist Tony Rice!

Birthplace of Country Music Reveals Symbolism Within the Sign

Clay Prewitt Sings StatelineBristol, TN/VA -- /BCM/ Birthplace of Country Music® held a press conference Friday afternoon to reveal more than the newly fastened sign at the entrance of Birthplace of Country Music® Museum. BCM representatives exposed the special meaning residing within the structure. It was impossible to hide the rather large, aluminum sign being hoisted to the second story of the museum this week. In fact, passersby and shutterbugs were quick to notice the impressive piece almost as soon as it went up. alt=

Bluegrass Artist Steve Gulley Signs Long-Term Deal with Rural Rhythm

Sam Passamano and Steve GulleyNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce it has signed a long-term recording and production agreement with Steve Gulley. The first album will be a gospel album titled Family,Friends & Fellowship, and is scheduled to be released in the first quarter of 2014. Guest artists on the album include; Ricky Skaggs, Doyle Lawson, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Joe Mullins, Tim Surrett, Phil Leadbetter, Les Butler, Mark Wheeler, Don Gulley, Debbie Gulley, Brad Gulley and more. Steve says, “I have felt the need to record an all-gospel project for a long time now. I have always looked at my music as a ministry and an extension of my faith so I’m so excited to finally have the chance to see this come to fruition in the making of Family,Friends & Fellowship.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 Connects with BVU & BTES

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 13th PosterBristol, TN/VA Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion announced a special partnership with BVU Authority (Bristol, VA Utilities) and BTES (Bristol, TN Esseutial Services) at today’s press conference. This partnership includes providing improved digital connectivity for 2013 festival goers. BVU and BTES have volunteered to connect a total of eight stages, split between the two states, for live public video streaming by ETSU Online and Heritage TV during the three-day event. Some live footage will be recorded by Heritage TV, BVU’s local access channel, and will also be aired after the festival on OptiNet channel 3.

American Drive Welcomes Artie Werner as New Booking Rep

American DriveSeasoned bluegrass music artists American Drive are proud to announce that Artie Werner will take over as the new booking and promotional representative for the group. the band includes group members of J.D. Crowe & The New South who are carrying on now that J.D. Crowe has announced his retirement. The band includes the talents of: Rickey Wasson (Lead/harmony Vocals, Guitar), Dwight McCall (Lead/Harmony Vocals, Mandolin), Matt DeSpain (Resonator Guitar) and Kyle Perkins (Bass) all from The New South who are joined by Josh Hymer (Banjo).

IBMA Kicks Off “Practice Random Acts of Bluegrass” Campaign

Practice Random Acts of BluegrassNashville, Tenn. (September 11, 2013) — For those looking to show their love of bluegrass music in connection with the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass event in Raleigh, NC, September 24-28, the answer is simple: practice random acts of bluegrass, document it, and share it with the world. Then, maybe brag about it a little with a specially-created sticker (shown).

Marion’s Musical Heritage Mural Canvas Unveiled

Mayor David Helms speaks about Marion, Virginia's musical heritage at unveiling as Tim White looks onMarion, VA -- The Town of Marion, in partnership with Virginia Sweetwater Moonshine Distillery, The Lincoln Theatre, “Song of the Mountains," and the Wayne C. Henderson School of Appalachian Arts, unveiled “Marion’s Musical Heritage Mural” canvas on Thursday, September 5th on stage at the historic Lincoln Theatre in downtown Marion, Virginia. The unusual-shaped canvas measures approximately two and a half feet by eight feet, and is scaled proportionate to the Virginia Sweetwater Distillery Building’s western wall in the heart of historic downtown Marion where the design will be painted on the structure in the summer of 2014.

Shannon & Heather Slaughter Hit Media with Latest Album

Shannon and Heather Slaughter & County ClareShannon and Heather Slaughter & County Clare are celebrating great success with their new album One More Road that includes a new hit single. Today, music fans can learn more about the new project when Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction Channel 61 hosted by Kyle Cantrell will feature a Track by Track with Shannon. The show debuts Wednesday, August 14 at 11 AM and will re-air Thursday (8/15) from 9-10 PM, Saturday (8/17) from 8-9 AM, and Sunday (8/18) from 11 AM - 12 PM (EDT).

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