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Music City Roots Will Move To Factory At Franklin In July

Music City RootsAfter nearly five years of memorable shows at the Loveless Cafe Barn, Music City Roots is making plans to move, at the start of its Summer 2014 season on July 9, to the historic Factory At Franklin, six blocks from the square in Franklin, Tennessee.

Lonesome River Band Joins Mountain Home Music

LRB with Mountain HomeCarrying the tradition into 2014, Bluegrass powerhouse The Lonesome River Band has just signed an exclusive recording agreement with North Carolina-based label Mountain Home Music Company.

Country Artists Invest in Custom Guitar Straps

Instrument Straps/CMA/ By Jeff Walter
A guitar strap is more than a means to support a piece of musical equipment. It’s also a canvas for personal expression and for helping audiences see exactly who you are.

Blue Ridge Music Center Welcomes Director

Richard EmmettAsheville, NC -- The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation announces the appointment of Richard Emmett as Director of Music Programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, a major attraction on the Blue Ridge Parkway. The Music Center works with both the Blue Ridge Music Trails of North Carolina and Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail - The Crooked Road as it sits on the states’ boundary line and shares a mission with both organizations to boost travel tourism around traditional music. Open late May through October, the Music Center welcomes tens of thousands of visitors each year to traditional music concerts, The Roots of American Music Museum, and lectures, demonstrations, and workshops. The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation is the non-profit partner of the National Park Service that oversees programming at the Blue Ridge Music Center, a former role of the National Council for Traditional Arts.

Mountain Fever Records Signs Breaking Grass to Label

Breaking GrassWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever Records continues to build a stellar roster of artists, expanding the label with top of the line performers including the signing of highly acclaimed Mississippi favorites, Breaking Grass. Mountain Fever will release the band's first single on the label, written by guitarist Cody Farrar, in April with a full album of all original music to follow sometime in early summer. This will be the third CD from the band in three years.

Shweiki Media Printing Co. to Sponsor of Old Settler's Music Festival

27th Old Settlers Music FestivalAustin, TX -- Shweiki Media Printing Company is pleased to announce that they will be serving as sponsors for the 27th annual Old Settler's Music Festival and showing their support by taking care of the printing needs for the four-day Texas Hill Country event.

Rhonda Vincent to Continue Martha White Partnership

Rhonda Vincent & the RageNashville, TN -- Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, the most awarded band in bluegrass music history, will be hitting the road in the newly wrapped Martha White Bluegrass Express tour bus. Rhonda, who has served as spokeswoman for the legendary flour company for 13 years, continues her partnership into 2014.

Orange Blossom Records Signs Trinity River Band

Trinity River BandNashville, TN -- Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed Trinity River Band to the label and are celebrating with a new single release today. “Better Than Blue” is now available to radio stations worldwide at AirPlay Direct and for digital purchase at iTunes, Amazon, Trinity River Band and more sites.

Blue Moon Rising Signs with Class Act Entertainment for Bookings

Blue Moon RisingKnoxville, TN -- Blue Moon Rising is very proud to announce they have signed with Class Act Entertainment - a full service booking agency representing premier performing artists since 1993. The band is also proud to announce a brand new website at bluemoonrisingband.com - designed by Harold Nixon. Blue Moon Rising includes the talents of Chris West (Lead Vocals and Guitar); Brandon Bostic (Dobro & Guitar); David Mowell (Tenor Vocals and Mandolin), Rusty Ferrell (Banjo), and Travis Anderson (Bass.)

From Boston to Nashville, Rounder Makes the Move

Rounder RecordsNashville, TN -- Rounder Records, a division of leading independent music company Concord Music Group, today announced the completion of the company's relocation from its longtime base of Boston, Massachusetts to its new home in Nashville, Tennessee. The region's vibrant creative community and dynamic business environment offer Rounder an enormous opportunity to build on its legacy as one of America's most revered music labels. Located in The Gulch, Nashville's popular shopping and entertainment district, Rounder's new headquarters (1209 Pine Street, Suite 100, Nashville, TN 37203) is centered in the heart of the city's thriving metropolitan core.

Grammy Win Means Music Lab Upgrades for Students & Community

Music LabRoanoke, VA -- Thanks to a historic Grammy win, Jefferson Center Foundation's Music Lab program continues to receive positive attention and forward momentum from around the world and right here at home. In March 2013, Snarky Puppy and Lalah Hathaway made Roanoke history by recording a live performance on Jefferson Center's Shaftman Performance Hall stage, leading to a Grammy win for Best R&B Performance. The performance was just one of nearly a dozen incredible songs found on Snarky Puppy's Family Dinner Volume 1 album, filmed and recorded live at Jefferson Center and benefitting the Foundation's Music Lab program with every purchase made. Music Lab is welcoming a new staff member in sound engineer Nick Corrigan. Corrigan will serve as the go to sound engineer in Music Lab's Roanoke location, joining Music Lab Floyd's sound engineer Joseph "Joebass" DeJarnette.

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.

Performance Rights vs Radio Freedom – Who’s a Musician to Believe?

James ReamsJBy Special Guest Contributor, Bluegrass recording artist James Reams
Digging through political doublespeak on the Internet is worse than having a dentist digging around in my mouth. It was like trying to swim in quicksand. I kept getting sucked in…deeper and deeper with each click of the mouse. And the articles weren’t short ones either, many had clickable references to other pertinent articles and off I would go, down another rabbit hole leaving behind a whole trail of Internet cookie crumbs. Okay, I think I mixed up a whole batch of metaphors there, but you get the idea. To say I was confounded would be putting it mildly. But I thought that as a musician, I should be informed about potential legislation that could affect my bank statement.

"The Bluegrass Album" Best Selling Bluegrass Album for Four Months

Alan JacksonNashville, TN -- Country music superstar Alan Jackson’s first bluegrass album –The Bluegrass Album – has been the bestselling bluegrass album for four months, since its release on Sept. 24, 2013, as it continues at the top of Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Sales Chart.

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