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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!

IBMA Announces 2014 Leadership Bluegrass Class

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the Leadership Bluegrass class of 2014. Leadership Bluegrass is an intensive, three-day program focused on interactive learning and networking experiences that invite participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing the bluegrass music industry, along with leadership development issues. This will be the 15th year of Leadership Bluegrass, which now boasts over 350 alumni.

Detour Bluegrass Band Signs with Mountain Fever Reccords

Detour Joins Mountain FeverWillis, VA -- Virginia based Mountain Fever Records kicks off 2014 in a big way with the signing of popular contemporary bluegrass band Detour. The Michigan-based band is well-known for their tight focused harmonies, precision instrumentals, and creative melodies that take listeners down a unique bluegrass road. The band’s first single, “Too Blue To Have the Blues,” written by Jeff Rose and Terry Herd, is scheduled to hit radio in February.

Becky Buller Signs With Dark Shadow Recording

Becky BullerJoelton, TN -- Dark Shadow Recording announces Becky Buller as the latest signed artist on the label. Featuring a host of Bluegrass super-pickers and all-star vocalists, her twelve-song album will feature eleven original compositions. Buller’s first solo project in ten years is already underway, with Producer/Engineer Stephen Mougin (Sam Bush Band, Nedski & Mojo) at the helm.

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.

Luthier Built Offers More Services for the Musician

LuthierBuilt.netLuthierBuilt™ (https://luthierbuilt.net) is public venue where musicians and others can easily find and connect with the musical instrument and allied professionals who meet their needs. The new LuthierBuilt is up and running. LuthierBuilt is looking for musical instrument artisans who want to broaden their marketing reach, and of course the site is a resource for serious and aspiring musicians.

Dalton WoodSongs Coffeehouse Gets New Director

Paul Byrum Paul Byrum, the director of the WoodSongs Dalton Chapter since 2009 has announed that he will be leaving. During his time there, the Dalton WoodSongs Coffeehouse has been a major force in charitable bluegrass activity. From the ever popular Bluegrass Bands Helping Hands program and albums to support those impacted by the economic down turn to the concert series benefitting the Providence Ministries Rescue Mission and more, Paul has taken the Dalton WoodSongs Coffeehouse to new and greater heights. Tom Brown will assume the director responsibilities beginning in January 2014.

Smoky Mountain Banjo Academy Merges with Five-String Festival

Five-String FestivalWhen Five-String Fest announced that they would be having one of the largest banjo gatherings in the country on May 1st -4th of 2014, they were informed that one of the best banjo academies was the same weekend. What started has an overlook in schedule has turned out to be the best thing that could have possibly happen. Five-String Fest was trying to find a perfect time to have their festival, and settled on the first week in May, hoping to keep some of the Merlefest attendees to stay an extra week in the North Carolina area. The conflict in schedule was brought to attention by Jack Hatfield, SMBA director, when he contacted John Lockaby, FSF Operations Director. The Five-String Fest was making plans on having workshops, so the contact turned out to be exactly what was needed for the FSF. The negotiations started between the two organizations and a plan has been set in place.

Ronnie Reno and Rural Rhythm Records Join Forces

Reno's Old Time MusicNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce a much larger association with entertainer Ronnie Reno that will involve music and video production development and marketing and distribution. Rural Rhythm president Sam Passamano and Ronnie Reno have been good friends for years and in 2010 their friendship developed into music distribution for Reno’s “Reno & Smiley – 1963” and “Mac Wiseman – 1971” CD titles.

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2013 Attendance Up a Whopping 10%

Bristol Rhythm & Roots ReunionBristol, TN/VA -- Despite getting .6 inches of rain on the music festival's biggest day, Birthplace of Country Music®, the parent organization of Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, reports a 10% increase in attendance from their 2012 event. More than 55,000 visitors, artists, vendors, and volunteers converged onto Historic Downtown Bristol, VA/TN for the annual, three-day festival. Visitors from 45 states and 4 foreign countries were represented. Folks from as far away as the U.K., Scotland, Australia, the Middle East, and South America watched the event's live stream from their computers.

Bluegrass for Hospice Event Raises Over $29,000

Larry SparksGreat Mills, MD -- Jay Armsworthy, promoter and creater for Bluegrass for Hospice writes about the big success for this year's event. "On Saturday October 26, 2013 was the 5th year for the Bluegrass for Hospice. It’s a one day Bluegrass music event where all proceeds went toward the Hospice House. The event took in $29,181.68 this year. In 5 years, Bluegrass for Hospice has raised $97,315.00 for the Hospice House. This finally makes this event one of the biggest fundraisers for the Hospice of St. Mary’s."

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."

ASCAP Celebrates Centennial Anniversary

ASCAP 100 AnniversaryASCAP hits its 100-year milestone on February 13th, 2014. For an entire century, the leading US performing rights organization has made it possible for American songwriters, composers and music publishers, who create the music the world loves, to thrive alongside the businesses that use their work. As it approaches its birthday, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is celebrating its 100-year history — and looking ahead to its future — by launching its 100 Years, 100 Days campaign and website today, on November 5th.

Raleigh's World of Bluegrass a Huge Success for IBMA

World of Bluegrass 2013The World of Bluegrass trade show, conference, awards show and Wide Open Bluegrass festival of the IBMA was held for the first time in Raleigh, North Carolina. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) reports that the event generated $10 million in direct visitor spending and and %4 million more in media value. In addition, the cumulative attendance for the week was around 150,000 including the 140,000 for the festival, 2,259 for the awards show and the 4,635 for the business conference. No matter how you cut it, this represents a huge success for the inaugural Raleigh event.

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