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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.

IBMA's Leadership Bluegrass Application Deadline Nov 15

 Sheila Selby, Kristi Wilcox, Susie Glaze, Katherine Coe, Jordan Laney, Kayla Hotte.Nashville, TN -- /IBMA/ Time is running out to apply for Leadership Bluegrass 2014! Held March 20-22, 2014 at BMI, and the law firm of Bone, McAllester and Norton in Nashville, Tennessee, Leadership Bluegrass is a three-day, intense, unique opportunity for industry leaders looking to explore bluegrass in the larger world of entertainment. Seminars with top insiders, networking opportunities, and critical thinking sessions are part of the program, and more.

Vinyl Revival Continues As LP Sales Reach Highest Level In More Than A Decade

Record BuyersAnnual sales of vinyl LPs have crossed the half a million mark for the first time in more than a decade, revealed a BPI analysis of Official Charts Company data released today. Releases from Daft Punk, Arctic Monkeys and David Bowie have helped push the popularity of the format to renewed heights this year. Almost 550,000 LPs have been snapped up by music fans so far in 2013, already giving vinyl its most successful year since 2003.

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=

Rounder Records Relocating Main Offices to Nashville Area

Rounder RecordsThe little label that could and did and became the biggest and best indie label, especially for bluegrass music, is relocating their offices to Nashville, Tennessee. Rounder is now a subsidiary of the Concord Music Group and was based in Boston, Massachusetts. It was 43 years ago (October 22, 1970) that three unique individual college students came together to create something wonderful. Ken Irwin, Bill Nowlin and Marian Leighton-Levy created what became the premiere indie lable that covers a broad realm of musical styles. What started as an Americana or roots label has evolved into one of the most important independent labels in music today.

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