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Scott Napier Joins Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music Faculty

Scott Napier and Dean OsborneScott Napier of Clay City and a Hazard native is the newest faculty member of HCTC’s Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music (KSBTM) where he will provide instrumental instruction, primarily mandolin and guitar, as well as music composition.

Cybergrass Celebrates 22 Years on the Web September 9th

Cybergrass 22 YearsCybergrass is celebrating another year of bluegrass music on the Internet. Wow! What a ride its been. We have gone through five iterations, four domain names and we're still here. What started out as just a research project almost a quarter century ago has evolved into the world's oldest bluegrass music web site which, is also the world's oldest music site of any genre. Cybergrass was born 22 years ago when the web was in its fetal infancy. There were no tools and everything was alpha release source code. The web was dark and void and the Internet was still just a research project -- the Research Internet. Bob Cherry, working with electronic documentation at Xerox got his hands on some very early code and managed to put it together with minimal documentation. On September 9, 1992, he posted about 50 songs from the Digital Tradition files on a Xerox PARC web server with a simple HTML index. HTML was all coded by hand in those days. That was the beginning of what has evolved into a premier bluegrass music site on the web.

New Members to Join IBMA Board in October 2014

Joe MullinsNashville, TN -- Congratulations to the following IBMA members who will take their seats on the IBMA Board of Directors in October, 2014: Joe Mullins, in the Artists, Composers & Publishers category; David Smith, Broadcasters; and John Goad, serving the Print, Media & Education constituencies. All three board reps have been elected by their constituents to a three-year term.

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.”

The Roys Sign Booking Agreement With Buddy Lee Attractions

The Roys Sign with Buddy Lee AttractionsNashville, TN -- The Roys have signed an exclusive booking agreement with Buddy Lee Attractions for worldwide representation. The deal was solidified yesterday in advance of the award-winning Bluegrass/Country duo's September 2 CD release, The View, on Rural Rhythm Records.

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.

Rebel Records Releases Their Catalog to Global Radio

Rebel Records and AirPlay DirectThe AirPlay Direct team is excited to be partnering with Rebel Records to exclusively release their incredible and extensive catalog to global radio.

Becky Buller Breaks Out On Her Own

Becky BullerJoelton, TN -- Award-winning bluegrass fiddler, songwriter, and singer Becky Buller has announced she is currently booking dates for 2015 under a new four-piece band format. Buller will be fronting her own band with the finer details to be announced in the coming weeks.

Which Way Did They Go? Bluegrass at the Crossroads

James ReamsBy Guest Columnist James Reams
It’s hard to watch the Country Music Awards and not wonder why the IBMA Awards are largely ignored by the music industry. What has country got that we haven’t? Our songs feature longing, lost love, hard work, history, and yes, even crying in your beer. Our musicians are just as talented, perhaps more so as I think of the lightning speed associated with fiddle, mandolin and banjo picking. I dare any country band to keep up with us! Our voices pitch into that high lonesome sound made popular by Bill Monroe, but that’s not all we can do. Bluegrass music is just as well rounded as country. So why aren’t we as popular?

Australia's Mustered Courage Signs with Travianna Records

Mustered CourageWillis, VA -- Travianna Records is proud to announce the signing of one of Australia's most unique and sought after Americana bands, Mustered Courage, to the label. Like the Avett Brothers or Steel Drivers, Mustered Courage breathes new life into the bluegrass scene with a style that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike.

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.

Rounder Signs Award Winning Bluegrass Duo The Gibson Brothers

The Gibson BrothersNashville, TN -- The Gibson Brothers, one of the most acclaimed bluegrass bands on the scene, have signed a deal with Rounder Records, it was announced today by label co-founders Ken Irwin and Marian Levy. In the twenty years since they recorded their debut album, Underneath a Harvest Moon, brothers Eric and Leigh Gibson have become one of the most popular and critically lauded groups in contemporary bluegrass.

What is the Future of Broadcast Radio?

Listening to Old Time RadioI'm a lot like the many of the electronic generation today -- load up the MP3 player, CD Changer, and the Media Server and let MY music play MY way -- without any commercials and annoying talk. I also use the streaming services that abound everywhere like Pandora, Spotify Google's and Apple's editions and more. I also just tune into Internet sites that have what I enjoy. Lots of options to choose from.

Music Sales Down: What's the Plan? Is There a Plan?

trashed CDsMusic sales dropped 14% according to a recent Nielsen Report. This drop includes both physical and digital sales of songs and albums. Even iTunes dropped by more than 10% according to the report. The big hit was CD sales dropping by nearly 20%. Who then survived? Streaming and the LP came out on top. In the first six months, streaming was up a clear 50% followed by LP sales up 40%.

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