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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%.

Huck Finn Draws Record-Breaking Crowds in 2014

Huck Finn JubileeOntario, CA -- Attendance at this year’s Huck Finn Jubilee exceeded any other year in its 38-year history with a bigger and broader lineup of performers that included the legendary Dr. Ralph Stanley and The String Cheese Incident, organizers announced last week.

Does Your Website Turn Away Customers?

Web ErrorToday's Internet capable devices come in a wide variety of colors, sizes, shapes, operating systems, ... Unfortunately, more and more websites are only supporting a subset of what is available. There are probably dozens of different browsers out there but, if you're not using one of the primary three, many sites just don't work. Some still use the old paradigm of telling the customer to use a different browser that the site supports. I visited a site to order an album for my wife. After going through the entire ordering process, the button to finalize the deal didn't work. I could click on it until the world ends but it was unresponsive. So, I couldn't do business there. I was forced to find another vendor site and order the album from them instead.

Carol Beaugard Leaving Airwaves After 30 Years

Carol BeaugardTeaneck, NJ -- Celebrated bluegrass radio personality Carol Beaugard is leaving the airwaves after 30 years of hosting her syndicated show, “Lonesome Pine RFD” to pursue a professional career in acting. Beaugard created the popular program in 1985 and broadcasts live weekly from the studios of 89.1, WFDU-FM (streamed live on www.wfdu.fm), on the Teaneck campus of Fairleigh Dickinson University. Since 2007 the show has been carried on WAMU’s “Bluegrass Country” headquartered in Washington, D.C., heard at 105.5 FM, in HD radio at 88.5 Channel 2, and worldwide online at bluegrasscountry.org. Her last live broadcast on WFDU will be on Friday, June 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon (EDT) and will be taped for later broadcast on WAMU.

Joe & Cindy Gregory Gift Building to Birthplace of Country Music

Birthplace of Country MusicBristol, VA/TN -- Birthplace of Country Music, non-profit parent organization of Birthplace of Country Music Museum and Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, is proud to announce it has acquired the former Automotive Service & Supply Company building, located at 516 Cumberland Street. The funding for the property was gifted to BCM from Joseph R. Gregory and his wife Cindy.

Some Tips for Do-It-Yourself Promoters

Cybergrass LearningYour band has put together a new album and its ready for release. Many artists try and do some of their own promotion so they send out a press release on the new project in the hope that it will get enough coverage too jump start sales and get the project into the public's view. Some bands can do this and others seem to fall flat. I receive all kinds of band announcements every week and there is certainly a difference between those from artist management and those home-rolled.

Americana Festival & Conference Boosts Nashville Economy

Americana Festival 2014Nashville, TN -- The Americana Festival and Conference was featured in today’s Tennessean for its significant contribution to Nashville’s economy. “The annual Americana Music Conference and Festival quietly has become a major contributor to the local economy, bringing in more than $5.1 million in direct economic impact last year, thanks to growing concert attendance and steadily rising membership in the association."

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out - New Site and Schedule

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Russell Moore asks, "Have you seen our website lately? It's had a bit of an overhaul with new photos and a new look. Check it out at www.IIIrdTymeOut.com!" The new site features new images, music samples, and is a great update for 2014. Always charging forward, creative and entertaining, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have a new image on the web for fans to keep track of what the band is up to and where they'll be performing.

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.

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