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Wytheville Community College Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree Joins The Crooked Road

The Crooked RoadWytheville, VA -- The Wytheville Community College (WCC) Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree in Wytheville, Virginia will be presented with a banner acknowledging this venue’s recent inclusion as a Crooked Road Affiliated Venue. As an Affiliated Venue, WCC Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree will be represented in Crooked Road publicity and promotional materials. The Crooked Road will present the banner to representatives of the Bluegrass & Old-Time Jamboree on Saturday, September 15, at 7:00 p.m.

The Roys Form Strategic Partnership With Team RealTree Outdoor Energy Drink

The Roys BusNashville, TN (September 10, 2012) -- Award-winning bluegrass music brother/sister duo The Roys have aligned with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink for a strategic partnership. The Roys will travel to their upcoming shows in a newly-wrapped bus with design and camouflage graphics courtesy of RealTree. "It looks amazing," says Lee Roy. "Very earthy," Elaine adds with a wink. Other marketing efforts will be announced soon.

To Carry or Not To Carry? Once Burned, Twice Learned

Bob CherryCybergrass is known for carrying accurate and relevant information about bluegrass music but, every now and then, somebody attempts to take advantage of us and the exposure we offer. A few years ago, that is exactly what happened. We received numerous conflicting news items from competing parties and we set out to verify who was telling the truth and who was not. It turns out that one party was feeding us a lot of press releases that were all determined to be false in content. The opposing party was being amazingly neutral and honest.

Cybergrass Bluegrass Music Website 20 Years Old Today

Cybergrass 20th AnniversaryCybergrass® - Bluegrass Music News web site celebrates 20 years on the web today. The site was one of the earliest to venture onto the Internet and with it came the first music site. Surprisingly, it was the small genre of bluegrass music that broke ground with the new World Wide Web technology. It would be over a year until the next music site would explore the new technology.

Another New Day Dawns as The Roys Sign with Moonstruck Management

The Roys Sign with Moonstruck ManagementNashville, TN (September 6, 2012) - Another new day is dawning for super-hot duo The Roys. The trend-setting siblings just signed an exclusive global booking agreement with prestige agency, Moonstruck Management. left

AmericanaFest Business Keynote on Empowering Sustainable Music Businesses

AmericanaFestNashville, TN -- In addition to showcasing iconic and innovative music, the Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan (Sept. 12-15) provides a forum to advocate for the creative and economic vitality of the Americana music genre. In partnership with leading edge technology company, Topspin, the Americana Music Association will present a series of panels curated by Wayne Leeloy, Senior Director of Artist Services, and a Business Keynote and Master Class from Topspin CEO Ian Rogers. The Business Keynote with CEO Ian Rogers and panels will discuss current trends and future forecasts to empower sustainable music businesses.

IBMA Announces Nancy Cardwell as New Executive Director

Nancy CardwellNashville, TN -- /IBMA/ The Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association is pleased to announce that it has appointed Nancy Cardwell as the organization’s Executive Director. “After an extensive selection process that began with more than 65 applications for the position, the Board concluded that Nancy brings the right mix of skills to the table and will be able to take the organization to the next level of success,” said Board chair Stan Zdonik.

Bluegrass Music Legend Ralph Stanley Moves to Paradigm Agency

Ralph StanleyNashville, TN - August 14, 2012 – Ralph Stanley, the Grammy-winning bluegrass and country singer, is now being booked for live performances by the Paradigm Agency. Stanley will continue to be represented for publicity by Norma Morris of Morris Public Relations.

Booking Agency Merger: TG2 Artists and Mike Green and Associates

TG2 and Mike Green AgenciesSan Francisco, CA -- Roots music booking agencies TG2 Artists and Mike Green & Associates have merged to form TG2 - Mike Green Artists. Both agencies represent an exceptional touring roster of American roots, Celtic, folk, and bluegrass artists, including GRAMMY Award winner and harmonica hero Howard Levy (Bela Fleck), GRAMMY Award nominee and roots music darlings The Duhks, Emmy Award nominee and folk royalty Jay Ungar & Molly Mason (The Civil War by Ken Burns), and Solas, the quintessential Irish-American band recording and touring in the US today.

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music Extends Grant Application Deadline

Earl ScruggsNashville, TN -- Earl Scruggs was perhaps one of the only musicians in any genre who created the definitive sound of his instrument in the genre; banjo players around the world will forever identify the sound of the three-finger style of bluegrass banjo playing as “Scruggs style.” Warren Hellman was a visionary who created, funded and grew his California-based “Hardly Strictly Bluegrass” free event into one of the largest of its kind in the country. Mr. Hellman passed away on December 18, 2011, and Mr. Scruggs passed away on March 28, 2012.

Roe Entertainment Adds Bluegrass Band Detour to Roster

Detour Bluegrass BandRoe Entertainment recently added Detour to its roster of excellent award-winning bands. Detour is a "bluegrass powerhouse" that features heartfelt originals, tightly focused harmonies, and high-steppin' instrumentals from a superbly talented sextet of veterans of Michigan's bluegrass scene. "Quarterline Road," the kick-off tune from the group's latest CD, A Better Place, has spent two weeks at number 1, one week at number two and one at number 3 on the's weekly airplay chart since its mid-June release; the album is now in the top 50 of Roots Music Report's national folk/bluegrass charts.

The Crooked Road Music Series at Heartwood to Feature Radford Fiddle and Banjo Jam

Radford Fiddle & Banjo JamThe Crooked Road: Virginia’s Heritage Music Trail (TCR) music series at Heartwood in Abingdon showcases communities of the region through their traditional music venues and their youth music. At 7:00 pm on Thursday, August 23, the Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam from Radford, Virginia will be the featured Venue Showcase at Heartwood. Radford is a lovely city located along the beautiful New River. It’s also home to the Radford Fiddle & Banjo Jam, a 12 year old weekly gathering of musicians, city residents, and Radford University students who share an appreciation for Old Time and Bluegrass music. One of the unique things about this Jam is that it creates a great atmosphere where students and city residents can mingle socially. That’s very important for both the University and the City.

Americana Adds Sam Bush, Delta Rae, and More to Americana Music Festival Lineup

Sam BushAugust 7, 2012, Nashville, TN -- The list of showcase performers is growing for the 13thannual Americana Music Festival & Conference, presented by Nissan, September 12 through September 15. In addition to previously announced participating artists Richard Thompson, Billy Joe Shaver, The Wallflowers and Delta Spirit, additional showcases are confirmed for what could be the most exciting Americana Music Festival yet. To see the current lineup click here.

Gibson Guitars Comments on Department of Justice Settlement

Gibson InstrumentsThe following statement was released by Gibson regarding their recent Department of Justice Settlement where the U.S. Government accused the guitar maker of illegally importing rare woods in violation of the Lacey Act.

Gibson says, "After many weeks of negotiation, Gibson has settled all issues with the U.S. Government and the Department of Justice. CEO Henry Juszkiewicz commented, "We felt compelled to settle as the costs of proving our case at trial would have cost millions of dollars and taken a very long time to resolve. This allows us to get back to the business of making guitars. An important part of the settlement is that we are getting back the materials seized in a second armed raid on our factories and we have formal acknowledgement that we can continue to source rosewood and ebony fingerboards from India, as we have done for many decades."

Americana Board Announces Changes for Progress

Americana Music AssociationNashville, TN -- The Americana Music Association Board of Directors is pleased to announce significant changes to their business operations. These include: the announcement of their Executive Committee; selection of a new accounting firm; a new leadership ascension plan and changes to bylaws to allow for Board appointments.


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