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Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Sets Summer Attendance Record

Country Music Hall of Fame and MuseumNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum has set a new record for summer attendance, museum officials have announced. From the Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day, 197,938 people visited the museum, an increase of 15% over 2011’s prior record of 172,100.

Deering Banjo Company Adds New U.S. Manufacturing Jobs

Deering BanjosSpring Valley, CA -- September 25th, 2012 - The Deering Banjo Company is the world leader in the banjo market, and their global dealer network is experiencing an increased demand from their customers for quality American-made Deering banjos. For much of the companies 38 year history, demand has been limited to a specific niche of player but Deering now finds itself in uncharted territory as it maps out plans to increase production enough to keep pace with this sudden increase in banjo popularity. But what has led to this sudden demand? Co-founder and CEO Janet Deering suggests that quality and patriotism have played a key role. “Our customers want to buy quality instruments that will not only be a joy to play for generations, but that actually contribute to the economy and the well being of this nation. They know that they will get a far superior instrument in a Deering. The fact that it is also built by an American workforce, right here in California adds a quality that few others can compete with. This is something that really strikes a chord with us and our customers”.

AirPlay Direct Executive Team at the IBMA World of Bluegrass

AirPlay DirectAirPlay Direct will have a very strong presence this year at the IBMA's World of Bluegrass Conference 2012 in Nashville, TN. AirPlay Direct will be Co-Sponsoring the DJ & Artists Networking Reception at the Nashville Conference Center on Tuesday, September 25th from 1:45 - 3:45 pm CST.http://www.cybergrass.com/Images/AirPlayDirect11.jpg

Five Bluegrass Music Bands Sign with Deep River Management

John Lockaby and Darren BeachleyDeep River Management is making a quick impact in the industry and is putting together a stellar lineup. Owners John Lockaby and Laura Ridge had a goal of having eight bands on board by the end of year, but had no idea that they would already have five bands on board within just a few weeks. John said “We were going to be patient and see who was out there that could use our services, but when these caliber of bands come along you have no choice but to act upon it”. The five bands are The Darren Beachley Band, Constant Change, Travers Chandler & Avery County, Mountain Faith, and Shannon Slaughter & CountyClare.`

Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation Partners With Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice

Junior sisk & Ramblers ChoiceHalifax, VA (September 19, 2012) — Steve Johnson of Mountain Music Entertainment and former NASCAR Champion Ward Burton are proud to announce a strategic partnership naming Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice as the Official Musician Ambassadors of The Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation. align=

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.

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