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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 BluegrassToday.com'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.

String Cheese at "Forefront of Self-Ticketing Movement", Sold Out Summer Tour

String Cheese Incident at Red Rocks AmphitheaterAfter making headlines at the beginning of the summer touring season by taking ticketing into their own hands, The String Cheese Incident have sold out almost every show on their 2012 summer run. The tour concluded recently with three headlining SCI sets at Horning's Hideout, a festival in North Plains, OR that the group founded over a decade ago and sold out in only 20 minutes this year. Other highlights include Jerry Harrison of Talking Heads sitting in with the band and The Greek in LA and three headlining sets at Electric Forest for a crowd of over 25,000.

The Grascals Announce Vietti Foods Sponsorship

The Grascals BusNashville, TN -- Two-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year winners, The Grascals, are pleased to announce a promotional agreement with Vietti Foods. The band unveiled a brightly wrapped tour bus touting The Grascals and images of the sponsor’s products.

New Frontiers Open for Paperless PR

CMA Close Up/CMA/ Nashville, TN -- by Jeff Walter
As the means for delivering and consuming music continue to grow more sophisticated (and more digital), so do the choices for promoting that music and the artists who create it. Such is the case with electronic press kits (EPKs) and video news releases (VNRs), tools that share the same basic goals of their non-digital predecessors: getting airplay, inspiring reviews and other media coverage, facilitating bookings and winning the attention of music consumers.

Martin Guitars Announces New Nashville Guitar Brand Consultants

Evolution of the American guitarNazareth, PA -- C.F. Martin & Co. is continuing to expand its already deep-rooted relationships in the country music world with the announcement of its new brand marketing consultant Kate Richardson, who runs the well-respected Richlyn Marketing in Nashville with her partner Lynn Tinsey. Martin Guitar selected Richlyn Marketing for its top-tier artist relations and marketing consulting. The firm will focus on strategic partnerships in aligning the Martin brand with artists, events and media outlets and increasing Martin’s brand awareness amongst the music industry in Nashville.

2011 A Story of Success for AirPlay Direct

AirPlay Direct2011 proved to be a fantastic year for AirPlay Direct's growth and evolution now accelerating to over 7,200 radio station members globally and over 32,000 artist and record label members around the world. This type of global market place positioning and advancement in 2011 has set a firm foundation for APD's continued strong growth throughout 2012.

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