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Swift Enterprises, LLC to Sponsor Edgar Loudermilk Band Tour

Edgar Loudermilk BandSwift Enterprises, LLC, one of the largest privately owned contractor fleets in the United States, has just sponsored the tour for the Edgar Loudermilk Band, Featuring Jeff Autry.

Ben Eldridge Retires From The Seldom Scene, Rickie Simpkins Joins The Band

Ben EldridgeThe Seldom Scene announces that founding member Ben Eldridge has retired after nearly 45 years with the Grammy-nominated band. Eldridge is the last original member of the popular bluegrass quintet, but the band will continue to perform, with Rickie Simpkins on banjo and fiddle.

Travers Chandler and Steven Dowdy Making it Real

Steven Dowdy with Travers ChandlerBluegrass artist Travers Chandler announced the pairing for an exciting new band venture with his long time friend and fellow musician, Steven Dowdy. Travers announced, "Well many of you have been asking so I'd like to informally announce the new band venture to our friends. What started as an idea for a sideline project has morphed into a full time band partnership. Steven Dowdy and myself are joining forces to form Chandler and Dowdy."

The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show sign with Patuxent Music

Karl Shiflett & Big CountryGroesbeck, TX -- The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show recently signed a recording contract with Patuxent Music out of Rockville, Maryland. The long established label is owned and operated by Bluegrass musician and sound engineer Tom Mindte. The band is excited about the label and the new recording. "It's a real pleasure to record and work with a top notch professional sound engineer like Tom Mindte. He has a real interest and passion for the music and the musicians and it's evident in every recording he produces."

Breaking Grass adds Jody Elmore to the Band

Jody ElmoreBreaking Grass is excited to announce the addition of Jody Elmore to the band effective immediately. Jody is a multi-instrumentalist and talented lead and harmony vocalist who will be replacing Thelton Vanderford on banjo.

Kameron Keller Departs Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice for Darrell Webb Band

Kameron KellerSince joining Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice in October 2014, bassist Kameron Keller has become an integral part of the group's signature driving, lonesome style of traditional bluegrass music. However, as the group's 2015 tour draws to a close, he has announced his departure from the group.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper Welcome Cody Looper

Cody LooperCharlestown, IN -- Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are proud to welcome Cody Looper as their newest member effective immediately. Looper will be replacing former Flamekeeper member, Gaven Largent who recently accepted the dobro position with Blue Highway.

Mountain Faith Signs with APA for Booking Representation

Mountain FaithNashville, TN -- APA is excited to announce the signing of family Bluegrass act Mountain Faith for booking representation. “Over the past fifteen years, Mountain Faith has become one of the most respected acts in the Bluegrass genre,” said APA’s Cass Scripps. “We are anxiously looking forward to sharing their unique story and talents with fans across the country, and putting them in front of as many people as possible.”

A New Chapter Begins for Mountain Heart Band

Mountain HeartMountain Heart is thrilled to announce their new partnership and an upcoming studio album, their first since 2010! It’s been five years since Mountain Heart released a new album, and we’re stoked to finally have new music to share with our fans! Writing and touring throughout this stretch has allowed us time to gather what we feel is the best batch of songs we’ve ever recorded. We went to a studio in Asheville, NC and recorded the project we’ve always wanted to make, and because this is a self-produced record, we didn’t have any major deadlines or constraints working against us. We simply let down our guard and played and sang with passion and energy just like we do on stage every night.

Blue Highway Announces Gaven Largent as Newest Member

Gaven LargentKingsport, TN -- Blue Highway has influenced two decades of musicians since the band premiered in December 1994 -- from “The Voice” contestant and Knoxville teen Emily Ann Roberts who recently cited Blue Highway as one of her first musical influences, to the 19-year old phenom the respected powerhouse band has just announced as its new member.

Claire Lynch Makes Touring Announcement

Claire Lynch BandThree-Time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year, Grammy nominee, Song of the Year winner and multi-award winning performer/songwriter Claire Lynch announced that she is taking a break from the road to dedicate more time to family and other aspects of her life. To that end, she is taking a break from touring. She did comment, however, "Just to clarify... I am touring through 2016. You heard it from the horse's mouth."

Clint White Joins Nu-Blu

Clint WhiteNashville, TN -- Nu-Blu is happy to announce the addition of Clint White. He will take over as the mandolin player for the band, joining lead singer Carolyn Routh, Daniel Routh, and Levi Austin. The multi-instrumentalist will be joining Nu-Blu as they embark on their biggest touring year yet in 2016.

Orange Blossom Records Signs Circa Blue - New Video Out

Circa BlueCallahan, Fla. (November 23, 2015) -- Orange Blossom Records is proud to announce they have signed CIRCA BLUE to the label and will release the band's new album, Once Upon A Time, in January.

Blue Highway Announces Departure of Rob Ickes

Rob IckesBristol, TN/VA -- Twenty-one years ago on December 31, 1994, five young men came together in Kingsport for a performance which launched one of the most respected and influential bands in modern Bluegrass. As Blue Highway gears up for a new album and an exciting new touring season, the powerhouse band will go forward without one founding member, Rob Ickes.

The Hillbenders Ink Artist Endorsement Deal With AirPlay Direct

The HillbendersAirPlay Direct recently announced the launch of their new V.I.P. Endorsement / Professional Development Initiative. This strategic program was developed to grant specific endorsement opportunities, and professional services / resources to worthy artists, radio programmers and music industry professionals globally. AirPlay Direct’s consulting division, Collective Evolution, has developed and will now manage these new programs for AirPlay Direct.

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