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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.

Inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach Festival

Blue HighwayDestin, FL -- From seasoned Bluegrass veteran bands to contemporary twists on Bluegrass sound to sensational rising stars, the inaugural Bluegrass at the Beach produced by Mattie Kelly Arts Foundation (MKAF) will be an art-filled family-friendly musical showcase that appeals to all ages. Presented with support from ResortQuest by Wyndham Vacation Rentals and Real Estate as part of MKAF’s 20th anniversary celebration, the daylong Bluegrass at the Beach music festival will be presented at the Cultural Arts Village — located in the scenic coastal town of Destin on the Northwest Florida Gulf Coast — on Saturday, Sept. 12 from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m.

Outlaw Country to Air Performance of The HillBenders’ “Tommy” July 4-5

 TommyThe HillBenders’ live performance of Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry has been winning praise from both critics and fans throughout the world. Now Sirius XM’s Outlaw Country channel will make it possible for subscribers to hear this bluegrass re-telling of The Who’s iconic rock opera during the July 4th weekend, airing the band’s full performance of Tommy on Saturday, July 4 at 9am and 5pm ET, and Sunday, July 5 at 12noon and 9pm ET.

Pete Townshend Meets “Whograss” Originators The HillBenders

Pete Townshend with The HillBendersOn the heels of their sold-out show Sunday night at Nashville’s famed Station Inn, rising bluegrass stars The HillBenders had the opportunity to meet rock legend Pete Townshend. The HillBenders’ upcoming album, Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry (Compass Records, June 2), produced by Louis Jay Meyers, is a bluegrass retelling of The Who’s iconic rock opera.

Critics Praise The HillBenders’ Performance of "Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry"

The HillBenders: TommyA capacity crowd at legendary Austin venue Threadgill’s this past Saturday braved the chilly spring rain to see The HillBenders perform Tommy: A Bluegrass Opry, an all-acoustic rendition of The Who’s classic album performed in its entirety. As evidenced by the coverage in Rolling Stone, Billboard and Raleigh, NC’s News & Observer, the critically acclaimed bluegrass band’s performance at South by Southwest has been noted as one of the stand-out events at this year’s festival.

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