20160827

Sweetwater Strings Band Signs with Moonstruck Management‏

Sweetwater String Band - Cello Drive High Sierra BluegrassMoonstruck Management announces the addition of Sweetwater String Band to the roster for management and booking. 

Sweetwater String Band is cello driven "soulgrass" founded in the Eastern Sierra of California.


Melding their creative lyrics with their unique style, Sweetwater String Band's music often deals with serious issues such as workers’ rights and finding middle ground in today's divided political arena. This seriousness is balanced by ghost stories, drinking songs, improvised jams, and tales from the long, lonesome road.

The Price Sisters' Debut Album - Interpretations of Traditional Sounds!



Rebel Records has announced the release of The Price Sisters (REB-1860), the debut Rebel album from Sardis, Ohio twin sisters Lauren and Leanna Price.

It is clear that Lauren (mandolin, harmony/lead vocals) and Leanna Price (fiddle, lead/harmony vocals) have developed an understanding of the complexities of mountain music that far surpasses their youth.

20160822

A Word From Balsam Range About Their Brand New Festival!

Prescription Bluegrass heard from Balsam Range about a brand new festival and we're pleased to share their note:

"We are hosting the first annual Balasm Range Art of Music Festival on December 2-3, 2016  in our home of Haywood County, NC!  We couldn't dream up a better location for our festival than the gorgeous and historic Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. Along with spectacular grounds and beautiful vista's, this campus is also home to the Stuart Auditorium. This venue is unlike any in the Southeast and has been home to countless events over the past 100 years! "

20160820

Lorraine Jordan & John Anderson Team Up Once Again!

Lorraine Jordan is riding a success train with her "Country Grass" concept and we're pleased to be able to share with you, her latest effort.  

Once again, teaming with Country Star John Anderson, Lorraine and her crack bluegrass band have put the bluegrass stamp on John's 1992 smash hit, "Seminol Wind".   See what you think.



20160815

Bluegrass Tribute to Elvis from Holly Norman!

Holly Norman is set to release Taking Care of Bluegrass - A Tribute To Elvis in October 2016.  

The CD features 12 Elvis songs and 1 original written by Holly, who has ‘grassed up some of the world’s favorite Elvis songs. 

Holly, along with some of Nashville's finest Bluegrass musicians take you on an unbelievable ride through Elvis' musical career. 

20160813

Ray Cardwell Signs with Pinecastle for Upcoming Release, Tennessee Moon!

Songwriter, vocalist, and bass player, Ray Cardwell has joined Pinecastle Records to release his solo album, Tennessee Moon, in fall 2016.

The album has a clear New Grass influence in producer Pat Flynn. However, with nine out of twelve tunes written by Cardwell, the album is his own take on that classic sound.

Bluegrass Outlaws Join Wison Pickins Agency!

Wilson Pickins Promotions welcomes the Bluegrass Outlaws to the agency.

The Outlaws are the newest addition to Melanie Wilson’s worthy team of sought after bluegrass entertainment and she couldn’t be more pleased.

This alliance comes just in time for the highly anticipated release of the 2016 SPBGMA Band Competition Winner’s self-titled debut album, due out September 5th.

20160809

Blue Highway's Wayne Taylor Returns to Full-Time Touring!

Wayne Taylor is primed to return to full-time touring with Blue Highway on Saturday, August 13, 2016, for the prestigious Mountain Stage concert and Live Performance Radio Program at Davis & Elkins College in Elkins, WV.
 
Wayne is proverbially chomping at the bit to perform with the powerhouse band he co-founded for his first show after an almost three-month hiatus following successful quadruple bypass heart surgery.

Moonstruck & Hope River Unite!

Josh Trivett, Owner of Moonstruck Management, and Penni McDaniel, Owner of Hope River Entertainment are proud to announce they are merging the agencies under the Moonstruck Management name.  

“I am so excited about the merger of Moonstruck Management and Hope River Entertainment on so many levels. Penni McDaniel is a wonderful veteran of the industry in all aspects: Booking, PR, Album & Radio Promotions. 

 With the recent hire of Ben Wilson as Booking Agent, and now adding all of Hope River’s services under the Moonstruck umbrella, this fulfills my original vision. Moonstruck Management will be a full service agency that offers artists an entire gamut of services needed to build or advance their career,” said Trivett.
 
The agency’s award-winning combined talent roster now includes: Soggy Bottom Boys, Lonesome River Band, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Dave Adkins, Volume Five, Hogslop String Band, Newtown, Sweetwater String Band, Trinity River Band, Bluegrass 45, and Jesse Kramer. Moonstruck Management will now be offering in-house publicity and other services to their clients that currently do not have those services provided by another agency.
 
Moonstruck Management is also the Talent Buyer for two prestigious festivals – the Huck Finn Jubilee in Ontario, California and Uncle Dave Macon Days in Mufreesboro, Tennessee. This year’s Uncle Dave Macon Days included the attempt to set the Guinness Book of World Records for the World’s Largest Square Dance, hosted by Marcia Campbell (Grand Ole Opry, WSM) with Hogslop String Band as the featured performer.  The attempt is currently in the review process by the Guinness Book of World Records.  Next year,  the festival will celebrate their 40th Anniversary.
 
“I’ve been working with Josh for many years in regards to our mutual clients, and more recently with Ben,” said McDaniel. “I am so impressed with their enthusiasm, business experience and professionalism. The three of us had the opportunity to work closely together at the Huck Finn Jubilee and Uncle Dave Macon Days, and we immediately clicked as a team. We felt like the merger was an obvious and natural next step in helping our clients achieve their own career goals. We are honored to be working with such talented artists and appreciate their excitement about this new venture.  I’m excited to help expand Moonstruck Management as we head into a very positive future with this new team.”
 
McDaniel will continue providing: Management for Dave Adkins and Donna Hughes; Public Relations services for Larry Cordle, Lonesome River Band, Volume Five, Trinity River Band and more; Festival Publicity for the Bill Monroe Music Park including the Bill Monroe Memorial Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival; Album Publicity and Radio Promotions for Trinity River Band’s Things We Do For Dreams, Lou Reid and Carolina’s Rollin’ On; and a new album coming soon on Mountain Home Music Company.
 
Agent, Ben Wilson says, "I have had the pleasure of working with Penni over the last few months. The best thing about working with Penni, is getting to know Penni. Her professionalism is second to none. The way in which she handles artists is like family. Personally, I am thrilled to get to learn from her on a daily basis. With her kindness and experience in the genre, Moonstruck Management is a stronger company today."
 
Sammy Shelor, 5-Time IBMA Awarding Winning Banjo Performer of the Year and band leader of Lonesome River Band, sums it all up saying, "I've worked with both companies for many years who have both furthered the success of Lonesome River Band. I couldn't be more excited over this merger and having everything under one roof.  It’s a real benefit with us all working closer together towards the common goal."
 

Stay tuned for more exciting announcements from Moonstruck Management. Join us at MoonstruckManagement.com, Facebook and Instagram.


NEW! Banjo Players Directory!

The American Banjo Museum has just launched a new research project called the Banjo Players Directory.  

“You don’t have to be Earl Scruggs or Béla Fleck to be listed in the directory,” said Johnny Baier, executive director the American Banjo Museum. “Any banjo player at any skill level should be part of the directory.  We want everyone listed, from the big names to the unsung individuals across this country and around the world who keep the banjo alive through performances everywhere from clubs and churches to their front porch.”

20160804

Live Construction Feed of New Bluegrass Museum!

 We're working on a building! 
Check out the live camera feed of the construction site & keep up with the progress thanks to the City of Owensboro.

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The new International Bluegrass Music Center will be located at the very best address in Owensboro, Kentucky. It is on the corner of the main east-west and north-south arteries, fronting on the Ohio River at the center of an $80 million new waterfront park with glittering fountains and gorgeous public spaces.

Exciting Future Ahead for Fiddle Player Greg Moore!

With the release of Moore’s
new project, HOLLOW BOX RHYTHM, 

and a lot of opportunities being
 presented, he has decided to look
 into his options in bluegrass music to
seek and find a band with the
hard-driving, traditional
bluegrass sound that he has
always loved
.

Extraordinary bluegrass fiddle player, Greg Moore has had a very full and honorable career so far, playing on stage with some of the most respected names in the business, including the Dave Evans and Riverbend, Tony Holt and The Wildwood Boys, Melvin Goins, The James King Band and Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice.

This past year has been full of new experiences for Greg, showcasing his skill, motivation and drive for consistently trying to better himself as a musician.

Not only did he record and release his first full length project, out this past July, but he also earned a nomination for SPBGMA Fiddle Player of the Year.

Most recently, Greg had been playing fiddle and touring with Remington Ryde, a band based out of Pennsylvania, which has been extremely convenient for Greg and his wife, Deena (Frankhouser) Moore, as they also make their home in Pennsylvania. During his tenure with the “Ryde,” Moore says he “had a lot of fun and laughs!”

 “I would like to take this opportunity to thank Ryan Frankhouser of Remington Ryde for the last couple of years on the road. I was able to go to many new places and meet a lot of new people. Though my time with this band has come to an end, I am excited about what the future holds. Since recording the CD I realized it’s time to explore my opportunities, and delve further into my craft, my instrument skills and my sound as an artist. I appreciate all of my friends, family, and folks supporting my career and the new record and I look so forward to making you all proud with whatever happens next!”
-Greg Moore
 Greg is fielding requests to fill in on band dates, as well as scheduling studio sessions over the next several months to round out 2016. Moore is also proud to announce that he will be joining Randall Hibbitts and Appalachia on tour.

Hibbitts, also the former bass player for the Clinch Mountain Boys is looking forward to ramping up his 2017 tour and to playing music with Greg for whom he has had a long admiration of his fiddle style.

If your band would like to schedule Greg Moore for an event or studio session, please reach out online at http://gregspankymoore.com/contact.



BANJO FEST Set for Sept. 10th‏ in Oklahoma City!

From Bluegrass to Jazz to Folk, four of the world’s most respected banjo artists are coming to Oklahoma City for one memorable concert event.Image Alt  


 The musical diversity of America’s instrument – the banjo – will proudly be on display as Oklahoma City’s American Banjo Museum presents BANJO FEST from 7 to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 10th at the Hudiburg Chevrolet Performing Arts Theater at Rose State College in Midwest City.


20160730

We Mourn the Loss of Bluegrass Pioneer Melvin Goins

Over the years and the various Bluegrass radio programs we've produced, it's unmountable just how many times Melvin Goins' was on the air.

Radio personalities get to feeling like we know those artists we play frequently.  We get to thinking of them as close friends.

And so it was that after many years, I finally got the chance to meet Melvin in person.  He lived up to every one of my expectations.  The Melvin I'd come to know through his music was the same Melvin I met standing in the lobby of the Nashville Convention Center.

Melvin and his late brother, Ray were inducted into the Kentucky Hall of Fame in 2011.

Melvin Goins was 83 at death.  He entertained bluegrass fans for 65 years.

20160727

Ben Wilson to Moonstruck Management!


Moonstruck Management is proud to announce the addition of Ben Wilson as a new Artist Booking Agent with the agency.  “I am very excited about the addition of Ben Wilson to Moonstruck. In the evolution and expansion of a business, it is critical to have the right personnel in place to execute the vision of a business model.

Ben has a vast amount of experience being the Executive Director of the famed Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival, both in how to work with artists directly, and also contract negotiations. His genuine personality combined with true passion for the music and business is the perfect mentality. I am excited about the new developments within Moonstruck and the future that lies ahead for our team,” says Owner Josh Trivett.

American Banjo Museum Announces 2016 Hall of Fame Inductees and BANJO FEST Concert

The American Banjo Museum announces this year's inductees into the American Banjo Museum Hall of Fame: J.D. Crowe, Five-String Performance; Pat Terry, Jr., Four-String Performance; George Formby, Historical; Deering Banjo Company, Design & Manufacture and Alfred Greathouse, Instruction & Education. 

"Each year we strive to honor banjo's best from the past and present and this year is no exception," said Johnny Baier, executive director, American Banjo Museum. "Like past inductees, each of this year's honorees has displayed a lifelong commitment to the banjo."  

Kristi Stanley Signs with Union House Records!


Union House Records announces that Kristi Stanley has been signed as their newest bluegrass recording artist.
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"I'm very excited to be a part of Union House Records and all of the people involved with my project have been extremely helpful, knowledgeable, and open minded to my production ideas and arrangements. The recording process has been an inspiration to me and offered a lot of insight to my own artistry, as well as growing my anticipation about the future and promoting these tracks on the road. I am really looking forward to a great relationship with this label and to releasing the album and getting out on tour."
-Kristi Stanley
 

20160720

The Cleverlys' Debut EP, CASH CROP, Coming August 12, 2016

Comedic-Bluegrass group, The Cleverlys, are back with new music on their six-song EP, Cash Crop, scheduled for release on Average Joes Entertainment, August 12, 1916. 
The four-piece faux-family band, self-described by band member/comedian, Digger Cleverly (Paul Harris), as "Bluegrass meets 'The Office'" is the perfect marriage of music and comedy. Produced by Noah Gordon, pre-order the EP on iTunes and instantly receive the new song, "Loser."

20160719

Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West)and Radio Submit Announce Partnership! V

Folk Alliance Region West (FAR-West) and Radio Submit have joined forces to advance the progression of Roots / Folk music across the globe. 

Radio Submit will be presenting music from FAR-West Official Showcase artists to radio stations via their digital online music distribution network. This network includes thousands of member radio stations that utilize the website to discover and download broadcast quality music tracks. 

The Earls of Leicester's "Outstanding" Sophomore Album Rattle & RoarIs Released; Grammy-Winning Sextet's Homage to the Legacy of Flatt & Scruggs Inspires Critical Praise! 

The Earls of Leicester, the award-winning, critically acclaimed sextet founded by 14-time Grammy winner Jerry Douglas, has released its sophomore album Rattle & Roar.  The album follows the band's eponymous 2014 debut, which won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album and scored four International Bluegrass Music Association Awards for Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance.