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.

"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


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."


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.

Osbornes Reunited On Stage!

More than a decade after their last hiperformance together, the Osborne Brothers, Sonny and Bobby, were musically reunited on state at the original home of the Grand 'Ol Opry, The Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, TN.


Go "West" to Get "East" - Robinson/Nunnaly's EAST To Be Released in California!

 In numerology, 5 is symbolic of dynamic change and energy. Think 5 genre-busting artists, releasing 5 new songs for $5 on Sunday, August 7th - 8:00 p.m. at the Back Room in Berkeley. The NRJN Band will release
"East" their second EP in a series of four.


Ricky Skaggs' Reaction To the Passing of Ralph Stanley

Left to Right: Ricky Skaggs, Ralph Stanley, Keith Whitley
Ricky Skaggs, who was at one time, a member of Ralph Stanley's Clinch Mountain Boys bluegrass band, says Dr. Stanley was his hero!

Upon learning the news of the passing of the iconic Dr. Ralph Stanley, Country and Bluegrass legend Ricky Skaggs released the following statement:
"The end of an era, the passing of a King, a kind and humble King from the mountains.  He carried the ancient sounds from God knows where.  Ralph found it in the music of the mountains, in the hollows, in the people and in the churches.  He was my hero and I was blessed to know him, love him and make music with him as a young teenager.  The Scriptures tell us 'God uses the simple things to confound the wise.'  He certainly used Ralph Stanley to bring the music of the mountains to the masses." -Ricky Skaggs
Ralph Stanley, a patriarch of Appalachian music who helped expand and popularize the genre that became known as Bluegrass, died Thursday following a battle with skin cancer.  He was 89.


Farewell Dr. Ralph

What a life! What a man! 

He defined the term "living legend".
Ralph Edmund Stanley (February 25, 1927 – June 23, 2016)

Ralph Stanley, a 1st generation bluegrass pioneer has died at age 89 according to reports in the Tennessean newspaper.

Stanley died at his home in Sandy Ridge, Virginia, because of difficulties from skin cancer, publicist Kirt Webster said.


Open Rail Wins Blazin’ Bluegrass Competition !

Open Rail Wins Blazin’ Bluegrass Competition !
During this past weekend’s Blazin’ Bluegrass Spring Festival in Whitley City Ky, Open Rail was named the winner of the band contest. 

The Gallipolis Ohio band features members, Roger Harrison on guitar and vocals, John Cardwell on mandolin and vocals, Don Titus on Banjo, Shane Lail on guitar and vocals , and Brian Ison on Upright Bass and vocals. 


Crooked Road's Mountains of Music Homecoming Opens Friday in SW Virginia

Crooked Road’s 2nd Mountains of Music Homecoming opens Friday, June 10
20+ Crooked Road Concerts, 100+ Cultural Events, One Unforgettable Experience

Folks in fifty Southwest Virginia communities are tuning up for The Crooked Road’s 2nd Annual Mountains of Music Homecoming which opens with toe-tapping concerts on three stages in three different locations this Friday evening. 

Nathan Asks for Prayers for Dr. Ralph!

"I'm asking all of you prayer warriors to please keep my precious papaw/dad, Dr. Ralph Stanley, in your prayers.

He needs a healing touch from God right now, and I know he is more than able to do it.

I ask that you speak very positive about my papaw, because words are very powerful. That little guy (who is a Giant in my eyes) is my everything!

I thank you folks in advance. Nothing is impossible with God." ‪


-Nathan Stanley


John McEwen Salutes the Troops!

This is my tribute to our men and women of service,
 to our brothers and sisters who have made the
ultimate sacrifice.  May your bravery
never be forgotten.  - John McEwen
John McEuen (the Grammy-winning national recording artist and founding member of Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, also known as the "String Wizard") visited Puerto Rico. 

While exploring the island of Vieques, he stepped into one of the old ordinance bunkers (in years past, the Navy used the island for target practice and bomb testing). 


BRANDED BLUEGRASS Joins Roster at Wilson Pickins Bluegrass Promotions!

b86f07b5-78cc-459e-a522-8c77b1734b51Branded Bluegrass is a band from central Indiana with a catalog of music deeply rooted in traditional bluegrass and gospel, with a flair for some contemporary bluegrass, classic country and even a little bit of rock ‘n roll now and then.

The sophomore album from Branded Bluegrass, MOST WELCOME (produced by Grammy Award winner, Clay Hess), has just been released in May 2016.


Donna Ulisse to host Heartland TV's Bluegrass Ridge!

Donna Ulisse hosts four episodes of Bluegrass Ridge Bluegrass singer songwriter Donna Ulisse was recently in the studio hosting four episodes of the popular Heartland TV bluegrass video music show, Bluegrass Ridge.

The show focuses on showing bluegrass videos but also includes artist interviews and some behind the scenes footage.


IBMA Wants Your Bluegrass Films For 3rd Annual Film Fest!

The IBMA is excited to present its
3rd Annual Bluegrass Film Festival
World of Bluegrass Week
September 27-October 1
Raleigh, North Carolina  

World of Bluegrass is the perfect place to showcase quality films produced around the music.


New DIGS for IBMA!


The International Bluegrass Music Association (that's IBMA to the bluegrass community) is pulling up stakes and heading north - to northeast Nashville, that is. 

They've got a fancy new office building they're moving into, and therefore will be out of commission for a couple of days later this week. Here's what you need to know:


Bluegrass Storyteller, James King Passes!

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of beloved singer and songwriter James King, who was affectionately known as "The Bluegrass Storyteller." He was 57 years old. King, a recovering alcoholic, suffered complications from a prolonged battle with cirrhosis of the liver. 

King died peacefully, surrounded by family and close friends, including his longtime girlfriend, Becky Rhodes; his brothers Andy and Jason, and sister-in-law Leticia; his aunts Debbie Moxley and Nadine Isley; and friends Junior and Susan Sisk, Dudley and Sally Connell, Harry and Louise Rhodes, and Charlie Snelling.
We’ll See You at the Bluegrass Festivals!

James King, "The Bluegrass Storyteller," 1958 - 2016