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Syria, VA -- The Graves Mountain Lodge is proud to announce the full performance line-up for the 22nd Annual Graves Mountain Festival of Music to be held May 29-31, 2014. Joining the outstanding talents of Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and more are Grammy winning Canadian acoustic roots band The Duhks, the reigning International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year & Grammy nominated artist Claire Lynch, and the reigning IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Junior Sisk.
We are also pleased to announce the addition of Town Mountain who took home two 2013 IBMA Momentum Awards including Band of the Year and Vocalist of the Year for Robert Greer.
The exciting performance lineup includes: Steep Canyon Rangers, Lonesome River Band, The Grascals, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, Mark Newton & Steve Thomas, Claire Lynch, Seldom Scene, The Duhks, US Navy Band "Country Current", The Steel Wheels, East Of Monroe, Town Mountain, Bankesters, Malpass Brothers, Love Canon, Big Country Bluegrass, The Church Sisters, and Flatt Lonesome.
“Graves Mountain Festival of Music is one of the premier 3-day festivals in the country. 2014 will mark our 22nd year and we are so proud to continue to offer the diversified lineup of talent featuring the best in Bluegrass, Americana and Roots music. The music, fun activities and amenities are enhanced by the beautiful setting of Graves Mountain. This event certainly appeals to all ages and walks of life,” says performing artist Mark Newton.
Music fans are encouraged to purchase advance $75 3-Day Tickets by phone at 540-923-4231, the Graves Mountain website or by sending a check or money order to Graves Mountain, Syria, VA 22743 by April 30, 2014. Beginning May 1 all 3-Day tickets will be $95. All campers must have 3-day tickets. Daily tickets are also available for $35 Thursday, $35 Friday and $40 for Saturday.
Graves Mountain is nestled in the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains and featured last year in USA Today’s “10 Great places to go to bluegrass festivals.” The Graves Mountain Lodge amenities offer on-site accommodations (hotel, cabins, and camping), fishing, hiking horseback riding, outdoor pool, educational farms, food, family-style dining at the Graves Mountain Lodge and festival area and much more. Attendees are also invited to check out the preserves and gift baskets at the Graves Mountain Store or online.
We are proud to announce the addition of our new sponsors: The Lucas Roasting Company and Pinecastle Records with more to be announced soon. For more information on Graves Mountain, please visit: www.gravesmountain.com, Facebook and Twitter.Tags: Graves Mountain FestivalLineupBluegrass FestivalEvent
Barnstormer Boost Award for Dedicated Music Teacher -- As the Grand Finale to the James Reams & The Barnstormers’ 20th anniversary coast-to-coast celebration tour, the band performed to a packed house at the Fiddler’s Dream concert hall in Phoenix, AZ on Saturday, November 2nd. The standing room only event brought together this nationally-known bluegrass band, a Grammy-nominated fiddler, a 70-year-old music teacher, and an 11-year-old Hispanic guitar player for an evening of great music and good times.
Since James Reams moved to the Phoenix area 3 years ago, he’s been looking for a way to give back to the bluegrass community in the Southwest. Over 14 years ago, he established the Brown Jug Award which honors people in the Northeast whose impact on bluegrass music deserves recognition but have been overlooked by national organizations as their impact may have been regional in nature. Past recipients have included Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders and this year Carol Beaugard, host of the syndicated Lonesome Pine RFD radio show.
So to cap off his 20th anniversary celebration, James decided to give out a Barnstormer Boost Award to honor someone in the Southwest. And the first recipient is…Anni Beach, founder of the Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band! The original band started when 2 little second graders knocked on her door after she had just finished substitute teaching at their school. They wanted her to sing and play more music with them. In her words, “That was in April, 1994 and life at the Beach House was never the same again!” Now at 25 members ranging in ages from 5 to 90, this ethnically diverse neighborhood band performs at bluegrass festivals and events across Arizona every year.
“Every person, big or little, has a story,” remembers Anni. “Most of our members are immigrants or are born of those who came to America to seek better opportunities for their children. Some of the stories are heartbreakers, but our strong music family of Jam Pak provides a secure social network and the chance to succeed. Music, and especially bluegrass music, is so social, just like the old days. We can take it anywhere and at any time. Everyone helps each other learn. That is expected and a ‘must’ because no one gets paid to teach.”
Starting out with just six children playing harmonicas, they then moved “up” to a handmade instrument called the canjo. When Anni called the inventor, Herschel Brown in North Carolina, and told him what she was doing, he sent her a bunch of kits for free and encouraged the little group to get out there and share the music. They played their first bluegrass festival in 1998 with canjos and a washtub bass. Since then donated instruments have made their way to the Beach House, thanks to the generosity of the bluegrass community in Arizona, and now all the band members perform with professional-quality instruments.
A featured performer at the concert Saturday night was one of Anni’s students, 11 year old Alan. Alan was only 7 when he followed his older brother to Anni’s house. He picked up the guitar and has been playing and singing ever since. Now he performs in 3 bands, teaches guitar playing, and, according to Anni, “is a delight!” He brought down the house when he performed his renditions of “Two Dollar Bill” and “Clinch Mountain Backstep” with James Reams & The Barnstormers. Lookout Sleepy Man Banjo Boys!
When asked how she did it, Anni commented, “Although I was a teacher and counselor by trade, I hadn’t done anything like this. I had to learn how to lead, how to teach musical instruments, [and] how to organize practices. Our goal for Jam Pak has always been to make ourselves and others happy with our music.”
And that should be the goal of any musician! James Reams is proud to recognize Anni Beach for her tireless efforts to promote bluegrass music across generations and cultures. So here’s to Anni Beach and the Jam Pak Blues ‘N’ Grass Neighborhood Band may their story encourage others worldwide to take up the challenge!Tags: James Reams & The BarnstormersAnni BeachAwardEducation
Veteran Nashville songwriter and small town Pennsylvania native, Irene Kelley, will release her first new collection of original songs in more than 10 years on February 11, 2014. The new bluegrass full-length album -- Pennsylvania Coal (Patio Records) -- is a tribute to her coal-mining grandfather and a recording Irene has had on her bucket-list for some time. Produced by Grammy Award-winner Mark Fain, the album features many contemporary roots and bluegrass music giants such as Carl Jackson, Rhonda Vincent, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Stuart Duncan, Bryan Sutton, Trisha Yearwood and others.
Listeners continue to discover Irene's music: an authentic mix of country and bluegrass with tinges of folk and Americana distinguished by her sweetly tempered voice, always backed by cracker-jack players. Earning her place in the Nashville pantheon, her songs have been recorded by prominent artists, including Alan Jackson, Loretta Lynn, Trisha Yearwood, Rhonda Vincent, 2013 IBMA Vocalist of the Year Claire Lynch, and others.First New Collection in more than 10 years Featuring Special Guests Carl Jackson, Claire Lynch, Dale Ann Bradley, Darren Vincent, Stuart Duncan, Trisha Yearwood, and others
Longtime music critic Michael McCall wrote her breakthrough CD, Simple Path, presented, "thoughtful songs with a grace that effectively conveys the tenderness of their message-filled material." No flash in the pan, no diva-belting -- this is music that lasts -- a warm, clear voice singing timeless new bluegrass classics. As one of the 12 tracks on the album notes, it gets even "better with time.Tags: Irene KelleyPennsylvania CoalSongwriterCD Release
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and Mandy Barnett announce the release of I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson, Barnett’s newest CD, which will be available on November 11 at all Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® locations, online at www.crackerbarrel.com and select digital retailers. The release, produced by Barnett, features 12 songs written by Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Don Gibson. The album’s debut coincides with the 10th anniversary of Gibson’s death on November 17, 2003, and fulfills a promise that Barnett made to the legendary singer/songwriter.
“Don, his wife Bobbi, and I became good friends a few years before he passed away,” said Barnett. “He asked me to consider recording an album of his songs, and of course I said yes. He wrote some of the most-loved songs in country music -- who wouldn’t want to record a Don Gibson song? Well, it may have taken more than a decade, but thanks to Cracker Barrel Old Country Store®, I have fulfilled my promise to Don and I could not be more excited. I had a great experience with Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® when they released my Winter Wonderland album in 2010, and I’m happy to be working with them again.”
“Mandy Barnett is an amazing vocalist,” said Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Marketing Manager Julie Craig. “Pairing her talent with the songs of the legendary Don Gibson has created an album that we hope will become a classic.”
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Gibson, who was inducted into the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame in 1973 and the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2001, was a very popular and highly influential country music singer/songwriter in the 1950s and 1960s. As an artist, he charted more than 20 Top 10 hits and released nearly 40 albums between 1958 and 1978 and was a member of the Grand Ole Opry. As a songwriter, he wrote songs that have become timeless classics and have been recorded by a multitude of artists in a variety of music genres. Gibson considered himself a songwriter who sang, rather than a singer who wrote songs.
Radio Programmers can find out more about Mandy Barnett and download I Can’t Stop Loving You: The Songs of Don Gibson at: http://AirPlayDirect.com/mandybarnettTags: Mandy BarnettBlue Blue DaysingleCD ReleaseAirPlay Direct
Russell Moore wanted to reflect on the 20 years he and his band IIIrd Tyme Out have spent with banjo artist Steve Dilling. Here's what Moore wrote.
"By now, you've most likely heard the news that Steve Dilling has decided to bring his time as a member of IIIrd Tyme Out to a close by officially turning in his notice.
"I wanted to take a minute to send a public ‘thank you’ from myself, personally, in regards to Steve's tenure and time spent with me, by my side for 20 years, night after night and mile after mile. If you look at bands this day in time, for members to stay in one band for 20 years is almost unheard of. In my opinion, the key component for that to happen is a direct result of the relationship off the stage, not just on the stage.
"Looking back over the last 20 years with Steve, I could sure write a book of memories, stories, experiences, good times and bad. It takes a special personality to stand by you and stick with you through all of those moments. Like any relationship in life, there have been battles we have had to overcome and celebrations we have relished in. Some situations you hope to never face again, and some victories you never dreamed of reaching. Our time together has been an amazing journey and Steve's support and dedication to this band has been a critical piece of every one of those happenings.
"I want to thank Steve for his support to not only IIIrd Tyme Out, but to me personally. He has always believed in me as a singer, a band leader and a friend. For those of you that know me beyond music, you know the friendship aspect is as critical as any other part. This world is full of talent, but finding people that are equal in personality and talent is becoming harder to find. I appreciate, and could not be more thankful for, Steve's friendship and team work. He will always be a IIIrd Tyme Out member as far as I am concerned and he, more importantly, will always remain one of my best friends. Not only will the music of IIIrd Tyme Out carry on, but so will our friendship.......and that means the world to me!
"Thank you Steve!!
Franklin, TN -- The brand new single, "More Life," from 2013 Emerging Artist of the Year nominee Darrell Webb and Queen of Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent, was released yesterday. Webb's upcoming 2014 release features an all-star lineup of some of the industry's biggest names including Vincent, Blue Highway, Daily & Vincent, The Grascals, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, Lonesome River Band and Wild Fire and produced by ground-breaking musician and bluegrass producer Jim VanCleve, from Mountain Heart fame.
“It’s a great, great song," Webb says of "More Life." He also adds that, "This is my favorite project ever.” The album was recorded at Omni Artist Studio in Weaverville, North Carolina.
Webb is known for bringing a healthy dose of zeal and drive to the stage, reaching beyond traditional boundaries, fully embracing all aspects of the bluegrass genre. A Grammy-award nominated session player for his work with Dolly Parton, and a decorated IBMA and SPBGMA award winner, Webb has played with some of bluegrass music's biggest names.
Before forming the Darrell Webb Band in 2009, he received two Grammy nominations for his performances on Dolly Parton's Halos and Horns and For God and Country. He has received awards from both the International Bluegrass Music Association and the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America.
Along with Parton, Webb has recorded on projects with Marty Raybon, Bobby Hicks, and the queen of bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent. His 20-year career also includes performing with banjo legend J.D. Crowe and the Lonesome River Band. He has appeared on stage with Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, Dierks Bentley, and more.
The Darrell Webb Band revolutionized the way acoustic music is performed. For an acoustic band performing without the use of stationary microphones, the band's high-impact concert fully energizes the audience and keeps fans on their feet wanting more.Darrell WebbRhonda VincentsingleMore Life
Garner, NC -- Accomplished banjoist and long-time emcee of IIIrd Tyme Out, Steve Dilling, has joined Jordan Entertainment. Dilling will serve as manager of Jordan Entertainment and agent for Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road. His main duties will include booking the band and hiring entertainment for Christmas in the Smokies and Bluegrass in Cherokee festivals as well as the company's latest venture, a coffeehouse / music venue that will host a bluegrass concert series on Thursday nights and national acts on the weekend. Personally, Dilling will also continue to play with the band Sideline and teach.
"We are delighted to have Steve Dilling join us as part of the Jordan Entertainment family. He is a superb musician, and we feel he will help us expand our opportunities and open new doors. Combined with our new label, Pinecastle Records, publicists, Make Welcome Entertainment, and our many endorsements, we look forward to an exciting 2014," said Lorraine Jordan.
"Although my decision to leave IIrd Tyme Out was extremely difficult, and I thank Russell and the rest of the band past and present for all of the wonderful times that we had, I look forward to this new adventure and working closely with Lorraine and the rest of the Jordan Entertainment team," said Dilling.
Make Welcome Entertainment provides management and publicity services for bluegrass, roots and country artists. With offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, DC, Make Welcome is well positioned to focus on the details so artists can focus on making great music. To learn more about Make Welcome Entertainment visit www.MakeWelcome.com.Tags: Steve DillingJordan EntertainmentLorraine JordanPromotionBusiness
Wilkesboro, NC -- MerleFest, presented by Lowe’s and slated for April 24-27, 2014, is proud to announce the music festival’s initial lineup. The four-day event, an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans, will once again take place on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. As in years past, the initial lineup reflects the diversity and quality of performers that are the hallmark of the festival. Thursday night’s schedule includes the previously announced country music superstar Alan Jackson, who will showcase his newly released bluegrass album. Another legend - bluegrass icon Dr. Ralph Stanley - will perform on Saturday evening in the Dr. Ralph Stanley All-Star Jam hosted by Jim Lauderdale. Two of bluegrass music’s biggest names, Dailey & Vincent, will be joined by the Statler Brothers’ Jimmy Fortune to deliver a set of that hallowed band’s biggest hits, complete with the deep, rich harmonies for which all three performers are known.
Additionally, the lineup introduces some Americana favorites: MerleFest newcomer Keller Williams will perform with the Travelin’ McCourys, and festival favorite Tim O’Brien, along with singer-songwriter Darrell Scott, will perform hits from their new album “Memories and Moments.”
“With just this first list of performers, fans will see that we have a great mix of ‘vintage MerleFest’ and ‘fresh faces,’” says Steve Johnson, artist relations manager for MerleFest. “While we have many more artists yet to announce, we can say now that we have an incredible depth of music for 2014 that lives up to the ‘traditional plus’ lineup MerleFest attendees have come to enjoy over the years. We are especially excited to offer a few special jams and MerleFest moments that no one will want to miss!"
“And, as MerleFest fans have learned, we release up-to-the-minute lineup additions and other festival news through our social media outlets; so staying in touch with us via our electronic newsletter, website (www.merlefest.org), Facebook and Twitter is crucial,” Johnson adds.
MerleFest is known for its unique mix of traditional, roots-oriented music from the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, Americana, blues, country, Celtic, Cajun, cowboy, zydeco, rock and many other styles that Doc Watson referred to as “traditional plus.”
The following are among the artists scheduled to perform at MerleFest 2014: Richard Watson; Alan Jackson;Carolina Chocolate Drops; Dailey and Vincent Quartet with Jimmy Fortune; Dr. Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys; Keller Williams; Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott; The Steep Canyon Rangers; The Travelin’ McCourys; The Waybacks; Balsam Range; Alison Brown Quartet; Sam Bush Band; Peter Rowan; Della Mae; Donna the Buffalo; Jerry Douglas; The Duhks; Jim Lauderdale; Larry Keel and Natural Bridge; Scythian; Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice; The Kruger Brothers; Sutton, Holt and Coleman; Lonesome River Band; The Steel Wheels; The Claire Lynch Band; Sleepy Man Banjo Boys; High Valley; Town Mountain; Todd Snider; Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen; The Deadly Gentleman; Mark Johnson and Emory Lester; Mandolin Orange; The Hillbenders; I Draw Slow; Chris Jones and The Night Drivers; Pete and Joan Wernick; Alan Bibey and Grasstowne; Rory Block; Roy Book Binder; Fiona Boyes; Darin and Brooke Aldridge; Shannon Whitworth; Nashville Bluegrass Band; Missy Raines and The New Hip; Red June; Tut Taylor; Nora Jane Struthers and The Party Line; Del Rey; Jeff Little Trio; Mark Newton and Steve Thomas; Wayne Henderson; Jack Lawrence; Roland White; WBT Briarhoppers; Mary Flower; Josh Farrow; The Kickin Grass Band; Volume Five; Overmountain Men; Eleanor Ellis; Niall Toner Band; Riley Baugus; Jeff Brown and Still Lonesome; Mark Bumgarner; Buncombe Turnpike; Nick Chandler and Delivered; The Cockman Family; Nu-Blu; Moore Brothers Band; Toneblazers; Paul’s Creek Band; Sheila Kay Adams; Tal Naccarato; Steve and Ruth Smith; The South Carolina Broadcasters; Jon Stickley Trio; Laura Boosinger; Zephyr Lightning Bolts, The Banknotes; Wayne Erbsen; Misty River Band; The Fox Fire; Sanctum Sully; Time Sawyer; Mountain Feist; My New Favorites; Kim Robins and 40 Years Late; Timmy and Susana Abell; and many more.
Additional performers for MerleFest 2014 will be announced in the coming months. The lineup is viewable at http://www.merlefest.org/lineup
With his raw emotions and three-fingered banjo technique, Dr. Ralph Stanley, for over six decades, has helped bring a mountain style of bluegrass music to a global audience. As both a member of the legendary Stanley Brothers and as a solo artist, Stanley has influenced generations of performers in all genres. He has received numerous awards over the years: an honorary doctorate of music from Lincoln Memorial University, the National Heritage Award, the Living Legend Award from the Library of Congress and the National Medal of Arts. In 2002, Stanley received his first ever Grammy Award for Best Male Country Vocal Performance of the haunting rendition of “Oh Death” that was featured in the movie and soundtrack of “O Brother, Where Art Thou.”
Award winning Dailey & Vincent and legendary 21-year Statler Brothers member and Country and Gospel Music Hall of Fame inductee, Jimmy Fortune, will deliver a show packed with the classic hits of the Statler Brothers. The album “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” garnered a Grammy nomination.
After a 13-year wait, roots fans are celebrating the latest release by Grammy-winning folk and bluegrass multi-instrumentalist Tim O’Brien and singer/songwriter Darrell Scott. According to American Songwriter, their “Memories and Moments” album “shines a light on their shared Appalachian roots, drawing on influences like the Carter Family and Jimmy Rodgers.”
“This year MerleFest is pleased to welcome music legends like Alan Jackson and Dr. Stanley.Still we continue to honor and memorialize legend Doc Watson, who helped found this festival. Through his guidance and artistic creativity, MerleFest has grown into a world-class festival. MerleFest will always honor the memory and contributions of Doc and his son Merle,” says Ted Hagaman, festival director. “As always, we take pride in the diversity presented in this year’s lineup. That is a credit to Doc Watson, who always believed that all genres of music should be celebrated.”
The MerleFest box office will open for 2014 ticket sales on Tuesday, November 12, at 2 p.m. EST. Ticket purchases can be made on the web at www.merlefest.org or by calling 1-800-343-7857. With more than 130 acts performing on 13 stages during the course of the event, MerleFest is an excellent entertainment value. An early bird ticket discount is available through March 10, 2014.
MerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is an annual homecoming of musicians and music fans held on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. MerleFest was founded in 1988 in memory of the late Eddy Merle Watson, son of the late American music legend Doc Watson. MerleFest is a celebration of "traditional plus" music, a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles. The festival hosts over 130 artists, performing on 13 stages during the course of the four-day event. The annual event has become the primary fundraiser for the WCC Endowment Corporation, funding scholarships, capital projects and other educational needs.Tags: MerlefestLineupMusic FestivalEvent
Nashville, TN: "That's Kentucky", the latest single from Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road's self-titled album from Pinecastle Records, debuted at number one on Bluegrass Today's Monthly Airplay Chart. The tune logged 968 total spins in October. "That's Kentucky" has also been in the top spot for the last two weeks on Bluegrass Today's Weekly Airplay Chart.
"I am honored, excited and feel extremely blessed," said Lorraine Jordan. "Thank you to all of our fans that helped make "That's Kentucky" number one. It is a great song written by Tom T. Hall, Dixie Hall and Troy Engle about the Bluegrass State, and I personally feel like we need more songs to remind us of where our music came from. I'll keep the tradition alive through songs like this."
Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road's distinct sound and old time flair can be attributed to bluegrass-rich area of North Carolina from which they hail and borrow their name. As the founding member and bandleader, Lorraine Jordan's showmanship and chemistry with the audience makes the group one of the most popular bands among bluegrass fans today. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road is comprised of Lorraine Jordan (mandolin and tenor vocals), Tommy Long (baritone vocals and guitar), Josh Goforth (fiddle), Ben Green (banjo), and John Bradley (bass).
The band has earned a reputation as one of the hardest working bands in bluegrass, averaging 60 bluegrass festivals in the U.S. and Canada annually along with headlining the Bluegrass Cruise and hosting the Canadian Bluegrass Awards, Christmas in the Smokies Bluegrass Festival and Bluegrass in Cherokee. The band's self-titled album from Pinecastle Records was released on September 10, 2013. Their previous release, Back to My Roots, achieved commercial and critical success, charting on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Singles, and Top 10 Album Chart and reaching #1 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Charts. For more on Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, visit www.CarolinaRoadBand.com
Make Welcome Entertainment provides management and publicity services for bluegrass, roots and country artists. With offices in Nashville, Tennessee and Washington, DC, Make Welcome is well positioned to focus on the details so artists can focus on making great music. To learn more about Make Welcome Entertainment visit www.MakeWelcome.comTags: Lorraine Jordan & Carolina RoadThat's KentuckyChartssingle
Nashville, TN -- Martha E. Moore is celebrating her 25th year as head of her independent, boutique public relations firm, so much MOORE media. Moore opened the doors of so much MOORE media in November 1988, and it's a name that Jo Walker-Meador (former Executive Director, CMA) believes fits her perfectly. Meador reflects, "I watched Martha fine tune her knowledge of both national and international press as she established her own company. It is apparent that Martha has always gone above and beyond in applying her knowledge and expertise for her clients."
In her 30-plus year career, Moore has worked with Country legends Johnny Cash, Carl Perkins, Brenda Lee, Merle Haggard, Barbara Mandrell, Conway Twitty, Loretta Lynn, George Strait, Kathy Mattea, Lee Greenwood, David Frizzell and Don Williams, along with Rock stars Tom Jones, John Mellencamp, KISS, Tears for Fears, Bon Jovi, Cinderella, Def Leppard, Joe Cocker and more.
In recent years so much MOORE media has represented a wide variety of Country, Bluegrass, Americana and corporate clients including Hank Cochran, Ricky Skaggs, The Amazing Rhythm Aces, actress/performer Kassie DePaiva, Guy Penrod, The Grascals, Jerry Reed, Sylvia, Randy Thompson, The Stetson Family, Todd Fritsch, Lisa O'Kane, Flynnville Train, Becky Schlegel, Aiken & Friends Fest and Tappedinto.com.
Martha is currently engaged in strategic partnerships with powerhouse PR firm Webster & Associates, and indie label Way Out West Records. Her present roster includes APA-Nashville, The Roys, LiveWire, Lisa Matassa, Jay Jolley, Joanna Mosca, Sherry Lynn, Lizzie Sider and Mike Aiken.
A popular Nashville transplant, Moore was born in Washington, D.C. She began her career in music as a copywriter for WKGN Radio (Knoxville) while studying Advertising and Marketing at the University of Tennessee. Martha moved to Nashville in 1976 to take a position at WLAC Radio (AM Promotion/FM Traffic). She worked at MCA/ABC Records as the label's Manager of Press & Artist Development for just over four years before moving to PolyGram Records. While there, Moore was the Director of Press & Artist Relations/Nashville for nearly eight years. Jerry Kennedy, then VP of A&R/Nashville recalls Moore as "very creative and dependable." "We were very fortunate to have Martha on the team. She did a great job for our roster," he states.
A member of the CMA, ACM, Americana Music Association, IBMA and SOURCE, Moore's opinions are frequently sought by the media on the topic of independent PR. She was recently featured in a Bluegrass Unlimited article on publicists, and has also appeared in various media outlets including Country Music People Magazine, Music News Nashville, Third Coast Magazine, Roots Music Report and MusicRow magazine. Additionally, Moore wrote a popular music column, "Roots, Boots & 'Billy," for Ireland's Country Music Plus Magazine for a year.
"I cannot imagine doing anything else," Moore states. "To work hand-in-hand with such talented artists every day is just a blessing. I am incredibly grateful to the Nashville music community and to the media who continue to trust in me. I follow my passion, and it's rarely steered me wrong."
For more information or to contact Martha, go to http://www.SoMuchMoore.com.Tags: SoMuchMOOREMartha MoorePromotionBusiness25th Anniversary
ASCAP hits its 100-year milestone on February 13th, 2014. For an entire century, the leading US performing rights organization has made it possible for American songwriters, composers and music publishers, who create the music the world loves, to thrive alongside the businesses that use their work. As it approaches its birthday, The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is celebrating its 100-year history — and looking ahead to its future — by launching its 100 Years, 100 Days campaign and website today, on November 5th.
The site (www.ASCAP100.com) features an interactive timeline of ASCAP's rich history. Each day leading up to the birthday, a new year will be unveiled, revealing a fascinating trove of photographs, facts and important milestones that tell ASCAP’s - and America’s – musical story in an exciting new way. The ASCAP100 site will also soon debut a commissioned short film, “Why We Create Music,” directed by Michael Marantz, providing a behind-the-scenes look into the creative process of a veritable who's-who of today’s top songwriters and composers collaborating on an original score. The film combines interviews and the musical gifts of 15 ASCAP members - all of whom are at the top of their field and have been recognized by Pulitzer Prizes, GRAMMYs, EMMYs, OSCARs and DOVE Awards: Aloe Blacc, Claudia Brant, Carter Burwell, Amy Grant, Josh Kear, Savan Kotecha, David Lang, Lady Antebellum's Charles Kelley and Dave Haywood, Bear McCreary, Ne-Yo, Stargate (Tor Hermansen & Mikkel Eriksen), Dan Wilson and Bill Withers.
ASCAP President and Chairman Paul Williams said, “Since ASCAP is its songwriter, composer and music publisher members, this is an exciting opportunity to honor and thank the men and women whose music has moved the world for 100 years. ASCAP’s story began with a group of visionary leaders coming together to build a sustainable future for music creators and music lovers alike. The ASCAP100 site shows how our unwavering commitment to that mission is as strong today as it has been throughout our incredible history.”
Since its founding, ASCAP has played a vital role in helping American music creators embrace the country's founding ideal of freedom of expression by ensuring they're rewarded for their work. The organization has seen its ranks grow from a small band of music visionaries in New York City in 1914 to 480,000 current members — a majority of which have joined in just the last four years. ASCAP processes a staggering 250 billion performances annually, resulting in $4.2 billion in distribution to members in the last five years alone. And its reach is international: ASCAP works with reciprocal partners in more than 100 countries to diligently collect foreign performance income — an increasingly large percentage of overall revenue, now at about one-third.
Perhaps most importantly, the ASCAP100 site serves as a reminder of ASCAP's ability to adapt with changing technology and industry paradigms. When it was founded, ASCAP helped its members collect earnings from a single type of performance royalty; today, it tracks revenues from every type of public performance imaginable in an ever-increasing variety of platforms — from an underscore in a TV show, to radio, to live concerts, to myriad performances on licensed wireless and online platforms. As the number of performances promises to multiply in the century ahead, ASCAP's proven ability to adapt assures its members will be compensated for types of performances as unfathomable to them now as Spotify was to its founders.
The site launches with the interactive timeline; as each year in ASCAP's history is revealed online, a wealth of new content becomes available, including key events in ASCAP history, world history, and relevant artwork. The site bridges the gap between old and new, as a Spotify embed of an important song or musical work and the modern day impact of ASCAP’s historic achievements is included with each year. With a constantly changing music industry, ASCAP is always evolving to lead in licensing new media. The site will also include a Thunderclap widget, coming in December, to allow visitors to schedule a "Happy 100th Birthday, ASCAP" wish via social media on February 13th, 2014.
Given the rapidly changing music industry, performance rights organizations have to evolve, too, and no one is adapting as quickly as ASCAP. Processing over 250 billion performances a year, no other entity can do what ASCAP does as accurately and as quickly as they can, nor provide the level of performance information and detail that they do. Having already accomplished 100 years of success in the US, the world’s largest producer of creative works, ASCAP, will continue to pave the way in licensing new media and adapting to rapidly evolving business models.
The American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers (ASCAP) is a professional membership organization of songwriters, composers and music publishers of every kind of music. ASCAP’s mission is to license and promote the music of its members and foreign affiliates, obtain fair compensation for the public performance of their works and to distribute the royalties that it collects based upon those performances. ASCAP members write the world’s best-loved music and ASCAP has pioneered the efficient licensing of that music to hundreds of thousands of enterprises who use it to add value to their business – from bars, restaurants and retail, to radio, TV and cable, to Internet, mobile services and more.
The ASCAP license offers an efficient solution for businesses to legally perform ASCAP music while respecting the right of songwriters and composers to be paid fairly. With over 470,000 members representing more than 8.5 million copyrighted works, ASCAP is the worldwide leader in performance royalties, service and advocacy for songwriters and composers, and the only American performing rights organization (PRO) owned and governed by its writer and publisher members. www.ascap.comTags: ASCAP100th AnniversaryBusiness