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Bluegrass Music Industry News,
January 2013


Bluegrass booking agent/manager Randy Campbell passed away Nov. 2. Randy was involved with promoting Ralph Stanley, Jesse McReynolds and The Dillards, among others. Our sympathy is extended to the Campbell family. To post a remembrance, please click here.


We extend heartfelt congratulations to Claire Lynch and Tony Trischka, who recently received USA (United States Artists) Fellowships. The 50 annual fellowships, each with an unrestricted grant of $50,000, recognize innovative and influential artists in their specific fields. Reflecting the diversity of artistic practice in America, they include cutting-edge thinkers and traditional practitioners from the fields of architecture and design, crafts and traditional arts, dance, literature, media, music, theater arts, and visual arts.  Dobro master Rob Ickes is a previous recipient of this grant.

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Heard 'Round the World

Australian broadcaster Geoff Morris, host of Wall-to-Wall Bluegrass on, presented his last program for a few months Dec. 31. Morris has re-located to Melbourne for cancer treatments for the next six weeks, and hopes to be back on the air with his 500th show the week of Easter. If you’d like to send him a note of encouragement, he’s at

Australian bluegrass artist Karen Lynne’s new gospel album, Shine Your Light was finished up in December and is available for order now. Karen and her husband, banjo player Martin Louis recorded the album at the Good Home Grown Music studio with producer Jerry Salley, last fall when they were in Nashville for IBMA’s World of Bluegrass. 

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Bluegrass Magic Moments: Jerry Shereshewsky, Flatt & Scruggs, a Girl Named “Martha White,” and December 8, 1962.

The beginning of a new year is a time for reflection—thinking back over the past 12 months and the past in general.

One of the best perks of working for IBMA is getting to pull up a chair in various circles of conversation and listen to members tell stories. I lucked into a recent email exchange between Sab Watanabe Inoue in Japan, Pete Wernick in Colorado, Jerry Shereshewsky in Connecticut, and Dave Freeman in Virginia, on the topic of December 8, 1962—the night Flatt & Scruggs played Carnegie Hall.

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New Developments at Spotify: Your Music is Everywhere!

Spotify is a Swedish music service that can stream songs to most any device on an Internet connection. Recently releasing a new Discovery engine, Spotify is becoming even more popular on the list of mainstream music platforms. Announcing the big milestone of 5 million paying subscribers, Spotify continues to impress the masses.

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