Bluegrass Music Industry News, July 2013

Chart toppers at press time

Billboard: Steve Martin & Edie Brickell’s Love Has Come For You has stayed at Number 9 since its release five weeks ago. Steven Curtis Chapman’s Deep Roots is at Number 2, and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Carry Me Back is at Number 3 and has been out for 49 weeks.

Bluegrass Today Weekly Airplay Chart: Kenny & Amanda Smith Band’s “Why Did You Call” at Number 1, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen “I Fell Short” at Number 2, and Dailey & Vincent “Steel Drivin’ Man” at Number 3.

Bluegrass Unlimited Songs: Balsam Range “Any Old Road (Will Take You There)” Number 1; Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice “The Story Of The Day That I Died” at Number 2, and Kathy Kallick Band “Time” at Number 3.

Bluegrass Unlimited Albums: The Gibson Brothers They Called It Music at Number 1, The Story Of The Day That I Died by Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice at Number 2, and Dailey & Vincent’s Brothers of the Highway at Number 3.


Fiddler and 9-time IBMA award winner Michael Cleveland has signed with Compass Records. Cleveland is busy at work on a new album that will be released in 2014.

Australian Kristy Cox has joined Pisgah Ridge for promotional assistance. Cox has worked heavily with producer and songwriter Jerry Salley, and will perform at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh in September.

Entertainer and actor Randall Franks is a recent inductee to the Independent Country Music Hall of Fame. Franks’s musical stylings have been heard in 150 countries and by more than 25 million Americans. His musical career boasts 19 album releases, 17 singles, and over 200 recordings with various artists from various genres. Franks played the part of “Officer Randy” on the television show In the Heat of the Night, starring Carroll O’Connor.

Claire Lynch was awarded by United States Artists with a fellowship amounting to $50,000.00.  This fellowship is given by a group whose mission is to support and sustain the careers of all kinds of artists in the U.S.

Shannon and Heather Slaughter & County Clare are proud to announce If I Were A Carpenter as the second radio single release from their album, One More Road.

Band member changes

Jesse Brock has joined 2012 IBMA Entertainers of the Year The Gibson Brothers on mandolin. Brock will join The Gibson Brothers at the Red, White and Bluegrass Festival in Morganton, NC on July 3.

Skip Cherryholmes is the new guitar player for Lou Reid & Carolina. Skip joins Lou and Christy Reid on mandolin and bass respectively, and Trevor Watson on banjo.

Mandolin player Chris Davis has parted ways with Junior Sisk & Rambler’s Choice. Davis plans on staying closer to home and starting a new musical venture with his wife, Julie Reeves Davis.

Blake Pitney has joined The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys on bass. The 20-year-old joins brothers Tommy, Johnny and Robbie Mizzone. Pitney is from Nashville and has played with the Mizzone Brothers before.

New books

Author Ariel Hyatt has announced her newest and most comprehensive book: Cyber PR For Musicians: Tools, Tricks & Tactics For Building Your Social Media House  2nd edition. The book focuses on how to maximize your social media entities efficiently. To purchase the book online, click here.

Ricky Skaggs has written an autobiography titled Kentucky Traveler-My Life in Music. It will be released by Harper Collins on August 13 and follows Skaggs from his youth in eastern Kentucky to fame and fortune as a country music hit maker. The book also includes an account on the rich history of bluegrass music.

Foundations and Associations

The Foundation for Bluegrass Music is hosting an After-Awards Show Party fundraiser on Thursday, September 26 in Raleigh at Tir Na Nog during World of Bluegrass week. The fun starts at 10:30p.m., and will feature performances from Blue Highway, Creek Bend, and Jim Gaudet and the Railroad Boys. There will also be food and drinks for purchase. Tickets are $10 per person during World of Bluegrass.

Summergrass San Diego is gearing up for another fantastic festival. Mark your calendar for this premier event happening in San Diego County, August 16-18, 2013, at the Antique Gas & Steam Engine Museum in Vista, CA. Visit for more info.

Tours and promotions

Dr. Ralph Stanley has announced his farewell tour, “Man of Constant Sorrow Tour: The Dr.’s Farewell”. The revered banjo and singing legend, age 86, will commence his final tour in October, spanning 80 events that will end in December 2014. For more information, visit his website.

Nu-Blu has announced Sam Ash Music Store appearances have been added to The Ten Tour. The band has partnered with Peterson Tuners, QSC, D’Addario, and Sennheiser, to host a series of meet and greet appearances, clinics and performances at Sam Ash stores around the country.


Glenn Christensen, of Hauula, Hawaii, passed away the weekend of June 22nd. Christensen co-founded the Santa Cruz Bluegrass Society (now the Northern California Bluegrass Society). He was 70 years old.

Kenny Sloas of Isonville, KY, passed away on Thursday morning, June 20 at age 78. Sloas was a banjo player with the Sloas Brothers Band and the Dixie Play Boys.