• Layoffs at Breedlove

    Breedlove Guitar Co. is a medium sized instrument manufacturer located in Bend, Oregon. They manufacture both electric and acoustic guitars, basses, and mandolins. They've cut 5 jobs at their plant. That is a 10% reduction in staff, leaving 46 workers to

  • Album sales: 2000 – 2008

    Every year it seems that we talk about the decline in CD sales. Those numbers are, themselves, troubling for those attempting to make a living selling music on CDs. The overall number for music sales, aren't much better. The decline in

  • Tony Trischka wins Independent Music Award

    Tony Trischka was recently awarded for his CD, territory. The CD won the award for Best Americana Album at the 8th Annual Independent Music Awards">8th Annual Independent Music Awards. territory was released in 2008 on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings. The CD contains

  • Monetize Youtube

    YouTube has a new feature that should be of particular interest to labels & artists. You'll have to work out who owns the copyright if you have a label contract. In the past, if someone else used your song as a

  • Lincoln in the Land of Bluegrass

    The International Bluegrass Music Museum is getting ready to celebrate Abraham Lincoln's 200th birthday. You didn't know Lincoln was a bluegrasser? He was. Well maybe not in a bluegrass music sense. But he was a native Kentuckian. The Museum's celebration takes the

  • A better way to book bluegrass?

    Music Think Tank has a post up today with an idea for a better way to book shows for live music. The idea is that instead of looking at past performances and trying to guess how many people might show up

  • Hard Ryde: Stages

    Hard Ryde first caught my ear in 2007 with their CD Expressed (released in 2006). In 2008 they released Stages. Like most bluegrass bands they experienced some band member turn over between CDs, but if the changes had any effect on

  • Should ladies play the banjo?

    We all know that playing the banjo is the polite thing to do, but is it appropriate behavior for ladies? Associate Professor of Music (Hamilton College) Lydia Hamessley, says that the banjo manufacturers of the late nineteenth century engaged in an

  • David Grier is Best of 2008

    Audiophile Audition has published their list of the best recordings of 2008. The web magazine focuses on recordings of interest to audiophiles and collectors. Their 2008 Best of list doesn't include a bluegrass category, but nonetheless, David Grier made the list.