Three agencies have announced news this week that relate to artist representation in the bluegrass world.
Ralph Stanley is now being booked by the Paradigm Agency, based in Nashville. Bobby Cudd with Paradigm will be handling Stanley’s dates.
Unless you lay your mind to the dates, it is easy to lose sight of the fact that Stanley has been performing professionally, with only brief interruption, for more than 65 of his 85 years. In the bluegrass world, he is like the ocean tides; a constant we expect as surely as the new day’s dawning.
Though neither Ralph, nor his profoundly influential brother, Carter, even described their music as bluegrass, there can be no doubt that they, and he, have left it far better than they found it. They are as responsible for its current form every bit as much as Bill Monroe or Flatt & Scruggs.
Long live Ralph Stanley!
Also announced this week is the merger of TG2 Artists and Mike Green & Associates. TG2, based in North Carolina, is managed by Trish Galfano, and Mike Green & Associates is run by… well, Mike Greene, based in Michigan. The new firm will go by the name TG2 – Mike Green Artists.
Artists in and around bluegrass which they represent include Claire Lynch, Bearfoot, April Verch, Robin & Linda Williams, The Duhks, Mike Marshall and John McCutcheon.
At this point both agencies are maintaining their separate offices and web sites. Green will handle all their combined acts in the Midwest and Southeastern US, while Galfano takes cares of the Mid-Atlantic, New England, and Western states.