German bluegrass radio hosts seeks submissions

We heard recenty from Rainer Zellner, a bluegrass radio host in Germany, seeking CD contributions from American artists. As regular readers may have noticed, Bluegrass Today is a strong and aggressive supporter of the efforts of bluegrass musicians and promoters outside of North America, and non-US bluegrass radio is often the primary way new and potential fans in Europe and Asia will first encounter the music.

It has been my experience that independent artists get a positive response from European show hosts, as major US labels are often unwilling to cover the costs of mailing large numbers of promo copies of new releases overseas. Non-US shows are often especially appreciative of the CDs they do receive, and a number of American bands who might be considered “mid level” here at home make regular tours in the UK and Europe as a result of building a following via radio.

In any event, for artists or labels who would like to send projects to Rainer, his address is:

Radio Wueste Welle T???bingen
Rainer Zellner
Saarstr. 8
T???bingen, 72070

Rainer mentioned tha his show, Hillbilly Boogie, is on twice each week (since 1999), and is streamed online. He can be reached by email as well.

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John Lawless

John had served as primary author and editor for The Bluegrass Blog from its launch in 2006 until being folded into Bluegrass Today in September of 2011. He continues in that capacity here, managing a strong team of columnists and correspondents.