Music Shed opens wholesale division

The Music ShedThe market giveth, and the market taketh away…

We commented last week on somber news about CD sales at the wholesale level, mentioning the recent demise of long-time bluegrass and old time wholesale distributor, The Record Depot. Their closing has had a profound effect on a great many bluegrass-themed businesses, not only for the loss of a trusted vendor or customer, but also for the omen it may portend about the future of recorded music sales in the bluegrass world.

On a cheerier note, Music Shed has just announced the launch of a wholesale division to serve fellow music retailers who stock and sell bluegrass. The company is owned and closely associated with Pinecastle Records, in much the same way that Record Depot was once affiliated with Rebel Records.

They maintain a large inventory of CDs, DVDs, books and box sets which they have offered to retail customers for many years, and now this same catalog will be available to resellers 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.

  • It seems to me that Bluegrass Today, which is a wonderful concept, is adding to the commercial demise of bluegrass music, as illustrated by the loss of Music Shed, by only focusing on the few national bluegrass groups. About half the entries seem to have very little connection to bluegrass, but are included because they fit the “national” definition, as opposed to regional bluegrass news.

    The rest of us, the folks who actually buy the CDs, are relegated to the “B”. That may work in the short term, but in the long run I think you’re going to continue to see fewer CD sales by national groups. Why should I buy the CD of a band that gets a lot of exposure on Bluegrass Today? They obviously don’t need my $18.00.

    In a sense, Bluegrass Today has become one of the “majors”, and those of us who are “indies” have to promote our CDs by going around you, since we can’t join you, in the same way that we have to go around the major record labels and get our product out to the people by touring, etc.