Since 1992, Kirk and Becky Brandenberger have managed Prime Cuts Of Bluegrass, a radio marketing and promotion service specializing in bluegrass music.
Six times each year, a new volume of Prime Cuts has been delivered to hundreds of program directors and show hosts all over the world, with 12-15 tracks that the labels or artists have selected to highlight. They have helped countless new artists gain airplay, and figured in the promotion for most new releases by major bluegrass artists.
Their 100th CD was shipped in July, and we learned yesterday that it will be their last. Prime Cuts will continue, but under new management.
Here is the statement from the Brandenbergers that was issued on September 21.
You may have heard through the grapevine or noticed that you haven’t received your copy of Prime Cuts of Bluegrass, Volume 101 yet and suspected that something is up. After seventeen years and one hundred volumes of Prime Cuts of Bluegrass, Becky and I are ending our ownership of Prime Cuts of Bluegrass. About a year and a half ago, we agreed that the release of Volume 100 would be a good stopping point so that we could pursue other interests.
Fortunately, we have an interested individual who has verbally agreed to take over the operations and ownership of Prime Cuts of Bluegrass. This person (who shall remain anonymous until the transfer is completed) has assured us that the quality and type of service will remain the same ‚Äì in other words, take good care of “our baby” ‚Äì with future intentions to add internet capabilities.
Extra time is needed to make this transition go smoothly. The next release of Prime Cuts of Bluegrass (Volume 101) is planned for January 15, 2010. Please periodically check the Prime Cuts of Bluegrass website for updated information.
It’s hard to put into words our heartfelt gratitude to you for supporting us through this venture. But, we are extremely thankful and appreciative. You’ve helped us make our mark in the bluegrass business world. We’ll miss working with you in this capacity but are sure that our paths will cross again. After all, we have something in common ‚Äì the love of bluegrass music!