Breaking News: Freight & Salvage Situation Update, NPR Tiny Desk Concert, Bluegrass Agent Lance Leroy

Here is the breaking news in the world of bluegrass:

Update On The Freight & Salvage Troubles

Freight & Salvage

Freight & Salvage

Hilary Perkins (aka Nell Robinson), an especially knowledgeable observer, has provided a detailed Freight & Salvage Situation Update on the ongoing troubles at the Berkeley Society For The Preservation Of Traditional Music dba the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse. This has been a matter of frustration for bluegrass & folk musicians for the past several years and has not been solved. It now looks like our music community will have to look elsewhere for support. Is a replacement Freight on the way? We will keep you informed about future developments.

2016 NPR Tiny Desk Contest Announced

There will be another National Public Radio Music Tiny Desk Contest in 2016. Many bluegrass bands participated in the hugely popular inaugural 2015 contest and the (alas, non-bluegrass) winner was from the Bay Area. The tiny desk is in an office in Washington, DC. Your band has the music. That is all we need. More Information will be available soon.

Larry Leroy with the famed Martha White Flour bus.

Larry Leroy with the famed Martha White Flour bus.

Super Bluegrass Agent Lance Leroy, Strong Bluegrass Traditionalist & IBMA Founder

Lance Leroy, a longtime bluegrass talent agent to the stars and a fierce bluegrass traditionalist, died today. He was 84 years old. He was best known for booking Lester Flatt following the breakup of Flatt & Scruggs & The Foggy Mountain Boys. He also played a big role in booking Jimmy Martin’s post country-era career, The Bluegrass Cardinals & The Johnson Mountain Boys in their prime, and, for a time, The Del McCoury Band. He helped found the International Bluegrass Music Association and was always admired for his professionalism and for being a perfect Southern gentleman at all times.

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