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Keith Case / President / Agent

Music industry veteran Keith Case has presented the finest acts in bluegrass and roots music for over thirty years with a professional career that began in Denver , CO in 1970. As a talent agent, manager and promoter he has represented legendary singer-songwriters and musicians (John Hartford, Townes Van Zandt, Guy Clark, Nashville Bluegrass Band) and has been instrumental in breaking notable new acts that went on to amass both popular and critical acclaim (Alison Krauss and Union Station, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Robert Earl Keen). His booking agency, Keith Case & Associates, is Nashville ’s premiere traditional music agency and continues to present the foremost artists which lead the genre.


Lee Olsen / Vice-President / Agent

Growing up in Pennsylvania, Lee Olsen began a career in music playing mandolin in his own bluegrass band, Whetstone Run, for fifteen years. He later formed his own talent agency, Lee Olsen & Associates, representing such acts as the Fairfield Four (whom he also manages), Red Clay Ramblers and The Seldom Scene, among others. Joining Keith Case & Associates in 1989, Lee was named Vice President of the company in 1995.


John Everhart / Agent

John grew up in the hills of East Tennessee, Cleveland that is. A music lover since first hearing one of his parents’ Elvis 45′s at a young age, John headed to Athens and the University of Georgia for college to be in the middle of a vibrant music scene. After college, John helped grow a successful music festival in his hometown and ran his own booking agency, Wheelhouse Artists, for several years working with artists such as The Biscuit Burners, Shannon Whitworth, and John Reischman & the Jaybirds. Nothing has been more exciting than finding out he and his wife Lou were going to be parents. They just celebrated their son Harrison’s fourth birthday.




Emily Gaughen / Agent Assistant

Emily grew up in Northern Virginia outside of Washington, D.C. where she developed an appreciation and love for different musical genres.  Her diverse vinyl record collection ranges from Otis Redding and The Beatles to Zac Brown Band and Childish Gambino.  Emily was awarded a Bachelor of Arts degree from James Madison University in Virginia, graduating with a major in Writing, Rhetoric, and Technical Communications and double minors in the Music Industry and British Media/Communications.  She loves to travel and studied two summers in England and Ireland. Emily’s previous work was in classical, metal, pop, country, and bluegrass genres.  Her varied musical tastes make Nashville the perfect home.

Alannah Rudd / Agent Assistant / Office Manager

Three years shy of being a native Nashvillian, Alannah grew up on Loretta Lynn, Led Zeppelin, James Taylor, and Alison Krauss.  Alannah’s previous work experience includes internships at The Historic Ryman Auditorium and Dualtone Music Group as well as a Royalty Assistant & Accounting Services position at Bluewater Music.  She obtained a Bachelor of Science in Mass Communications / Recording Industry Management with a minor in Business Administration from Middle Tennessee State University .  Not much has been more fulfilling than raising her gargantuan dog, Hambone.

Jesse Winchester 1944-2014

“You can’t talk about the best songwriters and not include him.” – Bob Dylan “The word that comes to mind is grace.” – Elvis Costello Jesse Winchester, a singer’s singer and a songwriter’s songwriter, died of bladder cancer on April 11, 2014, at the age of 69. His voice, by turns ethereal, sly, earthy, and [...]


Chuck Mead to Release New Album March 4

Nashville’s Plowboy Records is pleased to announce the signing of Chuck Mead and the release of his new record Free State Serenade on March 4, 2014. A wild ride of hillbilly blues and honky-tonk, Mead, best known for his work as frontman for BR549, wrote the album based on the stories, legends, crimes and lonesome open roads of his childhood and formative years in Kansas. Recorded with his longtime band The Grassy Knoll Boys, Free State Serenade was co-produced with Joe Pisapia (kd Lang, Ben Folds Five) and features special guests BR549’s Don Herron and Old Crow Medicine Show’s Critter Fuqua.


Chatham County Line Signs with KCA Artists

(Nashville, TN) December 5, 2013: One look at Raleigh NC-based Chatham County Line onstage and one expects to hear the dusty bluegrass nostalgia of the faded album covers we all grew up with, but give them three minutes and that notion is easily dispelled. Where the suit and tie-bluegrass instruments-single mic approach look very traditional, [...]


The HillBenders Sign with KCA Artists

(Nashville, TN) July 24, 2013: The HillBenders are an aggressively energetic acoustic quintet at the forefront of an alt-grass revolution. With the release of their latest project, Can You Hear Me? on Compass Records, The HillBenders have established their own brand of acoustic fusion: a rich blend of bluegrass and Americana with a razor-sharp indie-rock edge. The HillBenders, [...]


KCA Artists now exclusively representing The Howlin’ Brothers

Meet The Howlin’ Brothers, a Nashville-based trio that likes to keep one foot in tradition – and use the other to kick it right out the door. On Howl, their first album for Brendan Benson’s Readymade Records, The Howlin’ Brothers effortlessly dispel all kinds of preconceived notions – starting with the myth that Nashville means [...]


Shannon Whitworth Releases ‘High Tide’

Shannon Whitworth’s sultry, bluesy stylings on her new album High Tide ascertains her new place in the musical landscape. Shannon kicked off her album release tour in Ashland, Virginia en route to New York City. Shannon’s new video for the title track “High Tide” recently premiered on American Songwriter and features a cool, old warehouse vibe with her regular [...]


The SteelDrivers’ ‘Hammer Down’ Now Available

The three time Grammy nominated bluegrass-meets-soul band The SteelDrivers thread the roots of bluegrass music with the distinctive threads of their own design, bringing together country and soul to create their own unapologetic hybrid of new music with the old feeling. Hammer Down, their third release on Rounder Records, released February 5, 2013. The SteelDrivers’- [...]


Steep Canyon Rangers win Best Bluegrass Album at 55th GRAMMY Awards

(Feb. 11, 2013) – Nobody Knows You from Bluegrass sensation Steep Canyon Rangers was named Best Bluegrass Album at the 55th Annual GRAMMY Awards, held Feb. 10 in Los Angeles. This is the band’s first GRAMMY win and second nomination. They were nominated in the same category at the 2012 ceremony for their album Rare [...]


Issac ‘Dickie’ Freeman

KCA Artists mourns the passing of Isaac “Dickie” Freeman, the great signature bass singer of the classic Fairfield Four from 1949-2008.


KCA welcomes Rodney Crowell!

KCA Artists is proud to announce the addition of Rodney Crowell to our roster. Rodney’s newest project is KIN: A musical collaboration with Mary Karr, Norah Jones, Lee Ann Womack, Rosanne Cash, Vince Gill, Lucinda Williams, Kris Kristofferson, and Emmylou Harris. To learn more, visit Rodney Crowell’s website. To see more video visit YouTube – [...]


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