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Agents

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.

 

 

Staff

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.

The Fairfield Four – FREE Christmas Experience Playlist & Still Rockin’ My Soul!

The Fairfield Four is back in action!  The group just released a  “Christmas Experience” playlist on NoiseTrade - Get it FREE here! Their brand new album, Still Rockin’ My Soul!, will be released on March 10th, 2015 (Distribution by Thirty Tigers, Sony Red, and Provident).  The album features Lee Ann Womack and coordinates with the PBS pledge campaign entitled, “Rock [...]

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KCA Artists now presenting…Rock My Soul!

KCA Artists is now presenting a new touring package coming out in Spring of 2015, supported by a national PBS pledge campaign entitled, “Rock My Soul,” featuring the legendary Fairfield Four and The McCrary Sisters.  The show focuses on how the African American gospel experience influences every genre of music in America today. For everyone [...]

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Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley – Before the Sun Goes Down

Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley will release a brand new album, Before the Sun Goes Down,  on January 13, 2015!  This unique collaborative effort between two uniquely gifted musicians—Rob Ickes is a longtime, well established instrumental giant, and Trey Hensley is newly arrived in Music City, bursting with talent both as a vocalist and guitarist—is bound [...]

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The Honeycutters Sign with Organic Records: New Album Slated for Spring 2015!

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Honeycutters, an Asheville, NC based original country roots band, has signed an exclusive recording contract with Organic Records®. The band led a successful Kickstarter campaign raising $31,317 to help fund their third studio album. They have laid down the tracks in Echo Mountain Recording Studio in Asheville and are mastering it [...]

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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 [...]

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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, [...]

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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, [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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.

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