In this special hour, a roundtable talk with two outstanding artist managers from the world of roots and Americana music.
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Denise Stiff went from college event booking to working for agencies and through that world took on management – first of Irish singer Maura O’Connell and then Alison Krauss, Gillian Welch, and Sarah Jarosz – among others. It’s a kind of defining list of magnificent talent to emerge from bluegrass and roots. Michelle Concesion came from advertising, but eventually her love of music drew her to helping artists and it seemed destiny that she’d take them on as clients and start her own firm, Nashville-based Market Monkeys. She has worked with the multi-dimensional songwriter Susan Werner and Canadian folk star Rose Cousins. Her current roster includes prog-bluegrass band Della Mae, NC songwriter Sarah Siskind, and English folk singer John Smith.