Benny Bleu, Kate MacLeod, and My Politic make an immediate impact with NACC Chart reporters, Irene Kelley and Pam Gadd climb bluegrass charts

The three Music Meeting Directory charts measure initial interest by NACC Chart reporters of all formats, not just folk. That makes them an unusual venue with Top 200 and folk recordings measured together. Thus, all folk recording appearances are excellent leading indicators of future airplay.

For February 14, releases from Benny Bleu, My Politic, and Kate MacLeod appeared on the Music Meeting Directory charts.

Benny Bleu’s Mark of the Mollusk, “clawhammer banjo walking meditations for modern humans inspired by ancient gastropods,” claimed #5 among Top Streams and tied for #10 Top Downloads with Missouri Folklore: Stories and Songs From Home by My Politic. The latter checked in as the #6 Top Stream. “Black Waters” by Kate MacLeod with Paul Hammerton and John Bryant, meanwhile, appears as the #15 Top Single.

On the NACC Folk Chart for the week ending February 14th, My Politic’s Missouri Folklore was the 3rd most added with “Black Waters” by Kate MacLeod tied for 4th most added.

Irene Kelley’s Snow White Memories marked a second week on the main NACC Folk Chart at #28.

On the Bluegrass Unlimited National Music Survey for March, Snow White Memories moved up two places to #13 album, while Kelley’s single “Come Some Winter Morning (ft. The Kruger Brothers)” climbed to #22 on the Top 30 Bluegrass Songs.

Pam Gadd’s summer 2022 digital single “Bluegrass Survival (with Sam Bush and Kenny Smith)” inched up one place to #4 on the Top 30 Bluegrass Songs in its seventh month on the chart. It is tied for the fifth longest tenured piece on the chart.

Published by Art Menius

About Art Menius Art Menius received both the B.A. (1977 with honors) and M.A. (1982) in history from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Following three and one-half years as an Interpretations Specialist for research at the North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, Menius entered the music field as a writer and production assistant for the Nashville Network bluegrass and old-time music series, “Fire on the Mountain.” In September 1983 he began publishing reviews and features about roots music for publications ranging from Bluegrass Unlimited to the [Raleigh] News & Observer. Other adventures along the way have included editing and desktop publishing books for the Forest History Society, promoting a live performance bluegrass radio series on 117 commercial stations, emceeing and stage managing at dozens of music festivals in USA and Canada, and serving as a consultant on the acclaimed film, “High Lonesome.” During 1985 Menius helped create the International Bluegrass Music Association. Late that year he became the new trade association’s first executive director. Menius returned to IBMA’s Board of Directors for two terms running from 1998 through 2004. He served on the board of directors of the Old-Time Music Group, publishers of the Old-Time Herald, from 1991 thorough 1998, including six years as president. He currently serves on the board of directors of the Folk Alliance International. In 1990 the North American Folk Music & Dance Alliance elected Menius the President of its first board of directors. In April 1991 he became its first manager, serving in that capacity until June 1996. Following a period as an artistic representative, Menius became Associate Festival Coordinator for MerleFest, the enormous outdoor folk festival presented by Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro, NC. Following a decade there, Menius served as Director of Appalshop, the acclaimed Appalachian media and arts center in Whitesburg, Kentucky from July 2007 until March 2010. On November 2, 2011, Menius completed his work as Director of Development for Common Ground on the Hill. From 2012 to 2014 he served as Executive Director of The ArtsCenter in Carrboro, NC before semi-retiring to freelance due to health issues.

One thought on “Benny Bleu, Kate MacLeod, and My Politic make an immediate impact with NACC Chart reporters, Irene Kelley and Pam Gadd climb bluegrass charts

  1. Thank you, Art. Again, I much appreciate your time taken (for years, and a day), your insights, and your humour. Of the three only Kate MacLeod shows up significantly on the either of the mainstream sources I regularly consult. Should I leave you to approach Janis Ian in your time? I will begin writing no later than Sept. It won’t be quick either, but it’ll be good. Joe Trooper and I are talking in late March.

    One question re a folk show here: I take it that there is no expense to the station for your service?




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