Ear Trumpet Labs Announces Video Series With The Bluegrass Situation

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The #PortlandSeries First Video Now Live Featuring Billy Strings and Don Julin

FEBRUARY 2, 2016,NASHVILLE, TN‚ĶAmerican-made microphone company, Ear Trumpet Labs(ETL), announces a partnership with the premier roots music and lifestyle hub, The Bluegrass Situation, for a series of videos to be released starting in February 2016. The Portland Series will feature ETL's handcrafted microphones alongside some of the genre's most acclaimed artists, kicking off with Billy Strings and Don Julin. Set in picturesque Portland, OR, the workshop headquarters of ETL, the videos are the perfect preview of spring to get viewers through the winter months, while also enjoying some high quality music.

The partnership is a natural fit, as both brands have a focus on an American-made lifestyle and handmade products. ETL's microphones are the brainchild of Philip Graham, who strived to create a unique product that was both visually and aurally stunning. As a company they pride themselves on delivering studio quality sound to a live setting, which is exemplified in the performance series.

With just two instruments (guitar and mandolin) and one voice, American Roots duo Billy Strings and Don Julin have been tearing up stages across America and generating huge buzz based on their intense live shows and most recent release Fiddle Tune X. The Bluegrass Situation has called the duo "the unholy child of Pantera and Tony Rice" and their performance in this video is not to be missed.

New videos in the series will be released every two weeks, beginning Tuesday, February 2, with a diverse group of artists to be announced. There will also be a contest opportunity at the end of the series for fans to vote on their favorite video for a chance to win an ETL microphone.

For more information please visit www.EarTrumpetLabs.com and www.TheBluegrassSituation.com

ABOUT EAR TRUMPET LABS

Founded in Portland, Oregon in 2011, Ear Trumpet Labs is a craft builder of unique microphones for adventurous musicians and recording artists. Combining technical expertise, the highest grade hand selected electrical components, and a sculptural aesthetic, the company is committed to a hand-built craft workshop approach to providing the best looking and sounding microphones.

ABOUT THE BLUEGRASS SITUATION

The Bluegrass Situation is the online hub for American roots music, culture, and lifestyle reporting and curator of one-of-a-kind live shows, concerts, and workshops. The brainchild of two passionate creatives, Ed Helms and Amy Reitnouer, The Bluegrass Situation brand has snowballed in no small part because of the resurgence of American roots in the culture at large - a yearning for the handmade and authentic - but also because of a high standard for the very best talent, quality content, and finely tuned aesthetic.

2015 was a year of highlights for BGS, including their own annual festival (the LA Bluegrass Situation) moving to the famed LA Greek Theatre for the first time, a packed stage for the third year in a row at Bonnaroo, and presenting a number of spectacular shows across the country.

ABOUT BILLY STRINGS

"Blessed with the voice of an old soul from the mountains, a gentlemanly air, and the ability to sling hundreds of notes with razor-crisp precision at the speed of a machine gun, Strings' flat-picking talent seems almost beyond comprehension to veterans of the local bluegrass scene, especially given his youth." Robert Downes, Northern Express. Billy is performing at WinterWonderGrass in Avon, CO Feb. 20, for additional tour dates, visit www.BillyStrings.com.

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