Friday, 28 May 2010

Germany's two nominees for IBMA's Hall of Fame

Among the names of those nominated this year for the IBMA's Hall of Fame, two nominees - both in the recording industry - were born in Germany.

Martin Haerle (1939-90) was born in Stuttgart and moved to the USA in 1960, following his love for bluegrass and traditional country music. His experience with the Starday and United Artists labels led to his co-founding (with Arthur 'Guitar Boogie' Smith) of CMH Records in 1975.

Richard Weize, born in Bad Gandersheim in 1945, founded Bear Family Records in 1974. The label's output now includes over 100 boxed sets, with much bluegrass and traditional country material unavailable anywhere else.