Pinecastle Records Closes Shop

by | 31 Jan, 2010

News from Pinecastle Records this week reveals that after celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, that they will be ceasing operations from 1st February this year.

Pinecastle Records was founded in 1990 in Orlando, Florida by Mr. Tom Riggs when he expanded his hobby of bluegrass into a full-time business. Tom had been involved in bluegrass music professionally for over 30 years prior to starting Pinecastle Records.

Growing up in Louisville, KY, Tom Riggs began his love of bluegrass music at a young age. His involvement in the music industry ranges from singing Ernest Tubb tunes in college bands, performing for 3 years on The Renfro Valley Barn Dance, TV production, hosting the first nationally syndicated bluegrass radio program (American Acoustic Country), festival production, and founding Pinecastle Records.

After the first release in 1990, Pinecastle has gone on to release the recordings of some of bluegrass music’s biggest legends including Jim & Jesse, The Osborne Brothers, Charlie Waller and The Country Gentlemen, Jack Cooke, and Eddie Adcock.  Pinecastle has also been instrumental in sparking the musical careers of Terry Eldredge, Josh Williams, and a long line of sidemen. The Pinecastle catalog has grown to consist of over 200 titles.

In 2002, Mr. Riggs was awarded by the IBMA with the Distinguished Achievement Award for all the hard work and dedication he has put forth to ensure the success and future of the bluegrass genre. As the company approaches its 20th anniversary in 2010, Pinecastle looks to the future of the bluegrass music industry by embracing a new generation of artists and ideas.

The Bluegrass Blog carries a letter this week from Cory Biggs, Tom’s son, citing health issues and the current business environment as reasons for their decision.