Edison folk artist will perform Facebook concert on June 7 to celebrate signing of record contract


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Edison folk performer Mara Levine, whose latest album “Facets Of Folk” hit No. 1 on the Folk Alliance International Folk DJ charts and had nine songs featured among the Top 20, announced she has signed a deal with Tennessee-based label Bell Buckle Records.

“After working independently for many years, I’m so excited for this opportunity,” Levine said in a statement provided by DMK Publicity. “Bell Buckle Records is the perfect team to assist me with getting my music out to a much broader audience. I am deeply rooted in folk music; however, the past few years I’ve been studying and doing some performing and recording in the bluegrass genre. I love that Bell Buckle embraces multiple genres and, under their mentorship and support, I can see myself growing musically and working on projects that cross over between folk and bluegrass.”

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Bell Buckle Records is owned by veteran roots recording artist Valerie Smith. Located in the town of Bell Buckle, Tennessee, the label provides full marketing, video production, photography, promotion and social media support to its clients, as well as digital music servicing and artist development, according to the statement.

“I’m excited to be adding such an established folk/grassicana artist to our roster at Bell Buckle Records,” Smith said in the statement. “I believe that Mara will add depth to our talent base and catalog offering for our customers and radio deejays. Mara is definitely someone that I have been looking forward to working with. Her voice is unique, her recordings are beautiful and her talent as a musician is undeniable. I look forward to seeing what she has coming next and I am excited that it will be with Bell Buckle Records.”

Levine will celebrate her signing news with a special encore presentation of her CD release concert, which will be hosted by The Philadelphia Folksong Society (PFS) Digital Concert Venue on Facebook at 4 p.m. June 7. Being broadcast virtually in lieu of a follow-up live performance due to COVID-19, Levine’s CD release concert co-bill with the Long Island trio Gathering Time was taped at PFS last year.

 “I am extremely grateful for the support of the Philadelphia Folksong Society, who have been working nonstop to help artists convert their cancelled live concerts to digital performances during the COVID-19 pandemic,” Levine said in the statement.

Advance registration is required with a $5 or more donation for the artists requested at the time of registration. Register and pay at https://pfs.org/digitalvenue/

Once tickets are purchased, attendees will receive a confirmation email and will need to click the link in that email to the private event in advance to “Join” the group at least a half hour prior to the concert, and will be admitted about 15 minutes before the show on June 7.

The event will only be streamed on Facebook.

 For more information about Mara Levine, visit www.maralevine.com

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