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Mr. Fred Bartenstein III

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Fred Bartenstein & Associates LLC
725 Wright Street
Yellow Springs, Ohio 45387
United States

Company Description: Fred Bartenstein & Associates, LLC is an organizational development consulting firm based in Yellow Springs, Ohio that provides strategic planning, meeting...   more

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Welcome to Bartenstein & Bluegrass, 6 Oct 2014 [cached]
Welcome to Fred Bartenstein’s Bluegrass Pages
Fred Bartenstein’s Latest Bluegrass Work
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These pages provide a history of Fred's five-decade involvement in bluegrass music, research findings on generations of bluegrass artists, CD and LP albums for sale, links to other web resources, photographs, and a listener's guide to bluegrass vocals.
Growing up in bluegrass, Fred Bartenstein had the privilege of knowing and working with virtually all of the music's first generation. The editor of Muleskinner News from 1969-1974, he has also been a broadcaster, musician, festival MC and talent director, composer, record producer, compiler of the first bluegrass market research, founder of a regional association, and a lifelong fan.
IBMA Member In his professional life, Fred has been a manager and CEO for nonprofits, government and business. He currently manages an organizational development consulting practice from Yellow Springs, Ohio, helping groups (including the International Bluegrass Music Association and International Bluegrass Music Museum) shape and adapt to change.
Fred Bartenstein was named a Distinguished Achievement Award recipient by the International Bluegrass Music Association in 2006.
Bartenstein & Bluegrass: Another Bluegrass Bio, 6 Oct 2014 [cached]
Don Reno, Fred Bartenstein, Carlton Haney, John U. Miller.
Fred Bartenstein - Bringing Us All Together
The bluegrass version of that movie might well be titled Bartenstein. The difference, of course, is that while the character Zelig is fictional, Fred Bartenstein has had a very real influence on the people, history, and growth of bluegrass music.
Among his many accomplishments, Fred’s been a bluegrass DJ since 1966; helped promoter Carlton Haney get the first bluegrass festivals off the ground; started one of the early bluegrass magazines, Muleskinner News; promoted and publicized countless concerts; co-founded a regional bluegrass association in Boston; serves as chair of an organization dedicated to the history of bluegrass music in southern Ohio; conducted the first market research on bluegrass; and wrote songs, played guitar, sang, produced, and recorded with the likes of Don Stover, Tex Logan, Vassar Clements, Del McCoury, Mac Wiseman, John Hartford, Joe Isaacs, Katie Laur, and Dorsey Harvey.
In 1997, Pete Wernick, then President, suggested to Executive Director Dan Hays that Fred would be a good person to lead a strategic planning retreat, something that was sorely needed to create a shared vision for the future of IBMA.
Pete knew this was Fred’s specialty, but also knew that Fred had a rich and varied background in bluegrass and could speak the insider language of the diverse members of the board of directors.
Pete had known Fred from his days in New York City, when Pete had a bluegrass radio show on WKCR at Columbia University.
After the show, Fred would call in and they’d talk bluegrass. They eventually got together (Pete was surprised at how young Fred was), played for a time in a band, and stayed in touch through the years.
Pete knew that Fred was the perfect person to bring into IBMA’s challenging situation.
Pete Wernick: "I think Fred completely aced that situation.
Fred would say, ‘All right, that was already said,’ and we’d move on. But he kept encouraging everyone to say everything they could think of–and everything they said, he was writing down on flip charts. We had tons of paper, and he said, ‘Okay, now pick five out of the fifteen points.’ He kept distilling the ideas in completely democratic fashion until everyone was basically in agreement. All that energy was now behind a freight train instead of going off in different directions."
Pete also credits Fred for encouraging him to start his Colorado-based banjo camps, among the first multi-day workshop retreats.
Pete says that Fred wrote him shortly after the success of the first camp with a short note, "Hello muddah, hello faddah, how are things in Camp Granada?..."
Fred says, "When I facilitated that first strategic plan for IBMA, I was surprised. Back in the 70s bluegrass couldn’t organize itself, but I saw it happen at that first strategic meeting. And ever since I’ve been excited about what IBMA can do. Since the first IBMA strategic retreat, Fred has facilitated two more, in 2001 and 2004, as well as a similar retreat in 2003 for the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro.
And he’s contributed even more to a program started in 2000–Leadership Bluegrass.
For anyone who has taken the class, it is hard to imagine it being as successful without the work of Fred Bartenstein. His presence is not intrusive, but he is there to make sure discussion stays on track, schedules run on time, and that no one is excluded from the process. Beyond this, however, he helps the Leadership Bluegrass committee prepare for each year, and suggests ideas for tweaking the class, ensuring the days are balanced and effective.
But while many good facilitators could do this, Fred brings the added perspective of someone who has been in the bluegrass business for 40 years. He knows the history and the personalities. As Dan Hays says, "There are three things that Fred brings to the table–a high level of understanding of the music and its history, a way about him of fostering consensus, and an ability to quickly grasp both the big picture and the details."
Back in New Jersey, where his father worked as a business executive, Fred listened to Folkways records by Woody Guthrie, Lead Belly, and Pete Seeger, and around 1961 his cousin Susie told him about the Carter Family and Flatt & Scruggs.
His father taught him one chord on a guitar; Fred had to figure out the rest from an Oak publication, The Folk Singer’s Guitar Guide. Then, in 1964 at a country music show at New York City’s Madison Square Garden, he heard Bill Monroe play. He exclaimed to his Dad, "That’s it!"
In 1965, on Roanoke radio, Fred heard about a bluegrass event being planned at Cantrell’s Horse Farm in Fincastle, Virginia. He got a ride down and was present for the first bluegrass festival.
The next year Fred was able to land a summer job at WREL in Lexington, Virginia, doing everything from the agricultural show, women’s show, country, classical, bluegrass, rock-n-roll, R&B and news. He logged many hours and learned the business of radio. (He also learned that he wasn’t allowed to properly pronounce "bedroom suite" or "chaise longue" in commercials for a local furniture store.)
Fred Bartenstein and Carlton Haney at 40th Reunion of 1st Bluegrass Festival, Fincastle, VA, 2005 (Photo: Marcia Goodman)
When Haney’s Labor Day festival moved to Berryville, Virginia, Fred was there again, and when Haney was called away because of his mother’s illness, Dick Freeland asked Fred to take over emcee duties.
When Haney’s Labor Day festival moved to Berryville, Virginia, Fred was there again, and when Haney was called away because of his mother’s illness, Dick Freeland asked Fred to take over emcee duties.
Haney remembers, "It was in Berryville, I’m sweeping the stage and a young boy came up and said ‘I’m Fred Bartenstein and I want to help you.’ And I said, ‘Alright.’ I knew just as good as anything in the world that I had a man who could do these festivals right.
During the school year, Fred was still in high school in New Jersey, and listened to bluegrass programs on WBAI and WKCR out of New York City. Fred soon met Dave Freeman, Bill Vernon, Charles Faurot and Peter Wernick, early collectors and disciples for bluegrass and old-time country music.
Occasionally, Fred was able to DJ WBAI’s "Country Music" on Sunday evenings, by taking a bus from his home in the countryside of New Jersey to New York City.
During his teenage years, then, Fred was building connections between the northern and southern bluegrass scenes, moving comfortably in both worlds, and learning the music and the business of radio, promotions, and festivals. It was a split that reflected his parents’ combination of southern heritage and northern experience.
Fred edited the bi-monthly, then monthly, magazine until January 1975, all while he was going to college. The March 1974 issue included a summary of the first market survey of bluegrass music. The research had appeared in full in the Journal of Country Music in the fall of 1973, included information on the demography of readers of Muleskinner News, and was a precursor of the more extensive market research done by the IBMA years later.
In 1969, Fred entered Harvard University.
Fred co-founded, along with Nancy Talbott, the Boston Area Friends of Bluegrass and Old-Time Country Music, one of the first regional bluegrass associations.
In 1974, Fred left Boston with a B.A. in Social Studies for Dayton, Ohio, as a procedural analyst in the police department, and then served as assistant to the city manager. His move to Ohio was influenced, just as his previous move to Boston, by the presence of a dynamic bluegrass scene. "I wouldn’t move somewhere that wasn’t a bluegrass area."
While in Dayton, he had to decide whether he was going to pursue playing bluegrass on the road as a musician or serve bluegrass in the background. He also met his future wife, Joy, who he married in 1976.
Since 2002, Fred has been involved with Bgrass, Inc., a non-profit organization formed to honor musicians who played in the Dayton to Cincinnati area of Ohio from the 1940s to the 1970s. Katie Laur formed the group and asked Fred to be on the board.
Fred says, "There’s a risk that this music will be forgotten, which is a shame because this area was one of the most important areas for bluegrass. It’s where the music first moved north and evolved from the original rural sound. The organization has recently finished work on a two-hour radio special on the Osborne Brothers.
Bassist and writer, Jon Weisberger, who served on the Bgrass, Inc. board and who has also worked with Fred on IBMA committees, says of Fre
Fred Bartenstein & Associates, LLC: Services and Experience, 1 Jan 1981 [cached]
Fred Bartenstein Organizational Development Consultant
IBMA 2005 Graduates, 2 May 2006 [cached]
Leadership Bluegrass 2005 was hosted March 8-10 at BMI in Nashville, Tenn., and was facilitated for the sixth year by Fred Bartenstein, a noted bluegrass historian and broadcaster as well as a professional meeting facilitator.
Introductory Letter, 14 April 2014 [cached]
c/o Mr. Fred Bartenstein, III 1895 Kettering Tower Dayton, OH 45423
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