About the Andrea Roberts Agency
The Andrea Roberts Agency was established in 2004 when Andrea identified the need and fulfilled the desire of spreading the music that has been so dear to her throughout her life. By offering some of bluegrass and acoustic music’s finest talent an outlet to share their gift with audiences across the country, as well as working with promoters to create an event that pleases their crowd and inspires audiences to return again, Andrea works to be a liaison between the music and its listeners.
ARA is the culmination of Andrea’s years of experience in varied facets of the industry, which provides her with a well-informed and understanding perspective that only someone with practical knowledge can possess. As a professional touring artist, Andrea performed with artists such as Bill Monroe, Jimmy Martin, Special Consensus, Jim & Jesse McReynolds, Ralph Stanley, Tim Graves and Cherokee, New Tradition, and most notably, Petticoat Junction. She understands booking, traveling, recording, project coordination, airplay, sales, and marketing. As Petticoat Junction’s bandleader, she was responsible for all aspects of keeping a band on the road for eight years.
Andrea is a proud alumnus of Leadership Bluegrass, a program sponsored by the International Bluegrass Music Association. As well as being a long-time supporter of the organization, she was also nominated for the IBMA Board of Directors in 2004. Andrea has witnessed phenomenal growth within IBMA and the genre as a whole and believes that one of the most vital keys in strengthening the music is keeping artists on the road and in front of audiences. At the 2015 IBMA Momentum Awards, Andrea was awarded the Mentor Award, honoring the significant impact she has made on the lives and careers of newcomers to the bluegrass industry - musical and professional.
Originally from Windfall, Indiana, Andrea relocated to Nashville in 1987. She now lives with her husband, Danny, and daughter, Jaelee, just outside the city in Murfreesboro, Tennessee.
Mandolin master Danny Roberts is a founding member of the multi-award-winning and three-time Grammy®- nominated group The Grascals, Roberts has won several awards in his own right. He is a six-time winner of the SPBGMA Mandolin Player of the Year Award. Danny was also a regular during the first two seasons of ABC’s "Nashville" playing a member of the Rayna James' band.
He is a true artist who continually strives for excellence and seeks new discoveries. His second solo project, Nighthawk (Mountain Home), spotlights a seasoned and innovative player in his prime.
The recording is an eclectic mix of sophisticated acoustic stylings from Bluegrass to Swing to New Grass and includes some of Danny’s Grascals bandmates as well as “musical idols, friends and family.”
With The Grascals, Danny was a member of Dolly Parton’s band . He has recorded with George Jones, Hank Williams Jr., Dolly, Dierks Bentley, Charlie Daniels, Joe Diffie, Aaron Tippin, Steven Segal, and Elizabeth Cook. Some of the biggest names in music have collaborated on Grascals’ projects including The Oak Ridge Boys, Tom T. Hall, Brad Paisley, Vince Gill, Steve Wariner, Joe Nichols and Daryl Worley.
Danny’s first solo recording, the independently released Mandolin Orchard, was touted by the Chicago Tribune as one of the Top 10 Bluegrass Releases of 2004.
Roberts has performed at top venues such as The Grand Ole Opry, the historic Ryman Auditorium, the White House, Radio City Music Hall, and various arenas and theaters throughout the USA and Canada. He’s also toured in Japan, Greece, Norway, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, and Denmark. His TV appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Late, Late Show with Craig Ferguson, The Talk, The Marie (Osmond) Show, Fox & Friends, and The Today Show (with Dolly Parton).
The Nighthawk line-up includes Kristin Scott Benson and Adam Haynes of the Grascals, Tim Surrett of Balsam Range, Tony Wray of Blue Mafia, and special guests include Ronnie McCoury, Sam Bush, Aubrey Haney, Mike Compton, Jimmy Mattingly and vocal appearances by Danny’s daughter Jaelee and his wife Andrea.
“It was so much fun recording tunes that I have written accompanied by such outstanding musicians. I’m very excited about the special guests that came in to record with me and I am truly honored to have them be part of this.”
Jessie (Law) Allen moved to Nashville, Tennessee in 2005 from her hometown of Morgantown, Indiana to pursue a life long dream of being involved in and supporting the world of bluegrass music. Born into a bluegrass loving family, Jessie has been surrounded by that high lonesome sound since she witnessed her first jam session at the ripe old age of 2 days old and experienced her first festival when she turned two weeks.
Jessie graduated from the prestigious Belmont University in Nashville, TN in 2009. During her time at Belmont she interned with ARA and IBMA and in 2007 she had the was the student monitor for Leadership Bluegrass. Following college Jessie had the opportunity to work with Tom T. and Dixie Hall’s publishing company and record label widening her experience in the industry. Bluegrass is something that has been part of her for many years, but truly this is only the beginning of her contribution towards keeping the music alive.
After her time as an intern, Andrea asked Jessie to stay on as office manger/right hand gal for the agency and has recently added booking agent to her role at the agency. Making her home now in East Nashville with her husband, Mark and son, Wyatt, Jessie is glad to be back to full time status with ARA.