Our Staff

Keith Barnacastle

Keith Barnacastle

Publisher

The Bluegrass Standard is a life-long dream of Keith Barnacastle, who grew up in Meridian, Mississippi. For three years, Keith brought
the Suits, Boots and Bluegrass Festival to Meridian. Now, with the
Bluegrass Standard, Keith’s enthusiasm for the music, and his vision of its future, reaches a nationwide audience every month!

Susan Woelker

Susan Woelker

Marketing & Advertising Director

Susan Myers Woelkers has been involved in music in one form or the other her entire life. From singing in church, performing in school functions, to working behind the scenes in the music business.

Kara Martinez Bachman

Kara Martinez Bachman

Writer

Kara Martinez Bachman is an author, editor and journalist. Her music and culture reporting has appeared in dozens of publications and she’s interviewed many performers over the years, from local musicians to well-known celebrities. She’s a native of New Orleans and lives just outside the city with her husband, two kids, and two silly mutts.

Richelle Putnam

Richelle Putnam

Executive Editor

Richelle Putnam is a Mississippi Arts Commission (MAC) Teaching Artist/Roster Artist (Literary), a Mississippi Humanities Speaker, and a 2014 MAC Literary Arts Fellowship recipient. Her non-fiction books include Lauderdale County, Mississippi; a Brief History, Legendary Locals of Meridian, Mississippi and Mississippi and the Great Depression.

Susan Marquez

Susan Marquez

Feature Writer

Susan Marquez is a freelance writer based in Madison, Mississippi
and a Mississippi Arts Commission Roster Artist. After a 20+ year career in advertising and marketing, she began a professional writing career in 2001. Since that time she has written over 2000 articles which have been published in magazines, newspapers, business journals, trade publications.

Mississippi Chris Sharp

Mississippi Chris Sharp

Review Writer

This is placeholder text. To change this content, double-click on the element and click Change Content.

Rebekah Speer

Rebekah Speer

Creative Director

Rebekah Speer has nearly twenty years in the music industry in Nashville, TN. She creates a unique “look” for every issue of The Bluegrass Standard, and enjoys learning about each artist. In addition to her creative work with The Bluegrass Standard, Rebekah also provides graphic design and technical support to a variety of clients.

Shelby C. Berry

Shelby C. Berry

Writer

Shelby Campbell is a writer and designer whose heart beats for creativity. A native of rural Livingston, AL, she found her passion in journalism and design at The University of West Alabama, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Integrated Marketing Communications. Shelby also has her own photography business.

Candace Nelson

Candace Nelson

Writer

Candace Nelson is a marketing professional living in Charleston, West Virginia. She is the author of the book “The West Virginia Pepperoni Roll.” In her free time, Nelson travels and blogs about Appalachian food culture at CandaceLately.com.