At Black Bear Management we are friends, but most importantly we are family. While tossing out ideas on what to do after radio, Owner Mike Gilbert was speaking with close friend and cousin Brad Holmes when the idea came about to take those resources to the next level. What started as an idea to help Manage and Promote bands turned into so much more. The one man option quickly grew and the initial conversation turned into a partnership. Mike is the business side, Brad is the creative side, and both together are the gears that make this well oiled machine run. Both guys bring a passion to their craft that can’t be topped. Mike with 6 years of radio background doing everything from promotion to handling on-air shifts, and Brad with a design degree from Texas State, attendance at hundreds of shows & years of professional design experience in the “real world”.
Black Bear Management’s main goal was to help take good to great, using every resource imaginable. Now they have the ability to be a one-stop shop for artists looking to take their craft to the next level. Be it management, design, promotion, photography or consulting, Black Bear Management has it all under one roof.
Don’t Settle for good enough. Work hard, Don’t Give Up. And be better today than you were yesterday.
"After all, it's what we've done that makes us what we are." — Jim Croce
Born and raised just north of the Fort Worth stockyards, Reid Farris has always had country music running through his veins. It wasn’t until Reid moved off to San Marcos that he joined up with a few fellow Bobcats and began making a name for himself playing in bars from the San Marcos Square to the world-famous 6th Street in Austin. With powerful and truthful lyrics combined with smooth and versatile vocals Reid Farris is newcomer on the rise.
After some time spent in the oil field and some quality time with his guitar Reid really honed his songwriting craft.
After playing with names like Zane Williams and Deryl Dodd, Reid has recently come back to the metroplex and is breaking through in the Fort Worth music scene collaborating with artists like the Brandon Steadman Band and Zach Coffey. Reid just wrapped up recording his debut EP.
There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no, and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. — Milton Glaser
"You can't stay the same. If you're a musician and a singer, you have to change, that's the way it works." — Van Morrison
Black Bear Management adds the Hunter Rea Band to their roster. This young group of musicians are carving their own slot in the Texas Music scene with a unique sound that can only be descirbed as Texas Country meets Americana Roots. “Its really a great addition to the roster.” says Mike Gilbert, Black Bear Management’s owner. […]
In a partnership that ads depth to both sides, Black Bear Management signs management deal with Dan Adams. Dan is no stranger to the music industry, having spent 23 years of his life playing music, 12 of which were in Nashville. The last 18 months he has been grinding gears and growing his fan base […]
Brandon Steadman Band release single as well as lyric video! Here is the official lyric video for “All I’m Asking” the new single out by the Brandon Steadman Band. Currently available at all your favorite Texas and Red Dirt radio stations and also available on iTunes. All I’m Asking – Available here on iTunes […]
Brandon Steadman Band accomplished another goal to get ready for the release of their highly anticipated sophomore album Recovery by inking a label deal with Smith Entertainment. “Smith Entertainment is a huge deal for us and shows that people are really taking notice of what we’re doing here” says frontman Brandon Steadman “they have put out […]
Black Bear Management is happy to announce the addition of Reid Farris to their roster. The Ft Worth area native turned Texas State Bobcat cut his teeth in the Hill Country, grabbing regular gigs where he could, from The Square in San Marcos to Austin’s Famous 6th Street. After college, Farris made the move back […]
Its that time again! The 6th Annual Colton McBride Sunday Funday Jam at the Longhorn Saloon in the Historic Fort Worth Stockyards! Benefiting the Suicide Provention Coalition of Tarrant County Loss Team, this years event promises to be bigger and better! Doors open at 3pm, 18 and up, with a $10 donation at the door! […]