Black Bear Management



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



Every artist gets asked when it was they got the itch to play, well for Brandon Steadman he could give that credit to a random “Morrow Monday Night” at Antone’s in Austin. Steadman’s older sister snuck the then 17 year old in that night and the rest of the story unfolds from there.

“It was never about being a rockstar for me.” Steadman says, “it was the acoustic atmosphere, it was more the friends sitting around telling stories part that I liked, that’s what really gave me the bug to play.”

So at 17 he pulled out that old Junior Classical guitar that Dad bought him at 12 years old and took to learning as many chords as possible. Coming from a family of natural performers, him and his siblings were always harmonizing and acting up! Whether it was his mom’s country tastes like Randy Travis and Clay Walker, the occasional James Taylor song, or trips with his dad jamming southern rock classics from Lynryd Skynrd and Boston, there was always music playing throughout his life.

“It wasn’t until my senior year of high school that my dad finally let me quit playing that junior classical guitar and bought me my first ‘real’ guitar. That’s the guitar I started writing all my songs on. I give our lead guitarist and my best friend Jorge a lot of credit because he was about 6 months ahead of me on learning guitar and taught me a ton.”

Brandon will quickly tell you that his guitar playing wasn’t always welcome when he started college. “They use to say ‘here’s that dude with that guitar again’, but by sophomore year they actually would ask for me to play at the end of the night” The show that really turned the corner for the newly founded Brandon Steadman Band, was the “South of The Border” party at their Sigma Chi House. At that point they realized that this was meant to be more than just a place to have fun, but that music was in their blood.

At a random gig, Brandon Steadman had the opportunity to meet Kevin Lorensen. The off chance meeting turned into a lifelong partnership between the two. What was supposed to be less than a handful of shows to fill in, turned a permanent position and a huge step in the right direction for the band. “Kevin had toured in bands previously and really knew a lot more than us and brought more professional knowledge to the table that we really didn’t know” recalls Steadman.

Not long after the addition of Lorensen, the band made a trip to Austin to record its first album “Front Row Seat”. “We spent all we had on that album and it was good, well as good as a first record can be, but I’ll tell you, it’s the best record that you’ll never be able to get again — and I mean that!” The new record opened up opportunities outside of the college bar circuit, helping land gigs in the Historic Stockyards and all over the state of Texas.

The next few years became the true test of growth and craftsmanship. Brandon took to studying the craft of songwriting and wore out albums from all his favorite influencers; Wade Bowen, James Taylor, Clay Walker, Will Hoge and Sean McConnell. A chance to gig with Joey Green helped put gasoline on the fire that Brandon was creating. “We really had different styles — writing, personality and everything, so the fact that we became such good friends is a mystery to me” says Steadman. But that’s exactly what the band needed to get the next album, “Recovery”, in motion.

“Recovery” was set to be an organic record and truly took form trough out the recording process. “We really didn’t want to rush anything. We wanted to build it as it happened and if it wasn’t working, we didn’t want to force the issue on anything. We didn’t want to make another “Texas Country” record. We wanted to make sure we made a “Brandon Steadman Band” record, and lucky for us — Joey got that and offered to produce the record for us”.

The past two years have been a wild ride for the Brandon Steadman Band. Signing on with newly founded Black Bear Management to handle their management and promotion and inking a deal with Smith Entertainment, things are really moving in the right direction for this group of musicians.




Dan Adams is a singer/songwriter that has made Austin, TX home to be in the heart of the Texas/Red Dirt music scene. After 10+ years in Nashville, he’s now touring the region and sharing the stage with fellow Texas Troubadours – and loving the way Texans embrace independent, original music.  In just under one year in Texas, Adams has played nearly 100 shows, many with artists such as Bart Crow, Josh Grider, Brian Keane, Adam Hood, Jason Eady, Ryan Beaver, Ben Danaher, Uncle Lucius, Clayton Gardner, Rosehill, Josh Abbott and many others.

With the release of his new album “Live Oaks & Lights” in early 2014, Adams continues to gain the respect of fans, peers, and critics in the scene. posted a rave review of the album, saying “…Adams proves himself adept at delivering self-penned emotions that connect with his audience…” and “He’s the latest in a line of strongly talented carpetbagging artists that actually represent the modern sound of Texas better than many natives.”  (Full text of the Galleywinter review available here:

With his first single “A Little More Yesterday” beginning to gain traction at Texas radio, Adams looks forward to continuing to grow his following across Texas the old fashioned way…by writing, recording and performing quality songs in front of as many people as possible across this state and beyond.




The Hunter Rea Band got their start in Belton, Texas where lead singer Hunter Glaske and drummer Adam Rea met while playing football at The University of Mary Hardin-Baylor. In 2010, their friendship turned into a musical partnership when they began writing and playing some local shows. They spent the majority of their college years developing their writing style while pulling some of their musical influence from Randy Rogers, Wade Bowen, Josh Abbott and Stoney Larue; all heavy hitters in the Texas Music scene. One thing they were certain is that they wanted a different sound; infusing Americana Roots in with their Texas Country they found a unique sound destined to set them apart in the scene. With the help of friends John Allen Davidson and John Paul Keller and a garage space turned rehearsal room, the Hunter Rea Band was starting to take shape.

In 2014 they recorded their first single “Sweet Virginia” and followed that up with the release of their first EP, “Worrying Kind”. During the recording process they added friend and fellow singer/songwriter Adam Fischer on lead guitar and harmony vocals, which helped add experience and soulful grit to their songwriting. After the release of “Worrying Kind”, the band added Austin Hodges on lead guitar and Matt Boden on bass, to help add depth to the young group.

The past year, The Hunter Rea Band has seem immense growth musically which has landed them the opportunity to compete in the final round of 95.9 The Ranch’s Ranch Factor competition as well as an invite to the Larry Joe Taylor Fest Singer/Songwriter competition in Stephenville.

2015 is shaping up to be a big year for these young musicians as they prepare to branch out through the state and put their unique style of music in front of more and more fans.


There are three responses to a piece of design – yes, no,
and WOW! Wow is the one to aim for. — Milton Glaser


Mike Gilbert


Brad Holmes


"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

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Black Bear Management and Hunter Rea Band Partner

Black Bear Management and Hunter Rea Band Partner

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. […]

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Black Bear Management adds depth with Songwriter Dan Adams

Black Bear Management adds depth with Songwriter Dan Adams

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 […]

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All I’m Asking (Lyric Video)

All I’m Asking (Lyric Video)

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 […]

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Brandon Steadman Band and Smith Entertainment Partner

Brandon Steadman Band and Smith Entertainment Partner

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 […]

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Black Bear Management growing, adds Reid Farris to roster

Black Bear Management growing, adds Reid Farris to roster

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 […]

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6th Annual Colton McBride Sunday Funday Jam

6th Annual Colton McBride Sunday Funday Jam

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! […]

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