Category: Bluegrass Asociations News

Leadership Bluegrass Class of 2014

| January 23, 2014 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the 2014 class for their Leadership Bluegrass program. Each year IBMA selects roughly two dozen people from within the bluegrass industry to their three-day event, designed to foster networking and mentoring for future leaders in the bluegrass world. […]


Earl Scruggs Center opens in a deluge

| January 13, 2014 | 2 Comments

Over one thousand fans of the five-string gathered in Shelby, North Carolina on Saturday, January 11, to experience the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center. Despite pouring rain that moved several events that had been scheduled to take place on the courthouse square into […]


Bluegrass Ramble and NoiseTrade

| January 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

The IBMA has partnered with NoiseTrade to help promote the music of the 2013 crop of showcase artists at their World of Bluegrass. Called the Bluegrass Ramble Sampler, the free download includes 24 tracks from Johnny Williams, Nora Jane Struthers, Henhouse Prowlers, Kevin Richardson and […]


Earl Scruggs Center opens January 11

| January 6, 2014 | 1 Comment

As I write this, bluegrass followers, and banjo pickers in particular, are acknowledging what would have been Earl Scruggs’ 90th birthday (January 6th). So, it seems fitting that the grand opening of the Earl Scruggs Center: Music & Stories from the American South will take […]


2014 IBMA showcase applications can be made online

| January 2, 2014 | 0 Comments

We covered at some length the success of the 2013 edition of the IBMA World of Bluegras in its first year in Raleigh, NC. With the new year upon us, anticipation for the 2014 events (September 30-October 4) is steadily building. And that includes bluegrass artists […]


2014 SPBGMA nominees announced

| December 20, 2013 | 0 Comments

The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America has announced the nominees for their 40th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards. The winners will be determined by fan balloting, and announced during the 2014 SPBGMA convention in Nashville, January 30-February 2. Ballots can be […]


IBMA gets the pork

| December 13, 2013 | 2 Comments

One of the fun supplements to the World of Bluegrass events this year in Raleigh, NC was having the North Carolina Pork Council’s Whole Hog Barbecue championship held during the weekend’s Wide Open Bluegrass festival. The aroma of pig on the spit filled the air all […]


2013 Bluegrass Grammy follow-up

| December 7, 2013 | 0 Comments

Following up on our notice earlier about the announcement last night of the nominees for the 2014 Best Bluegrass Album in the The National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences Grammy award, we got some reaction to the news from two of the nominees. The five nominees […]


2014 Bluegrass Grammy nominees

| December 7, 2013 | 1 Comment

The 2014 Grammy nominees were announced on Friday evening. In the midst of the cavalcade of glitzy stars was news of the all-important Best Bluegrass Album. And the nominees are: It’s Just A Road - The Boxcars, Mountain Home Brothers Of The Highway - Dailey & Vincent, […]


The IBMA and its Mission Statements

| December 4, 2013 | 1 Comment

At their annual convention in September of this year, the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Board of Directors approved a new mission statement. The new statement reads … IBMA is the trade association that connects and educates bluegrass professionals, empowers the bluegrass community, and encourages […]