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Hot pickin’ kids all over IBMA

| October 11, 2013 | 2 Comments

The IBMA has been doing a great job of trying to come up with ways to encourage young pickers to be play bluegrass and to be a part of the IBMA. The future of bluegrass, after all, does lie in their hands. With that in […]


The I in IBMA

| October 7, 2013 | 2 Comments

Bluegrass has been gradually working itself into a worldwide phenomenon, and this year’s convention of the International Bluegrass Music Association really gave one a chance to see that. I made friends from all over Europe, Australia, and Asia while in Raleigh. Pieter Groenveld from the […]


The Moment

| October 7, 2013 | 3 Comments

Award shows usually disappoint. There’s so much that can go wrong, and even when things go right, the most that can often be said afterward is that awards were handed out and—in the case of the IBMA award show—music was played. You don’t expect a […]


Taylor Coughlin On World of Bluegrass 2013

| October 4, 2013 | 0 Comments

IBMA week 2013 brought about many new changes to bluegrass’ signature event. In addition to being the first World of Bluegrass in Raleigh, this was the first WOB for Taylor Coughlin, IBMA’s Publications/Special Projects Director. I had the opportunity to chat this week with Taylor […]


Really? I thought they had moved last year

| October 2, 2013 | 5 Comments

Generally, when I write these around the week of the IBMA World of Bluegrass, I like to keep them extremely short, to match the nights of sleep I’ve had, and the attention span I have as a result. I guess that about does it, then. […]


Seminars at IBMA 2013

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass gives folks many chances to meet and learn from others in the industry, both from experts on panels and just chances to mix, mingle and swap stories with other musicians, broadcasters, mangers, and festival promoters. I attended a few of the seminars […]


Closing Notes from Raleigh

| October 1, 2013 | 3 Comments

IBMA 2013 will always be remembered as the year Tony Rice spoke. But there were plenty of other noteworthy events that deserve to be featured. Here are some of them: RHONDA’S BACK. After a long hiatus, Rhonda Vincent was back at IBMA this year. The […]


WOB 2013 poll – late night showcases

| September 30, 2013 | 0 Comments

We have lots of World of Bluegrass 2013 coverage yet to post, including articles, photos, and video interviews, along with some further thoughts on how everything went this first year in Raleigh. The only strongly negative reactions we heard had to do with the decision to […]


Who Needs Nashville?

| September 30, 2013 | 15 Comments

Seriously, who needs Nashville? I was among those not thrilled when IBMA packed up and moved World of Bluegrass from Nashville to Raleigh, N.C. The annual awards show taking place somewhere other than the historic Ryman? Unthinkable. The yearly business conference being held hours away […]


Banjo flash mob on Saturday

| September 27, 2013 | 0 Comments

OK all you banjo pickers in Raleigh… A banjo flash mob has been declared for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon (9/28) at the Raleigh Convention Center, just near the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh, who has been equipped with a 5 string for IBMA week. […]