IBMA Awards to be televised in 2015

| October 29, 2014 | 0 Comments

The 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards, held October 2, will be broadcast in a one-hour edited version during the Spring 2015 season of American Public Television’s Music City Roots television series. The show was hosted live by Jerry Douglas and Lee Ann Womack at the Duke Energy […]


IBMA Executive Director job description

| October 27, 2014 | 0 Comments

The International Bluegrass Music Association has approved an official job description for a new Executive Director to fill the spot soon to be vacated by Nancy Cardwell. It lists the official responsibilities of the position as currently defined. The Executive Committee of the IBMA Board of Directors will function […]


Final IBMA week photos

| October 13, 2014 | 0 Comments

Here’s a final batch of Todd Powers‘ images from the Wide Open Bluegrass festival in Raleigh, NC. Major thanks and a tip of the cap to Todd for his great work!  


Cardwell Out as IBMA Executive Director

| October 12, 2014 | 1 Comment

Nancy Cardwell, who oversaw the move of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass conference and festival from Nashville to Raleigh and was executive director as the organization returned to solid financial footing after multiple years of red ink, is being replaced. IBMA Chair Jon Weisberger called her […]


Michael Cleveland at IBMA

| October 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

During the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass and Wide Open Bluegrass festival, we had the chance to interview many of the top artists and songwriters in our business. Among them was Michael Cleveland, a highly-respected fiddler and bandleader, who shared some thoughts about his new record, […]


Summer McMahan talks Mountain Faith

| October 12, 2014 | 0 Comments

Summer McMahan, the talented young vocalist and fiddler with Mountain Faith, spoke with us during IBMA week about their upcoming album, a secular project for Mountain Fever.  


The Church Sisters at IBMA

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

Among the acts I was most eager to meet during IBMA’s big week in Raleigh were The Church Sisters, Savannah and Sarah, from Galax, VA. These 18 year old twins sing with a purity and beauty that is something to behold. We chatted about their […]


Wide Open Jam – Friday Night Heaven

| October 10, 2014 | 0 Comments

The last set of the night at the Red Hat Amphitheater on Friday, at Wide Open Bluegrass, was heaven. Billed as the Wide Open Jam, that was a rather modest description. It was the pinnacle. It was a fine Loar, or a fine pre-war Martin. […]


Béla Fleck at World of Bluegrass

| October 9, 2014 | 0 Comments

As we all knew they would, someone recorded Béla Fleck’s Keynote Address to the 2014 IBMA World of Bluegrass Business Conference, and posted it online. It’s a good, clear recording and Béla’s remarks should be of interest to anyone who contributes, follows or participates in […]


Blue Highway at Wide Open Bluegrass

| October 7, 2014 | 0 Comments

While bluegrass was taking it to the streets on Friday afternoon in Raleigh, we had a nice conversation with Tim Stafford, Wayne Taylor, and Shawn Lane of Blue Highway. They talked about their current band CD, The Game, and their individual solo projects.