Tag: SPBGMA

Chuck Stearman passes

| June 16, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Charles Ray Stearman, the founder of the long running Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, has died at 79. Known as Chuck to family and friends, he had been living in a nursing facility in Brookfield, MO, a short distance from his family home […]

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Missing Dobro returned – in a manner of speaking

| February 29, 2016 | 0 Comments
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As this year’s SPBGMA convention in Nashville was winding down, we shared the unfortunate story of a young man whose instrument had gone missing. Alex Clayton had borrowed a Dobro guitar from a friend so that he could work on his developing skills in jam […]

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Bluegrass Outlaws at SPBGMA

| February 11, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Here’s a look at The Bluegrass Outlaws, the winners of the 2016 International Band Championship at last weekend’s National SPBGMA Convention in Nashville. The band is fronted by Becky Monk on bass with her husband Chris Monk on banjo, Wesley Wolfe on guitar, Evan Maynard on […]

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SPBGMA 2016 notes

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We had a blast this year at the SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. As always, it’s great to re-connect with old friends and make new ones, with more high-quality music being played than you could ever hope to see in a day. Between the main […]

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Mountain Faith at SPBGMA ’16

| February 8, 2016 | 0 Comments
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We had the chance to catch a set from Mountain Faith in their new stage configuration this past weekend at SPBGMA. It was a fast-paced, high-energy show that ran through a combination of the songs from their various albums, the grassified pop songs from their time […]

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2016 SPBGMA National Bluegrass Awards

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Tonight’s 42nd annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards in Nashville didn’t come off completely without incident. About halfway through the show, MC Jeff Weaver from Rarely Herd took a tumble off the back of the stage, grabbing and pulling down several of the curtains in the […]

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2016 SPBGMA International Band Championships

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The results are in from the 2016 International Band Championships held during the annual SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville. Bands are invited to compete from all over the US for this prestigious competition that awards $10,000 in prizes to the top ten finishers. Bands compete in three […]

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D60 reso-guitar missing from SPBGMA

| February 7, 2016 | 0 Comments
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It’s the worst nightmare for a picker. You borrow an instrument to take to a festival, and it turns up missing. Now you not only have no instrument, but have to face explaining the loss to a trusting friend. That’s the situation here in Nashville […]

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A taste of SPBGMA on Periscope

| January 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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If you’ve never attended the annual SPBGMA convention in Nashville – and even if you have – you’ll be able to follow some of the fun this year on Periscope, thanks to the folks at WOBO in Batavia, OH. The free app is available for […]

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2016 SPBGMA Award nominees

| January 18, 2016 | 0 Comments
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The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass for America has announced the nominees for their 2016 Bluegrass Awards. Winners will be announced during their Awards Show on February 7, the closing event during the 2016 SPBGMA Convention in Nashville, TN. To determine the nominees, ballots […]

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