• IBMA headed to Raleigh

    IBMA’s World of Bluegrass will leave Nashville and move to Raleigh, NC, for the 2013 business conference and Fan Fest. An official announcement will be made tomorrow (Wednesday), according to sources familiar with the decision. A city official in Raleigh confirmed

  • Everett Lilly passes

    Bluegrass has lost another pioneer. Everett Lilly, who played with Flatt & Scruggs but is best known for joining his brother Bea, Tex Logan and Don Stover in the Lilly Brothers, died today, his son Everett announced in an email to

  • Is IBMA Heading for North Carolina? (updated)

    Is IBMA’s World of Bluegrass moving from Nashville to Raleigh, NC? There are reports circulating that the weeklong conference and Fan Fest will be held in Raleigh in 2013. Those reports appear premature, but an announcement is imminent. Nancy Cardwell, IBMA’s acting

  • American Songwriter’s Bluegrass Moment

    The May/June issue of American Songwriter magazine has a lot to offer bluegrassers, although not on the songwriting front. The country music issue is filled with insights about Chris Thile and the Punch Brothers, Dierks Bentley and the man himself,

  • More Red Ink for IBMA

    Editor’s Note: This is the latest in an occasional series of articles examining the International Bluegrass Music Association's finances. IBMA’s expenses exceeded revenues for the sixth straight year in 2011, according to a statement of financial condition the group released Tuesday.

  • Akira Otsuka’s First Tear

    The first time Sam Bush heard Akira Otsuka and his friends in the Japanese band the Bluegrass 45, he remembers a band that was well rooted in bluegrass traditions but not afraid to push the boundaries. Bush particularly remembers a

  • A Legend’s Biggest Moments

    Here’s the irony of being asked to write about the highlights of Earl Scruggs’ career as king of the banjo and a bluegrass pioneer: What doesn’t make the cut as one of his top achievements would be the crowning moment

  • IBMA Chief Pledges Focus on Finances

    IBMA President and Chairman of the Board Stan Zdonik says improving IBMA’s financial health “will be the driving criterion” behind all decisions by the group’s board of directors “until we are again running in the black.” Zdonik’s comments came in a