• Wednesday lunch showcases

    For a change, I was able to stay for all three main stage acts at Wednesday's (9/30) lunchtime showcase, and I saw some very strong performances. Darren Beachley & Legends Of The Potomac were up first. That may sound like a

  • A few more Tuesday night reflections

    I wanted to add a few impressions to what Brance posted earlier... Mountain Heart: I thought that their showcase was brilliant, and was very interested to see how they would approach this "going over to the other side" vibe. When the

  • A Seminar Sampling

    One of the things that IBMA promotes heavily is education---the music, and about the music business. To that end they have a wide variety of seminars throughout the week on topics ranging from the technical side of the music ("New

  • Tuesday night photos

    Here is a gallery of photos from last night's (9/29) IBMA festivities. We are very fortunate this year to have Dean Hoffmeyer shooting for us during World Of Bluegrass. He is a Pulitzer-nominated photographer with The Richmond Times Dispatch, and his

  • IBMA: Tuesday night

    Just a quick update to say there is a ton of great bluegrass music being played this year. I saw three bands last night, all excellent. First, John and I were able to catch a Mountain Heart show. The band performed

  • Monday Town Hall seminar

    Monday morning, I was honored to participate in an IBMA seminar entitled State Of The Industry: Open Forum. It was moderated by Archie Warnock, and the panelists also included Brandi Hart of The Dixie Bee-Liners and Ronnie Reno, founder of

  • IBMA 2009 Video Interview: Del McCoury

    Yesterday, soon after arrival here at IBMA, John and I were able to spend a few moments with Del McCoury to discuss a soon to be released CD. John asked the questions, Del did most of the talking, and I was

  • IBMA After Hours – Monday night

    The convention center was hopping last night for the late-night showcases, as it always is. It's impossible to see all the bands play, or even to see everyone that you want to, so I generally settle for a representative sampling.

  • Josh Williams Band – powerful stuff

    Again, the frustration of not being able to catch all the showcase performers... Downloading the Gold Heart photos last night, I missed Darin and Brooke Aldridge and Spring Creek, both of whom I had hoped to see. Darin and Brooke just