• Clyde Moody’s last guitar in Raleigh

    While we were in Raleigh last week for the IBMA's World of Bluegrass convention, we had a lovely visit with Connie Matthews, nephew of the great Clyde Moody. Connie had recently acquired Uncle Clyde's last guitar, a Martin D-28 which

  • Mike Munford at WOB 2013

    One of the most emotionally satisfying moments for me during last Thursday's IBMA Awards presentation was seeing Mike Munford accept the Banjo Player of the Year trophy for 2013. Mike has been the "banjo players' banjo player" for many years,

  • Seminars at IBMA 2013

    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

  • Closing Notes from Raleigh

    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 chat with the Ozaki Brothers

    This year's World of Bluegrass in Raleigh was chock full of highlights, but few that we experienced in the Bluegrass Today press office can match this delightful interview Tara Linhardt conducted with Yasushi and Hisashi Ozaki on Thursday afternoon following their acceptance

  • WOB 2013 poll – late night showcases

    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

  • Who Needs Nashville?

    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

  • Steve Martin and Jens Kruger at IBMA

    On Saturday afternoon, as World of Bluegrass was circling the drain, David Morris caught up with Steve Martin and Jens Kruger to discuss Jens being named the 2013 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

  • Tony Rice speaks

    There have been very few moments during the many years of IBMA Award Shows quite so poignant as Tony Rice's acceptance speech this past Thursday night when he was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. Despite a bit of