International Bluegrass Music Museum inspires kids

George McCeney and Gabrielle Gray of the International Bluegrass Music Museum at IBMA 2008Matt Kelley of WNKU 89.7 FM (Northern Kentucky University, Highland Heights, KY) recently spoke to Gabrielle Gray, the Executive Director of the International Bluegrass Music Museum, Owensboro, KY, about the Museum’s ongoing education program for children that has led to a proliferation of budding young bluegrass pickers in the region.

The two also spoke about what else the Museum has to offer for anybody interested in the genre.

One very interesting aspect about which Ms. Gray spoke is the part that bluegrass music had to play in a twinning arrangement between Owensboro and its Japanese sister city, Nisshin (Aichi).

There is an eight minute audio recording of the interview at the station’s website.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.