Rural Rhythm VIP Showcase

This post is a contribution from Christy Reid, one of our 2010 IBMA correspondents. She will be reporting on her experiences at IBMA as a member of Lou Reid & Carolina.

One look inside the door of Fisk Room 1 and 2, and you could see why this was the place to be on Wednesday night! We didn’t even get inside the door when Lou ran into Ronnie Reno and Rodney Dillard. Rodney’s new CD was released this week, along with Lou Reid and Carolina’s.

There was a long line of folks enjoying the food, just a glance around the room and I saw many familiar faces.  Mark Newton and Sam Passamano opened the show talking about the Grave Mountain Memories Live CD that is about to be released, along with DVD footage that captured that special day in bluegrass history.  They also gave everyone new information about the next live recording with Rural Rhythm artists at Bean Blossom.  The first band up to showcase was Grasstowne.  They always do a great job, and they covered some Bill Monroe material, getting everyone ready for the special Bill Monroe Tribute Live CD.

When we arrived, Grasstowne was on stage and, after Grasstowne, it was our turn. We performed a few songs off of our last Rural Rhythm album My Own Set of Rules, and then a Bill Monroe tune, Little Georgia Rose. After our performance, came the wonderful Lonesome River Band. At the end of their set they welcomed onto the stage Carrie Hassler to do a few Bill Monroe classics. Molly and Tenbrooks was a crowd favorite! The night was rounded out with IBMA Nominees Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out; Kyle Cantrell of  Sirius/XM was on hand to bring them on-stage. They really tore the crowd up!

Here are a few more photos from the event: