• 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

  • 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

  • Banjo flash mob on Saturday

    OK all you banjo pickers in Raleigh... A banjo flash mob has been declared for 2:00 p.m. on Saturday afternoon (9/28) at the Raleigh Convention Center, just near the statue of Sir Walter Raleigh, who has been equipped with a 5

  • On This Day #18 – First IBMA awards show

    On This Day …….. On September 27, 1990 the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) staged its first Awards Show held in Owensboro, Kentucky. The show took place at the now-demolished Executive Inn, which was located overlooking the Ohio River. The Bluegrass Album Band

  • And the Winners are ……

    The IBMA award winners were named last night, Thursday (September 26). The bare facts are ........... Entertainer of the Year: The Gibson Brothers Vocal Group: The Gibson Brothers Instrumental Group: The Boxcars Song of the Year: They Called It Music, The Gibson Brothers, written

  • The Night Grown Men Cried

    It was the night you could have heard a pin drop. The night grown men cried. The night Tony Rice spoke, in a normal voice, for the first time in nearly two decades. There were many awards presented to many deserving recipients on

  • A Bluegrass Miracle!

    For those foolish enough to not be watching the IBMA Awards Show live, Tony Rice just demonstrated the results of attempts to reclaim one of bluegrass music's most cherished instruments: his beautiful baritone voice. It's not fully recovered, but the difference