• Clay Hess, With Help From His Friends

    Of all the great jam sessions during IBMA’s World of Bluegrass this week, the hottest of all took place Friday night when Clay Hess gathered with some friends to celebrate the release of his solo project, Rain. And what friends they

  • And a note from Bryan Sutton

    We also heard from Bryan Sutton this morning, who like Rob Ickes, was unable to attend Thursday's IBMA Awards Show and receive his trophy. Bryan's Guitar Player of the Year award was accepted by his Hot Rize bandmate Pete Wernick,

  • A note from Rob Ickes

    Rob Ickes asked us to share this note regarding his absence at Thursdays IBMA Awards show, and his resulting inability to accept the 2011 Dobro Player of the Year award in person. "I wish I could have been at the awards

  • Our IBMA Gig Fair experience

    When I'm not seeking truth and justice as the Assistant Prosecutor for Lincoln County, West Virginia, my wife Valerie and I are putting all our energy into re-launching the music career we deferred twenty-five years ago to raise a family in a stable,

  • IBMA please

    Dear IBMA, Please stop asking the most accomplished artists in our business to read corny lines from a teleprompter, or to engage in cringe-inducing banter for the sake of a light-hearted awards show. Last night's production made Hee-Haw look like high art. Nashville is

  • A note of thanks from Steep Canyon Rangers

    Graham Sharp, banjo player with Steep Canyon Rangers, asked us to share these words of gratitude on behalf of the band regarding their selection, along with Steve Martin, as the 2011 IBMA Entertainer of the Year. "Standing on stage at the