• Random notes from World of Bluegrass 2018

    IBMA’s love affair with Raleigh continues. Crowds seem bigger this year. Exhibitors report brisk business – one merchant sold two high-end banjos in an hour. And there’s more jamming per square inch than I remember seeing in Nashville. In fact, it’s

  • 2018 IBMA Awards Show performance photos

    Grand finale at the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards - photo © Frank Baker Last night's 2018 IBMA Awards Show was a spectacle in many parts. Given the wealth of photographs taken during the evening, we will break them into three

  • 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards

    Tonight the International Bluegrass Music Awards were presented in Raleigh, NC at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center.  Hosted by Hot Rize, the awards show also included the induction of three new members of the Bluegrass Hall of Fame: Ricky Skaggs,

  • 2018 IBMA Special Awards photos

    Chris Thile exhorts attendees to take their children and grandchildren to bluegrass festivals during his distinguished achievement award acceptance, 2018 IBMA Special Awards - photo © Frank Baker

  • 2018 World of Bluegrass Exhibit Hall

    One of the big attractions during the annual World of Bluegrass conference is the Exhibit Hall, located in the bottom level of the convention center. For pickers there is always a plethora of instruments on display, plus every sort of accessory

  • 2018 IBMA Special Awards

    The IBMA Special Awards are being distributed this morning during a luncheon presentation at the Raleigh Convention Center. While attendees enjoy their meal, a number of speakers are addressing the crowd, with the awards being announced in between. These special awards

  • More Tuesday photos from WOB 2018

    Rebekah Long at the 2018 World Of Bluegrass (9/25/18) - photo © Bill Warren The Candidpix.info camera wandered around the various venues after a morning of business conference meetings. First stop was the keynote address, where both Board Chairman Joe Mullins