Top stars to honor Bill Monroe

Bill Monroe Bluegrass CelebrationSome of bluegrass music’s top present-day stars will honor Bill Monroe on September 30 in the annual Bill Monroe Bluegrass Celebration, which will take place on Tuesday, September 30 at the Opry House in Nashville.

The Bill Monroe Bluegrass Celebration, presented by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store and staged at the Grand Ole Opry will include The Del McCoury Band, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Grascals, and Daily & Vincent. Each is among the final nominees for this year’s IBMA Entertainer of the Year award.

Daily & Vincent who burst onto the scene just last year have been nominated for a staggering 10 awards in total, including Vocal Group, Male Vocalist (Dailey), Emerging Artist, Bass Player (Vincent) and Album of the Year for their self-titled debut on Rounder Records.

The Del McCoury Band and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have both received four award nominations each.

Also making an appearance are the Infamous Stringdusters, The SteelDrivers, Jesse McReynolds & the Virginia Boys, and James Monroe.

The Infamous Stringdusters have nominations for Instrumental Group while The SteelDrivers are finalists for Album of the Year and Emerging Artist, with band members Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton in with a chance of taking the Song of the Year title with Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey.

It should be a superb show!

The Opry’s long-standing fall bluegrass show was re-named the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Celebration after Monroe’s death in September 1996.

The event, which starts at 7:00 p.m. (CDT), takes place during the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World Of Bluegrass event held in Nashville from September 29 to October 5, when, of course, there will be many bluegrass industry people in the city.

Information regarding this and other concerts at the Grand Ole Opry House and ticket arrangements can be found at the Grand Ole Opry 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.