Blueberry Bluegrass 20 Workshops in 20 Weeks- 20 in 20!

With COVID-19 restrictions limiting gatherings and, for much of the world, preventing in-person festivals, what does an internationally recognized bluegrass festival do while awaiting return to musical normalcy? Invite the world-wide community to come together in a series of free workshops instructed by some of the biggest names in bluegrass and acoustic music! 20 workshops… Continue reading Blueberry Bluegrass 20 Workshops in 20 Weeks- 20 in 20!

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The IBMA and Hazel Dickens

Earlier this month, Bluegrass Today featured a story that received-in my opinion-very little attention. I was flabbergasted. After taking several deep breaths, and giving it a good week to digest, I responded over at Fervor Coulee Bluegrass. [Inserted here] October 17, 2016 I know about three things. One, I will never not tear up listening to “Me… Continue reading The IBMA and Hazel Dickens

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IBMA Awards 2011- pre-broadcast

The pre-broadcast has started on SiriusXM, again hosted by Kyle Cantrell. This started off the same way as last years’- not impressively: I hate the forced, over-the-top ‘hilarity’ of Jamie Dailey. On a better note, Steve Martin is bringing a measure of humility and class to the broadcast, and Chris Jones just got a pertinent question… Continue reading IBMA Awards 2011- pre-broadcast

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IBMA Awards 2011- Hall of Fame

Previously announced, Del McCoury and George Shuffler have been invited in- I am looking forward to these two legends of the bluegrass biz having their moment. And it is hard to criticise their induction given I’ve advocated for the selection committee to look toward the Living while they’re Living. I’m a bit bitter that Hazel… Continue reading IBMA Awards 2011- Hall of Fame

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IBMA Awards 2011- The early results

Earlier today several awards were handed out- here is what I found on the IBMA site: Broadcaster of the Year Katy Daley Print Media Person of the Year Juli Thanki Bluegrass Event of the Year Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival; Branson, MO Best Graphic Design City of Refuge, Abigail Washburn (artist); Ricardo Alessio… Continue reading IBMA Awards 2011- The early results

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Blogging tonight about the IBMA awards

If all works, I’m planning on listening to SiriusXM’s live broadcast of the International Bluegrass Music Awards tonight and will be offering my thoughts as the evening passes. I was thinking earlier this week (down below somewhere) that this might be the year of the Gibsons and that may still come to pass. However, I realized… Continue reading Blogging tonight about the IBMA awards

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International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Musings & Predictions

The International Bluegrass Music Association fetes its finest this week in Nashville. I have only once been able to partake in the events surrounding World of Bluegrass but those are four days I recall fondly. While I have allowed my membership in the organization to lapse- quite frankly, what I got out of membership in… Continue reading International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Musings & Predictions

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Hazel Dickens- IBMA Hall of Fame, 2010

Why should Hazel Dickens be in the next set of inductees to the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame? I don’t remember exactly when I first heard Hazel Dickens. Odd that, because one can’t really hear Hazel Dickens without knowing you’ve heard Hazel Dickens. Her voice is one that isn’t confused with anyone else’s;… Continue reading Hazel Dickens- IBMA Hall of Fame, 2010

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