Now the big destination- Raleigh, NC to The International
Bluegrass Music Association Conference, concerts, Awards
ceremony and downtown street fair.
ber of industry professionals who believed that bluegrass
music should have a trade association. It soon outgrew Owensboro,
moving to Louisville, KY, and then to Nashville, TN,
where it remained for six years, accompanied by great yawns
from Music City, which thought it
2008 great recession and the lack of
interest in IBMA from Nashville, the
association languished and started
seeking a new home for its signature
event. When Raleigh came knocking,
IBMA leadership was listening,
and the event moved to North Carolina
– a region with a rich tradition
of bluegrass music.
In what’s called the Bluegrass
Ramble, a number of clubs within
easy walking distance (or accessible
via the free bus that leaves the
Chuck Berry’s Eldorado.
Raleigh Convention Center every 15
week. A business conference ticket will get you in all the venues,
or you can pay at the door in lieu of that. The awards ceremony,
an event that is televised live from the Duke Performing
Arts Center, includes the top performers in the business.
had been nominated for several awards. We got to hear them
play multiple times throughout the week- always great fun.
Tuttle. We saw her on our trip north at the Philadelphia Folk
Festival and were aware that she had won the Instrumentalist
of the year award last year at IBMA, but we were about to
watch her accept the award a second year in a row. Additionally,
the week prior, she had won the
same award at The Americana Music Association
Awards in Nashville. Did I tell
you that she can play the guitar? Truth is,
she is amazing with a wonderful voice,
great songwriting skills and a brand new
Meanwhile, as I alluded to above,
there’s jamming on street corners and in
hallways as well as sponsored showcases
in hotel rooms and throughout the convention
center. You just can’t get enough
bluegrass music, especially if you suspend
your judgment enough to experience
how bluegrass expresses itself to the
range of people who hear it, love it, and
reinterpret it. There is no other place where you can spot upand
coming kids on the cusp of breaking out, bands struggling
to make an impression, and the top groups in bluegrass,
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