Tuesday, September 29, 2009

IBMA 2009 - Monday

The annual convention of the International Bluegrass Music Association convened in the Nashville Convention Center on Monday for a seven day run.  It has a large and complext program including seminars and meetings, an exhbition center, banquets, awards, and dozens of artist showcases, official, after hours, and private.  There's no way to keep up with it all.  This week is also one of the busiest of the year for us, because, in addition to covering the event for this blog, we're fans and want to see as much as we can as well as visit with old and new friends.  What follows for the next few days will be impressionistic with lots of pictures and not much text. After we're back on the road, I intend to focus on the highlights in greater detail as well as to check back into good photos I might have missed.  I hope you can get a flavor of the event as well as a sense of its importance in the greater world of bluegrass music.

Seminar: Finding Answers in Today's Music Market
Brandi Hart, John Lawless, Ronnie Reno, Archie Warnek, Moderator


John Lawless

Archie Warnock

Large, Attentive, and Involved Audience


Discussions in the Hallways
Dr. Neil V. Rosenburg, Author from Newfoundland

Bluegrass Music: A History 

Dwight Worden: IBMA Board Member from San Diego

Dr. Tommy Bibey
Bluegrass Physician, Mandolinist, Novelist


Exhibitions

Ashby Franks & Eddie Biggerstaff

Darin & Brook Aldridge at Their Booth

Ned Luberecki

Good Homegrown Music
Tom T. and Miss Dixie Hall's Booth

  Donna Hughes & Penni McDaniel


Nancy Cardwell, Pete Fisher, and Dan Hays (Executive Director IBMA)


Gabrielle Gray (Executive Director) &Dr. Richard Brown (Trustee)

International Bluegrass Museum


Opening Banquet and Official Showcases
Greg Cahill - President IBMA



Mary Tyler Daub: Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival

Eddie Stubbs, Grand Ol' Opry

Keynote Speaker
Pete Fisher - Vice President and General Manager
Grand Ol' Opry

Nancy Cardwell (IBMA Staff), Pete Fisher, and Dan Hays (Ex. Director of IBMA


Official Showcases
I'm working under a short deadline and want to get to today's events.  Therefore, I'll post quick band pictures with no commentary.  Next week, when I have a little time for reflection, I'll post commentary, add names and sidemen, and make the posts more useful with plenty of links.  Please forgive the rush.

The Hamish Brothers from Australia


Gold Heart
 

Spring Creek
 

Darin & Brooke Aldridge


 The Crowe Brothers

 

Josh Williams


After Hours Showcases

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road


The Farewell Drifters 


Jerry Butler/John Wade & The Blu-J's 


More to come daily for the rest of the week and then additions to be made later.