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


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.