Saturday, October 1, 2011

IBMA Awards - Teaser

Here's a brief overview of Thursday's Awards show. More to come on Sunday, Monday, & Tuesday.
 Ryman Auditorium - Dressing Room

Roland White & Sonny Osborne - Presenters

The Boxcars - Emerging Artist
Sam Bush - Emcee

George Shuffler - Hall of Fame Inductee
The Gibson Brothers - Album of the Year & Vocal Group of the Year

 Del McCoury - Hall of Fame Inductee

Steve Martin - Entertainer of the Year
The Steep Canyon Rangers

I plan to start drawing impressions and analyses of this year's IBMA World of Bluegrass together beginning Sunday afternoon and for several days into the future.  My quick overview suggests I don't know enough to tell whether attendance is up, down, or sideways. All I can say is that the halls are crowded, particularly in the evening with the full range of the bluegrass community, from fans to high profile performers to industry executives and everything in between chatting (read networking), doing business, and playing. The environment here is exciting and's the place for bluegrassers to spend some time and to become re-energized.