Saturday, October 4, 2008

IBMA Fan Fest - Friday

On Friday IBMA changes from a trade show and professional conference into a bluegrass festival with one of the best and most diverse lineups anywhere. Ramrodded by Carl Jackson, whose contacts in the music industry are endless, the range of talent is beyond impressive. I'll post a selection of pictures from Friday night now and continue to dribble out pictures from IBMA over the next few months. In a day or so, I'll also post a link to a Picasa Web Album of pictures from Kids on Bluegrass, probably on Monday, for people who are interested in a more extensive look at the future of the music.
Sweet Brenda Lawson - Emcee

Kids on Bluegrass

Melonie Cannon & Rob Ickes

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Jesse Brock, Carl Jackson, Michael Cleveland, & Jesse Baker
2008 IBMA Fiddler of the Year

Lyn Butler, Darrell Adkins & Carl Jackson

Carl Jackson & Danny Paisley

Charlie Sizemore

Didi Thacker & Bradley Walker

Sierra Hull

Sierra Hull & Highway 111

Brandon Rickman

Tony Tischka Double Banjo Spectacular
Josh Williams - 2008 IBMA Guitar Player of the Year

Steve Gulley & Alan Bibey
2008 IBMA Song of the Year
Through the Windows of a Train - Gulley and Stafford

Dale Ann Bradley - 2008 Female Vocalist of the Year

Gina Britt, Mike Bub & Dale Ann Bradley

IIIrd Tyme Out with Carl Jackson

Doyle Lawson
B.J., Cia, and Skip Cherryholmes

Adam Steffey - 2008 Mandolin Player of the Year

The Grascals

Jamie Johnson, Terry Smith, Terry Eldridge

Tony Rice & Larry Stephenson

Carl Jackson & Tony Rice

Tony Rice

Carl Jackson

Clay Hess, Tony Rice, Barry Abernathy


  1. Ted, Smitty of Neuse River Fan Club Mississippi, loved the picutres of IBMA, looked at every one of them.

    I want to post briefly on your blog to recognize you as the newest card carrying member of the Neuse River Fan Club Mississippi. I read your comment on Dr. Bibey's blog and if you know what you do about Vicksburg, Natchez and Greenvile, then you are now a honorary member. Take care and as Doc says, it is good to meet a kindred spirit.

  2. Smitty - Thanks for the membership. When do I get my decal? Our trip to MS was not long enough, but we had enough time to get a feeling for a part of the state as well as to help us let go of some unfortunate Yankee misconceptions. We're planning to attend a bg festival in Leaksville next April. Maybe.... Please send me a private e-mail address. - Ted