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.



  1. Ted, I'm so glad I stumbled on this blog on the Bluegrass-L list today. I appreciate you posting the IBMA week photos so much. It's kinda like being there only not nearly as fun. Love the pictures at all the other places too. Reminds me of when I lived in Nashville and how much I miss hanging out in them. :o) Thanks for all you do for bluegrass music.

  2. Wake up Ted...we're waiting on Tuesday! Late night jams huh? I put your Blog on my Facebook page and you have followers now on this daily blog. We're all living vicariously through you this week. LOL

  3. Ted,

    As always a great post.

    We all need to write Mr. Fisher and thank him for extending an invitation for bluegrass groups to have more represention at the Opry.

    When I am in town I usually take in the Station Inn. The talent level is so high there, and it is such a value for my entertainment dollar. Next time I am in town I might go the Opry one night too. He seems like he is not going to turn his back on tradition, and yet still move forward.

    Dr. B

  4. Slight correction for you, Ted. Your caption of the "Hamish" brothers are actually the Davidson Brothers, Lachlan and Hamish, from Australia. Great young pickers, BTW.

    Great seeing you down there and thanks for the great pix of my session. We all had a blast!