Sunday, October 02, 2011

Glimpses of IBMA 2011...

What a week!  Whether you're a casual fan of BG or someone who's trying to make a living in the music business, there's a good chance that there's something for you at WoB (or, the World of Bluegrass conference presented by the International Bluegrass Music Association).    I attended 3 1/2 days of IBMA this year, and enjoyed just about every minute.  I'll never claim to be a world-class photographer, but thought you might enjoy seeing a few photos...

If you've never been to IBMA, why not think about making 2012 the year you go?  


Del McCoury shares amusing memories of working for Bill Monroe in an early morning session.

Al Hawkes chats with Eddie Stubbs on WSM.

Balsam Range performs at the IBMA Awards.  They'd later win the award for Song of the Year for "Trains I Missed"

Edgar Loudermilk & Ashlee Blankenship at the Mountain Fever Records showcase.

Longtime New England faves, the Gibson Brothers, were big winners at the IBMA Awards.  The day before their wins, they performed live on WAMU's

Josh Williams

The Skip Cherryholmes Quintet (with Gena Britt on banjo) is  on my radar screen...

The Missy Werner Band played on WAMU, too.  Show host Lee Michael Demsey looks on...

The Spinney Brothers played several late night showcases throughout the week -- this one for the South Florida Bluegrass Association.

Volume Five is an Alabama band who records on Mountain Fever Records.  Very enjoyable!

Edgar Loudermilk's Mountain Fever Records showcase included some of his 3TO bandmates, Wayne Benson on mandolin and Steve Dilling on banjo.

Paul Williams, J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson -- IBMA winners & BG legends.

What a thrill to see the Gibson Brothers win two IBMA awards!

Award presenters, Tim Stafford and Dan Tyminski

The Ryman Auditorium lighting and my camera were not best of friends, but lousy picture quality notwithstanding, you can still see that Steve Martin was pretty happy to win his Entertainer of the Year award (with the fabulous Steep Canyon Rangers, of course).

Flatt Lonesome is a young Florida band fronted by three siblings.

Jay Armsworthy put together a band just for his showcase featuring  Laura Orshaw on fiddle, Bobby Osborne, Jr. on bass, Dr. Richard Brown on mandolin, and Joe Miller on the banjo.

Travers Chandler & Avery County will have a new CD out on Mountain Fever Records very soon...

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