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Bringing Bluegrass in the Future

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2023 Photos by Ricky Davis “I hear banjos.” Even Sir Walter Raleigh was wielding one. But music lovers sought no deliverance. The sound was coming from the streets of downtown Raleigh, North Carolina that were bursting with bluegrass during the last week of September for the IBMA conference and World of…

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Del McCoury, Paul Williams and Joe Mullins. // Photo by Emma McCoury

Hall of Fame Homecoming Weekend

Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers enjoyed a most memorable weekend September 1 and 2, 2023.   Our band was very fortunate to host the Hall of Fame Homecoming for the Bluegrass Hall of Fame and Museum, Owensboro, Kentucky. Let us never forget the importance of the leadership in the City of Owensboro, Daviess County and…

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The Billy Strings Merchandise section of the Gift Store at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum // Photo by jamie plain

Billy Strings Pop-Up Store

Earlier this summer, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum collaborated with Billy Strings to create a pop-up store in its gift shop.  The museum collaborated with the artist’s team to create a unique display that features Billy Strings merchandise which includes apparel, vinyl records, and CDs.  The museum store is located near the…

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Les Butler. Photo Courtesy of Les Butler

REAL Traditional Southern Gospel Music 

At the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum New Years Eve 2021, I was walking down the hallway at the Jekyll Island Bluegrass Festival when I heard someone say, “Hey REAL Southern Gospel Music man!”  I turned around and saw an elderly couple seated on a bench in the hallway waving for my wife…

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The Dupree School House. Photo By Meg Johnson

Dupree School House

How One Girl Ended up Down at the Bluegrass Crossroads (and got her soul back….) On the morning of Saturday, May 25 I had a rude awakening. My weather obsessed daughter made a 6 a.m. appearance at my bedroom door. I knew as soon as I saw her face that we would be having tornados for breakfast…

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The New IBMA Exhibit at the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum. The Museum Executive Director Chris Joslin (left) stands with Mike Simpson, former IBMA Board Chairman. // Photo by jamie plain

New IBMA Awards Exhibit

Earlier this summer, the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame & Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky launched a new exhibition honoring the current International Bluegrass Music Association award winners.  The organizations already collaborate with the museum’s exhibition of the Hall of Fame inductees, chosen by IBMA.  In 2022, former IBMA chairman Mike Simpson pitched the idea to…

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