The Venue

Sam Bush, Curtis Burch, John Cowan of New Grass Revival, smile for a photo

But…It’s Never Been Done Before!

Joanne Gardner, John Lowell, and the Virtual 2020 IBMA Bluegrass Awards Show The performance centerpiece of the annual IBMA conference is the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards show, where – selected by the membership – the IBMA showcases and celebrates the best performers of the year. In a year of social distancing and facemasks, Paul Schiminger…

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Bill Monroe's headstock on display in a gold frame

Bill Monroe’s Gouged Headstock Veneer

If you look at any photo of Bill Monroe holding his mandolin taken between 1950 and 1980, you will notice that the company name, which usually graces the instrument’s headstock, is noticeably missing.  Most die-hard bluegrass fans will know that very early in the 1950s, Bill Monroe shipped his mandolin to the Gibson company for…

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Sonny Osborne, Saburo Watanabe, and Earl Scruggs

Bluegrass Country Soul

Taking Us Back to 1971 For those in the bluegrass community who have been unable to attend live festivals since February  because of COVID-19, a trip back to Carlton Haney’s Blue Grass Park in Camp Springs, North Carolina on Labor Day weekend, 1971, might be just the ticket.  The remastered, boxed set version of the…

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Fiddle on display at Bluegrass Music and Hall of Fame and Museum

Uncle Pen’s Fiddle

Photos By Jamie Alexander So says the song that Bill Monroe wrote about his fiddle playing Uncle Pendleton Vandiver, brother to his mother, Malissa.  Speaking of his Uncle Pen in a 1966 radio interview, Monroe said, “He played for a lot of square dances in Kentucky….There wasn’t many musicians around and back in the early…

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Bluegrass on the Grass

Celebrating 25 Years of Success Photos By A. Pierce Bounds As early as 1802, Pennsylvania was referred to as the Keystone State. This designation was placed on Pennsylvania due to its location and providing stability in holding the original 13 states together, architecturally speaking, similar to that of the function of a keystone in an…

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The 2020 IBMA Hall of Fame Class

A Diverse Genre Celebrates Both Ends of the Spectrum While Honoring A Legendary Venue In one of the most eventful years in history, a time that has seen the onset of the covid-19 pandemic, nationwide protests, a comet, a 5.1 Southeastern earthquake and the Backline bluegrass band releasing a single titled “If The Corona Don’t…

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