International Bluegrass Vol. 27, No. 9 September 2012
NEW IBMA Board Members
Watch LIVE Online: IBMA Awards Show
Fan Fest on PBS-TV: Coming Soon!
Congrats! 2012 Nominees &
Doyle Lawson & Ralph Rinzler Welcomed to Bluegrass Hall of Fame
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IB Cover Story
6 Doyle Lawson & Ralph Rinzler
Welcome to Bluegrass Hall of Fame
Features 13 IBMA Announces First Live Streaming Video Broadcast of Awards Show and Plans to Televise Fan Fest
14 2012 International Bluegrass Music Award Nominees 16 2012 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients Announced 18 IBMA Welcomes New & Returning Board Members Departments 4 Behind the Scenes at IBMA 5 Nancy Cardwell Accepts Top IBMA Position 9 World of Bluegrass News 20 “More Bluegrass”
Cracker Barrel Presents Dolly Parton with Gold Record
22 Heard Round the World 24 Bluegrass Music Industry News 30 New Members 30 Bluebird in the Bluegrass 31 Final Note
Behind the scenes at ibma Doyle Lawson’s School of Bluegrass Any longtime fan of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver knows how many exceptional musicians and singers have passed through the Quicksilver line-up. And beyond all those who have shared the stage with Doyle, there are countless people who have been inspired, bought instruments, pored over albums and become passionate about bluegrass because of his band. I am one of those people! My Dad discovered Doc Watson sometime in the late 70’s, I guess. He bought an Ovation guitar and learned to play a little bit. Eventually he started taking his family (I’m the youngest of three girls) to local shows and festivals. My parents become active in the regional bluegrass associations, he bought a camper, and alas… our summers were planned for the next 10-15 years. We headed out somewhere nearly every weekend. Among the regional events, we also would attend three or four big festivals, featuring all the bluegrass headliners of the day. One particular event was a festival in eastern Indiana called Stone Valley. I was about ten years old and had been on this bluegrass parade for a couple years at this point. While Mom and Dad went to the stage, my focus was on finding the other kids, hitting the playground or fishing hole and cruising my bike all over the grounds. “Check in every two hours!” was my parental instruction, and I knew from past experience that I had better make it every hour and a half. That pivotal afternoon, my punctual check-in led me to the stage area while the 1982 line-up of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver was on stage: Doyle, of course, plus Terry Baucom, Jimmy Haley and the new guy, Randy Graham, on bass. My “check-in” turned into actually watching the whole set -- and that’s when I caught the bluegrass bug for myself. I was an instant fan and the Bluegrass Unlimited magazine became my best friend. I would pore through it wishing I could go to every festival they played, search for dates when I could see them again, and save my money to buy the next album. Everyone in my family got tired of hearing the Rock My Soul record, but I didn’t care! One unsuspecting day I was leafing through the pages of BU’s annual talent directory issue, and there it was: Doyle Lawson’s mailing address! I proceeded to write to him several times, send pictures I colored (one of them was an owl, I think), tell him what show I would be at next, let him know which songs were my favorite, etc. I even let Doyle in on the latest in pre-teen fashion… the friendship pin. You remember them, right? The standard safety pin loaded with colorful beads and charms? If your tennis shoes were not covered in them, well, obviously, your poor soul just didn’t have that many friends. Granted, I never saw Doyle Lawson wear tennis shoes, but I’m sure he had a pair at home, and I imagine he placed that friendship pin proudly on his sneaker for all the world to see! Or
more likely he thought, “What the heck is this???” and passed it on to his daughter, who no doubt would have been able to explain. I eventually moved on to other bluegrass loves, crushes, and professions, but I often wonder how my life might be different if I had not timed that parental check-in so perfectly. I have been blessed to be a part of this community for more than 30 years, as an artist, worker, leader and – always -- as a passionate fan. I count myself among Doyle Lawson’s students -- not because I played in his band, but because his music spoke to me. I have never known if Doyle remembers the kid who sent him friendship pins and badlycolored pictures, or if he knew it was me. I guess he might now. Join me in honoring 2012 Hall of Fame Inductee Doyle Lawson for ALL that he has inspired!
IBMA Convention Services Director
Nancy Cardwell Accepts Top IBMA Position On August 17, 2012, the Board of Directors of the International Bluegrass Music Association announced with pleasure that it had appointed Nancy Cardwell as the organization’s Executive Director. “After an extensive selection process that began with more than 65 applications for the position, the Board concluded that Nancy brings the right mix of skills to the table and will be able to take the organization to the next level of success,” said Board chair Stan Zdonik. Cardwell, who has been serving as the IBMA’s interim Executive Director since the beginning of March, takes on the top job after 17 years as the IBMA’s Special Projects Director. “Nancy is deeply connected to the bluegrass music community,” Zdonik noted, “and her experience in the IBMA office makes her uniquely prepared to take on the added duties of Executive Director. She is forward-thinking and has the right outlook to take us into the future. Her respect for the roots of the music, combined with her appreciation of the next generation, will guide the organization through the challenging times ahead.” Visit www.ibma.org/node/426 to read more. Congratulations, Nancy!
Rinzler Welcomed to Bluegrass Hall of Fame
What a wild week for Doyle Lawson! Just a couple days earlier, Doyle had attended the 50th reunion of Hancock County High School, class of 1962, in Morristown, TN. As he’d written on his Facebook page, “it brought a realization of how quickly 50 years can get past you.” On the evening of August 15, 2012, Doyle and his wife, Suzanne, were unsuspecting members of the audience at the Loveless Barn for the IBMA Awards Nominees Press Conference. As they watched, bluegrass radio personality Cindy Baucom took the stage and began talking about the late Ralph Rinzler, founder of the Smithsonian
Folklife Festival, a man who might be called the Johnny Appleseed of traditional music. Then she announced that Ralph would be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the IBMA Awards Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 27, 2012. When Cindy began talking about Doyle Lawson, it was a lovely moment indeed, as the crowd – and the Lawsons themselves – realized that Doyle would be the second 2012 inductee into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Almost two weeks later, it’s still sinking in. “I am still pretty much astounded at the news of being elected to the Hall of Fame,” Doyle
told us as this issue of IB went to press. “I wish I could verbally relate just how I feel, but right now I can't seem to put it into words. Just know that I am honored to be there alongside my heroes!”
About Doyle Lawson One of bluegrass music’s most accomplished and respected bandleaders, Doyle Lawson was born in Ford Town, TN on April 20, 1944, grew up listening to the Grand Ole Opry and taught himself how to play mandolin at age 11, influenced by Bill Monroe. His piercing, crystalline tenor vocals and crisp musicianship would help him launch his career with jobs in three superb and accomplished bands. When he was just 18, Lawson went to Nashville to play banjo with Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys. Three years later, he started working with J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys (later the New South). On September 1, 1971, Lawson joined the Country Gentlemen, where he helped create a new distinctive sound for the band, and one of its finest eras. He stayed for almost eight years before leaving to found his own band in 1979. For more than three decades, Quicksilver has been one of bluegrass music’s most important “farm teams,” helping to launch the careers of dozens of future bandleaders and sidemen. The band is known for its delivery of intricate a cappella gospel numbers that regularly bring awestruck crowds to their feet, roaring with approval. Since 1977, Lawson’s discography has grown to more than 40 bluegrass and bluegrass gospel recordings, supported by a busy touring schedule that includes the Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Festival in Denton, NC each year. Along with Quicksilver, which USA Today called “one of bluegrass’ finest bands,” Lawson has received numerous nominations and awards, including the International Bluegrass Music Award for Best Vocal Group an unprecedented seven years in a row. In 2006 he received the
National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship, granted to traditional and folk artists for career accomplishments. A year later he was awarded an honorary doctorate by King College in Bristol, TN. Known as one of the best-dressed men in bluegrass, Lawson has a closet full of Manuel jackets and is likely one of the few professional bluegrass musicians with his own signature pair of cowboy boots.
About Ralph Rinzler The late Ralph Rinzler (July 20, 1934 – July 2, 1994) was a scholar, musician, writer, promoter, producer, and social activist whose vision and life’s work inspired the passion, and launched the careers, of generations of musicians and artists. Born in Passaic, NJ, Rinzler learned to play mandolin and banjo at Swarthmore College. He was a member of the legendary Greenbriar Boys, guest-starred on recordings with Clarence Ashley and Joan Baez, and later won a Grammy award for his production work on Folkways: A Vision Shared. His generous relationships with the brightest lights in American music were fluid and adapted themselves to the artist and the adventure. He accompanied Mike Seeger on his travels through Appalachia; produced events with Pete Seeger, Bob Dylan and Mary Travers; was David Grisman’s first teacher; and managed Bill Monroe. On a trip to western North Carolina in 1960 to make field recordings of rural folk musicians for Folkways Records, he visited Doc Watson and arranged bookings for him all over the country, thus helping gain national recognition for the guitarist.
“Ralph was a single-minded individual who once he became passionate about anything – bluegrass music, or Appalachian pottery, or old cars – he just totally became overwhelmed by it,” commented Jeff Place, who worked with Rinzler on various projects for the Smithsonian. “He and his friend Mike Seeger spent a lot of time going down South to try to hear and record a lot of bluegrass and old-time musicians. Ralph was so passionate about this music! Once he found musicians that interested him, he never was one to leave them behind. Everybody needed to hear these people. It wasn’t for money. It wasn’t for money or anything besides a passion for the music to be known.” After he helped co-found the Festival of American Folklife, now the Smithsonian Folklife Festival, on the Mall in 1967, an annual event featuring musicians and craftspeople from across a broad spectrum of international cultures, Rinzler became curator of American folk art, music, and folk culture at the Smithsonian. Within about a decade, the Festival’s profound success prompted the creation of the office that ultimately became the Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage, with Rinzler at its helm. In 1987 he received IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Award. The Smithsonian Institution named the Ralph Rinzler Folklife Archives and Collections in his honor in 1998. His priceless field
recordings have been used to create a number of releases on the Smithsonian Folkways label. Place, who now heads the Rinzler Archives, actually lived with Rinzler for several years and remembers his friend as a missionary for traditional music. “He was a good person to have as a manager for Monroe and Watson, except Ralph decided he didn’t want to spend his life managing and being a businessman and all that stuff. He’d rather be out there finding the next Doc Watson! That’s what he was about.”
About The International Bluegrass Hall of Fame Founded in 1991, the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, housed in the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY, is an institution devoted to the recognition of noteworthy individuals for outstanding contributions to bluegrass music. Each year a nominating committee, consisting of music industry leaders, creates a slate of 10-15 candidates. From these names, a panel of more than 200 electors in the music industry cast ballots to narrow the nominees to five finalists. The panel votes a final time to select the inductee(s) for the year.
world of bluegrass news It’s right around the corner, and you won’t BELIEVE the awesome things we put in motion in this past month for World of Bluegrass Nashville 2012! Remember to visit www.worldofbluegrass.org/node/71 for links to conference schedules, Fan Fest lineups, and all the information you need on World of Bluegrass!
Loveless Barn Photos on Facebook Check out the great photos from the August 15 IBMA Awards Nominations press conference and concert at Loveless Barn! They’re at www.tinyurl.com/8nbk6t8 on our Facebook page!
World of Bluegrass Preview Don’t miss Ted Lehmann’s awesome annual preview of World of Bluegrass! It’s at www.tedlehmann.blogspot.com/2012/08/ibm as-world-of-bluegrass-2012-preview.html and there are plenty of great photos from 2011!
WOB Workshop: Utilizing Bluegrass Music in the Classroom Teachers, homeschooling parents and association leaders will not want to miss this incredible offsite workshop dedicated to bluegrass music instruction for children! It
happens on Friday, Sept. 28 from 9:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m. at Nashville’s Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, and will include sessions with Dr. Tom Kopp, a clogging & square-dancing lesson with Marcia Campbell, harmony instruction with Barry & Holly Tashian, instrument demonstrations from The Chapmans and Nathalie Lavine, and a beginner’s banjo lesson with Pete Wernick! Visit www.ibma.org/node/429 for the complete schedule and please email Nathalie Lavine at firstname.lastname@example.org to register!
Rebroadcast the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Awards! This year, the IBMA Awards Show will once again be offered for re-broadcast to radio stations around the world. More than 300 stations worldwide take advantage of this free offering each year, and the listening audience reviews are incredible! The two-hour show on Thursday, September 27 will be recorded live from the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville and is available to commercial, webcasting and noncommercial radio on broadcast quality CDs. Commercial stations will have eight minutes of
local spot avails within the program. Thanks to our sponsors, the show is available free of charge. To receive the show, broadcasters must register with IBMA. Prior program recipients must re-register; there is no automatic renewal. The show will begin mailing during the first week of October. Confirm your station’s network affiliation by contacting Jill Crabtree at email@example.com, 888-438-4262 or 615-256-3222.
Grand Master Fiddler Championship The Grand Master Fiddler Championship will take place on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, September 27-29, at World of Bluegrass at the Nashville Convention Center, Room 205/206, Convention Center Second Floor. The event kicks off Thursday, Sep. 27 on the Renaissance Hotel Level 2, 4-5:30 p.m., with the GMFC Youth Fiddling Demonstration for area schoolchildren and youths under 18, featuring Bobby Taylor (Instructor, Allegheny Echoes Workshops).
Day 1, Friday September 28 The day begins with Contestant Registration from 8:30-10:30 a.m. and includes various competitive rounds, with presentation of awards for Grand Master Traditional Fiddler and Grand Master Accompanist at 5:15 p.m. Don’t miss entertainment by Mark Newton & Steve Thomas (1:001:30), Cathy Roberts Band (3:00-3:30) and the Rocky Top Revue Square Dance Team (6-6:30).
Day 2, Saturday September 29 Once again, the day starts with Contestant Registration from 8:30-10:30 a.m. followed by various competitive rounds, with an Open Finals Round and Youth Round. Today’s spectacular entertainment includes The Whites (2:30-3 p.m.) and The Rigney Family (4:30-5). The Grand Master Open Championship, Dr. Perry Harris F. Award, and Charlie Bush Award will be presented at 5:00. Most exciting of all: This year’s GMFC Champion will perform on the IBMA Main Stage at Fan Fest from 7:30-7:40 p.m., followed by a performance at the Grand Ole Opry from 10:00-10:30 p.m.… followed hopefully by a much-deserved day or two of rest! The Grand Master Fiddler Championship is sponsored by Vietti Foods Company, Inc., The Metro Nashville and Tennessee Arts Commissions, West Virginia Division Of Culture and History, National Fiddler Hall of Fame, and D’Addario Strings.
Special Event Evening Showcases If you’re not already registered for WOB Week and can only attend a few events, tickets for our Special Event evening showcases on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday nights are available for only $25 at the door! These very, very special events are going to feature some very, very special guests and might just be the most-discussed sets of the week!
Professional Development Sessions Here are just a few of the panelists and sessions confirmed this past month. We’re in the final stretch now, and we’re so excited about these sessions!
Added to "Earl-y" Morning Storytelling: Remembering Earl Scruggs (Tues., 8-9:30 a.m.) by our extraordinary Storytelling Sessions moderator, John Fabke: Kent Blanton, Haskell McCormick, Curly Seckler & Gerald McCormick. We’ve added an extra half-hour for this one! Incredible final personnel for The Doc Watson Hour: Music In The Round (Tues., 10:30-11:30 a.m.): Buddy Greene, Ricky Skaggs, Bryan Sutton, Jack Lawrence, Chris Jones, & Missy Raines. Rick Lang, moderator of The Power of Positive Thinking... To Help Accomplish Your Goals (Wed., 1:30-3 p.m.), has added positive thinkers Claire Lynch, Sharon White Skaggs, Larry Shell, Denise Hitchcock, and Stephen Mougin to his panel. Wow!!! Brian McNeal of Prescription Bluegrass and David Dufresne of Bandzoogle will join John Lawless for Bluegrass Today and Craig Havighurst for Bluegrass Nation in Promoting Your Bluegrass in Virtual Music Communities (Wed., 1:30-3 p.m.), which will be moderated by the always delightful Henri Deschamps of Bluegrass Legacy. Guess who’s going to host Songwriter Focus: The Words & Music of Larry Cordle (Thurs., 1:30-3 p.m.)? Ronnie Reno, that’s who! Between Ronnie, Cord, and featured guests Larry Shell and Carl Jackson, this is one you don’t want to miss. The final panel for Today's Bluegrass Woman: Staying Safe, Healthy and Sane in the Public Arena (Thurs., 1:30-3 p.m.) includes moderator Joan Kornblith, plus Carolyn Routh, Donna Ulisse, Kathy Anderson, Denise Stiff, Kimber Ludiker, and Gabrielle Gray! Look for Face To Face with the P.R.O.s: Meet Your ASCAP, BMI, SESAC and Sound Exchange Reps! (Fri., 10:30-11:30) with some of your new best friends from the performing rights organizations! Moderated by attorney Stephanie Taylor.
The final amazing lineup for Bluegrass Pioneers & Explorers (Sat., 10-11 a.m.): Tim Stafford, Sierra Hull, Jeremy Garrett, Pete Wernick, and Jon Weisberger. Another timely and important topic for working musicians: Sirius XM & SoundExchange: How Might Your Royalties Be Affected? (Sat., 10:30-11:30) with Tim Kappel and Curtis Harrington! Our Professional Development Sessions & Keynote Address are generously sponsored this year by Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival. One last note… Many thanks to the Boston Bluegrass Union, which will sponsor the Lilly Brothers Storytelling Session on Thursday from 8-9:00 a.m.!
World of Bluegrass Calendar App Daniel Routh of Nu-Blu has done WOB attendees a service: he created a handy little Google Calendar for the entire World of Bluegrass! Visit www.tinyurl.com/WOB2012
IBMA’s New Momentum Awards Eight new Momentum Awards will be presented on Tues., Sept. 25 and Weds., Sept. 26 from 5:45-6:10 p.m. on the Artist Showcase stage… Performance Awards Musical ability and business savvy will be considered in selecting recipients. Momentum Instrumental awards (THREE awards, for any of the traditional bluegrass instruments OR a non-traditional one -cello, percussion, etc.) Momentum Vocalist (male or female) Momentum Band
Industry Awards Momentum Industry Involvement Award – for an individual new to the industry who is emerging as a forerunner in his or her field and fostering the image of bluegrass with his or her achievements Momentum Venue/Festival Momentum Mentor of the Year – honoring an individual who has contributed greatly to helping the careers of new musicians and bluegrass professionals
Masters & Up-Close Performances at the Workshop Stage Wow! Take a look at the names that will be appearing on the Workshop Stage over the course of two days at World of Bluegrass. This might be one of the most exciting tickets in Nashville this year!
Day 1, Friday September 28 11:00 AM 12:00 PM 1:00 PM 2:00 PM 3:30 PM 4:10 PM 4:50 PM 5:30 PM 6:10 PM
Dobro: Josh Swift Guitar: Jim Hurst, Kenny Smith & Robert Bowlin Banjo: Pete Wernick, Sammy Shelor, Mark Johnson, Gena Britt & Jonny Mizzone Songwriter: Larry Cordle, Pam Gadd, Tim Stafford, Donna Ulisse & Wil Maring Monroeville Kenny & Amanda Smith Belmont University Bluegrass Band Cumberland River Band Breaking Grass
Day 2, Saturday September 29 11:30 AM 12:30 PM 1:30 PM 2:30 PM 3:30 PM 4:10 PM 4:50 PM 5:30 PM
Banjo: Alan O’Bryant, Mark Johnson, Barry Crabtree, Jody King & Cory Walker Fiddle: Michael Cleveland & Aubrey Haynie Percussive Dance: Mark Schatz & Eileen Carson Schatz Mandolin: Dave Harvey, Emory Lester, Sierra Hull, Jarrod Walker Flatt Lonesome I Draw Slow Grasstowne Karaoke (Fan participation) with Bull Harmon & Bull’s Eye
2012 Fan Fest Lineup For the extraordinary lineup and a complete Fan Fest schedule visit www.worldofbluegrass.org/node/71 .
Sponsors Martin Guitars, BlueHighways TV, VisitRaleigh.com, GHS, Breezy Ridge Instruments, WAMU, Intellitouch Tuners, RudyFest, SESAC & Musicians Against Childhood Cancer. For more information on World of Bluegrass, including tickets to the Business Conference, International Bluegrass Music Awards and Fan Fest, visit www.ibma.org or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA). Tickets are on sale NOW!
IBMA Announces First Live Streaming Video Broadcast of Awards Show & Plans to Televise Fan Fest A longtime goal of IBMA membership has been to televise the International Bluegrass Music Awardsrecognized throughout the music industry as one of the highest-quality live music award shows in the nation. Taking a Neil Armstrong-size step in that direction, IBMA has announced plans for a streaming video broadcast of the 23rd annual show September 27 at 7:30 p.m. (CST) simultaneously on BluegrassNation.org and BluegrassToday.com, live from the historic stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. Bluegrass Today, the Boston Bluegrass Union and VisitRaleigh.com are co-sponsoring the show. The program will air once on both websites at no charge to viewers, but visitors to BluegrassNation.org will have the option to make a $5-10 donation in a virtual PayPal tip jar to help cover expenses. Co-sponsor Bluegrass Today is planning some pre-event programming at 6:45 p.m. (CST) with redcarpet video footage from the BMI Nominees Reception held earlier in the evening. The production team from Music City Roots will film the IBMA Awards for broadcast. The Nashville-based program streams live weekly on Wednesday nights at www.musiccityroots.com . "Bluegrass Today is excited to be part of the first live streaming of the IBMA Awards,” said the webbased publication’s editor, John Lawless. “We have the utmost confidence in the team at Music City Roots, and are confident that online viewers worldwide will enjoy being able to watch the awards in real time. It's less than a month away!" “We are thrilled to be able to offer the live streaming broadcast of the IBMA Awards this year, in addition to the live audio broadcast on Sirius XM Satellite Radio, WSM-AM and wsmonline.com,” said IBMA executive director Nancy Cardwell. “A few of the best seats in the house are still available at the Ryman by calling 888-GET-IBMA or going to www.ibma.org to order tickets if you can be here in person. But for those members and fans literally scattered around the globe, we’re extremely happy to be able to invite you to see and hear the show online as it takes place in Nashville.”
KET to F ilm Fan Fest for Jubilee The city of Raleigh is also stepping up to sponsor the first filming of IBMA’s Bluegrass Fan Fest by Kentucky Educational Television. KET producer Nick Helton expects to capture enough footage Sept. 28-29 for 20 half-hour episodes of their music festival series, Jubilee. “We are very excited to bring Jubilee to the 2012 IBMA Fan Fest,” Helton said. “This will be a first for both Jubilee and IBMA – the first time we have taken our production outside the state of Kentucky in 16 seasons and the first time that Fan Fest has been recorded. The lineup of artists at Fan Fest is always top notch; we know that our loyal viewers and bluegrass music fans will enjoy the new season.” Helton’s crew of 25 will record Fan Fest in HD video with seven cameras and multi-track audio. The series is distributed nationally through the National Education Television Association (NETA) to 114 public television stations across the United States. In addition to live music segments, Jubilee also includes artist interviews. Check your local public television stations now to see if they carry the program. Now is the time to request Jubilee, before the Fan Fest shows start airing in 2013! Programming may also be viewed on the Jubilee website at www.ket.org/jubilee .
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Blue Highway & The Boxcars Lead Nominations For 2012 International Bluegrass Music Awards Congratulations to the nominees for the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Awards! Nominations were announced on Wednesday, August 15 at a press conference at Nashville’s Loveless Barn, and perennial favorites Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out led the pack with nods in nine categories as a band and for individual members. They were followed by Alison Krauss & Union Station with eight nominations, and Blue Highway and The Boxcars with seven nominations each. Visit https://ibma.org/node/221 to see a complete list of nominations. Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out captured nominations for Entertainer of the Year and Vocal Group, as well as for Instrumental Performance (their delivery of the classic fiddle tune “Carroll County Blues”) and Song of the Year (“Pretty Little Girl From Galax,” written by Milan Miller). Both tunes are from this year’s Prime Tyme, the band’s 15th release, nominated for Album of the Year. Wayne Benson earned a nomination for Mandolin Player of the Year, and Moore received a nomination for Male Vocalist, an award he won in 1994, 1997, 2010, and 2011. Moore also received nominations for Gospel Recorded Performance and Recorded Event of the Year for “Beyond The Sunset,” a Doyle Lawson a cappella showstopper he recorded live with Lawson, Jamie Dailey and Josh Swift. The tune appeared on this year’s Life Goes On (Rural Rhythm), the star-studded collection of tunes culled from Musicians Against Childhood Cancer festivals over a six-year period. Individually and as an ensemble, members of Alison Krauss & Union Station received eight nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year (for the band’s cover of Peter Rowan’s “Dust Bowl Children”) and Album of the Year (for its self-produced Paper Airplane on Rounder Records). Krauss and Dan Tyminski earned nominations for Female and Male Vocalist of the Year, and instrumental nominations also went to Ron Block (Banjo), Jerry Douglas (Dobro), and Barry Bales (Bass). In the wake of its new release Sounds of Home on Rounder Records, Blue Highway has earned seven nominations, including nods for Vocal and Instrumental Group of the
Year. The recording itself was nominated for Album of the Year, and its title track, written by Shawn Lane, for Song of the Year. The band also won a nomination for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year for its blistering delivery of Jason Burleson’s “Roaring Creek.” Rob Ickes, reigning Dobro Player of the Year since 2006 and recipient of that award an extraordinary 13 times over the years, was nominated for it once again, as well as for his performance with the Tony Rice Unit on a live version of “Manzanita,” which appeared on the Life Goes On project. After taking home last year’s award for Emerging Artist of the Year, The Boxcars received a total of seven group and individual nominations for the 2012 awards. They were nominated for Instrumental Group; Album of the Year (All In, self-produced for Mountain Home); and Instrumental Performance (“That’s What She Said” by Adam Steffey, songwriter). Instrumentally, they earned nominations for Banjo Player and Fiddle Player (Ron Stewart, still the only musician in IBMA history to have won previous awards for his prowess on both instruments) and Mandolin Player (Adam Steffey). Stewart also received a nomination for Recorded Event of the Year for Life Goes On. Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. Results of the balloting will be revealed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards at Nashville’s legendary Ryman Auditorium on Thursday, September 27, 2012. The Awards Show is the centerpiece of World of Bluegrass Week, to be held September 24 – 30 in Nashville, which also includes the IBMA Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest. The IBMA Awards Show will be broadcast live from the stage of the historic Ryman Theater on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14) and syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks, thanks to the sponsorship of Compass Records, ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass, Deering Banjos, BMI, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, BluegrassToday.com and 650 WSM AM. Program directors and station managers may sign up to be affiliates online at www.ibma.org. For more information on World of Bluegrass, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, visit www.ibma.org, join IBMA’s Facebook group, or call 615-256-3222 (888-GET-IBMA). For the first time ever, the 2012 IBMA Awards Show will be broadcast as live streaming video on BluegrassNation.org and BluegrassToday.com. The Awards Show will also be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction, Channel 14) and syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets and 14 foreign networks, thanks to sponsors Compass Records, ArtistWorks Academy of Bluegrass, Deering Banjos, BMI, the International Bluegrass Music Museum, BluegrassToday.com and 650 WSM AM. Program directors and station managers may register as affiliates at www.ibma.org.
2012 Distinguished Achievement Award
The recipients of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s 2012 Distinguished Achievement Awards have been announced, and this year’s group includes a “Pee Wee,” a fiddler, a “Queen,” a pair of Cornetts, and a man with a golden voice.
high lonesome history in 1979 when they founded the Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, a semi-annual event that became legendary for showcasing the finest in traditional and contemporary bluegrass.
Byron Berline: Known as one of the world’s most skillful and versatile fiddlers, Byron Berline has a resume that includes recordings with Bill Monroe, Bob Dylan, and the Rolling Stones; three national fiddle championships; appearances on soundtracks for Basic Instinct and Star Trek; and proprietorship of the Double Stop Fiddle Shop in Guthrie, OK.
Bill Monroe played Gettysburg several times, including a date on his 75th birthday; Charlie Waller of the Country Gentlemen was a regular, and John Duffey played the festival each year from 1979 until his death in 1996. The festival’s Workshop Stage was the scene of the original “Dobro Summit,” with the legendary trio of Josh Graves, Mike Auldridge, and Jerry Douglas. When Alison Krauss was just a senior in high school, the Cornetts hired her, "a virtual unknown," to play the festival; she performed there each year through 1998. In 2002, the Cornetts sold Granite Hill to their carefully chosen successors, daughter and son-inlaw Cyndie Cornett and Rich Winkelmann. This year (2012) will mark the 64th and 65th events over 34 years for Gettysburg Bluegrass Festival, one of the longest-running festivals on the planet.
Berline began fiddling at age five and recorded with the Dillards before he was out of his teens. Just after graduating from the University of Oklahoma in 1967, he joined the Blue Grass Boys. Within six months, he was drafted into the Army – but he did manage to co-write and record the classic "Gold Rush" with Bill Monroe. Early in his career, Berline worked with the Flying Burrito Brothers, co-founded the Country Gazette, and tapped guitarist Dan Crary and banjo player John Hickman for his band Sundance, which later included Vince Gill on mandolin. In the late ‘70s, Berline began working with Hickman and Crary as an eponymous trio. With the addition of Steve Spurgin and John Moore, the band called itself California and was named IBMA’s Instrumental Group of the Year in 1992, 1993, and 1994. Fiddle and a Song, Berline’s solo recording, featured Earl Scruggs, Bill Monroe, and Vince Gill and was nominated for two Grammy awards in 1995. His Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival, founded in 1997, draws about 15,000 people each year. Berline has recorded soundtracks with Henry Mancini, Johnny Williams, and Lalo Schifrin; and recorded with The Eagles, The Band, Earl Scruggs, Linda Ronstadt, Elton John, Gram Parsons, The Byrds, Willie Nelson, Doc Watson, Kris Kristofferson, the Doobie Brothers, Rod Stewart, Vince Gill, Emmylou Harris, Tammy Wynette, James Taylor, Lucinda Williams, Alabama, and his own Byron Berline Band. Joe & Lil Cornett: In 1972, Joe and Lil Cornett bought a large parcel of land in the historic hills of Gettysburg, PA. Over the next three decades, the Cornetts would develop the property’s working farm/campground into a full-amenity resort with 300 campsites on 150 acres. After a chance meeting in the mid-'70s with bluegrass legend Bob Paisley at an RV show, the Cornetts made
Orin Friesen: The warm, resonant voice of Orin Friesen has been heard on bluegrass radio for almost 50 years, when he first began playing traditional acoustic music on the air. In 1973, he launched the very first syndicated bluegrass radio show. It has now been running continuously for 38 years, and has aired on 35 stations around the country. Mr. Friesen also helped develop the IBMA Awards Show, which he co-produced for a decade. “Many IBMA members may not realize [that] Orin’s career was ‘at risk,’ being so deeply involved doing what he did for so many years,” said entertainer John McEuen in his recommendation letter. “He was in the very commercial side of country music at a major station. Yet he went out to help build a bluegrass entity to build its exposure and credibility.”
Over the course of his long career, Mr. Friesen has written newsletters, columns, and articles on various aspects of bluegrass, and produced and emceed numerous shows and festivals; he has emceed the Walnut Valley Festival in Winfield, KS for more than 30 years. He is a lifetime member of the Kansas Bluegrass Association. He is also a working musician and founder of the Prairie Rose Rangers. In 1994, Mr. Friesen established The Brian Friesen Award, in memory of his son who died at age seven, with Deering Banjos. Each year the award – a Golden Era Deering Banjo – is presented to a promising young banjo player.
that short time Lambert helped define the Stanleys’ distinctive sound—with his mandolin playing and trademark high baritone stacked above both Carter and Ralph. After leaving the Stanley Brothers, Lambert worked with Curly Parker as the Bluegrass Pardners, later the Pine Ridge Boys, a regional band that gave a teenage J.D. Crowe some of his first gigs in the early 1950s and also hired fiddler Art Wooten. Lambert and Parker worked together for the better part of a decade and recorded a handful of singles and EPs on the Rich R Tone label, which they sold out of the trunk of their car after their shows.
Kitsy Kuykendall: Affectionately dubbed “Queen Kitsy” by musicians and fans alike, Ms. Kuykendall, a founding member of IBMA, has actively promoted and supported bluegrass for more than 40 years. In the 1970s and ‘80s she served as co-chair for fundraising and on the advisory board of American University’s WAMU-FM in Washington, DC. She has been closely involved with the promotion of the internationally renowned publication Bluegrass Unlimited since the 1980s. For four years, she was assistant producer of Fan Fest, IBMA’s 60-act annual weekend music festival, and served as its chair for five years; she also chaired ROMP, a major fundraiser for the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM). Ms. Kuykendall has served on the IBMA Board of Directors, the IBMM Board of Trustees (including two years as chair), and currently serves on the board for the Foundation for Bluegrass Music.
Lambert owned a 1922 F-5 Gibson “Fern” mandolin, signed and dated by the legendary Lloyd Loar, which he broke and abandoned in a trash can. Restored in 2007 by luthier Steve Gilchrist, the instrument is now owned by Ricky Skaggs, whose mother prayed it would come into his possession when Skaggs was still a young boy.
“I firmly believe that Kitsy has been one of the most visible and prominent supporters of bluegrass music throughout these many years of volunteering her time and energy to the neverending quest to grow and promote the music,” said Greg Cahill, president of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music, in his nomination letter. Darrell “Pee Wee” Lambert (August 5, 1924 -June 15, 1965): While in his teens, mandolinist Pee Wee Lambert became a great admirer of Bill Monroe, painstakingly copying his idol’s smallest nuances of dress, facial expressions, vocal style, and posture. He was the Stanley Brothers’ first mandolin player in the mid-1940s. He left in 1950, but in
“Pee Wee was one of the most influential musicians and singers in the history of bluegrass music,” commented Skaggs in a statement to IBMA. “His mandolin playing was Monroesque, but very unique. But it was his singing style that set him apart. He took the baritone part in a bluegrass trio, which is below the lead vocal, and pitched it up a whole octave, which made it above the lead and the tenor. His recordings with the Stanley Brothers are monumental to the foundations of bluegrass. Songs like ‘White Dove,’ ‘The Angels Are Singing In Heaven Tonight,’ ‘The Fields Have Turned Brown,’ and ‘Lonesome River’ put the Stanleys on the map. Pee Wee had the voice and the mandolin playing that took the Stanley Brothers to a whole new level.” IBMA’s Distinguished Achievement Awards honor those in bluegrass music who are forerunners in their particular fields of endeavor, and/or who have fostered bluegrass music’s image with developments that broaden the music’s recognition and accessibility. Nominations may fall into one or more categories – music, media, business, and general. Awards will be presented at a special luncheon on Thursday, September 27 from 10:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m. at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference in Nashville. For information and tickets, visit ibma.org or call 615-256-3222 or (888-GET-IBMA)
ibma welcomes new & returning board members IBMA’s professional members recently participated in annual elections to fill several vacant positions on the organization’s board of directors. We are grateful to all of the candidates who agreed to serve if elected; thank you for your support and dedication to IBMA!
Event Producer Chair
Congratulations to Craig Ferguson, re-elected to his chair representing Event Producers. Craig is the founding father of Planet Bluegrass, which owns and operates several worldclass Colorado music festivals including Telluride Bluegrass, RockyGrass, Rocky Mt. Folks Festival, and the Wildflower Pavilion in Lyons.
Danny Clark is welcomed to the board as a new director-atlarge. Originally from California, where he and his father operated the traveling Bluegrass Bus Museum, Danny is the Marketing Director for the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, KY. He studied at East Tennessee State University’s prestigious bluegrass music program and graduated from Middle Tennessee State University with a bachelor’s degree emphasizing marketing and the recording industry. He plays fiddle and mandolin. He is heavily involved in promoting the museum’s ROMP festival, which last year operated under the “big tent philosophy” for the first time and consequently grew in attendance by 900%. He is also the museum’s Radio Station Director, Tour Guide, Children’s Music Teacher, and ROMP Street Team Coordinator.
agents, managers, publicists
Brian Smith of Leadership Artists, LLC, in Marietta, GA is welcomed as the new board rep for Agents, Managers, and Publicists. Prior to launching Leadership Artists, Smith was a partner in a national retail music chain and also a marketer for the Spin Street/Mohegan Sun Casino. Leadership Artists, the full-service artist management firm Smith launched in 2009, counts Mountain Heart, John Cowan, and Tiller’s Folly among its clients. Smith is a voting member of IBMA, NARAS, AMA, and CMA, and an alumnus of Leadership Music (Class of 2002) and Leadership Bluegrass (Class of 2003). He was a guest speaker at the 2004, 2008, and 2010 World of Bluegrass
conventions, served on the Leadership Bluegrass Planning Committee from 2006 through 2009, and served as its chair in 2010 and 2011. In 2011 Smith was invited to serve on the Board of Trustees of the International Bluegrass Music Museum.
Labels & recording services
Representing Labels & Recording Services, Ben Surratt was born in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia and graduated with a BS in Communication Arts from James Madison University, where he helped produce a daily three-hour show dedicated to bluegrass and folk music, and studied Music Business at Belmont University. Ben is an independent recording engineer and owner of The Rec Room Studio in Nashville, TN, which works primarily with bluegrass and Americana artists. He continues to do a great deal of live sound engineering with traveling artists and at Nashville’s famed Station Inn. He has served on several sound-related WOB business conference panels, and is a 2001 graduate of Leadership Bluegrass, whose planning committee he chaired from 2002-2004. He served on the IBMA Site Selection Committee and for years has co-produced the Special Awards Luncheon held every Thursday at IBMA's World of Bluegrass.
artists & Composers
Multi-instrumentalist Tim Surrett of Canton, NC will represent Artists & Composers for 2013. Tim currently plays bass and Dobro with Balsam Range (2011 IBMA Song of the Year) and has spent more than three decades as a touring musician. He is also founder of Mountain Home, the label for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Balsam Range, The Grascals, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, and Mountain Faith. He was a member of America’s Bluegrass Band with Don Rigsby and Larry Cordle; appeared on recordings with Tony Rice, Larry Sparks, Don Rigsby, and hundreds of others; produced records for Rice, Mountain Faith, and others; and is an occasional member of The Tony Rice Unit. Board members were elected to a three-year term, which begins this month. The board is IBMA’s policy-making governing body and determines long-range goals and priorities for the association. Members serve without compensation and bear the full expense of attending IBMA events and board meetings. Visit www.ibma.org/node/12 for more information on IBMA’s Board of Directors.
“I’m a gypsy!”
Cracker Barrel Presents Dolly Parton with Gold Record By Deborah Wilbrink exclusive to IB: International Bluegrass
On August 10, 2012, the legendary Dolly Parton accepted a gold record from Cracker Barrel and Dolly Records at her office in Nashville. An Evening With… Dolly is the store’s first-ever exclusive two-disc DVD and CD set, and includes “Coat of Many Colors,” one of 25 recordings added to the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry for 2011. With more than 50,000 units sold, the Recording Industry Association of America certified the two-disc set gold. It was a landmark occasion for Cracker Barrel, the retail chain known more for food than music. During the presentation, Parton talked a bit about her affinity for the high lonesome sound. “I don’t have any plans right now to do any records,” she said, “but I definitely want to do more bluegrass, because I have a lot of bluegrass fans and I love the music. There’s a lot of great players around town, too!”
Cracker Barrel’s Bluegrass Strategies John Jankowich, buyer for Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, was on hand for the presentation, and said Cracker Barrel’s management feels very
strongly about keeping bluegrass available and accessible. “I just talked to a couple from Minnesota who travel to hear bluegrass,” he recounted. “They told me, ‘All the way there, all the way home, the only place we eat is Cracker Barrel, because your company cares enough to support bluegrass. We can’t go to Best Buy, Wal-Mart [or] Target to buy it anymore. We can’t buy it [anywhere] except here.’ It’s not just about selling something; it’s about showing people that you care.” At Nashville’s Cracker Barrel Old Country Store on Sidco Drive, one can find music by Ricky Skaggs, Dailey & Vincent, Flatt & Scruggs, Randy Travis, Suzy Bogguss, and of course, The Grascals. The Gaithers have a complete rack of their own. With an intimate knowledge of its market, Cracker Barrel has found that supporting bluegrass
music doesn’t just make occasional customers happy; it also makes good sense to include bluegrass in marketing and publicity strategies. “Bluegrass fans are very faithful,” commented Jankowich, “and they’re in our stores. They’re there Sunday morning after church; they’ll stop by after festivals, on their way to the concerts, to the county fair. To publicly support [bluegrass], and become publicly involved with that business, is good for us.” Cracker Barrel, he adds, is “actively involved with IBMA. Some of our people are members and have attended the convention. It’s a great group!”
Family Time For Dolly Parton, over the course of the presentation, mentioned that she’d spent time over the summer with her extended family. Originally from Sevierville, TN, she’s one of twelve children, and consequently has many nieces and nephews. Known as “Aunt Granny” or lately, “GiGi” (short for GreatGranny), Parton said she enjoys visiting her family in the hills and hollers of her childhood. “I have a lot of real country family, a lot of backwoods people,” she commented charmingly. “If I’m gonna get to see them, I’ve gotta go where they are. So that’s what I’m doing, visiting the folks that don’t get out and run around like I do.” Hopefully, these visits will inspire some great bluegrass songs. Parton has just completed a book called Dream More: Celebrate the Dreamer In You, based on her popular 2009 commencement speech at the University of Tennessee. Profits will benefit her Imagination Library, a literacy project that so far has donated 40 million books to young children. A song she sang after her
speech, “Try,” may be seen at http://youtu.be/ndEsn9gorKc The hit songwriter also revealed that she’s pitching material to the legendary George Jones. “In my mind, nobody will ever sing better than George for emotion and heart and feeling,” she said. “I love him personally and I love his singing.” For now, Parton is content to spend time in her “Tennessee Mountain Home.” But she admits it probably won’t last forever. “The fans are great, so I’m sure one day I’ll get the hankering to go back out and perform on the road,” she laughs merrily. “I’m a gypsy!”
Deborah Wilbrink is a freelance writer and memoirist in Nashville, TN.
heard ‘round the world
The international bluegrass scene, as reported from all over the planet Y’all Come!!!
More than two dozen Australian roots music artists are coming to Music City to participate in the 13th Annual Americana Music Festival and Conference, Sept. 12-15 in downtown Nashville, TN! Celebrated Aussie artists Kasey Chambers & Shane Nicholson, Felicity Urquhart, Caitlin Harnett and Jordie Lane are booked for showcases at this year’s festival, with additional performances scheduled throughout the week. Visit www.tinyurl.com/9oprudp for article and schedule. We hope some of our friends from Oz will drop by the World of Bluegrass!
Thanks to the Prescription Bluegrass Blog and Ruth Ellen Gruber for news of the Czech Bluegrass Project, an evening of Czech and Slovak bluegrass music presented in August at the Down Home in Johnson City, TN. Lee Bidgood, Richard Cifersky, Ed Snodderly, Daniel Boner, and Jeff Elkins performed the music of legendary Czech bluegrass band Druhá Tráva, as well as The Greenhorns and others. Proceeds will go toward the making of a documentary film on Czech bluegrass; visit www.czechbluegrassdocumentary.weebly.com for details.
Irish artists I Draw Slow and Niall Toner will arrive on American shores soon, in support of their upcoming Pinecastle Records releases, and have added dates for October. Both acts will play a two-night stand (October 2-3) with the Lonesome River Band. Niall Toner will perform at the Historic Jonesborough Bluegrass Series on Oct. 20, and I Draw Slow will play the fabulously named Albino Skunk Festival in Greer, SC on Oct. 4-5.
Visit www.tinyurl.com/8e7ku46 for a delightful recent report on Druhá Tráva by Don Gonyea from National Public Radio in the U.S.
Upcoming Tours & Events The 11th Annual Johnny Keenan Banjo Festival in Tullamore, Ireland, happens this 20-23 September, and new additions to the lineup include Michael J. Miles, Rachael Hester, and Rick Shea, joining Suzy Bogguss, Blue Highway, Blackjack, George Harper, Barcelona Bluegrass Band, Niall Toner, Bending the Strings, Gerry O'Connor, Paul Brady, Mundy, and more. This four-day fest includes concerts, workshops, sessions, jams, a busking competition, craft exhibits, late-night festival club and more. Visit www.johnnykeenan.com for info.
And thanks to Brian McNeal at Prescription Bluegrass, we learn that Covered Grass from Germany, who will play an official showcase at World of Bluegrass, have launched a Startnext campaign to fund a trip to Los Angeles for a reunion party of the 40th anniversary of The Waltons. The band has been invited to perform their song, “Good Night, John-Boy,” at the party. Visit www.startnext.de/en/good-night-john-boy to see details of their fundraising campaign and their charming video. Congratulations to the winners of the 7th Annual La Roche-sur-Foron Bluegrass Festival in France! The No. 1 European Bluegrass Band of the Year 2012 is the Sons of Navarone from Belgium. Congrats also to… No. 2: Lazy Tater from the Netherlands No. 3: Candy Floss from Slovak Republic No. 4: 0039 from Italy No. 5: Handl from Czech Republic
AirPlay Direct, an American digital music service, will now offer its services to music professionals worldwide. The digital delivery system, developed for artists, radio programmers and music industry professionals, enables artists to send secure broadcast-quality music and digital press kits to radio stations, booking agents, promoters and music supervisors worldwide. It also provides an environment for radio programmers and film & TV music supervisors to connect to new music, browse the most downloaded artists, and immediately download music and related artist information. Visit www.AirPlayDirect.com to get started. The 4th Bluegrass Meeting in Kutzenhausen, Alsace, was a fantastic success, and “showed that bluegrass music in Alsace is very much alive and progressing,” according to Walter Fuchs who submitted the report. “The farmhouse in the neighborhood of the rural museum was packed as never before. Folks from France and Germany sat together like a big family. Food, wine and beer was excellent, and everybody had a good time. And of course the music: Joe Altheoser Bluegrass Project, Dieter Stoll & George Baehr, and the Dapper Dan Men. In the afternoon the famous Alsatian singer/songwriter René Egles showed up… Later in the evening I was suddenly surrounded by seven or eight musicians playing a breakdown, and I was forced to do a flatfoot dance. René Egles jumped in, grabbed me by the arm, and we did a kind of an improvised folk dance together. We made history!” Visit www.youtu.be/ReOr0PEQIV4 to watch the delightful last thirty seconds of their little jig on YouTube! Congratulations to Tiller’s Folly, the Canadian bluegrass ensemble, awarded with the coveted Top Song in the Social Cause category award in the 11th annual Independent Music Awards (IMAs) Vox Pop Poll. The awards are voted for online by more than 60,000 music fans from around the globe. Tiller’s Folly won for their song “Death & Taxes,” cut with guests JoshShilling (Mountain Heart) and John Cowan (New Grass Revival, Doobie Brothers), and others.
American Bluegrassers Abroad Blue Highway will be in Europe in October for a rare, brief visit, including an Oct. 27 show at the prestigious Staatstheater in Oldenburg, Germany. Visit www.bluehighwayband.com for info. Wayne Taylor & Appaloosa, with guest Mike Scott on banjo, toured Norway, the Netherlands, and Scotland this summer, ending with the Scottish Bluegrass Association's Guildtown Bluegrass Festival. Visit www.bluegrasstoday.com/45713/waynetaylor-appaloosa-in-europe/ to read the report by Wayne Taylor in Bluegrass Today, with many splendid photos. The Kruger Brothers premiered Jens Kruger’s The Spirit of The Rockies, a symphonic piece for chamber orchestra, guitar, bass, and banjo, on 25 August at the Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada. The Banff Centre commissioned the work after hearing the Krugers’ 2010 album Appalachian Concerto. Banjo-innovatory wizard Tom Nechville will make appearances in England and Norway through mid-September, including a banjo workshop in Norwich, UK on Sept. 3, before joining us at World of Bluegrass. Visit www.nechville.com/calendar.php for his schedule. Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice will travel to Europe to play three exclusive concerts in May 2013! This will be the first time this band configuration has traveled to Europe.
Please send your international bluegrass news to Caroline Wright at firstname.lastname@example.org. We welcome bluegrass news from all over the globe, and will include it in our newsletter as time and space permit!
BLUEGRASS MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS
Agents & managers; artists and composers; associations; broadcasters; events & promoters; labels; merchandisers & luthiers; print, media & education and more!
Agents & Managers Booking agencies TG2 Artists and Mike Green & Associates have merged to form TG2 - Mike Green Artists. Both agencies represent an exceptional touring roster of American roots, Celtic, folk, and bluegrass artists, including Howard Levy (Béla Fleck), The Duhks, and Jay Ungar & Molly Mason. www.tg2artists.com
Artists & Composers Congratulations to the following artists and songwriters topping the current bluegrass charts! Billboard Magazine: Old Crow Medicine Show Carry Me Back (ATO) Bluegrass Music Profiles: “Carolina Moonshine Man” Lou Reid & Carolina written by Lou Reid, Ray Edwards & Terry Foust (KMA Records) Hard Country Audie Blaylock & Redline (Rural Rhythm Records) Bluegrass Unlimited: Carolina Road “A Light in the Window Again” written by Tom T. & Dixie Hall (Rural Rhythm Records)
Prime Tyme Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (Rural Rhythm Records) Bluegrass Today: Marty Raybon “Dirt Road Heartache” written by Melissa Pierce & Jerry Salley (Rural Rhythm Records) Roots Music Report: Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out Prime Tyme (Rural Rhythm Records) Former IBMA Entertainers of the Year The Grascals recently announced a new promotional agreement with Vietti Foods, unveiling a brightly wrapped tour bus images of the sponsor’s products. The band is currently touring in support of Life Finds a Way, its newest recording. Congratulations to Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show for their new release on Pinecastle, Take Me Back. It’s the band's first album since 2003 and includes tunes from legends like Don Gibson, Bill Monroe, Flatt & Scruggs, Bob Wills, Faron Young, Willie Nelson, and Floyd Tillman, as well as a gospel song by Karl. The Marksmen Quartet were delighted to release their new project, This Is My Crowd, on Rural Rhythm Christian on July 31. The album was produced by Earle Wheeler and Mark Wheeler, and mastered by Steve Gulley.
Next Generation is a new Southern California bluegrass band featuring Zack Caplinger (18), Zach Ostgaard (16), Orion Johanning (16), and Sebastian Green (15). The group originally formed as the “demo” band for Summergrass Festival 2010, to demonstrate instruments being raffled by the festival. Most of the band members are veterans of the Summergrass Kids Camp. In August, Mark Newton and Steve Thomas announced the addition of Knoxville, TN native Matt Wallace to their Stillhouse Band. He will join on upright bass and vocals. The HillBenders have been signed to Compass Records and will release their new album, Can You Hear Me?, on September 25; it’s produced by Bil VornDick. Congratulations to Kevin Richardson & Cuttin' Edge, who released their eponymous debut record on Mountain Fever Records last month! Quicksilver Productions welcomes fiddler Betse Ellis, known for her work with "hillbilly riot band" The Wilders, to its ranks. Betse joins Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Town Mountain, and the Foghorn Stringband at the label. Congratulations to Paul Williams, who will be inducted into Bill Monroe’s Bluegrass Hall of Fame at Bean Blossom on Saturday, September 22, 2012! Paul’s career includes stints with the legendary Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys, as well as his own Grammy-nominated Victory Trio. The International Country Gospel Music Association (ICGMA) held their 56th Annual Convention and Gold Cross Awards Show in
August in West Plains, MO, and presented Marty Raybon with the 2012 ICGMA Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award. Congratulations, Marty! New band American Drive has released a new single, “Long Haul Trucking Man,” in anticipation of its forthcoming debut CD on Rural Rhythm Records. The band includes members of J.D. Crowe & The New South, who will pursue this new venture after J.D. retires this year. Visit www.ruralrhythm.com for info. James Reams & The Barnstormers will perform this month at Pickin’ in the Panhandle, Sept. 9th, in Hedgesville, WV and the Park Slope Bluegrass and Oldtime Music Jamboree on Sept. 28 and 29 in Brooklyn, NY. They also launch a Kickstarter campaign for their DVD documentary Making History with Pioneers of Bluegrass: Tales of the Early Days in Their Own Words. See www.tinyurl.com/8hlhqt3 for details. Best of luck, James! Hall of Fame inductee Doyle Lawson and his band Quicksilver were nominated for three awards in the first-round ballet of the National Quartet Convention (NQC) inaugural NQC Music Awards. Doyle is nominated as Musician of the Year, and with Quicksilver received nods for Male Group of the Year and Album of the Year. The 55th Annual National Quartet Convention will be held at Louisville's Freedom Hall. Quicksilver will perform on September 10. The new single “River of Regret” by Mark Houser & Bluegrass Drive has been released to radio. The single appears on Rural Rhythm’s Fresh Cuts & Key Tracks radio disc and is also available at AirplayDirect.com. Written by Mark Houser,
BLUEGRASS MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS Arlo Gilliam, and Carrie Hassler, the recording includes support by Cody Kilby, Andy Leftwich, Barry Bales, Scotty Sanders, Paul Brewster, and Dawn Sears. Ricky Skaggs will release Music To My Ears on Skaggs Family Records on September 25. Produced by Skaggs and co-produced by songwriter Gordon Kennedy, the project includes “Soldier’s Son,” co-written by Barry Gibb, known for his longtime fame with the Bee Gees. Gibb, who made his Grand Ole Opry debut with Ricky earlier this year, appears on the new album. In August, Ricky became one of the newest members of the GMA Gospel Music Hall of Fame, in a celebration shared by Dailey & Vincent and The Isaacs. Visit www.rickyskaggs.com for information. Hit’s Briarhopper Time! The WBT Briarhoppers have a busy year with gigs at the Gaston Library, Lincoln Cultural Center, Charlotte's Festival In The Park, the AMG Annual Awards, and the Charlotte Music Awards. The Bhoppers were selected out of 11,000 entries as a nominee for the 2012 AMG Heritage Awards for Band of the Year. Visit www.wbtbriarhoppers.blogspot.com/ for news, schedule, history and more. Crossroads/Mountain Home recording artists Darin and Brooke Aldridge have inked a deal with Artists & Attractions entertainment management. Visit www.youtube.com/watch?v=bmyNQUhZ7t0 to see the official video for their tune, “Wildflowers,” for their new CD, So Much In Between. Mandolinist Kyle Wood (Crucial Smith) recently re-joined Nashville-based bluegrass/newgrass band LaTresa and The Signal, and released a new recording, Off The Rails, with The Kyle Wood Project.
Gospel artists Ronnie Dean & Messenger report that their new CD, Everything, has been selected as “Bluegrass Gospel CD of the Year” by the Rural Roots Music Commission. Congratulations! Ralph Stanley is now being booked for performances by the Paradigm Agency; he will continue to be represented for publicity by Norma Morris of Morris Public Relations. Letting Go, the new solo release by Mountain Heart’s Josh Shilling, was released on July 31; check out Josh’s website at www.joshshilling.com . MerleFest’s Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is now accepting entries to the contest through Sonicbids at www.sonicbids.com/ChrisAustinSongwriting Contest . Mail-in entries will be accepted beginning November 1, 2012, and will close on February 19, 2013. Now in its 21st year, the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest is an extraordinary opportunity for aspiring writers to have their original songs heard and judged by a panel of Nashville music industry professionals. MerleFest takes place from April 25-28, 2013. Tom Waits, Martina McBride, McCoy Tyner, Jeff Beck, Bernie Taupin, Susan Tedeschi & Derek Trucks, and many more will be judges for the International Songwriting Competition (ISC) this year. ISC gives away more than $150,000 in cash and prizes (shared among the 68 winners). Open to both amateur and professional songwriters, ISC welcomes entries in 22 categories. Visit www.songwritingcompetition.com for an entry form or more details. Running With The Moon, the self-released sophomore project from Mississippi-based Breaking Grass, includes a couple of tracks
that are catching national notice: “Strings,” a tribute to Hank Williams, Sr., and “Witches Of Harlan” with guest vocalist Jana Mougin of the Slovak Republic band Fragment. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road and The Skip Cherryholmes Quintet will perform at the Old Rock School, Valdese, NC on September 14 at 7:00 PM. For more information call (828) 879-2129. One of the key designers of the Curiosity Mars Lab Rover, Mark Indictor, played at the Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival in California with Susie Glaze & The HiLonesome Band. Mark’s a Senior Software Systems Engineer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena… and a fiddle player! Welcome to the planet, Aurelio Walter Cornelius Ilagan! The son of Bryn Davies and Vince Ilagan was born 8:58 p.m. Friday, August 3. This child will almost certainly grow up to have an amazing sense of rhythm -- and if he's like his mama, perfect pitch.
Association news The Southeastern Bluegrass Association says that the online version of its official newsletter, The SEBA Breakdown, "has received over 10,000 hits." Wow! The Colorado Bluegrass Society’s Pow’r Pickin’ newsletter reports the Lyons Jam, held every Tuesday night at Oskar Blues in Lyons, CO, was featured last month in a travel blog on the USA Today website.
Broadcasters Becky Johnson, known to many as “Mrs. Bluegrass,” has let us know that her new radio show, Bluegrass Breakdown, has debuted on WCOM 103.5 FM in Carrboro, NC and may be heard each Wednesday from 1-3 PM ET.
Events & Promoters Moonstruck Management will present an Anniversary Evening show with Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Lonesome River Band at 9:30 PM on Sept. 26 at Jimmy Buffett’s Margaritaville in Nashville. Congratulations to both bands! Visit www.MoonstruckManagement.com for info and tickets. Mountain Song at Sea, the bluegrass festival cruise ship, has finalized the lineup for its journey between Miami, FL and Great Stirrup Cay, Bahamas, Feb. 1-4, 2013. Hosted by the Steep Canyon Rangers, the lineup also includes the Punch Brothers, David Grisman Sextet, Del McCoury Band, Tim O'Brien & Bryan Sutton, Shannon Whitworth, Deadly Gentlemen, The Kruger Brothers, Peter Rowan, Larry Keel & Natural Bridge, Della Mae, Town Mountain, Mandolin Orange and more. All IBMA members as of September 27, 2012 are eligible to win an oceanview cabin for two on the cruise! Visit www.ibma.org/node/397 for info. IBMA Awards Host and Hall of Famer Del McCoury will curate a stage this month at the Jomeokee Music and Arts Festival, September 14-16, in Pinnacle, NC. The
BLUEGRASS MUSIC INDUSTRY NEWS weekend will include sets from the Del McCoury Band, plus Yonder Mountain String Band, Keller Williams, Emmitt-Nershi Band, Larry Keel and Natural Bridge, and more. The legendary Melvin Goins & Windy Mountain will be part of the lineup for Song of the Mountains on September 1st at the Lincoln Theatre in Marion, VA. Balsam Range will also appear on the show. In August, the series launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise funds and interact with fans. Visit www.songofthemountains.org for information. Bucks County Bluegrass Festival will take place Sept. 8 in Morrisville, PA. Peter Rowan is headlining. Info: www.musicatsnipesfarm.com Mountain Heritage Day is scheduled for Sept. 29 in Cullowhee, NC. Info: www.mountainheritageday.com Lil John's Mountain Music Festival in Snow Camp, NC will take place Oct. 11, 12, 13. Three-day advance tickets and “power sites” are available through Sept. 29 by calling 336/376-8324. Lineup includes Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Steep Canyon Rangers, and more. Attempting to set a new world record, 389 mandolin players gathered at the Galax Fiddlers' Convention in August and played four songs. The old record was 383 players. Valerie Smith’s benefit show in Bell Buckle, TN on September 23 will feature the Rigney Family, Cane Ridge, Covered Grass, and more! All proceeds go to the International Bluegrass Music Museum. For more information call 931-389-0223.
Labels AirPlay Direct recently announced a new partnership with Creative and Dreams Music Network, an independent label based in Nashville. AirPlay Direct is an e-based artist marketing, promotion and education platform that allows artists, record labels, and music publishers to securely deliver broadcast-quality music and Digital Press Kits (DPKs) to music industry professionals. Visit www.creativeanddreams.com or www.AirPlayDirect.com for info. NewFolkRadio.com, an online interactive radio station that streams folk, roots, and bluegrass music 24/7 without subscription fees, will offer a start-up package for folk and bluegrass bands. The StudioMotion package options include “most everything a band or soloist would need to get a career going,” including a recording session for a 5-song EP, cover design, photography, website design and hosting, video production, CD distribution to radio stations, etc. Pricing begins at $999. Visit StudioMotion.biz for info.
Print, Media & Education The 2013 Bluegrass Calendar is hot off the presses! The calendar’s list price is $9.99; wholesale price is $5.00. Order yours from Bluegrass Productions of Virginia, LLC; POB 13413 Roanoke, VA 24033; tel 540-982-6900 or email CopCrk@gmail.com .
From RFD-TV’s Country Family Reunion comes an intriguing fiveDVD set titled Country’s Family Reunion: Second Generations. The set features country legends and the CHILDREN of country legends, including the children of Marty Robbins, Hank Williams, Faron Young, Hawkshaw Hawkins, The Statler Brothers, Conway Twitty, George Jones, Tammy Wynette, Roger Miller, Sheb Wooley, and many more. Visit www.tinyurl.com/9hh7nam for info. World of Bluegrass keynote speaker and Bluegrass Today columnist Chris Jones proved the power of social media in mid-August when his essay on music jam etiquette was shared an astounding 1850+ times via Facebook, Twitter, Google, Pinterest, and traditional e-mail. The Nashville premiere of The Porchlight Sessions will take place on Wednesday, September 26th at 7:30 PM, with a kick-off concert featuring the Steep Canyon Rangers. A second screening will take place on Friday, September 28 at 11:00 AM at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum, presented in partnership with IBMA. This new documentary traces the tradition of Appalachian music from front porches to festival stages and features interviews and performances by veterans of the genre, as well as emerging talents who are pushing the music into new territory. 90 minutes; admission is free to museum members and IBMA badge holders.
Over Jordan Condolences to the friends and family of author, mandolinist, and beloved friend of bluegrass Dr. Tom Bibey, who lost his long battle with cancer on August 26. Blue Grass Boy Frank Buchanan died July 4 at the age of 78. Buchanan recorded 18 songs with Bill Monroe and played with the band in the early 1960s. Chris Duffy, 64, passed away July 24 after a struggle with cancer. In the 1980s he brought musicians like Bill Keith, Byron Berline, John Hickman, Dan Crary and Mark O’Connor to Australia and toured with them, helping to popularize bluegrass music in his country. Country and bluegrass DJ Tom “Cat” Reeder, 77, died June 30. Popular in the northern Virginia-Washington D.C. area, he was the host of The Tom “Cat” Reeder Show on WAMU’s Bluegrass Country. Reeder was inducted into the Country Music Broadcasters Hall of Fame in Nashville in 1990. Betty Fisher, 76, died July 7 in Walhalla, SC. Fisher was one of the earliest women in bluegrass to lead her own band, Betty Fisher and the Dixie Bluegrass Band, which she started in 1972. She started performing at age six, developing a lead guitar style focused on the first three strings of the instrument. Betty’s band recorded four albums in the ‘70s. After retiring from performing in 1980, she resurfaced in the early ‘90s with Betty Fisher, David Deese, and Dixie Bluegrass, with whom she recorded two cassettes. Sources: Murphy Henry, Bluegrass Unlimited
New members Patricia Andrews Jo Beth Bird Pammy Davis John DeMarce Matt DeSpain Andy Garrigue Orion Johanning Warren Keely Lori King Karl Malin Sage Manenti Dwight McCall Paul Means Jeff Moore Patti Moore Andy Oatman Kyle Perkins Holly Poirier Ronald Roach Letizia Sampaolo Bob Sanders Tresa Schelecht Clark Shifflett George Shifflett Corey Smith Brenda Smith Matthew Spicher Allan Sterling Creston Stewart Joe Sullivan Kyler Thomas Rickey Wasson Tim Weed Joseph Wharff Robert Whille Joanne Wiggins Deborah Wilbrink
Bluebird in the Bluegrass Songwriter Round Thursday, Sept. 13 The Bluebird Café in Nashville 6 p.m. John Pennell Becky Buller, Chris Stuart Mark “Brink” Brinkman 8 p.m. Paul Craft Sierra Hull Ron Block Nora Jane Struthers Benefitting The Bluegrass Trust Fund www.bluebirdcafe.com
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International Bluegrass Vol. 27, No. 9 September 2012