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Monday, September 29
 

12:00pm

IBMA Board Meeting
Moderators
Monday September 29, 2014 12:00pm - 5:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

5:00pm

LBG Reception & Fundraiser
LBG Reception & Fundraiser: Monday, September 29th from 5:00-7:00pm at the beautiful offices of Williams-Mullen Law Firm in downtown Raleigh. Nice wine, cheeses, light hors d’oeuvres, beer from Raleigh Brewing Company and a veritable fountain of creative juices as we get to know each other better. 

Supporters of this event are BMI, Williams-Mullen Law Firm 
… and YOU thru your donations to Leadership Bluegrass in support of future scholarships. DETAILS to FOLLOW.  For now, mark your calendars and plan to kick off WOB Week with us.

Monday September 29, 2014 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Williams Mullen Law Firm Downtown Raleigh

7:00pm

Volunteer Orientation

Monday September 29, 2014 7:00pm - 8:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC
 
Tuesday, September 30
 

9:00am

IBMA Board Meeting
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

Leadership Bluegrass Annual Master Class
Class open to LBG Alumni who pre-register. Speakers include Emilee Warner, Jim Jubelier, and Murphy Henry.

Moderators
Speakers
MB

Mary Burdette

Mary Burdette, from Hammondsport, NY, has been involved in bluegrass music for 25 years as both an event planner and a musician. While being Assistant Director of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival takes up most of her time, she also chairs the Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Committee and serves on several IBMA committees. She is also a key member of the team that produces the eclectic Rhythm&Roots Festival in RI. As a bassist, Mary has toured the U.S... Read More →

Exhibitors
TM

The Murphy Method

The Murphy Method
Instructional DVDs and downloads: teaching banjo, and all the bluegrass instruments, by ear since 1982. | | Author of "Pretty Good For A Girl: Women In Bluegrass," published by the University of Illinois Press.


Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

Registration Open
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00am - 9:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

Instrument Check Open
The instrument check is a room dedicated to the storage of your instruments.  While you network and listen to bands, drop your axe off at the room and save your back! 


We get it: Lugging that acoustic bass around all day may not be ideal. No worries! The Instrument Check is open daily in the Convention Center in Room 203 on the lower level. The cost is $2.00 per “checked” item.

 
When checking items, please note the closing hour. If you have not retrieved your items by closing times, they will not be available to you until it is re-opened on the next day.

 

Though we will do our best to keep your instrument safe and secure, IBMA provides instrument check as a convenience and is NOT responsible for theft, damage, or other loss at any time. In checking your instrument, you assume all risk of loss.

 

This area also serves as Lost & Found. If you find an item or are looking for something you’ve lost, please come here first! Anything turned into IBMA volunteers or staff will be located here.

 

Additional Lost & Found services are maintained by the facilities. Check the information desk of the Raleigh Convention Center or the front desks of your hotel as well.

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00am - Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

11:00am

WOB14 Orientation
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:00am - 12:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

11:00am

Bluegrass Music Higher Education Forum
Bluegrass and traditional music programs have taken root in academia around the world.    Come hear and see what various programs are doing to educate and promote bluegrass music.   Collegiate poster session presentation will invite students and faculty to present images and information about their majors, minors, concentrations, clubs and other bluegrass activities.  After the posters have been shared in the session, they will be put on display in public areas of the convention center.  
In the evening of the forum, an open mic-type  “recital” will allow pickers from participating colleges to perform and jam with their counterparts.

Sponsored by the Foundation for Bluegrass Music. 

 

Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

Digital Get Down: An Online Focus
Small groups will rotate through experts on all things digital - from social media to newsletter creation to website management. Participants should come ready to discuss their own online presence and ways that they can harness the power of the web to enhance their band, event or organization. 


Get personal with some experts in online marketing for artists and events. Come prepared to share & improve your own web efforts, including newsletters, organizational tools, fan communications and more.




Moderators
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Molly Nagel

Molly Nagel has worked with artists, labels, startups and events in the music industry for 15 years since her start in the mail room at Sugar Hill Records. She's passionate about simple-but-elegant solutions to all the challenges that a career in music presents. Her project management and consulting business is called Little Engine. 

Speakers
HL

Holly Lowman

Ramseur Records
KJ

Karlie Justus Marlowe

Digital Marketing Manager, Yep Roc Music Group
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Zack Wright

Rockhouse Partners
Online marketing for live events. | zack@rockhousepartners.com


Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

DIY: Producing Your Own Sound
Making a record is always a challenging prospect. It’s an even bigger challenge if you choose to produce it on your own. This discussion will feature a Grammy winning, veteran producer, and three artists who have successfully produced their own distinctive records. They will discuss the role of the producer, the pros and cons of self-production and what a prospective self-producer needs to know before diving in.

Moderators
Speakers
EB

Ethan Ballinger

Showcase Artist, The Danberrys
BD

Ben DeBerry

Showcase Artist, The Danberrys


Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

Reaching Audiences Outside of Bluegrass
Covering a wide variety of topics from several different industry perspectives, 'Reaching Audiences Outside of Bluegrass' will focus on how to diversify demographics and connect with fans who may not yet realize they're fans yet.  Topics such as breaking down audience demos, targeting advertising, mixing in different genres, and many others will be covered, with a Q&A to follow.

Moderators
Speakers
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Ruffo

Director, Wintergrass
MB

Mary Burdette

Mary Burdette, from Hammondsport, NY, has been involved in bluegrass music for 25 years as both an event planner and a musician. While being Assistant Director of Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival takes up most of her time, she also chairs the Leadership Bluegrass Alumni Committee and serves on several IBMA committees. She is also a key member of the team that produces the eclectic Rhythm&Roots Festival in RI. As a bassist, Mary has toured the U.S... Read More →
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Steve Johnson

Event Producer, MerleFest
Steve Johnson, co-host of MerleFest Radio Hour, currently works as the Artist Relations Manager for Wilkes Community College/ MerleFest. Prior to joining Wilkes Community College, Johnson was the President and CEO of Mountain Music Entertainment, an artist management and publicity firm with offices in Nashville and Jonesborough, Tennessee. He also produced the award winning Historic Jonesborough (TN) Bluegrass Series and has promoted several... Read More →
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Wiliam Lewis

William Lewis is the Executive Director of PineCone, the Piedmont Council of Traditional Music. PineCone is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit arts organization located in Raleigh that presents hundreds of music programs annually in support of its mission to “preserve, promote and present all forms of traditional music, dance and other folk performing arts.” Programs include concerts, festivals, radio shows, jam sessions, youth programs, camps... Read More →
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Amy Reitnouer

Amy Reitnouer is the co-creator and executive director of The Bluegrass Situation. Together with business partner Ed Helms, Reitnouer has grown "The Sitch" into the modern online hub for roots music and culture and producer/curator of one-of-a-kind stages, jams and events at festivals as diverse as Merlefest to Bonnaroo, plus their own annual LA Bluegrass Situation festival. When not on the road, she makes her home in Los Angeles.


Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

The Big Negotiation: The Nitty Gritty of Contracts and Riders
You wouldn’t leave the house headed for the Port of Miami for a cruise if you didn’t have some paperwork that outlined the details of your vacation….right?  Why would we expect a band to leave the home and drive 8 hours with sketchy details about the  what/when/where/how much of the engagement?   Come participate in this interactive panel where we discuss specific things  you can do, either as a presenter, venue operator or band, to minimize your liability and maximize the odds that everyone walks away with a smile.  There are some items of a contract and rider that are negotiable, and others that are not. Learn the differences and why.

Moderators
avatar for Mike Drudge

Mike Drudge

Agent, Class Act Entertainment
Mike Drudge / Music Industry Bio Mike Drudge formed Class Act Entertainment 1993 following a four year stint with the Grand Ole Opry’s Jim & Jesse show. In addition to performing in the band, Mike represented the legendary duo as booking agent and tour manager. During the formative years the Class Act roster focused on bluegrass artists but would later expand to include country, Americana and folk headliners. Mike was elected to the board of... Read More →

Speakers
avatar for Coe Ramsey

Coe Ramsey

Mr. Ramsey is a partner at Brooks Pierce. His practice focuses on entertainment and communications law. Coe’s practice includes representation of major recording artists and producers, development and A&R companies, bands, musicians, singers, songwriters, record companies, publishers, music producers, re-mixers, disc jockeys, and other artists. He represents clients on various matters relating to the music entertainment business, including... Read More →
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Dave Rose

Dave Rose is the president of DSE Music Group International, parent company for Deep South Entertainment, Rose & Rose Business Management, Oak City 7, and Tennessee East Artist Management. Rose has been guiding and developing the careers of multi-platinum artists for more than 20 years. After receiving a B.A. in Economics from North Carolina State University, he started in the music business as a musician, playing bass in several touring and... Read More →


Tuesday September 30, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:00pm

Bluegrass Feature Film: Banjo Romantika
BANJO ROMANTIKA introduces the musicians who play this unique bluegrass hybrid. Czechs first heard bluegrass during World War II when the Armed Forces Network broadcast American music for soldiers. The music represented freedom to dissatisfied Czechs living in a communist state. Czechs’ love for the music was solidified when Pete Seeger visited and performed in 1964. Inspired by classic American bluegrass sounds, an assortment of musicians from across the formerly communist Czech Republic have melded the past, the political and the present into a lively musical tradition entirely its own.

Moderators
Speakers

Tuesday September 30, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:30pm

Agents and Managers Constituency Meeting
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:30pm

Artists, Composers, & Publishers Constituency Meeting
For the future of bluegrass to flourish, IBMA needs more than a staff of four and a board of directors to operate. IBMA’s success lies in its membership: From professionals, to fans, to the youth. Everyone makes a difference in helping IBMA succeed in its mission: Working together for high standards of professionalism, a greater appreciation for our music, and the success of the worldwide bluegrass community.

IBMA consists of more than 2,500 members in 50 states and 30 countries around the world who are passionately involved with the business and community of bluegrass music.

Don’t miss these opportunities to sit down with your representative on the IBMA Board of Directors and others in your membership constituency during World of Bluegrass Week! We want to hear from you about how things are going in your individual corners of the bluegrass nation, and we’d also love to hear your suggestions for the future of our trade association.

Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:30pm

Associations Constituency Meeting
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:30pm

Broadcast Media Constituency Meeting
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 2:30pm - 3:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:30pm

2:30pm

2:30pm

2:30pm

4:00pm

Bela Fleck - Keynote Address and Reception
The official kick-off for the IBMA Business Conference portion of World of Bluegrass 2014. Located in the Raleigh Convention Center ballroom, the Pre-Bluegrass Ramble Hors D’oeuvres, open bar & Keynote Reception. 

Music critics and fans credit Bela Fleck’s remarkable performing and recording career with reinventing the very image and sound of the banjo. Fleck’s diverse tastes and interests have taken him all over the musical map, with solo projects and collaborations in bluegrass (including his work with seminal progressive band New Grass Revival), jazz, pop, rock, world beat and classical. In 2011, Fleck wrote his first stand-alone banjo concerto, on commission with the Nashville Symphony. This work, entitled The Impostor, along with a new quintet for banjo and string quartet, was released in 2012.

The recipient of multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Fleck’s total Grammy count is 15 Grammys won and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more distinct musical categories than anyone in Grammy history.



Tuesday September 30, 2014 4:00pm - 5:30pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

7:00pm

The Earl Brothers
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TE

The Earl Brothers

Showcase Artist, The Earl Brothers
The Earl Brothers – Bio It's been twelve years since The Earl Brothers started working on a style that has become their unique trademark, “Outlaw Hillbilly Music”. The Earl Brothers have received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from music-lovers far and wide. In the October, 2010 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, a feature article named band leader Robert Earl Davis “The Hillbilly Hero”. In the 1970s, The Ramones tore Rock and Roll... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

7:00pm

The Grass Cats
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TG

The Grass Cats

Showcase Artist, The Grass Cats
Official IBMA Showcase Artist 2014 | | The GRASS CATS continue to entertain audiences with their exciting live performances and critically acclaimed recordings. Their shows feature lively foot-stomping fiddle and banjo music, bluegrass classics, tight vocal harmonies, acapella gospel quartets and chart-topping original songs. Though careful never to lose their traditional bluegrass footing, the CATS also perform cleverly arranged "covers" of... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Constant Change
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
CC

Constant Change

Showcase Artist, Constant Change
Constant Change was formed in January of 2002 by a group of North Carolina musicians in their twenties with a passion for bluegrass music. For the first several years the band lived up to its name, as various hot young pickers came and went. But once Brian Aldridge (banjo) and his brother Daniel (mandolin) stepped in to join founding member Clifton Preddy (fiddle), the nucleus of a special band was in place. The band was steady for about 6... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Davidson Brothers
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
DB

Davidson Brothers

Showcase Artist, Davidson Brothers
2014 Official Showcase Artist | | Having performed together for over 20 years, the Davidson Brothers have firmly carved their contemporary acoustic style into the Australian music scene. | | Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Flatt Lonesome
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Helen Highwater Stringband
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
HH

Helen Highwater Stringband

Hidi Herzog, Red Dress Productions
Showcase Artist

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Mustered Courage
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MC

Mustered Courage

Showcase Artist, Mustered Courage
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Mustered Courage bridge the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music. The quartet – consisting of three Aussies and a Texas expat – has risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and an eponymous debut album that won them a string of glowing reviews, loads of national radio support, an endorsement from Seal, and a trophy at the... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

7:00pm

Sister Sadie
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
SS

Sister Sadie

Sister Sadie Band
Dale Ann Bradley is 5 time IBMA Female Vocalist of the year & brings her beautiful heartfelt vocals to us, along with her special talent of finding songs from other genres and changing them to fit our style of music. For more information on DaleAnn or her band, please visit her website at www.DaleAnn.com.​​​​Playing mandolin for Sister Sadie is none other than the very talented and soulful Tina Adair. Tina is such a powerful singer and... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

7:40pm

Moore Brothers Band
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MB

Moore Brothers Band

Showcase Artist, Moore Brothers Band
Showcase Artist -Most folks are taken back when they first see Jacob (mandolin, banjo, & fiddle, 16) Daniel (bass, 20) and Isaac (guitar, 12). Don’t let their fresh faces fool you; this trio means business. Together, they weave a musical tapestry that honors tradition and welcomes progress….melding a love of tone and harmonies with a fiery stage energy that wins over even the most jaded listeners. This is one of those once-in-a-generation... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:40pm - 8:10pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

7:40pm

The Railsplitters
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TR

The Railsplitters

Showcase Artist, The Railsplitters
Showcase Artist

Tuesday September 30, 2014 7:40pm - 8:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Barbwire
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
B

Barbwire

Showcase Artist, Barbwire
Barbwire Bluegrass Band consists of 5 guys that love Bluegrass Music. We bring together the knowledge and experience of Jimmy Ross and Ricky Ponder along with the enthusiasm and pure talent of Ben Ponder, Jonathan O'Neal and Brett Cantrell. | | We came together not by geography, as we all live in different areas of Georgia and Tennessee, but by a common goal, good Bluegrass Music. | | ​Most of the music we play is original material... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
DA

Darin and Brooke Aldridge

Showcase Artist, Darin & Brooke Aldridge
DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE | | Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North | Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the | most mature release of their career with their latest release, Flying. | | The duo has placed at the top of the charts on Americana/Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and | Gospel charts. They have received multiple... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Donna Ulisse
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Showcase Artist, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Showcase Artist JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” that features the amazing musicianship of former national bluegrass banjo champion Jeff Scroggins and his 19 year old son and award winning mandolinist Tristan Scroggins. Their fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned them many fans worldwide, and have left many a first time listener in stunned disbelief... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Red June
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
RJ

Red June

Showcase Artist, Red June
With a dynamic yet refined sound featuring striking three-part harmonies, electrifying instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting, Asheville NC’s Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences all across the country. A power trio consisting of Will Straughan on dobro and guitar, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle, and bluegrass fiddle legend Jim Shumate's grandson, John Cloyd Miller on mandolin and guitar, the three seamlessly blend... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

8:00pm

The Danberrys
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Official Showcase Bands
TD

The Danberrys

Showcase Artist, The Danberrys
At the heart of the Danberrys is the Tennessee-born couple of Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry, a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, TN. Dorothy and Ben are joined by multi-instrumentalist Ethan Ballinger (Missy Raines and the New Hip, Alison Brown, Jill Andrews, Megan McCormick), fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer (10 String Symphony, The Farewell Drifters, The Greencards), and upright bassist Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

8:20pm

Mr.Sun
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MS

Mr. Sun

Showcase Artist, Mr Sun
| | All of their lives fiddler Darol Anger, guitarist Grant Gordy, and mandolinist Joe Walsh have found themselves moving from place to place, inhabiting one city or town and then moving to another, along the way getting to intimately know the varied terrains that make up our vast country. Musically, they've kept up the same pattern, each living at times in the worlds of bluegrass, and old-time, blues, and jazz, on their way to mastery of... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:20pm - 8:50pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

8:20pm

NewTown
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
N

Newtown

Kati Penn-Williams, Newtown
Showcase Artist

Tuesday September 30, 2014 8:20pm - 8:50pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

9:00pm

Flatt Lonesome
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Flatt Lonesome

Owner, The Andrea Roberts Agency

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Sister Sadie
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

 

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
SS

Sister Sadie

Sister Sadie Band
Dale Ann Bradley is 5 time IBMA Female Vocalist of the year & brings her beautiful heartfelt vocals to us, along with her special talent of finding songs from other genres and changing them to fit our style of music. For more information on DaleAnn or her band, please visit her website at www.DaleAnn.com.​​​​Playing mandolin for Sister Sadie is none other than the very talented and soulful Tina Adair. Tina is such a powerful singer and... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

9:00pm

Driven
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
D

Driven

Jake Workman
Driven is a young band bringing a new sound to bluegrass. The group has been described as “perfectly walking the line between contemporary and traditional bluegrass.” The band focuses on hard-driving rhythm and tight vocal harmonies. They also strive to put the audience first with their energetic and engaging live performances. Driven got its start in 2009 performing at festivals in the Midwest. The members had been friends since 2007, when... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Irene Kelley
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Monroe Crossing
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MC

Monroe Crossing

Arthur Blackburn, AKBMusic.com
Members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Monroe Crossing has experienced another record-breaking year in 2013, making 145 concert appearances all across the US and central Europe. Their latest CD of original songs, “The Road Has No End,” continues to receive extended radio airplay and stellar reviews: | | “The album is full of energy, excitement, inspiration and originality.” ★★★★★ — Joe Ross... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Mustered Courage
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MC

Mustered Courage

Showcase Artist, Mustered Courage
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Mustered Courage bridge the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music. The quartet – consisting of three Aussies and a Texas expat – has risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and an eponymous debut album that won them a string of glowing reviews, loads of national radio support, an endorsement from Seal, and a trophy at the... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

New Country Rehab
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
NC

New Country Rehab

Showcase Artist, New Country Rehab
Toronto-based New Country Rehab (NCR)’s mandate from their inception in 2009 has been to rethink country music, taking a jackhammer to today’s country radio sounds, and giving the old country tradition new life. Reclaiming country, by bringing it back to its roots, then ripping out the root system altogether. | | NCR collects bluegrass, Americana, roots, folk, country and rock influences all under one roof, and makes it work. Led... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

9:00pm

The Earl Brothers
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TE

The Earl Brothers

Showcase Artist, The Earl Brothers
The Earl Brothers – Bio It's been twelve years since The Earl Brothers started working on a style that has become their unique trademark, “Outlaw Hillbilly Music”. The Earl Brothers have received an overwhelmingly enthusiastic response from music-lovers far and wide. In the October, 2010 issue of Bluegrass Unlimited, a feature article named band leader Robert Earl Davis “The Hillbilly Hero”. In the 1970s, The Ramones tore Rock and Roll... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

9:40pm

Barbwire
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
B

Barbwire

Showcase Artist, Barbwire
Barbwire Bluegrass Band consists of 5 guys that love Bluegrass Music. We bring together the knowledge and experience of Jimmy Ross and Ricky Ponder along with the enthusiasm and pure talent of Ben Ponder, Jonathan O'Neal and Brett Cantrell. | | We came together not by geography, as we all live in different areas of Georgia and Tennessee, but by a common goal, good Bluegrass Music. | | ​Most of the music we play is original material... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:40pm - 10:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

9:40pm

Red June
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
RJ

Red June

Showcase Artist, Red June
With a dynamic yet refined sound featuring striking three-part harmonies, electrifying instrumental work, and honest, soulful songwriting, Asheville NC’s Red June has been capturing the hearts of audiences all across the country. A power trio consisting of Will Straughan on dobro and guitar, Natalya Weinstein on fiddle, and bluegrass fiddle legend Jim Shumate's grandson, John Cloyd Miller on mandolin and guitar, the three seamlessly blend... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 9:40pm - 10:10pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

10:00pm

Compton & Newberry
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. Known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing, he is a prizewinning guitarist, fiddler, and singer as well. Joe plays with in a duo with Mike Compton, with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, and Mike Craver, and also performs with fiddler and dancer April Verch. A frequent guest of Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

Davidson Brothers
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
DB

Davidson Brothers

Showcase Artist, Davidson Brothers
2014 Official Showcase Artist | | Having performed together for over 20 years, the Davidson Brothers have firmly carved their contemporary acoustic style into the Australian music scene. | | Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
avatar for Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Showcase Artist, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Showcase Artist JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” that features the amazing musicianship of former national bluegrass banjo champion Jeff Scroggins and his 19 year old son and award winning mandolinist Tristan Scroggins. Their fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned them many fans worldwide, and have left many a first time listener in stunned disbelief... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

Jim Lauderdale
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

Special Consensus
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
avatar for Greg Cahill

Greg Cahill

Band leader/Banjo player, Special Consensus
GREG CAHILL co-founded Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally since forming the band. He has appeared on all 18 of the Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercial jingles. Greg has also released three solo recordings and has recorded and toured European countries with the bluegrass band ChowDogs. He has released... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

10:00pm

The Railsplitters
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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The Railsplitters

Showcase Artist, The Railsplitters
Showcase Artist

Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

10:20pm

Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
DA

Darin and Brooke Aldridge

Showcase Artist, Darin & Brooke Aldridge
DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE | | Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North | Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the | most mature release of their career with their latest release, Flying. | | The duo has placed at the top of the charts on Americana/Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and | Gospel charts. They have received multiple... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:20pm - 10:50pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

10:20pm

Donna Ulisse
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
DU

Donna Ulisse

Artist, Hadley Music Group Records
Prolific bluegrass and gospel singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse has been nominated as the International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of the year for two years running, and has been blessed to have her songs recorded by the Del McCoury Band, Claire Lynch, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Bankesters and Nu-Blu, among others. With her able touring band, The Poor Mountain Boys, Ulisse regularly hits the road, playing festivals, concert... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 10:20pm - 10:50pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

11:00pm

Monroe Crossing
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MC

Monroe Crossing

Arthur Blackburn, AKBMusic.com
Members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Monroe Crossing has experienced another record-breaking year in 2013, making 145 concert appearances all across the US and central Europe. Their latest CD of original songs, “The Road Has No End,” continues to receive extended radio airplay and stellar reviews: | | “The album is full of energy, excitement, inspiration and originality.” ★★★★★ — Joe Ross... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

11:00pm

11:00pm

10 String Symphony
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

I Draw Slow
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

11:00pm

Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

Sideline
Moderators
Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

11:00pm

11:00pm

Claire Lynch Band

Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

11:40pm

Mustered Courage
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MC

Mustered Courage

Showcase Artist, Mustered Courage
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Mustered Courage bridge the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music. The quartet – consisting of three Aussies and a Texas expat – has risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and an eponymous debut album that won them a string of glowing reviews, loads of national radio support, an endorsement from Seal, and a trophy at the... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:40pm - Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:10am
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

11:45pm

11:45pm

The Lonely Heartstring Band
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TL

The Lonely Heartstring Band

Patrick M'Gonigle
The Lonely Heartstring band is a 5-peice bluegrass-instrumentation band from Boston that plays original acoustic music, traditional bluegrass and, as the name suggests, a whole swath of Beatles covers. The band formed as a response to request for a bluegrass band that would played exclusively the Beatles' material and year and a half later, LHB is touring from coast to coast. The band is young, excited, and rising fast in the New England acoustic... Read More →

Tuesday September 30, 2014 11:45pm - Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:10am
Marriott - Congressional

12:00am

Front Country
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick w/ Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber & Ira Gitlin
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

12:00am

12:00am

New Country Rehab
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

NewTown
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

The Bankesters

Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

12:00am

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Venues

Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:00am - Thursday October 2, 2014 2:00am
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

12:20am

Helen Highwater Stringband
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Helen Highwater Stringband

Hidi Herzog, Red Dress Productions
Showcase Artist

Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:20am - 12:50am
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

12:20am

1:00am

The Danberrys
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TD

The Danberrys

Showcase Artist, The Danberrys
At the heart of the Danberrys is the Tennessee-born couple of Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry, a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, TN. Dorothy and Ben are joined by multi-instrumentalist Ethan Ballinger (Missy Raines and the New Hip, Alison Brown, Jill Andrews, Megan McCormick), fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer (10 String Symphony, The Farewell Drifters, The Greencards), and upright bassist Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 1:00am - 1:30am
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

1:00am

1:00am

Bluegrass Parkway
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

Foghorn Stringband
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

1:00am

Jim Lauderdale
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

Mipso
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

The Rambling Rooks
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

Jeff Scroggins & Colorado w/ Mara Levine
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
avatar for Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Showcase Artist, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Showcase Artist JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” that features the amazing musicianship of former national bluegrass banjo champion Jeff Scroggins and his 19 year old son and award winning mandolinist Tristan Scroggins. Their fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned them many fans worldwide, and have left many a first time listener in stunned disbelief... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

1:15am

1:40am

 
Wednesday, October 1
 

8:00am

Talent Buyers Welcome Open

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:00am - 10:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

8:00am

9:00am

Story Telling Session with NC History Museum
"The Ballad of 'Foggy Mountain Breakdown'" will address the role of the unendingly popular banjo instrumental in pushing American traditional music into the second half of the 20th century. With New Deal String Band banjo player Gene Knight on hand to offer illustrations on an historically correct pre-war Mastertone, we'll talk about the roots of the tune, its recording 65 years ago this December, its roof-raising reception through the years, the way it wound up in the classic movie "Bonnie and Clyde," its status as the only tune to win two Grammys by the same performer, along with Earl Scruggs' own reflections on FMB, preserved from an exclusive interview by the speaker. 

Moderators
TG

Thomas Goldsmith

Thomas Goldsmith is a journalist, musician and songwriter who has worked in the music scenes of Tennessee, Texas and the Carolinas for more than 40 years. He wrote the bluegrass favorite "Old Devil's Dream;" appeared on recordings by Hazel Dickens, Alice Gerrard, the Whitstein Brothers and many others; produced records for David Olney, Tracy Nelson, the Nashville Jug Band and others; and for the University of Illinois Press edited "The... Read More →

Venues

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00am

Bandzoogle Website Critiques

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Grand Lobby

9:00am

Health Expo
Brought to you by MusicCares & Soundhelathcare/Financial consulting Services. 

Includes the following free to all Business Conference attendees: 

Healthcare & Financial Consulting Services, come get all your questions answered:




  • Health Insurance (Navigating the Affordable Care Act, AKA Obamacare)



  • Low Cost Short Term Health Insurance Plans



  • Dental Insurance and Vision Plans



  • Medicare Supplement Plans



  • Life Insurance (Term & Permanent)



  • Long Term Care



  • Disability Income Insurance



  • Wealth Creation & Preservation Strategies (Investments & Retirement)



  • Tax Savings (Keeping Your Money





3 PM
Navigating "Obama Care" Presentation: 





  • Navigating Obamacare and Keeping Your Money + Q&A



MusiCares – Free Dental Clinic and Ear Impressions for custom ear plugs

 
Dental Clinic:

 On Wednesday, October 1st, MusiCares, in conjunction with IBMA and the Smiles program will be providing dental screenings, teeth cleaning, and complete x-rays to uninsured music professionals in need. 

 These treatments will be provided free of charge to pre-screened, pre-approved applicants.  Those wishing to take advantage of this service must be able to document their work in the music industry for at least five years or have credited contribution to six commercially released recordings or videos (singles). 

 In order to schedule an appointment, you must contact MusiCares in Nashville at 615-327-0050.  Space will be limited

 

Hearing Clinic and Ear Impressions for custom ear plugs :

 On Wednesday, October 1st, MusiCares, in partnership with Mike Wheeler, a certified Audibel hearing solutions provider, will also be offering ear impressions for free custom ear plugs.  MusiCares also works to address the health and wellness needs of music professionals. In support of these efforts MusiCares will be joined by an audiologist who will be onsite during select hours providing valuable information on the importance of hearing conservation and also offering ear impressions for FREE* custom musicians earplugs provided compliments of MusiCares.

 In order to schedule an appointment, you must contact MusiCares in the Nashville office at 615-327-0050.  Space will be limited

 ** Both MusiCares clinics are limited to music industry professionals registered for the IBMA business conference who can document eligibility and those who sign up in advance. 




Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00am - 5:00pm
301 A & B

9:00am

Instrument Check Open
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00am - Thursday October 2, 2014 2:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:00am

Welcome and Orientation (Talent Buyers)

Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:00am

Youth Room Open
The Youth Room is IBMA's central hub for all activities youth!  Thursday through Saturday will be plum full of youth jams, famous bands dropping in, and maybe even some free food!  If you want to meet the up and coming pickers of bluegrass, drop on by! Check the schedule for more detailed events.


Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:00am - Thursday October 2, 2014 2:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:15am

Bandzoogle Website Demo Derby
This panel offers live critiques of musician websites. Each site's design, organization, content and functionality will be assessed. How does the website fit with the artist's overall online strategy, and how successfully does it achieve their goals?

The panelists are extremely knowledgeable about website best practices and are deeply allergic to bad design, flash widgets, and unreadable fonts. Reviews will be ruthless and diplomacy will be left aside, but in the process everyone in attendance will learn some best practices for creating a great website for their music.

Speakers
avatar for Zack Wright

Zack Wright

Rockhouse Partners
Online marketing for live events. | zack@rockhousepartners.com


Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
Martin Room, 305A 305A

10:15am

Event Insurance Claim Horror Stories: Risk Management & Insurance Solutions
We will discuss 5 real claims that have happened at events we insure and review the risk management steps that could have prevented the claim as well as the insurance coverage that ultimately paid for the claim.  The discussion will touch briefly on the topics of  General Liability coverage, Leased & Rented Equipment Coverage, how volunteers are covered, why vendors and contractors need  to provide proof of coverage, and more.  We allow time for Q&A so that everyone can participate in the discussion.

Moderators
Speakers
EW

Elizabeth Wightman

See above/below
PW

Phil Wightman

See above/below


Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:15am

Mastering Stage Presence
We've all seen performers that have an amazing stage presence that draws in an audience as well as artists who have a great deal of difficulty connecting with their audiences.  The purpose of this panel is to discuss what stage presence factors are important to your artistry and how to develop and nurture these factors.  In addition, the meaning of stage presence on and off the stage will be discussed as well as how to cope with different ways of stage anxiety during a performance.

Moderators
Speakers
MD

Mark Dillon

Mark Dillon is a life long performer and music educator currently teaching guitar at the University of North Carolina Greensboro. He plays music in a wide range of settings from bluegrass festivals to Symphony Orchestras. He currently plays guitar and banjo in the North Carolina band The Zinc Kings.
PH

Pattie Hopkins

Artist, Lynda & Pattie
VIOLINFIDDLER@GMAIL.COM
CS

Christian Sedelmyer

Showcase Artist, The Danberrys


Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:15am

Video Voodoo
It's not rocket surgery, but neither is it easy. Video is a requirement of modern music marketing, so what do you need to know and when should you hire experts? Two seasoned bluegrass video pros share anecdotes and advice about music videos, EPKs, documentaries and performance shoots. Topics will include pre-production strategizing, budgets, shooting, audio, editing, mastering and digital distribution. Nate and Craig will allow plenty of time for audience questions. 

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Craig Havighurst

Craig Havighurst

Journalist / Producer, Music City Roots
Craig Havighurst is a Nashville-based author, journalist, speaker and media producer who’s been studying musical culture and the music business since the late 90s. With academic background in literature, journalism and public policy, Craig has written for NPR, WPLN-FM, The Wall Street Journal, Texas Monthly and other magazines. He was a staff writer at The Tennessean from 2001-2004. He’s currently senior producer and writer for Music City... Read More →
NS

Nate Shuppert

Staff
Nate Shuppert is a freelance producer/director/editor based in Nashville. He first heard bluegrass music on an old 8-track tape of Flatt & Scruggs. He has been making commercials, documentaries, and music videos for over 20 years. Nate is a four-time Telly Award winner for videos he edited for American Forces TV and The Tennessee Titans. His most recent project is "The Space Shuttle: Flying For Me" a documentary produced for American... Read More →


Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:15am - 11:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:30am

Agent Pitching Session for Talent Buyers
In this fast-paced session, agents will have 3-5 minutes at the podium to introduce themselves and their rosters to an audience of talent buyers and to extend an invitation to continue the conversation at their booths during exhibit hall hours.

Agents must pre-register for a slot by Monday September 22.  The schedule with your time slot will be emailed to you by September 27.

https://ibma.org/basic-page/agent-pitch-session-registration

Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:30am - 11:30am
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:00pm

Showcase Luncheon and Momentum Awards
The Momentum Awards focus on artists, business people, and events that are in the early years of their careers in bluegrass music. They acknowledge something undeniable about bluegrass music – that many of its most dynamic artists and entrepreneurs are young or relatively new to the genre, and there are maybe more artists playing bluegrass or bluegrass-rooted music than at any time in decades. IBMA looks forward to recognizing the best of them.

Performances by:

Becky Buller:                             12:15pm - 12:40pm

The Lonely Heartstring Band       12:55pm - 1:20pm

The Earl Brothers                       1:35pm - 1:55pm

Jim Lauderdale                           2:10pm - 2:35pm

 

Wednesday October 1, 2014 12:00pm - 2:00pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

2:00pm

DJ Taping Session
DJ Taping Sessions provide broadcasters and artists a chance to get together around a table in order to tape brief interviews and station IDs.  

DJs bring your own recording equipment. Artists bring new music to share with DJs for potential airplay.
 

Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Exhibit Hall A

2:00pm

2:00pm

Bluegrass Expo Hall Open
Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:00pm - 6:00pm
Exhibit Hall C Exhibit Hall C

2:30pm

Cultivating the Craft: A Songwriters Focus
Cultivate your craft by taking advantage of one-on-one time with some
of the best in the bluegrass songwriting/publishing world! This
session is for individual songwriters or songwriters who co-write
together. As in the other small-group mentoring sessions, there will
be 5 different areas with one or more expert mentors at each location.
Sign up for 15-minute sessions to speak with the mentors of your choice individually or in
small groups, and discuss your specific questions and concerns. The
mentors and their areas will be:

1. Licensing & Royalties with Chris Jones, Chris Jones & The Nightdrivers, Sirius/XM Radio

2. Demos with Stephen Mougin, Dark Shadow Recording, Sam Bush Band

3. Publishing with Kathy Anderson, Hadley Music Group

4. Writing, Co-writing and Editing with Lisa Aschmann, Nashville Geographic, ASCAP & Mark Simos, Devachan Music, BMI, Berkley School Of Music

5. Beyond Bluegrass with Sherrill Blackman, SBD Music Group

Moderators
Speakers
KA

Kathy Anderson

Record Label, Hadley Music Group
KANDERSON@HADLEYMUSICGROUP.COM
LA

Lisa Aschmann

Nashville Geographic, ASCAP
SB

Sherrill Blackman

Sherrill Blackman is the founder of sbd music group, a publishing and independent songplugging company that has secured Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum certified recordings in country, pop, rock, gospel, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and polka – resulting in various radio hits, several Grammy and IBMA nominations and one Dove award winner. Blackman is a co-founder of The Independent Pluggers Association; a three term past president of The... Read More →
CJ

Chris Jones

Founder and front man of The Night Drivers, Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as the most widely heard broadcasting voice in bluegrass. His immediately recognizable voice, warm sense of humor and abundance of talent have combined to make him one of the music’s most distinctive personalities, and one of its strongest artists.
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Showcase Artist, Becky Buller
Stephen Mougin is a teacher, guitar player (Sam Bush Band), songwriter, and producer, engineer and label owner at Dark Shadow Recording. He received his degree in music education at UMASS - Amherst, where he studied vocal coaching. After a high school music teaching job, Mougin moved to Nashville to try his hand at playing music professionally in 2002, finding a gig playing mandolin with Valerie Smith. In 2005, Mougin launched Dark Shadow... Read More →
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Mark Simos

Devachan Music, BMI, Berkley School Of Music


Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:30pm

I've Had the Time of My Life: Events and Festivals Focus
Visit with several producers in this session to get an idea of how successful festivals are designed.  Mike Wilson from the Willow Oak Park Festival, Mary Doub from Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, Ashlee Jean Trott from Music City Roots & Bluegrass Underground and Gary Leonhardt from Red White & Bluegrass Festival, will share their insights in planning, budgeting, booking, promoting, and conducting a multi-day festival.  You'll have an opportunity to exchange ideas, ask questions, and learn about the risks and strategies in designing a small locally produced festival, as well as a large scale event with multiple associated activities, and a city sponsored festival where the profit motive may not be so critical.  Whether you're considering launching your own event or just curious as a fan about how all the behind the scenes parts come together to make for an enjoyable festival, this session is for you.  You might even have ideas these producers need to consider for future festivals.  If you're already a producer of a festival please join in and share your experiences as we seek ways to improve the design and consider what future festivals might be.

Speakers
MD

Mary Doub

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival
GL

Gary Leonhardt

Event Producer, Red White and Bluegrass Festival
GLEONHARDT@CI.MORGANTON.NC.US
avatar for Ashlee Jean Trott

Ashlee Jean Trott

Associate Producer - Booking, Music City Roots
MW

Mike Wilson

Event Producer, Willow Oak Bluegrass Music Festival
Born and raised  Burlington, NC   Graduated from Elon University with BA in accounting and business administration Retired self-employed building contractor Performed with Bass Mountain Boys 1978-1996 Co-producer of Bass Mountain Bluegrass Festival from 1978 thru 2008 Co-produced with Carlton Haney  for 5 years ( 1981-1985) – Original Camp Springs Bluegrass Festival Producer/ owner of Willow Oak Park Bluegrass... Read More →

Venues

Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Monroe Room, 306B 306B

2:30pm

Marketing Your Band: Press Kit to Web Hit
Moderators
Speakers
KJ

Karlie Justus Marlowe

Digital Marketing Manager, Yep Roc Music Group


Wednesday October 1, 2014 2:30pm - 4:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

3:00pm

3:00pm

Foundation for Bluegrass Board Meeting
Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

3:30pm

4:00pm

Song Circles
Song cirlces are back!

Gather in small circles and share your song. Bring your instrument! 

Speakers
avatar for Rick Lang

Rick Lang

Artist
Award-winning songwriter Rick Lang has had over 70 song cuts to his credit by Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and Jazz artists and the number keeps growing each year. He is an alumnus of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass program (class of 2012), is currently a member of the IBMA Songwriter Committee and mentors up and coming writers through in the IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program.

Venues

Wednesday October 1, 2014 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Osborne Room, 305 A&B 305 A & B

5:00pm

Youth Council - Kick Off Party
Head on down to the youth room as we kick off the youth track of events with jamming and free food!  Look forward to celebrity drop-ins, youth jams, and youth based seminars!

Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Flatt Room, 201 201

5:30pm

Reception for DJs and Artists
It is the perfect time to get to know each other better over hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) before heading off to the Ramble and showcases.


Wednesday October 1, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

5:30pm

Reception for Talent Buyers, Agents, Artists, Managers
This social hour is hosted by agents and artists as a special welcome for those participating in the Talent Buyer Focus. It is the perfect time to get to know each other better over hors d’oeuvres and drinks (cash bar) before heading off to the Ramble and showcases.  

Don’t miss this very special social gathering just for you! This event will be open to all bluegrass agents and talent buyers who are registered for our conference today.

This reception is a great time for both parties to meet, mingle, and talk business. Make sure you bring with you any necessary materials that will help in your networking and business endeavors.

Light refreshments will be served.

 

Moderators
Wednesday October 1, 2014 5:30pm - 6:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

6:00pm

Swift Creek
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues

Wednesday October 1, 2014 6:00pm - 6:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Compton & Newberry
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
avatar for Joe Newberry

Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. Known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing, he is a prizewinning guitarist, fiddler, and singer as well. Joe plays with in a duo with Mike Compton, with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, and Mike Craver, and also performs with fiddler and dancer April Verch. A frequent guest of Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

7:00pm

The Rigneys
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TR

The Rigneys

Showcase Artist, The Rigneys
THE RIGNEYS... | Great Harmony, Superb Instrumentation & Compelling Material | | The Rigneys are an award-winning band playing their own blend of original work and traditional arrangements that exhilarate your soul with energy, laughter and emotion. Well-known flatpicking champ, Andy Rigney, and his brother, Grant Rigney, champion fiddler and member of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Youth All-star Band, front the group... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Becky Buller
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
avatar for Becky Buller

Becky Buller

Showcase Artist, Becky Buller
Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer from St. James, Minn., who has traipsed the world over performing bluegrass/Americana/roots music to fund her insatiable habit of songwriting. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few. She wrote the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, a 2013 Bluegrass Album Of The... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

7:00pm

Donna Ulisse
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Donna Ulisse

Artist, Hadley Music Group Records
Prolific bluegrass and gospel singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse has been nominated as the International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of the year for two years running, and has been blessed to have her songs recorded by the Del McCoury Band, Claire Lynch, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Bankesters and Nu-Blu, among others. With her able touring band, The Poor Mountain Boys, Ulisse regularly hits the road, playing festivals, concert... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Driven
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
D

Driven

Jake Workman
Driven is a young band bringing a new sound to bluegrass. The group has been described as “perfectly walking the line between contemporary and traditional bluegrass.” The band focuses on hard-driving rhythm and tight vocal harmonies. They also strive to put the audience first with their energetic and engaging live performances. Driven got its start in 2009 performing at festivals in the Midwest. The members had been friends since 2007, when... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Moore Brothers Band
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Special Consensus
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Greg Cahill

Band leader/Banjo player, Special Consensus
GREG CAHILL co-founded Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally since forming the band. He has appeared on all 18 of the Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercial jingles. Greg has also released three solo recordings and has recorded and toured European countries with the bluegrass band ChowDogs. He has released... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

The Lonely Heartstring Band
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TL

The Lonely Heartstring Band

Patrick M'Gonigle
The Lonely Heartstring band is a 5-peice bluegrass-instrumentation band from Boston that plays original acoustic music, traditional bluegrass and, as the name suggests, a whole swath of Beatles covers. The band formed as a response to request for a bluegrass band that would played exclusively the Beatles' material and year and a half later, LHB is touring from coast to coast. The band is young, excited, and rising fast in the New England acoustic... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Kids on Bluegrass Rehearsal

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:00pm - 9:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

7:40pm

Constant Change
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
CC

Constant Change

Showcase Artist, Constant Change
Constant Change was formed in January of 2002 by a group of North Carolina musicians in their twenties with a passion for bluegrass music. For the first several years the band lived up to its name, as various hot young pickers came and went. But once Brian Aldridge (banjo) and his brother Daniel (mandolin) stepped in to join founding member Clifton Preddy (fiddle), the nucleus of a special band was in place. The band was steady for about 6... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:40pm - 8:10pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

7:40pm

The Davidson Brothers
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
DB

Davidson Brothers

Showcase Artist, Davidson Brothers
2014 Official Showcase Artist | | Having performed together for over 20 years, the Davidson Brothers have firmly carved their contemporary acoustic style into the Australian music scene. | | Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 7:40pm - 8:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Irene Kelley
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Irene Kelley

Showcase Artist, Irene Kelley
Latrobe, Pa., native Irene Kelley discovered her flair for songwriting as a teenager and soon found her way to Nashville, Tenn., where her songs were quickly noticed and recorded by Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. While recording an album for MCA and independently releasing two more records while touring world wide, Irene raised two daughters and scored cuts with Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Monroe Crossing
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
MC

Monroe Crossing

Arthur Blackburn, AKBMusic.com
Members of the Minnesota Music Hall of Fame, Monroe Crossing has experienced another record-breaking year in 2013, making 145 concert appearances all across the US and central Europe. Their latest CD of original songs, “The Road Has No End,” continues to receive extended radio airplay and stellar reviews: | | “The album is full of energy, excitement, inspiration and originality.” ★★★★★ — Joe Ross... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Mr. Sun
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MS

Mr. Sun

Showcase Artist, Mr Sun
| | All of their lives fiddler Darol Anger, guitarist Grant Gordy, and mandolinist Joe Walsh have found themselves moving from place to place, inhabiting one city or town and then moving to another, along the way getting to intimately know the varied terrains that make up our vast country. Musically, they've kept up the same pattern, each living at times in the worlds of bluegrass, and old-time, blues, and jazz, on their way to mastery of... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

8:00pm

NewTown
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Newtown

Kati Penn-Williams, Newtown
Showcase Artist

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Sister Sadie
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Sister Sadie

Sister Sadie Band
Dale Ann Bradley is 5 time IBMA Female Vocalist of the year & brings her beautiful heartfelt vocals to us, along with her special talent of finding songs from other genres and changing them to fit our style of music. For more information on DaleAnn or her band, please visit her website at www.DaleAnn.com.​​​​Playing mandolin for Sister Sadie is none other than the very talented and soulful Tina Adair. Tina is such a powerful singer and... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

The Barefoot Movement
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

8:20pm

Flatt Lonesome
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Flatt Lonesome

Owner, The Andrea Roberts Agency

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:20pm - 8:50pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

8:20pm

Rebecca Frazier & Hit and Run
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
RF

Rebecca Frazier

Showcase Artist, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
| 2014- Album at #3, Roots Music Report National Bluegrass Chart | 2013- “Best Bluegrass Album of 2013” Bluegrass Situation | 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association "Recorded Event of the Year" Winner | (Rebecca Frazier, Daughters of Bluegrass) | 2006 First woman on cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (Rebecca Frazier) | 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Artist | First Place, 2005 SPBGMA International... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 8:20pm - 8:50pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Barbwire
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Barbwire

Showcase Artist, Barbwire
Barbwire Bluegrass Band consists of 5 guys that love Bluegrass Music. We bring together the knowledge and experience of Jimmy Ross and Ricky Ponder along with the enthusiasm and pure talent of Ben Ponder, Jonathan O'Neal and Brett Cantrell. | | We came together not by geography, as we all live in different areas of Georgia and Tennessee, but by a common goal, good Bluegrass Music. | | ​Most of the music we play is original material... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
DA

Darin and Brooke Aldridge

Showcase Artist, Darin & Brooke Aldridge
DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE | | Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North | Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the | most mature release of their career with their latest release, Flying. | | The duo has placed at the top of the charts on Americana/Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and | Gospel charts. They have received multiple... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

9:00pm

Moore Brothers Band
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Moore Brothers Band

Showcase Artist, Moore Brothers Band
Showcase Artist -Most folks are taken back when they first see Jacob (mandolin, banjo, & fiddle, 16) Daniel (bass, 20) and Isaac (guitar, 12). Don’t let their fresh faces fool you; this trio means business. Together, they weave a musical tapestry that honors tradition and welcomes progress….melding a love of tone and harmonies with a fiery stage energy that wins over even the most jaded listeners. This is one of those once-in-a-generation... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Constant Change
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Helen Highwater Stringband
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Helen Highwater Stringband

Hidi Herzog, Red Dress Productions
Showcase Artist

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

9:00pm

Red June
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

The Lonely Heartstring Band
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TL

The Lonely Heartstring Band

Patrick M'Gonigle
The Lonely Heartstring band is a 5-peice bluegrass-instrumentation band from Boston that plays original acoustic music, traditional bluegrass and, as the name suggests, a whole swath of Beatles covers. The band formed as a response to request for a bluegrass band that would played exclusively the Beatles' material and year and a half later, LHB is touring from coast to coast. The band is young, excited, and rising fast in the New England acoustic... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

The Rigneys
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

9:40pm

Driven
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Driven

Jake Workman
Driven is a young band bringing a new sound to bluegrass. The group has been described as “perfectly walking the line between contemporary and traditional bluegrass.” The band focuses on hard-driving rhythm and tight vocal harmonies. They also strive to put the audience first with their energetic and engaging live performances. Driven got its start in 2009 performing at festivals in the Midwest. The members had been friends since 2007, when... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:40pm - 10:10pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

9:40pm

The Barefoot Movement
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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The Barefoot Movement

Showcase Artist, The Barefoot Movement
Johnson City's The Barefoot Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork. | | 2013 brings the release of a new album, cross country touring, and all manners of shoeless excitement. Their new effort, "Figures of the Year", comes on the heels of their west coast tour, opening for Anti Records artists The Milk Carton Kids from Denver to San Francisco to Vancouver. The record itself is a... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 9:40pm - 10:10pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

Jim Lauderdale
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Jim Lauderdale

Showcase Artist, Jim Lauderdale
“Few current…acts sing with the command and authority Lauderdale brings to his performances, and fewer still have a set of songs at their disposal as good…” - All Music Guide Jim Lauderdale is a multiple Grammy® and Americana Music Association Award-winning musician and one of the most respected artists working the Americana, Bluegrass and Country music communities today.  His record Buddy and Jim, which he wrote and recorded with... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

10:00pm

New Country Rehab
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
NC

New Country Rehab

Showcase Artist, New Country Rehab
Toronto-based New Country Rehab (NCR)’s mandate from their inception in 2009 has been to rethink country music, taking a jackhammer to today’s country radio sounds, and giving the old country tradition new life. Reclaiming country, by bringing it back to its roots, then ripping out the root system altogether. | | NCR collects bluegrass, Americana, roots, folk, country and rock influences all under one roof, and makes it work. Led... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
RF

Rebecca Frazier

Showcase Artist, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
| 2014- Album at #3, Roots Music Report National Bluegrass Chart | 2013- “Best Bluegrass Album of 2013” Bluegrass Situation | 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association "Recorded Event of the Year" Winner | (Rebecca Frazier, Daughters of Bluegrass) | 2006 First woman on cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (Rebecca Frazier) | 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Artist | First Place, 2005 SPBGMA International... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

The Danberrys
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues

Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

The Grass Cats
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase


Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

The Railsplitters
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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The Railsplitters

Showcase Artist, The Railsplitters
Showcase Artist

Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

10:20pm

Becky Buller
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Becky Buller

Showcase Artist, Becky Buller
Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer from St. James, Minn., who has traipsed the world over performing bluegrass/Americana/roots music to fund her insatiable habit of songwriting. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few. She wrote the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, a 2013 Bluegrass Album Of The... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:20pm - 10:50pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

10:20pm

Special Consensus
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Greg Cahill

Band leader/Banjo player, Special Consensus
GREG CAHILL co-founded Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975 and has continued to tour nationally and internationally since forming the band. He has appeared on all 18 of the Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercial jingles. Greg has also released three solo recordings and has recorded and toured European countries with the bluegrass band ChowDogs. He has released... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 10:20pm - 10:50pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

11:00pm

The Church Sisters

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:25pm
TBA

11:00pm

The Rigneys
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TR

The Rigneys

Showcase Artist, The Rigneys
THE RIGNEYS... | Great Harmony, Superb Instrumentation & Compelling Material | | The Rigneys are an award-winning band playing their own blend of original work and traditional arrangements that exhilarate your soul with energy, laughter and emotion. Well-known flatpicking champ, Andy Rigney, and his brother, Grant Rigney, champion fiddler and member of the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association Youth All-star Band, front the group... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

11:00pm

Ashe Breeze

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:30pm
TBA

11:00pm

The Spinney Brothers

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:30pm
TBA

11:00pm

Detour

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:35pm
TBA

11:00pm

Chatham County Line

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

11:00pm

Compton & Newberry
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

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Official Showcase Bands
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Joe Newberry

Showcase Artist, Compton & Newberry
Joe Newberry is a Missouri native and North Carolina transplant who has played music most of his life. Known far and wide for his powerful banjo playing, he is a prizewinning guitarist, fiddler, and singer as well. Joe plays with in a duo with Mike Compton, with old-time music legends Bill Hicks, Jim Watson, and Mike Craver, and also performs with fiddler and dancer April Verch. A frequent guest of Garrison Keillor on A Prairie Home Companion... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

Jim Hurst
Venues

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

Locust Honey String Band

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

Steep Canyon Rangers
MerleFest Showcase Sponsor


Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

11:00pm

11:00pm

Lonesome River Band - CD Release Party w/special guests

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:00pm - Thursday October 2, 2014 1:45am
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

11:30pm

Travers Chandler & Avery County

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:30pm - Thursday October 2, 2014 11:55pm
TBA

11:35pm

Crowe Brothers

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:35pm - Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am
TBA

11:35pm

The Spinney Brothers

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:35pm - Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am
TBA

11:40pm

Irene Kelley
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Irene Kelley

Showcase Artist, Irene Kelley
Latrobe, Pa., native Irene Kelley discovered her flair for songwriting as a teenager and soon found her way to Nashville, Tenn., where her songs were quickly noticed and recorded by Carl Jackson, Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White. While recording an album for MCA and independently releasing two more records while touring world wide, Irene raised two daughters and scored cuts with Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, Loretta Lynn, Pat Green, Brother Phelps... Read More →

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:40pm - Thursday October 2, 2014 12:10am
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

11:45pm

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

Wednesday October 1, 2014 11:45pm - Thursday October 2, 2014 12:20am
TBA

12:00am

Grass Street

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:25am
TBA

12:00am

Circa Blue
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

Missy Werner

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

Mr.Sun
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MS

Mr. Sun

Showcase Artist, Mr Sun
| | All of their lives fiddler Darol Anger, guitarist Grant Gordy, and mandolinist Joe Walsh have found themselves moving from place to place, inhabiting one city or town and then moving to another, along the way getting to intimately know the varied terrains that make up our vast country. Musically, they've kept up the same pattern, each living at times in the worlds of bluegrass, and old-time, blues, and jazz, on their way to mastery of... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

Nu-Blu
MerleFest Showcase Sponsor


Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

Sierra Hull

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

12:00am

Larry Stephenson Band

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
TBA

12:00am

Mary Beth Cross Band

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

12:10am

Crowe Brothers

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:10am - 12:40am
TBA

12:10am

Detour

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:10am - 12:40am
TBA

12:20am

Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
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Jeff Scroggins and Colorado

Showcase Artist, Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Showcase Artist JEFF SCROGGINS AND COLORADO Jeff Scroggins and Colorado is a high energy, high mountain “bluegrass explosion,” that features the amazing musicianship of former national bluegrass banjo champion Jeff Scroggins and his 19 year old son and award winning mandolinist Tristan Scroggins. Their fiery style and lightning fast licks have earned them many fans worldwide, and have left many a first time listener in stunned disbelief... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:20am - 12:50am
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

12:30am

12:30am

12:50am

Detour

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:50am - 1:20am
TBA

12:50am

Adkins & Loudermilk

Thursday October 2, 2014 12:50am - 2:00am
TBA

1:00am

New Country Rehab
Bluegrass Ramble Evening Showcase

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
NC

New Country Rehab

Showcase Artist, New Country Rehab
Toronto-based New Country Rehab (NCR)’s mandate from their inception in 2009 has been to rethink country music, taking a jackhammer to today’s country radio sounds, and giving the old country tradition new life. Reclaiming country, by bringing it back to its roots, then ripping out the root system altogether. | | NCR collects bluegrass, Americana, roots, folk, country and rock influences all under one roof, and makes it work. Led... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00am - 1:30am
Convention Center, 4th Floor Ballroom

1:00am

Bud's Collective
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

1:00am

Laurie Lewis & Kathy Kallick

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

Steep Canyon Rangers

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

1:00am

The Grass Cats
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

1:00am

Front Country

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

1:15am

Crowe Brothers

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:15am - 2:00am
TBA

1:25am

Sideline

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:25am - 2:00am
TBA
 
Thursday, October 2
 

8:00am

Registration Open
Thursday October 2, 2014 8:00am - 5:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

Storytelling Session with Earl Scruggs Center
The Earl Scruggs Center will introduce folks to music and stories from the American South with stories and commentary from individuals that had a hand in some element of the development interwoven with images, audio and video elements. 

Emily Epley, Executive Director (Oversaw development since June 2008 and transitioned to operations of the Center as we neared opening)

J.T. Scruggs, Earl Scruggs Center Board Chairman, Earl's nephew

Darin Aldridge (Darin and Brooke Aldridge)

Graham Sharp (banjo player for Steep Canyon Rangers)

Craig Havighurst (filmographer for our project)

Speakers
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Emily Eperly

Executive Director of Earl Scruggs Center in Shelby, NC.
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Craig Havighurst

Journalist / Producer, Music City Roots
Craig Havighurst is a Nashville-based author, journalist, speaker and media producer who’s been studying musical culture and the music business since the late 90s. With academic background in literature, journalism and public policy, Craig has written for NPR, WPLN-FM, The Wall Street Journal, Texas Monthly and other magazines. He was a staff writer at The Tennessean from 2001-2004. He’s currently senior producer and writer for Music City... Read More →
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J.T. Scruggs

Educator, Earl Scruggs Center
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Graham Sharp

Banjo player for Steep Canyon Rangers

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
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Darin and Brooke Aldridge

Showcase Artist, Darin & Brooke Aldridge
DARIN & BROOKE ALDRIDGE | | Husband and wife duo Darin & Brooke Aldridge draw on the traditions of their native North | Carolina, the savvy of a young, gifted band and their own dedication to ingenuity to create the | most mature release of their career with their latest release, Flying. | | The duo has placed at the top of the charts on Americana/Roots, SiriusXM, Bluegrass and | Gospel charts. They have received multiple... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

Bluegrass Expo Hall Open
Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00am - 11:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

The Bluegrass Marketplace
A two-hour, concentrated “mini” exhibit hall giving small businesses, service providers, songwriters, local & regional associations etc., that don’t fit the traditional four-day exhibit hall model an affordable and appropriate alternative to promote their activities to the business community. Bands and registered “Bluegrass Expo” exhibitors are not eligible to participate in the Bluegrass Marketplace event.

Bluegrass Marketplace exhibitors should be current IBMA members, and also be registered for the IBMA Business Conference on the day of the event.

The Bluegrass Marketplace is scheduled for Thursday morning, Oct. 2, 2014,  from 9-11 a.m. in the foyer outside the 4th floor ballroom in the Raleigh Convention Center, before the Special Awards Luncheon. Each business is limited to one table.

Moderators
Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00am - 11:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

Bandzoogle Website Critiques

Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00am - 12:00pm
The Grand Lobby

9:00am

Instrument Check/Lost & Found: Open

Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00am - Friday October 3, 2014 2:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:15am

Getting Paid for Making Stuff Up (Licensing & Royalties)
This experienced panel of publishers, licensing administrators and songwriters has a lot to share with you about the areas of music publishing most applicable to bluegrass music. Discover how to protect your music and compensate yourself!

Moderators
Speakers
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Sherrill Blackman

Sherrill Blackman is the founder of sbd music group, a publishing and independent songplugging company that has secured Gold, Platinum, and Multi-Platinum certified recordings in country, pop, rock, gospel, bluegrass, blues, jazz, and polka – resulting in various radio hits, several Grammy and IBMA nominations and one Dove award winner. Blackman is a co-founder of The Independent Pluggers Association; a three term past president of The... Read More →
LJ

Lisa Jacobi

Previous to her music life, Lisa was a television producer in news & sports, a professional stunt woman in films, and as a columnist for major magazines (all at the same time). With that background and the inspiration she received through Leadership Bluegrass, she created "Artist2Artist with Lisa Jacobi" - a live stage *new media* show interviewing musical artists and music industry gurus from the top echelon of our industry. Artist2Artist is... Read More →


Thursday October 2, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:15am

How to Gig Through Europe
The panel will be a conversation between seasoned Europe giggers with plenty of room for Q&A. Bring your questions - or send them before (angelika@ebma.org)!



Moderators
Speakers
GC

Greg Cahill

Band leader/banjo player, Special Consensus
Greg Cahill formed The Special Consensus in 1975. He has appeared on all 17 of The Special Consensus recordings (Scratch Gravel Road was Grammy-nominated in 2012), has released three solo recordings and has appeared on numerous national television and radio commercials and recordings by other artists. Greg has toured throughout Europe on a regular basis since the 1980s with The Special Consensus and the ChowDogs (and recorded with the ChowDogs in... Read More →
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Amy Gallatin

Amy Gallatin has been fronting her band Stillwaters in the Northeast for more than 20 years, following a 10-year stint as a soloist at guest ranches in the American West. Recently, she has joined forces with renowned Dobroist and singer Roger Williams to bring their brand of acoustic country/bluegrass to international stages as far north as Quebec, as far south as Mexico, and to European destinations as diverse as UK, Czech Republic  and... Read More →
CJ

Chris Jones

Founder and front man of The Night Drivers, Chris Jones is a quadruple threat as a singer, a songwriter, a guitarist—and, thanks to his role hosting SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction, as the most widely heard broadcasting voice in bluegrass. His immediately recognizable voice, warm sense of humor and abundance of talent have combined to make him one of the music’s most distinctive personalities, and one of its strongest artists.
KK

Kathy Kallick

Kathy Kallick (guitar, vocals) has been leading bands in this traditional brand of West Coast bluegrass since co-founding the internationally-acclaimed band, Good Ol’ Persons, in 1975. She continues to evolve as one of the music’s extraordinary composers and vocalists, now releasing her 17th album, recordings which include over 100 of her original songs.
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Chris Keenan

Event Producer
CHRISKEENAN2007@HOTMAIL.COM | | Chris has dedicated her career to both the music and travel industries. Chris started her music career at Chrysalis Records handling radio promotion for label artists and recordings, later followed by CBS/Sony Music in New York as a copyright & mechanical licensing specialist. Simultaneously, she worked at the largest automated travel agency in the world, as a European and Far East specialist for... Read More →
AR

Angelika R. Torrie

Chairperson, European Bluegrass Music Association
For decades, Angelika has dedicated herself (and her spare time) to furthering the promotion and development of Bluegrass Music. All besides full day job and then as a mother of two. As well as being an IBMA Leadership Alumni, her extensive bluegrass past includes: | Swiss Bluegrass Music Association: Founding member of the SBMA in 1994. Chairperson of the association from 1999 – 2004 and worked tirelessly to raise the standards and the... Read More →


Thursday October 2, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:15am

It's a Man's World: Businesswomen in Bluegrass
Professional women in the music industry have faced many challenges in the male-dominated music industry despite obstacles of gender prejudice.  Louise Certain Scruggs was a pioneer in the field of music business, serving as a role model to many women who started working in this field in the 60s and 70s. In today’s world, do women still face the same challenges that they did 20, 30, or even 40 years ago? What are the challenges today that women are facing? Join some today’s most influential leaders in bluegrass and Americana music to learn how they have hurdled these obstacles and succeeded in this field. 

Moderators
Speakers
CB

Cindy Baucom

Show Host/Affiliate Manager, Knee-Deep In Bluegrass
Over the past three decades, Cindy Baucom has worked in the male dominated areas of Broadcasting, Producing and Promoting, utilizing a variety of skills for the advancement of Bluegrass Music. She has been on the IBMA Board of Directors for the past six years and currently serve as Vice-Chair. Advancement in her career did not come easily, but hard work and persistent goal setting has paid off. She looks forward to sharing some of her... Read More →
TG

Trish Galfano

Trish Galfano started her professional journey working in political campaigns and fundraising throughout the US for candidates and organizations such as the Wildlife Federation for much of the 1980’s. While working in management for an architectural firm in the 1990’s Trish founded a concert series in Chapel Hill, NC. The series grew to book national and international artists, one of whom suggested she become a booking agent, and in... Read More →
ML

Marian Leighton Levy

Marian Leighton Levy is a Rounder (Records) founder, with Ken Irwin and Bill Nowlin. | There were very few women involved in the business of music back in 1970, when Rounder | was born, and women in bluegrass has always been a strong interest to which she has been | committed ever since. Involved primarily in A&R and publicity/promotion, she has a great love | of the written and spoken word, which she has tried to bring to her work in... Read More →
MN

Molly Nagel

Molly Nagel has worked with artists, labels, startups and events in the music industry for 15 years since her start in the mail room at Sugar Hill Records. She's passionate about simple-but-elegant solutions to all the challenges that a career in music presents. Her project management and consulting business is called Little Engine. 
BP

Bev Paul

I knew early in my teens that I loved music; I also learned that I had no innate talent for performing so I set about looking for a way to be involved behind the scenes. That search led me to a wonderful career in the music business starting with volunteering for a coffee house and ending up as the general manager of Sugar Hill Records. In between I held jobs in radio, record retailing, was privileged to serve two terms on the IBMA Board of... Read More →


Thursday October 2, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:15am

Master of Live Acoustic Sound
They say that it takes a lot of gear to sound like you’re not using any gear. This panel will discuss the unique challenges of making your acoustic band get the most out of its’ live sound. From cutting-edge gear and techniques to tried and true solutions, these top live sound- engineers will present some of the tools and methods they use to make bands sound great on stage.


Thursday October 2, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:15am

Talent Buyer Track: Presenting Bluegrass: Engaging a New Audience
Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Mike Drudge

Mike Drudge

Agent, Class Act Entertainment
Mike Drudge / Music Industry Bio Mike Drudge formed Class Act Entertainment 1993 following a four year stint with the Grand Ole Opry’s Jim & Jesse show. In addition to performing in the band, Mike represented the legendary duo as booking agent and tour manager. During the formative years the Class Act roster focused on bluegrass artists but would later expand to include country, Americana and folk headliners. Mike was elected to the board of... Read More →


Thursday October 2, 2014 9:15am - 10:45am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:00am

Youth Room Open

Thursday October 2, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

11:00am

Special Awards Luncheon
Moderators
Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

11:00am

Kids on Bluegrass Rehearsal

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00am - 2:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

Bluegrass Expo Hall Open
Thursday October 2, 2014 1:00pm - 5:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:30pm

Songwriter Showcase
Brandi Belle Clarke, Kristina Kidd, Lexi Adams: “Mockingbird”

Aaron Biebelhauser and Michael Cleveland: “I’ll Be On My Way”

Louisa Branscomb: “Riding Double on My Old John Deere”

Dawn Kenney, Mitch Matthews, David Morris: “Somethin’ ‘Bout a Train”

David Morris, Chris Dockins: “Weeds Where the Flowers of Love Once Grew”

Emma McDowell Best: “Round and Round”

John C. Miller: “Cloud of Dust”
Teresa Neal, Louisa Branscomb, CC Crouch: “Money Can’t Buy Grace”

Savannah Strong-Finch, Tim Finch: “Your Love is Like Moonshine”

Eric Marshall: “A Soldier’s Return”

Speakers
LC

Larry Cordle

Cordle has written songs for Garth Brooks ("Against the Grain", also recorded by The Oak Ridge Boys), Mountain Heart ("Bitter Harvest"), Ricky Skaggs ("Callin' Your Name", "Highway 40 Blues", "Heartbreak Hurricane"), Loretta Lynn ("Country In My Genes"), George Strait ("Hollywood Squares"), Trisha Yearwood ("Lonesome Dove"), Kathy Mattea ("Lonesome Standard Time"), Diamond Rio ("Mama, Don't Forget To Pray For Me") and Bradley Walker ("When I'm... Read More →

Venues
Official Showcase Bands
avatar for Becky Buller

Becky Buller

Showcase Artist, Becky Buller
Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer from St. James, Minn., who has traipsed the world over performing bluegrass/Americana/roots music to fund her insatiable habit of songwriting. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few. She wrote the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, a 2013 Bluegrass Album Of The... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

2:00pm

Lonesome River Band drop-in
Hang out in the youth room and catch Lonesome River Band as they swing by to pick, say 'howdy' and hang out!

For youth, only. 


Thursday October 2, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
The Baker Room 203

2:00pm

Song Demo Listening Session
During this Listening Session, a panel of experts from the different areas of the industry will draw songs out of the box at random, play them, comment, and make suggestions. Songwriters, along with any other interested parties looking for new material or tips on writing commercially successful bluegrass songs, are invited to attend.

Those interested in having their songs listened to may drop in their CD in the designated box 15 minutes prior to the session starting.

Speakers
avatar for Lynda Dawson

Lynda Dawson

Songwriter, Grandma Bea Music
Dawson has been described by PopMatters as writing "distinctive originals...with an ear for a catchy melody as well as interesting turns of phrase," and by Nashville Public Radio as a, "truly gifted songwriter who writes intelligently crafted lyrics married to unforgettable melodies." Her true-to-life songwriting is featured in her performances with the Lynda & Pattie duo and her family music project Little Root and were a mainstay of the... Read More →
KI

Ken Irwin

Founder of Rounder Records
DM

Daniel Mullins

Daniel is from southwestern Ohio and has been around bluegrass his entire life. He manages the Classic Country Connection, a music store in southern Ohio which specializes in bluegrass, classic country, gospel, and Americana music. He is the host of the Bending The Strings radio program, which plays a variety of bluegrass, newgrass, and Americana music. He also maintains the website for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.


Thursday October 2, 2014 2:00pm - 3:00pm
Stanley Room, 205 205

2:00pm

Gig Fair
This popular session offers artists and agents short guaranteed one-on-one appointments with a wide variety of talent buyers. The Gig Fair also gives talent buyers the opportunity to meet artists new to them and to learn about new projects and upcoming tour dates.

Great News! No more standing in line at at the crack of dawn for sign ups! In response to artist feedback, we are launching online sign up for Gig Fair appointments.

Talent buyer registration opens July 1.  Deadline is September 22. Your schedule will be emailed to you by September 27

Moderators
Thursday October 2, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
Raleigh Raleigh

2:00pm

All Together Now: An Associations Focus
This session is for local, regional, and statewide bluegrass association folks and others interested in association issues. The format is unique: There will be 7 different stations with one or more experts at each one. Stop by the stations of your choice in small groups and discuss your concerns and issues informally with the experts, or just listen and learn. The stations will be:

 

1.  Finding and recruiting sponsors:  Denise Jarvinen (BBU) and Leah Ross (Bristol Rhythm and Roots) Note: Leah not yet committed.

2.  Starting and running a festival: Mike, Sr. and Yvonne Tatar, San Diego Bluegrass Society Board members and start up leaders for the successful Summergrass Festival.

3.  Recruiting and retaining volunteers: Dwight Worden, attorney, SDBS Board member, and prior IBMA Board member.

4.  Navigating ASCAP, BMI, SESAC—When do Associations have to pay? Betty Wheeler, attorney with expertise in the field.

5.  The business of associations: taxes, paying bands, raffles, filings, etc. Alan Tompkins, attorney, association member, and event producer—Alan has background and expertise in it all!

6.  Insurance and risk management for associations: Elizabeth and Phil Wightman, non-profit insurance experts, owners of Steelbridge Insurance Services.

7. IBMA resources for Association: Joe Lurgio, IBMA staff.

 

Moderators
Speakers
DJ

Denise Jarvinen

Associations, Boston Bluegrass Union
DJARVINEN@COMCAST.NET
LR

Leah Ross

Leah Ross is the Executive Director of Birthplace of Country Music® (BCM) and has over 20 years of experience putting events together. She has served as the Executive Director of the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival for eight years. She serves on the Bristol Chamber of Commerce Board, the executive board of The Crooked Road and serves on the Virginians for the Arts Board, and the Advisory Board for the Virginia Commission for... Read More →
YT

Yvonne Tater

Yvonne has been Summergrass’ publicity/sponsorship chair since the festival’s beginning.  As a retired teacher, she continues to teach children of all ages about bluegrass music. A past journalist for Bluegrass Unlimited, she currently is Secretary and board member with Foundation for Bluegrass Music, along with being a bass player. In 2013, the California Bluegrass Association awarded Honorary Life Memberships to Yvonne and... Read More →
EW

Elizabeth Wightman

See above/below

Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 2:00pm - 3:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

5:30pm

Nominees Press Reception & Red Carpet
IBMA Awards Show

Thursday October 2, 2014 5:30pm - 7:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

7:00pm

Carolina Tradition
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

Grass Street

Thursday October 2, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

7:00pm

7:00pm

Nixon, Blevins, and Gage
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 7:00pm - 7:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

7:00pm

7:30pm

25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards Show
Duke Energy Center for the Preforming Arts

Thursday October 2, 2014 7:30pm - 10:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

The Gravy Boys

Thursday October 2, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

8:00pm

Sideline
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

8:00pm

Sweet Potato Pie

Thursday October 2, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

8:00pm

8:00pm

The Sigmon Stringers
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 8:00pm - 8:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Mipso
MerleFest Showcase Sponsor

Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

9:00pm

9:00pm

9:00pm

9:00pm

Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa
Exhibitors
avatar for Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor

Owner, Raincoe Music
Native North Carolinian Wayne Taylor earned a Bachelor's Degree in Music from the Conservatory of Music at the University of the Pacific. He served as member guitarist/vocalist/songwriter in the US Navy Band Country Current for 21 years. He has performed in 49 of the 50 states and at the White House for four US Presidents and many high ranking dignitaries in Washington, D.C. Wayne was once stationed in Yokosuka, Japan as a Navy Musician on... Read More →

Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 9:00pm - 9:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

10:00pm

10:00pm

10:00pm

Constant Change
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
CC

Constant Change

Showcase Artist, Constant Change
Constant Change was formed in January of 2002 by a group of North Carolina musicians in their twenties with a passion for bluegrass music. For the first several years the band lived up to its name, as various hot young pickers came and went. But once Brian Aldridge (banjo) and his brother Daniel (mandolin) stepped in to join founding member Clifton Preddy (fiddle), the nucleus of a special band was in place. The band was steady for about 6... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

Grass Street
Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

10:00pm

10:00pm

The Gravy Boys

Thursday October 2, 2014 10:00pm - 10:45pm
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

11:00pm

Crowe Brothers

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - 11:20pm
TBA

11:00pm

MIPSO

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Vintage Church at the Longview Center 118 S. Person Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
RF

Rebecca Frazier

Showcase Artist, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
| 2014- Album at #3, Roots Music Report National Bluegrass Chart | 2013- “Best Bluegrass Album of 2013” Bluegrass Situation | 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association "Recorded Event of the Year" Winner | (Rebecca Frazier, Daughters of Bluegrass) | 2006 First woman on cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (Rebecca Frazier) | 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Artist | First Place, 2005 SPBGMA International... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

The Barefoot Movement
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TB

The Barefoot Movement

Showcase Artist, The Barefoot Movement
Johnson City's The Barefoot Movement have been making waves in the folk world since the release of their 2011 debut album Footwork. | | 2013 brings the release of a new album, cross country touring, and all manners of shoeless excitement. Their new effort, "Figures of the Year", comes on the heels of their west coast tour, opening for Anti Records artists The Milk Carton Kids from Denver to San Francisco to Vancouver. The record itself is a... Read More →

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

The Morning After

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

In Achordance

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
TBA

11:00pm

Jim Lauderdale

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

11:00pm

Takumi Kodera & Friends

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - 11:45pm
TBA

11:00pm

Del Mccoury Band & Friends

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - Friday October 3, 2014 1:45am
Lincoln Theater 126 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, North Carolina

11:00pm

Foundation for Bluegrass: Bluegrass Karaoke & Blue Highway (fundraiser)
Seperate Ticket Required

Venues

Thursday October 2, 2014 11:00pm - Friday October 3, 2014 1:45am
Tir Na Nog 218 S. Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

11:30pm

12:00am

12:00am

Blu-Bop

Friday October 3, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Pour House Music Hall 224 South Blount Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

Diamond Creek
Venues

Friday October 3, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

The Deadly Gentlemen

Friday October 3, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

12:00am

12:00am

Mustered Courage

Friday October 3, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
TBA

12:00am

Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
RF

Rebecca Frazier

Showcase Artist, Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
| 2014- Album at #3, Roots Music Report National Bluegrass Chart | 2013- “Best Bluegrass Album of 2013” Bluegrass Situation | 2009 International Bluegrass Music Association "Recorded Event of the Year" Winner | (Rebecca Frazier, Daughters of Bluegrass) | 2006 First woman on cover of Flatpicking Guitar Magazine (Rebecca Frazier) | 2005 International Bluegrass Music Association Showcase Artist | First Place, 2005 SPBGMA International... Read More →

Friday October 3, 2014 12:00am - 12:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

12:30am

1:00am

1:00am

1:00am

1:00am

The Danberrys
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
TD

The Danberrys

Showcase Artist, The Danberrys
At the heart of the Danberrys is the Tennessee-born couple of Dorothy Daniel and Ben DeBerry, a truly unique pair of artists hailing from East Nashville, TN. Dorothy and Ben are joined by multi-instrumentalist Ethan Ballinger (Missy Raines and the New Hip, Alison Brown, Jill Andrews, Megan McCormick), fiddle player Christian Sedelmyer (10 String Symphony, The Farewell Drifters, The Greencards), and upright bassist Daniel Kimbro (Jerry Douglas... Read More →

Friday October 3, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Kings Barcade 14 West Martin Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

Wood & Wire

Friday October 3, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
The Architect Bar & Social House 108 E. Hargett Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

Helen Highwater String Band

Friday October 3, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

1:00am

Mr. Sun

Friday October 3, 2014 1:00am - 1:45am
TBA

1:30am

Detour

Friday October 3, 2014 1:30am - 2:00am
TBA
 
Friday, October 3
 

9:00am

Town Hall Membership Meeting
For all IBMA members, and those interested in joining IBMA and learning what it’s all about! Meet your board reps and hear what we have accomplished, working together for the future of bluegrass music during the last year.

Moderators
Friday October 3, 2014 9:00am - 10:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

9:00am

Bluegrass Expo Hall Open
Exhibit Hall Open; Free to Public !


Friday October 3, 2014 9:00am - 9:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

10:00am

Mustered Courage
Venues
Official Showcase Bands
MC

Mustered Courage

Showcase Artist, Mustered Courage
Based in Melbourne, Australia, Mustered Courage bridge the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music. The quartet – consisting of three Aussies and a Texas expat – has risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and an eponymous debut album that won them a string of glowing reviews, loads of national radio support, an endorsement from Seal, and a trophy at the... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

Wide Open Bluegrass Main Stage - Doors Open
Wide Open Bluegrass Late Night ( Raleigh venues, independently booked)


Friday October 3, 2014 10:00am - Saturday October 4, 2014 2:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:40am

11:00am

Balsam Range
It has been said that the loudest word in the world is your name, because it is who you are, it is how you have been identified to the world for the length of time you have had your name, and it is a huge part of your self-perception for your whole life.  A lot of people who live in Western North Carolina claim the antiquated names of the peaks and valleys and the lakes and rivers of this beautiful part of the Southern Appalachian Mountains as part of their language in ways that might equate to sharing a warm story with an old friend. Place-names can create strong mental images and add building blocks of self-identity that give way to a treasured sense of “where I’m from” or “who I really am.”  These feelings of place to which we mountain folk cling help define a majestic home shared by those lucky enough to live here.  And these mountain names often undergo a metamorphosis from the memories of “what I’ve experienced here” to virtually become extensions of ourselves.

Many of the names found on WNC maps are names of people or names taken from some early event that took place here…and some names on the map evoke images of strength and spirituality.  These names of ridges and hollers…trout streams and ruby mines…and roads and trails define areas of culture and heritage meaningful to those who cling to treasured memories of time spent growing up or living here.  These mountain places of beauty are reflected within us and have become part of who we are as a people.

Such is the name BALSAM RANGE to a group of five outstanding acoustic musicians and singers from Haywood County, North Carolina.  For their band name, they thoughtfully and respectfully adopted the name of a majestic range of mountains that surround part of their home county…where the Smokies meet the Blue Ridge…the BALSAM RANGE.

Now meet the band…BALSAM RANGE.  To encapsulate, Tim Surrett delivers entertaining MC work as well as seasoned lead and harmony singing.  Tim also plays bass most of the time, and he will occasionally move his talents to the resonator guitar.  His presentations are spontaneous, polished and professional.  Buddy Melton is one of the most gifted tenor voices in bluegrass and Americana today.  His range and tones largely give BALSAM RANGE its identifying sound, and his stellar fiddle playing supports the band’s programs equally.  Caleb Smith has been called “one of the top young guns of guitar.” His envied unique guitar style pairs perfectly with his energetic power singing.  Caleb also delivers ballads with a perfectly toned, believable tenderness.  Darren Nicholson is one of the most gifted mandolins players and harmony singers ever to come from the Southern Mountains.  Darren’s studied, energetic performances rival those of the classic old guard performers, and his enthusiasm for American heritage music styles has no bounds.  Marc Pruett plays traditional three finger banjo in intuitive and powerful ways that blend and compliment the influences in the band of jazz and bluegrass…country and gospel…and swing and old-time. Marc adds a credible entertainment experience of over 40 years to this fresh, unique Southern band…BALSAM RANGE.

Share an enjoyable evening of fabulous American acoustic music with these five men…BALSAM RANGE.



Friday October 3, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Red Hat Amphitheater

11:00am

Get the Mojo: A Live Coaching Session with Stephen Mougin
 

Every band wants to perform at its’ best. Hours of rehearsal and diligent practice can get an ensemble most of the way, but sometimes it’s helpful to hear the opinion of an expert. Stephen Mougin will conduct a live band-coaching session on stage with a brave, pre- selected band of volunteers. Expect a no-holds-barred exercise in taking a band to the next level. There are sure to be techniques presented that can be applied to your band immediately.

Moderators
Speakers
avatar for Stephen Mougin

Stephen Mougin

Showcase Artist, Becky Buller
Stephen Mougin is a teacher, guitar player (Sam Bush Band), songwriter, and producer, engineer and label owner at Dark Shadow Recording. He received his degree in music education at UMASS - Amherst, where he studied vocal coaching. After a high school music teaching job, Mougin moved to Nashville to try his hand at playing music professionally in 2002, finding a gig playing mandolin with Valerie Smith. In 2005, Mougin launched Dark Shadow... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

11:20am

The Roys

O  Brother, O Sister: THE ROYS

After years of hard work, siblings Lee and Elaine Roy have firmly established themselves as one of the pre-eminent acts in Bluegrass today. As THE ROYS they bring immaculate harmonies, impeccable musicianship and strong songwriting to their music, combining a traditional vocal styling with a progressive instrumental attitude to enchant fans around the world. Proud to continue the “family harmony” sound started by such groups as Hall of Fame inductees The Carter Family, The Louvin Brothers and The Osborne Brothers, THE ROYS revel in exploring new facets of the genre while remaining true to their roots.

Born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts and raised across the border in Coal Branch, New Brunswick, Canada, THE ROYS’ early childhood days were filled with music. “Our Grandma LeBlanc played Acadian tunes on her fiddle while my aunts and uncles joined in,” Elaine recalls. “It was truly ‘Roots’ music. We fell in love with that ‘honest’ sound, and our harmonies seemed to fit that style of music,” adds Lee. Growing up in a family where guitar pulls were a normal occurrence, Lee became adept on drums, bass and mandolin and joined his first Bluegrass band at the age of nine. Elaine learned guitar and began singing at age five, making her first on-stage appearance at the tender age of 10.

Though the siblings were keenly aware of each other’s talent, they had no idea that they shared a common hope for the future. “I had always dreamed about going to Nashville,” states Elaine. “I was amazed when I learned my brother shared that vision as well.” For Lee, “It was something that we both wanted – and it just seemed natural to pursue it.”

Since making the decision to move to Nashville seven years ago, it’s been one success story after another for the duo. Growing up on traditional Country and Bluegrass music had given them a strong stylistic base, and their sound developed into a blend of Bluegrass, Country, Folk, Roots and Gospel music that resonates with the listener. Songs like the rollicking “Workin’ Girl Blues” and the timeless “Beautiful” earned them a strong following among fans while helping them forge strong bonds with programmers, talent buyers and critics across the country. Phone lines began to light up with requests for their music, and the crowds at their live appearances began to grow.

The accolades started rolling in with their wins for Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Duo of the Year in 2009 and 2010. The release of their first Rural Rhythm Records’ (RRR) album, LONESOME WHISTLE, kicked their career into high gear. The disc debuted at No. 7 on BILLBOARD's Bluegrass Albums Chart and earned them a spot on BILLBOARD'S Top 50 Bluegrass Albums of 2011 chart. The CD’s success helped land them the award for the ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2011, as well as a No. 1 single, “Coal Minin’ Man.”

THE ROYS’ sophomore project for the label, NEW DAY DAWNING, followed in 2012. The landmark EP debuted at #2 on the BILLBOARD Bluegrass Albums Chart, reached #1 on Amazon's Bluegrass Best- Sellers list, and landed on BLUEGRASS UNLIMITED MAGAZINE's Top 15 Albums chart. Additionally, the disc’s first single, “Still Standing,” and other tracks from the EP continually dominated the weekly and monthly Top 20 BLUEGRASS TODAY charts. Additionally, in 2012, Lee and Elaine were named ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year and their song, “I Wonder What God’s Thinking,” was named the ICM Inspirational Country Single of the Year.

Keeping the award-winning sibling duo on the fast track, THE ROYS released GYPSY RUNAWAY TRAIN in 2013, their third CD for RRR containing six Roys’ originals and some of their all-time favorite Bluegrass and Country classics. The album earned a Top 5 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Album Chart and hit #1 on Sirius XM Bluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Albums chart (Oct. 2013), with the “hot and active” track: “Those Memories Of You” landing at #5 on Sirius XM Radio Bluegrass Junction’s Most-Played Tracks. 2013 also found THE ROYS performing at the official unveiling of the Johnny Cash US Postage Stamp, the well-regarded Country Thunder Wisconsin festival and at the historic and highly-publicized “Playin’ Possum: George Jones’ Final No Show” Tribute Concert. They were also invited to make their debut appearance on the Grand Ole’ Opry, realizing one of the duo’s major “life/career goals” and achieving what only a handful of Bluegrass acts have accomplished.

2014 found THE ROYS aboard the Inaugural Country Music Cruise, winning the hearts of traditional Country Music fans and earning a coveted performance spot aboard the 2015 cruise. They were also named the #1 Bluegrass Artist of the 2014 International Acoustic Music Awards (IAMA) and were a featured act at the Folk Alliance International.

Throughout the years, THE ROYS have played some of the top stages in America and beyond, bringing their unique sound to Dollywood, Country Thunder, Tamworth (Australia), Folk Alliance, CMA Music Festival and countless Bluegrass festivals. Last year, the siblings made their European debut with shows in Germany, the U.K. and Denmark. The sought-after duo has performed the National Anthem for fans of NASCAR, NFL and Major League Baseball. They have hosted radio shows as well, including the legendary Ernest Tubb Midnite Jamboree and 650 AM WSM’s popular Guest Artist Series. THE ROYS’ debut appearance at The Ryman Auditorium’s SPRINGER MOUNTAIN FARMS Bluegrass Nights At The Ryman series was a rousing success, and they were prominently featured in the PBS television special Pa’s Fiddle: Charles Ingalls, American Fiddler. The duo has hosted seven episodes of the Bluegrass Mountains television show and appeared on such popular television series as Fox & Friends, Better TV, Praise the Lord with Jason Crabb, RFD-TV's Country’s Family Reunion: Kinfolk, Hallmark Channel’s Marie show and most recently, Country’s Family Reunion: Simply Bluegrass. Lee (along with Matthew Rogers) wrote the theme song for the popular RFD-TV program, Campfire Café. THE ROYS were featured artists in the high-profile 2012 Vietti vinyl campaign. Lee and Elaine aligned with Team RealTree™ Outdoor Energy Drink for sponsorship of their 2012-2013 tour.

The duo has shared the stage with superstars George Jones, Ricky Skaggs, Alan Jackson, Lady Antebellum, Doyle Lawson, Jason Aldean, Blake Shelton, Rhonda Vincent, Chris Young, Sara Evans, J.D. Crowe, The Oak Ridge Boys, Janie Fricke, Dailey & Vincent, Neal McCoy and Collin Raye. THE ROYS are active in charities here and abroad and return as co-hosts of the annual Christmas 4 Kids® Celebrity Golf Tournament again this year (an honor they shared in 2012 with Tennessee Titans’ placekicker Rob Bironas). In August 2010 the twosome traveled to Bogota, Colombia, South America with Compassion International on a trip that warmed their hearts and touched their lives forever. Since their return, they have sponsored several children through the program. They served as spokespersons for the organization during 2011 and 2012.




Friday October 3, 2014 11:20am - 11:50am
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:00pm

The Deadly Gentlemen
A string band with a decidedly modern 21st century pop, punk, and rock approach to acoustic music, Boston's the Deadly Gentlemen, led by songwriter and banjoist Greg Liszt and also featuring mandolin player Dominick Leslie, fiddler Mike Barnett, guitarist Stash Wyslouch, and upright bassist Samson Grisman, may look like a traditional bluegrass band, but they aren't by any but the slimmest of definitions. Incorporating spoken word, rap elements, and everything under the sun into their material, the band released The Bastard Masterpiece in 2008, following it with Carry Me to Home in 2011, an album that saw the group moving more toward standard pop structures and arrangements, and by the time their third album, and first for Rounder Records, Roll Me, Tumble Me, appeared in 2013, the Deadly Gentlemen had dropped most of the kitchen-sink approach and completed a transformation into an acoustic pop band with sharp melodies, intelligent lyrics, and a subtle and song-supportive sound.



Friday October 3, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:00pm

Chatham County Line
"There's a lot of growing up in this record," muses Dave Wilson, Chatham County Line's vocalist and guitarist. "The next generation is coming. We're maturing in this world and seeing things through a different set of eyes – and that materializes in a lot of these songs..."

Entering their second decade as an ensemble, Chatham County Line elegantly reconcile the past and future, tradition and innovation, on the fittingly titled Tightrope, available May 20, 2014 on Yep Roc Records. The sixth studio album from the Raleigh-based four-piece follows 2010's winsome, soulful Wildwood and the career-spanning concert album and film undertaking Sight & Sound, which was released in 2012. "With anything you've done for a while," Wilson explains, "a period of reflection helps you identify your strengths. Doing the live album did that, and in a way, we do that every night with the songs we choose to play at a live show. We usually don't use set lists, we just play the songs that come to mind. That really helped us prepare for this record."

Stirring, provocative, and disarmingly poignant, Tightrope was born out of a year's worth of intense focus, during which the band examined their own legacy while carefully honing new material. All the while, the band's four members – Wilson (guitar), John Teer (mandolin, fiddle), Chandler Holt (banjo), and Greg Readling (bass, pedal steel, piano) – welcomed spontaneity and the sometimes palpable will of the songs themselves into the process.

"At the end of the day," Wilson continues, "you really want to write songs that have a reason for existing. For Tightrope, we worked together very closely on every decision and every word and every bit of everything to try to make it fit. We want every song to be on the greatest hits or the live album.




Friday October 3, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

12:00pm

12:00pm

12:00pm

Kids on Bluegrass Rehearsal

Friday October 3, 2014 12:00pm - 3:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:00pm

Workshop Stage Open
Friday October 3, 2014 12:00pm - 6:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:00pm

Wide Open Bluegrass Street Fair
Friday October 3, 2014 12:00pm - 11:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:40pm

Town Mountain
The sound of the award-winning group Town Mountain can best be described as traditional bluegrass, albeit with a rough-hewn side to it that is not too slick or glossy. They are a band of the here-and-now, yet they have a groove that is based on the bluesy and swinging sounds explored by the first generation of bluegrass pioneers of the last century. With the success of their latest album, Leave The Bottle, the word is out with some of their best reviews yet.

 

“Thank god that Town Mountain are around to blow a hole in all the genre-juggling games of which music writers like myself are so fond,” said Devon Leger, of Ed Helms’ The Bluegrass Situation. “They play bluegrass. Period. They play it hard, they play it fast, and they play it like their fingers are bleeding and their picks are breaking.”

 

“Phil Barker’s ‘Lawdog’ sounds like an unearthed classic, and the group’s tight harmonies alone make this record a treat for any bluegrass fan,” said Juli Thanki of Engine 145, the 2011 IBMA Print Media Person of the Year award winner.

 

David Morris of Bluegrass Today adds more praise, “The songs are new and mostly written by band members, but they sound like they could have come from the exciting early days of bluegrass…..The band sounds the part – tight picking and comfortable harmonies that aren’t overdubbed to soulless perfection. And the songs sound the part, too – murder ballads, endless highways, a nod to bluegrass’ Celtic roots and even a tip of the hat to a moonshiner.”

 

Riding on the momentum of Leave the Bottle, Town Mountain came away from the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) World of Bluegrass convention with a couple of IBMA Momentum Awards in had for “Band of the Year” and lead singer Robert Greer for “Vocalist of the Year”. Town Mountain includes Greer on vocals and guitar, Jesse Langlais on banjo and vocals, Bobby Britt on fiddle, Phil Barker on mandolin and vocals, and Nick  DiSebastian on bass. The band plans on recording a new album in 2014.

 

Town Mountain was formed out of the fertile music scene of Asheville, located in the mountains of western North Carolina. After recording their first two albums, Town Mountain signed with Pinecastle Records label. That led to a pair of acclaimed recordings with 2011’s Steady Operator as well as Leave The Bottle. Both projects were produced by Mike Bub, a recipient of five IBMA Bass Player of the Year awards as well as many other IBMA honors won during his time with the Del McCoury Band.

 

The members of Town Mountain have thought long and hard about their cultivated roots music groove. The group has focused on the goal of creating a unique sound and brand while still giving a nod and a wink to the traditional side of the bluegrass genre.

 

“I feel like we’re closer to original bluegrass than a lot of bands out there today,” says Langlais. “I listened to a radio show recently that featured Ricky Skaggs and he flat-out said that Bill Monroe influenced rock and roll. He said that folks like Elvis and Carl Perkins and those guys were looking up to Bill Monroe. So, I feel like our band has a lot of that influence as well, of the blues and early rock. If you go back and listen to Monroe pre-Chuck Berry, those are Chuck Berry licks. A lot of music in the 1940s and 50s was so over-lapping. It is easy to put genre labels on it today, 60 years later. But to be honest, it was all so new and it was influencing each other at the same time.”

 

Town Mountain will make appearances at many venues and festivals around the country including performances at MerleFest, the all-star Mountain Song at Sea cruise, Wintergrass, Suwannee Springfest and more. As the year progresses, Town Mountain will appear at the Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival, the Grand Targhee Festival, the California Bluegrass Association’s Father’s Day festival and other events.

 



Friday October 3, 2014 12:40pm - 1:10pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

1:00pm

All Hands On Deck with Jeremy Garrett, Kyle Triplett, Brandon Bostic, Michael Stockton, and more!
All Hands On Deck with Jeremy Garrett, Kyle Triplett, Brandon Bostic, Michael Stockton, and more!

Join these awesome instrumentalists as they talk about their instrument, answer questions, pick a little, and hangout!

Youth only. Bring your instruments! 


Friday October 3, 2014 1:00pm - 1:45pm
The Baker Room 203

1:00pm

IBMA Members Party & Jam
Jam and party with food and drink for IBMA Members.  Jam band TBA


Friday October 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

Sierra Hull
A good chunk of popular music’s real estate has been carved up along lines of age these last half-dozen decades, and we’re used to seeing young musicians aim exclusively for young audiences then flounder as they outgrow teenaged listeners’ tastes and concerns. Pan-generational mentoring and mingling has done much to insulate bluegrass from this coming-of-age quandary. Still, Sierra Hull is the rare soul to make it through these years entirely unscathed.

Secrets—the debut album she recorded at 15, and released at 16—struck the ear with sensibilities that seemed both seasoned and fresh; kids’ stuff this was not. Three years and a move from her family’s home in tiny Byrdstown, Ten. to Boston’s Berklee College of Music later, she’s followed with one of the most surefooted transitions into early adulthood put to record. Thirty seconds into the opening track, she sings a line that puts a fine point on it: “I’m not a child anymore.”

Of course, the evidence of Sierra’s uncommon maturity—musical and personal (one might say she embodies the perfect balance of humility and capability)—has been there all along, and won her formidable fans: by age 11, Alison Krauss had called with an invitation to the Opry stage; by 12, Rounder was expressing interest; first Ron Block and now Barry Bales have served as co-producers, and her studio bands have featured the cream of the contemporary bluegrass crop—Stuart Duncan, Randy Kohrs and Bryan Sutton this time, alongside members of Sierra’s own crack band. Then there’s the fact that Berklee gave her the school’s most prestigious award, the Presidential Scholarship, a first for a bluegrass musician; her choice to accept it, to delay her dream of hitting the road full-time after high school in favor of expanding her musical worldview, was hardly a light one.

If ever the “child prodigy” label did Sierra justice, its usefulness has completely fallen away and a distinctive new identity emerged. What you hear on Daybreak is one of bluegrass’s few full-fledged virtuosic instrumentalist/singer/songwriters, and one who’s gracefully grown into her gifts. While her mandolin playing has always possessed clarity and fleet-fingered precision, here she attacks her solos with newfound spontaneity and depth of feeling; she calls it “playing with a point to prove.” Her singing—always straight and true—has more heartfelt power behind it, to results Bales describes, simply, as “doing the songs justice.”

As for the songs, Sierra’s first album held just a few originals, but she wrote seven of these twelve, a collection that stands up quite well next to the outside material. There’s a pair of sprightly instrumentals, her first-ever western swing number and several that show her emotional sophistication: in songs that fall squarely in the bluegrass tradition, feelings are out in the open; during country-leaning compositions, she ponders relationships from more introspective angles; and the title track—a breathtaking pop ballad—is the most ruminative moment of all.

Boundaries—age, genre or otherwise—don’t hamper an artist like Sierra. She’s already earned considerable respect in the bluegrass world, the IBMA’s voting members having nominated her for no fewer than five awards over three years—there’s a good chance she’ll be the first woman to win the mandolin category. But as a player, a singer and a songwriter, she also has remarkable range, the potential to win over ears unfamiliar with Bill Monroe and give performances of broad cultural importance, as she’s done at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center and the National Prayer Breakfast. Matt Glaser—head of Berklee’s American Roots Music Program—put it this way: “She has no limitations as a musician.” Daybreak is certainly a noteworthy arrival; you can’t help but feel it’s also just the beginning.

- Jewly Hight, Nashville, Tennessee, January 2011



Friday October 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:00pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

1:00pm

Banjo banter: Tony Trischka & Noam Pikelny
A lively discussion between two undeniably impactful banjo players about their music, THE music, and whatever else comes up!

Moderators
Speakers
TT

Tony Trischka

Tony Trischka (United States Artists Friends Fellow-2012) is considered to be the consummate banjo artist and perhaps the most influential banjo player in the roots music world. For more than 45 years, his stylings have inspired a whole generation of bluegrass and acoustic musicians with the many voices he has brought to the instrument.


Friday October 3, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

Wernick Method Jam Class
Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick's inventive teaching method focuses on the student's desire to play music in a social setting. Pete's emphasis is to address the general lack of this type of learning situation, and these camps have been launching beginning jammers everywhere!

Pete will show you how to be in a bluegrass jam session, fitting in at your own ability level. You will be jamming the first day!



Learn:

  • Understanding, low-pressure, experienced teaching by Pete and Joan Wernick.

  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups

  • How to play lead, fake solos, sing harmony

  • Group and individualized instruction on backup techniques.

  • Ground rules and etiquette; learn many bluegrass standards,

  • In over 100 camps, we've taught hundreds to jam. You can too!


All bluegrass instruments, all skill levels welcome.
Supportive instruction and easy and fun jamming!
For free student materials, register in advance (no charge) here  

 

Moderators
Speakers
GN

Gilbert Nelson

Self-taught multi-instrumentalist, experienced at festivals and jam scenes for decades, Gilbert leads "The Jam Town Grass" and is a full-time music teacher and ambassador of the Wernick Method for learning bluegrass jamming. He believes: "Some think you need to get good to play with others, but we feel that learning to jam first paves the way to getting good." Gilbert lives in Spartanburg, SC and can be found at www.gilbertnelson.com 


Friday October 3, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

Wernick Method Jam Class
Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick's inventive teaching method focuses on the student's desire to play music in a social setting. Pete's emphasis is to address the general lack of this type of learning situation, and these camps have been launching beginning jammers everywhere!

Pete will show you how to be in a bluegrass jam session, fitting in at your own ability level. You will be jamming the first day!



Learn:

  • Understanding, low-pressure, experienced teaching by Pete and Joan Wernick.

  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups

  • How to play lead, fake solos, sing harmony

  • Group and individualized instruction on backup techniques.

  • Ground rules and etiquette; learn many bluegrass standards,

  • In over 100 camps, we've taught hundreds to jam. You can too!


All bluegrass instruments, all skill levels welcome.
Supportive instruction and easy and fun jamming!
For free student materials, register in advance (no charge) here  

 

Speakers
GN

Gilbert Nelson

Self-taught multi-instrumentalist, experienced at festivals and jam scenes for decades, Gilbert leads "The Jam Town Grass" and is a full-time music teacher and ambassador of the Wernick Method for learning bluegrass jamming. He believes: "Some think you need to get good to play with others, but we feel that learning to jam first paves the way to getting good." Gilbert lives in Spartanburg, SC and can be found at www.gilbertnelson.com 


Friday October 3, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:15pm

1:30pm

Jerry Douglas presents the Earls of Leicester with Shawn Camp, Tim O'Brien, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman, and Barry Bales
Jerry Douglas presents The Earls of Leicester with Shawn Camp, Time O'Brien, Johnny Warren, Charlie Cushman and Barry Bales


JERRY DOUGLAS Traveler bio

 

"I've reached a point in my life where I'm not afraid to try anything," states Jerry Douglas. "That's what this record's about."

 

That fearlessness is manifested in spades on Traveler, the artist's 14th solo release and his first in three years. The 11-song album finds the world-renowned Dobro master—described as "the Muhammad Ali of the Dobro" by James Taylor and "my favorite musician" by John Fogerty—defying expectations and ignoring genre restrictions to deliver his most stylistically expansive, personally-charged effort to date. 

 

Recorded in New Orleans, New York, Montreal and Banbury, England as well as in Douglas' homebase of Nashville, Traveler finds the 13-time Grammy winner and three-time Country Music Association Musician of the Year delivering an audaciously eclectic set that teams him with such world-class talents (and avowed Douglas admirers) as Eric Clapton, Paul Simon, Mumford & Sons, Keb' Mo', Marc Cohn, Dr. John, Del McCoury, Bela Fleck, Sam Bush, Jon Cleary, Viktor Krauss and Omar Hakim, as well as Alison Krauss & Union Station, of which Douglas has been a member since 1998.

 

Traveler's title reflects the broad range of musical ground that it traverses, and the many miles that Douglas and producer Russ Titelman covered in order to capture the album's diverse array of performances. Their visit to New Orleans, for instance, yielded four memorable tracks, including horn-laden readings of the R&B standards "Something You Got" (featuring Clapton on vocals and guitar and Dr. John on piano) and "High Blood Pressure" (with vocals by Keb' Mo'). Douglas' acoustic roots are showcased on his Nashville-recorded instrumental originals "Duke and Cookie" and "King Silkie," and on the haunting "Frozen Fields," featuring the vocal and instrumental talents of Alison Krauss & Union Station.

 

Traveler's numerous highlights also include Douglas' heartfelt reworkings of a pair of Paul Simon classics: "American Tune," included here in an affecting solo Dobro medley with Chick Corea's "Spain"; and an epic yet intimate reinterpretation of "The Boxer," recorded in England with U.K. folk-rockers Mumford & Sons providing backup, and in New York with Simon (with whom Douglas has worked extensively, both on tour as an opening act and as a collaborator in the studio) adding an exotic assortment of electric and acoustic guitar parts, Tibetan percussion and high harmony vocals.

 

"Every song on this record was like an adventure," Douglas notes, adding, "The idea was to take myself out of my comfort zone, and to keep putting myself in unfamiliar situations. I wasn't worried about failing, and I wasn't trying to prove anything. It just felt right to just go for it and try everything."

 

In addition to confidently exploring a broad range of material from across the stylistic spectrum, Traveler marks some notable firsts for Douglas. For instance, it's the first time he's recorded an album with an outside producer. 

 

"It was different letting someone else wear the big hat, but it worked out great," Douglas says of studio vet Titelman, whose resume includes classic releases by the likes of Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Rickie Lee Jones and Little Feat, as well as Traveler participants Clapton and Simon. "Russ is wide open to all kinds of things, and because he was there, I didn't have to worry about things like booking the studio or keeping track of the budget. I just had to show up and play my best. That was quite a luxury, and it made this a better record."

 

Traveler also showcases his soulful, wailing lap steel guitar work alongside his Dobro skills. His lap steel is featured on seven tracks, including the original instrumentals "So Here We Are" and "Gone to Fortingall," both of which are products of Douglas' budding collaboration with the stellar rhythm section of bassist Viktor Krauss and drummer Omar Hakim, who also provide the foundation of his current touring band.

 

"Playing lap steel is very liberating to me, especially after working in the acoustic world for most of my life," Douglas says. "It's a very different instrument, and it takes me to a different part of my brain. With lap steel, I have access to sustain and distortion, which is something you just don't get with Dobro. Distortion isn't big in bluegrass, but it can be your friend."

 

Traveler is also notable for featuring Douglas' first recorded lead vocal, i.e. his persuasive take on the Leadbelly number "On A Monday," which opens the album (and which Douglas recently performed on “The Late Show With David Letterman”).  He actually made his public lead-singing debut in 2011 in no less auspicious a venue than Carnegie Hall, singing "Hey Joe" as part of the “Roots” themed show in James Taylor’s “Perspectives” series.

 

"I originally wanted to call this record Firsts, but I didn't because the word's too hard to say," Douglas confides. "I even drew up a cover concept, with this little scrawny kid standing on a high-dive board about to jump into a pool, and there's a shark in the water. That's what this whole record felt like to me. That's kind of what I've been doing for the last couple of years: drawing up the list of things that I'm afraid to do and then doing them."

 

The fact that Douglas' multiple talents command the respect of the A-list singers and players who populate Traveler won't come as a surprise to anyone who's familiar with his history. As a solo artist, band member, collaborator and session musician, his distinctive playing graces over 2000 albums by artists as varied as Garth Brooks, Ray Charles, Elvis Costello, John Fogerty, Bill Frisell, Charlie Haden, Emmylou Harris, George Jones, Dolly Parton, Earl Scruggs, Phish and the Chieftains, as well as the eight-million-plus selling soundtrack to O Brother, Where Art Thou? and its spinoff live disc Down from the Mountain. As a producer, he's helmed albums by such notable acts as the Del McCoury Band, Maura O'Connell, Jesse Winchester and the Nashville Bluegrass Band.

 

The Ohio-born Douglas began playing Dobro at the age of eight, after his father—a steelworker who played bluegrass in his spare time—brought him to a Flatt and Scruggs concert, where he was entranced by the sound of Dobro player Josh Graves. After playing with his dad's group the West Virginia Travelers for several years, a 17-year-old Douglas joined the pioneering progressive-bluegrass band the Country Gentlemen in 1973. Two years later, he became a member of the seminal J.D. Crowe and the New South, which also included future solo stars Ricky Skaggs and Tony Rice. In 1976, Douglas and Skaggs co-founded the now-legendary bluegrass combo Boone Creek. 

 

In 1979, Douglas launched his solo career with his LP Fluxology, and also became a full-time member of the beloved family country group the Whites. By the time he left the Whites in 1985, Douglas was Nashville's most in-demand session Dobro player, while continuing to develop his blossoming solo career with a series of acclaimed and influential albums. In the late '80s, he formed the acoustic supergroup Strength in Numbers with Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, Edgar Meyer and Mark O'Connor. He also continued to collaborate on such forward-looking recording projects,



Friday October 3, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:30pm

Instrument TLC
Have questions regarding your instrument's condition or how to keep it in service for years to come?  This discussion might be just what you've been seeking.  You'll have ample time to talk with and ask questions of some of the top experts in the business. Caleb Smith, guitarist/vocalist with the dynamic Balsam Range bluegrass band, is also a guitar designer, builder, and repairman.  He'll answer your questions about repairs and how to start your career as a luthier.  Stan Werbin is the founder and owner of Elderly Instruments in Lansing, MI and has seen all sorts of instruments come over his threshold and in a variety of conditions, from new to broken.  Stan has a sizeable repair staff and can explain how some instrument damage could have avoided. David Sheppard has joined Lowe Vintage Instrument Company as their in-house luthier, bringing over 40 years of instrument repair experience to the shop. David was the owner and proprietor of David Sheppard Instruments and Repair in Greensboro, NC for 28 years and has been an authorized Martin Guitar repair technician since 1977.  Have you been wondering whether grandpa's old instrument is worth repairing?  Bring your question here for some advice.

And don't forget the value of a good carrying case for your instrument; our panel can validate that as well.

Moderators
Speakers
DS

David Sheppard

David Sheppard has joined Lowe Vintage Instrument Company as their in-house luthier, bringing over 40 years of instrument repair experience to the shop. David was the owner and proprietor of David Sheppard Instruments and Repair in Greensboro, NC for 28 years and has been an authorized Martin Guitar repair technician since 1977. After closing his Greensboro location on Spring Garden St., David ran a instrument repair and restoration service in... Read More →
CS

Caleb Smith

Caleb Smith was born and has spent all his life in Haywood County. Coming from a musical family, Caleb began playing music at the age of 7. In 2002 he was influential in starting the bluegrass gospel band Harvest. With Harvest, Caleb traveled all over the eastern U.S. performing at many different venues with artists such as Doyle Lawson, Larry Sparks, Paul Williams, and many more. In the spring of 2006 Caleb was nominated through Power Grass... Read More →
SW

Stan Werbin

Elderly's story begins in the Brooklyn of the early 1960s, where Werbin grew up. He recalls one night when he was given a ticket to see Pete Seeger play banjo with the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem. "I was mesmerized," says Werbin. "It was 1961, I was 14 years old and records were $1.99."   "Back then, a 14-year-old could hop on the subway and go into New York," says Werbrin. "I was far too shy to get involved in any of the New York... Read More →


Friday October 3, 2014 1:30pm - 2:45pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:00pm

2:00pm

IIIrd Tyme Out drop in
Come hang out with IIIrd Tyme Out!

Bring your instruments and jam with these bluegrass stars!

Youth only. 


Friday October 3, 2014 2:00pm - 2:45pm
The Baker Room 203

2:00pm

Main Festival Stage Open
Friday October 3, 2014 2:00pm - Friday October 10, 2014 11:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:15pm

Lonesome River Band
Lonesome River Band has been one of the most popular and influential acts on the bluegrass festival and concert circuit since the release of their breakout CD, Carrying The Tradition, back in 1991. That band line-up included current LRB band leader Sammy Shelor, as well as Dan Tyminski, Ronnie Bowman and Lonesome River Band founder, Tim Austin. They recorded a second project for Rebel Records, Old Country Town, before Tyminski accepted a gig with Alison Krauss & Union Station, and Austin decided to leave the road to focus on his recording studio, Doobie Shea.

During his years with LRB, Sammy Shelor has enjoyed performing with such stellar musicians as Kenny Smith, Don Rigsby, Ron Stewart, Rickie Simpkins and Mike Hartgrove (who returned in 2005) – each of whom had moved on to pursue other musical endeavors. With each personnel change, Shelor looked for new musicians who could not only fill a spot that had been left vacant, but also bring in an artist with talents of their own.

The year 2001 brought a lot of new changes with the addition of Brandon Rickman and Jeff Parker along with fiddler Mike Hartgrove who had just left IIIrd Tyme Out, along with bassist Irl Hees.  The band was rewarded rave reviews for Window of Time, the first recording with that band configuration. John Wade soon replaced Hees on bass, and the group the recorded Head On Into Heartache CD.

In 2005, Hartgrove left to join Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and Rickman chose to give up touring to spend more time focusing on songwriting, but more importantly much needed time with his family.  With Jeff Parker’s contributions on mandolin and tenor vocals, this took LRB into the next generation returning to the bands aggressive, four piece sound that had brought them to prominence years earlier.  Shelor brought on a strong picker and a distinctive singer, Barry Berrier on bass who had made a name singing lead and playing guitar with The Lost & Found.  Shannon Slaughter then came onboard after initially being hired to fill in during the search for a new guitar man.

When this newest version of Lonesome River Band, you can be assured their prominence as one of the most influential acts in bluegrass music is here to stay.



Friday October 3, 2014 2:15pm - 3:15pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

3:00pm

3:15pm

The Cricket
Friday October 3, 2014 3:15pm - 3:30pm
Kuykendall Room, 206

3:30pm

Celebrity Jam w/ Russel Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Venues
RC

Raleigh Convention Center

Staff, Raleigh Convention Center


Friday October 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

3:30pm

The Gibson Brothers
A No Depression blogger referred to members of the band as "..the Gibson Brothers who don’t share the Gibson name." But there’s no doubt they’re a band of musical brothers as Steve Leftridge of PopMatters described them this way:  "Eric and Leigh Gibson might have, pound-for-pound, the most impeccably fine-sounding traditional bluegrass band on the contemporary scene. ...the reason these guys can’t lose is that, quite simply, they sound so great. Eric and Leigh sing bluegrass’ tightest harmony blend, and, instrumentally the group plays with unmatched alacrity and taste. "




Friday October 3, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

3:45pm

4:00pm

4:45pm

Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn
Just in case you aren’t familiar with Béla Fleck, there are some who say he’s the premiere banjo player in the world. Others claim that Béla has virtually reinvented the image and the sound of the banjo through a remarkable performing and recording career that has taken him all over the musical map and on a range of solo projects and collaborations. If you are familiar with Béla, you know that he just loves to play the banjo, and put it into unique settings.

Any world-class musician born with the names Béla (for Bartok), Anton (for Dvorak) and Leos (for Janacek) would seem destined to play classical music. Already a powerfully creative force in bluegrass, jazz, pop, rock and world beat, Béla at last made the classical connection with “Perpetual Motion”, his critically acclaimed 2001 Sony Classical recording that went on to win a pair of Grammys, including Best Classical Crossover Album, in the 44th annual Grammy Awards. Collaborating with Fleck on “Perpetual Motion” was his long time friend and colleague Edgar Meyer, a bassist whose virtuosity defies labels and also an acclaimed composer. Béla and Edgar co-wrote and performed a double concerto for banjo, bass and the Nashville Symphony, which debuted in November 2003. They also co-wrote a triple concerto for banjo, bass and tabla, with world renown tabla virtuoso Zakir Hussain entitled The Melody of Rhythm.

In 2011, Béla wrote his first stand alone banjo concerto, on commission with the Nashville Symphony. This work, entitled “The Impostor”, along with his new quintet for banjo and string quartet will be released in August on the Deutche Gramaphone label.

These days he bounces between various intriguing touring situations, such as performing his concerto with symphonies, in a duo with Chick Corea, a trio with Zakir Hussain and Edgar Meyer, concerts with the Brooklyn Rider string quartet, duos with Abigail Washburn, with African artists such as Oumou Sangare and Toumani Diabate, in a jazz collaboration with The Marcus Roberts Trio, doing bluegrass with his old friends, and rare solo concerts. And Béla Fleck and the Flecktones still perform together, 25 years after the band’s inception.

The recipient of Multiple Grammy Awards going back to 1998, Béla Flecks’ total Grammy count is 15 Grammys won, and 30 nominations. He has been nominated in more different musical categories than anyone in Grammy history.



Friday October 3, 2014 4:45pm - 5:45pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

5:00pm

5:15pm

6:15pm

Steep Canyon Rangers
Although they received a boost in popularity when actor/banjo player Steve Martin joined their ranks in 2009, the Steep Canyon Rangers had already earned an audience with their progressive bluegrass sound. Graham Sharp (banjo, harmony vocals) met future bandmates Woody Platt (guitar, lead vocals) and Charles R. Humphrey III (bass, harmony vocals) in 1999, while all three were attending the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Drawn together by their love of acoustic music, they began playing impromptu jam sessions. As things progressed, they were drawn more and more to bluegrass and started learning the genre's classic tunes. The main impetus to "go bluegrass" was the input of mandolin player Mike Guggino, an old friend of Platt's. He also owned a cabin in the mountains near the school, and the quartet used that as its rehearsal space.

At first, the members were all busy with school and planning professional careers, with no thought of making music full time. None of them had ever been in a band before, but as they created a style all their own -- equal parts traditional and progressive bluegrass, with a bit of country and rock throw into the mix -- they began to realize they were more than just a bunch of friends jamming. By the time they graduated, fiddler Nicky Sanders had also joined the band's ranks, and the Steep Canyon Rangers were getting enough gigs to quit their day jobs and become full-time musicians.

Although they threw the occasional bluegrass cover into their sets, the main strength of the Rangers quickly became their songwriting. Sharp, Humphrey, and Guggino all contributed to the band's canon with original compositions that appealed to bluegrass, country, folk, blues, and jam band fans. Upon graduation, the Rangers hit the road, playing folk and rock clubs as well as traditional bluegrass venues. Their first album, Old Dreams and New Dreams, was released in 2001 of the band's own label. Mr. Taylor's New Home appeared in 2002 courtesy of the small indie label Bonfire, and the self-titled Steep Canyon Rangers marked the band's first release for Rebel in 2004. Its follow-up, One Dime at a Time, was recorded mostly live in the studio and won the IBMA's Emerging Artist Award in 2006, with the title tune going to number one on the Bluegrass Unlimited chart.

Although no stranger to the jam band crowd, the Steep Canyon Rangers further endeared themselves to that audience with a ragtime cover of the Grateful Dead's "Don't Ease Me In." The song appeared on Lovin' Pretty Women, which was nominated for IBMA's Album of the Year, and 2009's Deep in the Shade showed off their continuing love of gospel music. Meanwhile, the bandmates kept themselves busy collaborating with other artists. In 2008, they played with Flatt & Scruggs vocalist Curly Seckler, and in 2009 comedian/banjo player Steve Martin asked the Rangers to serve as his backing band on a tour in support of his own banjo album, The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo. Their 2009 gig at San Francisco's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival introduced the group to a whole new audience of former hippies and boomers, and Martin remained on board for 2011's Rare Bird Alert, which featured guest appearances by Paul McCartney and the Dixie Chicks. Nobody Knows You, the group's debut album for Rounder Records, appeared in 2012. Tell the Ones I Love from 2013, also on Rounder Records, was produced by Larry Campbell and recorded mostly live at the late Levon Helm's studio in Woodstock, New York.

With their popularity growing, the Steep Canyon Rangers toured steadily, both on their own and accompanying Martin. In 2013, Martin collaborated with singer and songwriter Edie Brickell on an album called Love Has Come for You; when Martin and Brickell played a handful of concert dates in support, the Steep Canyon Rangers joined them, and one performance was released in both audio and video under the title Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers featuring Edie Brickell Live. ~ j. poet, Rovi



Friday October 3, 2014 6:15pm - 7:15pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

6:45pm

7:45pm

Hot Rize feat. Red Knuckles & The Trailblazers
Colorado band Hot Rize formed in 1978 with a unique and exciting style of bluegrass. Named after the secret ingredient in Martha White Flour, a long-term sponsor of bluegrass music, the band started. Hot Rize was considered both a progressive bluegrass band and a traditional bluegrass band, taking the bluegrass world by storm with their fresh, contemporary approach to traditional music. Their dynamic stage show made them stars on the major festival circuit, and their powerful original songs constantly topped radio playlists.
In 1990 Hot Rize was named Entertainer of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association, the first such award ever given out by the organization. The band included Tim O'Brien (vocals, mandolin, fiddle), Pete Wernick (banjo, vocals), Charles Sawtelle (guitar, vocals), and Nick Forster (guitar, bass guitar, vocals, and the band's emcee). This lineup lasted 12 years without change.

Their final studio album, Take It Home, came out in 1990; O'Brien and
Wernick subsequently went on to pursue solo careers, and Nick Forster began and still hosts and co-produces the syndicated radio music program, e-town. Many Hot Rize reunion shows and festival appearances took place throughout the 90s until the untimely death of Charles Sawtelle in 1999.

Hot Rize appeared frequently on such national broadcasts as NPR's "A Prairie Home Companion" and The Nashville Network's "Ralph Emery Show". Their stage show gained renown, featuring their strong and soulful bluegrass combined with their wacky but musically deft "alter-ego" country swing band, Red Knuckles and the Trailblazers. The group performed in almost every state, as well as Europe, Japan, and Australia. That year also saw the band re-form for several major festival appearances, with O'Brien, Wernick, Forster, along with the great Bryan Sutton on guitar.

In 2003, with the same lineup, Hot Rize's festival schedule includes Merlefest (NC), Telluride (CO), Grey Fox (NY), Grand Targhee (WY), and Strictly Bluegrass (CA). Devotees from past years are joined by many younger fans hearing the band for the first time, and the response has been electric. Having reached the 25-year mark since its inception, Hot Rize continues to enhance its reputation as one of the leading bluegrass bands of its day.

Hot Rize is the great modern bluegrass band. They're the connective tissue that links the great founders of bluegrass with the modern tradition." – Steve Martin


Friday October 3, 2014 7:45pm - 9:00pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

8:30pm

9:30pm

11:00pm

Adam McPeak & Mountain Thunder

Friday October 3, 2014 11:00pm - 11:30pm
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

11:35pm

Rich in Tradition

Friday October 3, 2014 11:35pm - Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

12:10am

Tune Town Old T ime Band

Saturday October 4, 2014 12:10am - 12:40am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

12:45am

Loose Strings

Saturday October 4, 2014 12:45am - 1:30am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC

1:30am

Johnny Williams & Friends

Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30am - 2:00am
Raleigh Convention Center Workshop Stage 500 S. Salisbury Street, Raleigh, NC
 
Saturday, October 4
 

8:00am

NC Whole Hog BBQ Competition
Saturday October 4, 2014 8:00am - 1:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

9:00am

Wide Open Bluegrass Street Fair
Saturday October 4, 2014 9:00am - 6:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

9:00am

Bluegrass Expo Hall Open

Saturday October 4, 2014 9:00am - 9:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:00am

Davidson Brothers
Hamish and Lachlan Davidson grew up in the rural Victorian town of Yinnar. Raised in a musical family, the brothers began playing music and performing from a young age. With seven albums under their belt, they have built the reputation of being one of Australia’s hottest bluegrass acts – multi instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle, mandolin and great entertainers with an enormous respect for the traditions of the genre.

“All music should be this much fun.” – The Age

Australian Country Music Award winners in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Group of the Year at the 2010 Australian Independent Country Music Awards, Hamish and Lachlan Davidson are “the best young bluegrass pickers we have seen for a long while in Australia and a very exciting live act,” according to Troy Cassar-Daley.

Their latest album, Wanderlust was released in June 2014 and contains eleven original tracks, three of which are instrumentals. It features the Davidson Brothers' live band - Jacob McGuffie on guitar and Louis Gill on upright bass. Whilst Wanderlust remains steeped in bluegrass tradition, it contains a dash of folk and roots, and is patented with Davidson Brothers’ live energy.

In recent years, the Davidson Brothers have toured extensively throughout Australia and America, which included representing Australia at the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in the USA in 2004 and 2009. They were later invited to present at the 2010 International Bluegrass Awards held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. In June 2011, the brothers completed their first European tour and performed at the 2011 European World of Bluegrass in the Netherlands.

The brothers have toured with Australian country music veterans such as Troy Cassar-Daley and Lee Kernaghan, shared the stage with household names like Tommy Emmanuel, Kasey Chambers and Dan Sultan. They have also performed on many national television programs including Spicks & Specks and Good Morning Australia.

Both Hamish and Lachlan are graduates of the Australian Country Music College. In 2003 they won the State Final and were Runner Up in the Grand Final of the National University Band Competition, which also saw Hamish win Best Overall Musician. At the Australian Bluegrass Championships, Lachlan took out the Mandolin Championship three years in a row from 2008 – 2010, with Hamish winning the Fiddle Championship in 2000, then later, the Banjo Championship in 2009. Together, they were recognised as finalists in the Most Outstanding Musicians category of the 2010 Melbourne Prize for Music.

The Davidson Brothers are currently touring nationally with their new album, Wanderlust. For tour dates and upcoming appearances, head to www.davidsonbrothersband.com.



Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00am - 10:30am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:00am

Doors Open - Wide Open Bluegrass Red Hat Amphitheater
Wide Open Bluegrass Amphitheater Stage Open - Red Hat Amphitheater


Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00am - 11:00am
RCC Raleigh, NC

10:00am

10:00am

10:00am

Banjo Romantika
Saturday October 4, 2014 10:00am - 11:05pm
Kuykendall Room, 206

10:30am

10:40am

Special Consensus
The first band album was released in 1979 when the band began touring on a national basis. In 1984, The Special Consensus initiated the Traditional American Music (TAM) Program in schools across the country and began appearing on cable television and National Public Radio shows. The band has since appeared on The Nashville Network “Fire On The Mountain” show, toured for three seasons as 4/5 of the cast in the musical Cotton Patch Gospel (music and lyrics by Harry Chapin), and released fifteen additional recordings. The Northern Indiana Bluegrass Association sponsored a video production of the TAM Program and copies were sent to schools around the world by the Nashville-based International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). In 2000, Pinecastle Records released the first band performance video, filmed for Iowa Public Television’s “Old Time Country Music” show, and The Special Consensus 25th Anniversary recording to mark this milestone year for the band. The band has been featured in cover stories of the renowned bluegrass publication Bluegrass Unlimited in 1998, 2005 and 2010 and several of the band recordings have received Highlight Reviews and appeared on the National Bluegrass Survey chart in that publication. In November 2003, The Special Consensus received a standing ovation after the first band performance on the Grand Ole Opry at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium. International tours have brought The Special Consensus to the United Kingdom, Canada, Europe, Ireland and South America. In 1993, the band performed the first of many concerts with a symphony orchestra, complete with orchestral arrangements of songs from the band repertoire. The fifteenth band recording “35″ was released in 2010 by Compass Records in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the formation of the band as a professional touring and recording entity. The sixteenth band recording, “Scratch Gravel Road,” was released by Compass Records in March 2012 and was nominated for the Best Bluegrass Album GRAMMY Award. The song “Monroe’s Doctrine” from that recording was nominated for the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award in 2012. Compass Records released the seventeenth band recording “Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” in March, 2014. Many award winning bluegrass artist friends of Special C appeared with the band on this recording to make it a very “special” release. 

Venues
RC

Raleigh Convention Center

Staff, Raleigh Convention Center



Saturday October 4, 2014 10:40am - 11:10am
RCC Raleigh, NC

11:00am

Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
For Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, 2012 was not just a banner year, but a vindication—and with the release of their fourth Rebel Records album, The Story Of The Day That I Died, it’s a safe bet that 2013 is going to be even better. Building on the strengths of its IBMA Album of the Year predecessor, The Story Of The Day That I Died serves up another dozen classics and classics-in-the-making that prove the honors bestowed on The Heart Of A Song and its opening track, “A Far Cry From Lester And Earl,” were no accidents. And though Junior and the guys have kept squarely in their winning groove, there are some new aspects to their music that promise to take the group even farther down the road to bluegrass immortality.

Taking pride of place in the news about the latest release is the addition of Chris Davis to the quintet. For fans of soulful singing in the mountain style, it’s a welcome step, for Davis has earned a reputation as one of the music’s most powerful tenors—and most dynamic onstage personalities—through his work with Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time and Marty Raybon. Indeed, from the moment he began making appearances with Ramblers Choice, Davis’s vocal contributions helped to bring an already outstanding vocal combination to a new level and, like his young but veteran colleague in the band, Jason Tomlin, he takes on all three vocal roles here—lead, tenor and baritone. Add his assertive mandolin playing into the mix, and it’s plain just how much Chris brings to the Ramblers Choice sound.

In a similar vein, Jason Davis has become a banjo player to watch, earning a growing reputation for his deepening mastery of every facet of the instrument’s classic sounds. Though he’s deservedly front and center on a blistering version of “Jesse James” and puts the hammer down on the album’s up-tempo numbers, he’s equally at home in the too-often neglected C tuning of more restrained numbers like the title track and “Prayers Go Up,” where he shows just how adeptly he can back a singer. Fiddler Billy Hawks, too, stands ready to tear it up when called upon to do so, but is equally at ease in playing a supporting role. Like their colleagues, they’re musicians who understand that bluegrass is fundamentally an ensemble music, and bring all their talent to bear on serving each song.

And what a strong set of songs appear on The Story Of The Day That I Died. A writer of no small ability himself—check out “Walking In Good Company,” written with Junior’s favorite co-writer, his dad—Sisk was clearly “in the zone” when it came time to choose material. Russell Johnson and Daniel Salyer, who contributed to The Heart Of A Song are back with distinctive new entries, as is Ashby Frank, whose sardonic “I Did The Leaving For You” on the Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice debut is matched, if not excelled by the title track here. Long-time buddy and former neighbor Ronnie Bowman, who produced that debut, returns with a thoughtful contemporary number that stretches the group in a different direction.

Yet there are new names among the songwriters, too; Kentucky traditionalist David Carroll, who’s written for IIIrd Tyme Out, Blue Moon Rising, the Lonesome River Band and more furnishes a lonesome waltz, while in a bold move that may surprise a few folks, Junior snatched up a modern piece of wisdom from Cadillac Sky’s Bryan Simpson before it disappeared into the studios of Music Row. And, on the other end of the spectrum, he revives an obscure Larry Sparks classic, and teams up with fellow traditionalist—and fellow Rebel artist—Joe Mullins for the inevitable Stanley Brothers number, “Lover’s Quarrel.”

Add it all up, and The Story Of The Day That I Died is quintessential Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice. There’s a little bit of just about everything to be found on this disc, but it’s mostly bluegrass done just the way it’s always been done the best—with a whole lot of talent and a whole lot of soul!



Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00am - 11:45am
Red Hat Amphitheater

11:00am

Songwriters on Songs
Here's a panel of singer/songwriters that represent some the best talent in the bluegrass community.  Get a feel for the various approaches to songwriting and how a song takes the journey from beginning to completion.

Along the way of course there are many choices, whether working alone or collaborating with others.  Does one come up with melody or lyrics first?

Do you write for your own performance of the song or for someone else?

There's no limit to creativity in songwriting and not every song makes a big splash.  Why do some songs succeed and others flop?  Do you write with someone in mind to interpret and present the finished song?  How do you fulfill a request to write a song about a particular topic or event?  These are but just a few of the questions our panel will tackle in addition to fielding the questions from the audience.  Come join the fun as we explore the broad area of songwriting.

Speakers
MQ

Mark "Brink" Brinkman

Mark “Brink” Brinkman has been writing songs his entire life, along with being an avid musician who plays everything from piano to guitar and banjo. Brink is one of the most sought after, respected and recorded songwriters with over 200 “cuts” of his songs.  Many top 10’s and 3 #1’s. His awards have included the country fan voted Spirit Award, Gospel Song of the Year in 2007, has songs on 2 Grammy... Read More →
RJ

Russell Johnson

Growing up on a farm in rural Four Oaks, North Carolina, Russell's first exposure to bluegrass was from an older brother. He got his first mandolin as a freshman at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1982, and his first “official” show was in August of 1989. Since then Russell has worn a lot of different hats in the music business such as singer, songwriter, producer, mandolinist, recording and sound engineer, band... Read More →
avatar for Rick Lang

Rick Lang

Artist
Award-winning songwriter Rick Lang has had over 70 song cuts to his credit by Bluegrass, Southern Gospel and Jazz artists and the number keeps growing each year. He is an alumnus of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass program (class of 2012), is currently a member of the IBMA Songwriter Committee and mentors up and coming writers through in the IBMA Songwriter Mentor Program.
WT

Wayne Taylor

Wayne Taylor is from Maiden, NC. He started playing music at the age of nine, and joined his first band at age 11. The first song that he wrote came from a broken heart when he left High School. He served 24 years in the US Navy, 23 of those years as a Navy Musician playing in many foreign countries and performing for many high ranking military officials, including four US Presidents. He has written many songs, 70 of which are registered with BMI... Read More →
DU

Donna Ulisse

Artist, Hadley Music Group Records
Prolific bluegrass and gospel singer-songwriter Donna Ulisse has been nominated as the International Bluegrass Music Association's Songwriter of the year for two years running, and has been blessed to have her songs recorded by the Del McCoury Band, Claire Lynch, Darin and Brooke Aldridge, The Bankesters and Nu-Blu, among others. With her able touring band, The Poor Mountain Boys, Ulisse regularly hits the road, playing festivals, concert... Read More →

Venues

Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Graves Room, 306C 306C

11:00am

Vintage Instrument Tasting
Back by popular demand! Master musician and collector Tony Williamson has gathered a fantastic group of colleagues and instruments together for an encore of this popular session. Top players and collectors will put some very special vintage instruments through their paces and discuss the history of these rare Bluegrass instruments.

Moderators
TW

Tony Williamson

"Mandolin Virtuoso Tony Williamson sure can play, and what he doesn't know about mandolins, nobody does!"  This is how Acoustic Musician magazine summed up the skill of a man whose concerts have delighted audiences for over 40 years in every state of the Union and in many foreign countries.  His tours have included performances in France, Ireland, Japan, Taiwan, Brazil and most recently, Peru.  He brings to the concert stage a love... Read More →

Speakers
Venues

Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00am - 12:30pm
Osborne Room, 305 A&B 305 A & B

11:00am

Kids on Bluegrass Rehearsal

Saturday October 4, 2014 11:00am - 1:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

11:20am

Larry Stephenson Band
Highly regarded as one of Bluegrass Music's finest High Lead and Tenor vocalist, Larry Stephenson has been a headliner for over twenty years. Larry formed his band in 1989 while living in his home state of Virginia. Stephenson has been a touring bluegrass musician since he played with his Dad beginning in the middle seventies. Born in Harrisonburg, VA and raised in King George, his Dad started him on the mandolin at age five, cutting his first record at age 13. He credits the rich music scene of Virginia for much of his musical success, having seen and heard the first generation bluegrass performers at festivals, shows, and on the radio. After high school graduation, he worked and recorded with Cliff Waldron and Leon Morris while soaking up the Washington, D.C. rich musical scene, which included cutting edge bands like The Country Gentlemen and The Seldom Scene as well as traditional bluegrass and old-time music. Moving onward in 1979 Larry spent 4 ½ years with Bill Harrell & The Virginians. And in 1983 joined the famed Bluegrass Cardinals for 5 ½ years. This combination has been called "...one of the classic lineups of the Bluegrass Cardinals". Recording with both groups.

In 1992 Larry moved to Nashville, Tennessee and since then, The Larry Stephenson Band has toured widely, recorded frequently, nurturing it’s own sound, based on Larry’s crystal clear, easily recognizable tenor voice, while providing a musical home for some of the finest sidemen in contemporary bluegrass history. Many appearance's on the Grand Ole Opry and RFD TV have made The Larry Stephenson Band a fan favorite all across the US and Canada. In 1996, Stephenson was made a member of the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame by the Virginia Folk Music Association.

While Larry Stephenson is best known as a touring musician whose voice sets a standard of melody, clarity, and storytelling, he has had an active and well-awarded recording career. He recorded with Webco Records and then spent eighteen years with Pinecastle Records, releasing eighteen CD's during that period. Signature songs in Larry Stephenson's vast catalog include "Patches," "Yes, I See God," "Clinch Mountain Mystery," "Many Hills Of Time", "The Knoxville Girl", "The Knoxville Boy," The Pretty Blue Dress" and "The Violet and the Rose." Another Stephenson fan favorite is his version of Bill Monroe's classic "Mule Skinner Blues," often performed as an encore and showcasing his flexible and reliable tenor voice. These songs, always delivered with commitment and conviction are often requested in his live performances at festivals, concerts, and other appearances.

While many other Stephenson’s songs from most of his recordings have charted, 2004 brought a hi-light as "Clinch Mountain Mystery" reached #1 on the bluegrass charts. This veteran performer continues to deliver new and fresh material while never straying far from his deep traditional roots. Throughout his now over twenty-year career fronting his own band, and almost forty years as a major, touring performer, Larry Stephenson has been well-recognized and awarded by fans and his peers in the recording industry. He's been named Male Vocalist of the Year at SPBGMA (The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) five times. His 2010 award winning release "20th Anniversary" on his own label Whysper Dream Music, included guest performers like Ricky Skaggs, Connie Smith, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Dale Ann Bradley, Dudley Connell, and Sonny Osborne. "Give This Message to Your Heart" with Dailey and Vincent won Recorded Event of the Year from IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) in the same year. In 2011, he signed a recording contract with Nashville based, premier label Compass Records.

Larry lives on the outskirts of Nashville, TN with his wife Dreama, an accomplished child photographer and hairdresser, and their long-awaited and much-loved daughter.

Venues
RC

Raleigh Convention Center

Staff, Raleigh Convention Center



Saturday October 4, 2014 11:20am - 11:50am
RCC Raleigh, NC

11:20am

12:00pm

Jesse McReynolds & VA Boys

With his older brother Jim McReynolds, mandolin and fiddle player Jesse McReynolds was part of the longstanding bluegrass duo Jim & Jesse, who formed just after World War II and performed until Jim McReynolds' death on December 31, 2002.

 After fashioning a posthumous Jim & Jesse release, ‘Tis Sweet to Be Remembered (released April 15, 2003, by Pinecastle Records), Jesse McReynolds launched a solo career at the age of 73. Actually, he had released his first solo album, Me and My Fiddle, in 1968. But his formal debut came with New Horizons, released on April 13, 2004. Bending the Rules followed on November 9, 2004. Next, McReynolds paired with Charlie Whitstein for A Tribute to Brother Duets (June 28, 2005). Dixie Road appeared in 2007, and on October 5, 2010, McReynolds "& Friends" (the friends being David Nelson of New Riders of the Purple Sage fame and Stu Allen of the Jerry Garcia Band) delivered Songs of the Grateful Dead on Woodstock Records, for which McReynolds penned a new song, "Day by Day," with Grateful Dead lyricist Robert Hunter. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi

Venues
RC

Raleigh Convention Center

Staff, Raleigh Convention Center



Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:00pm

How to Get Involved with IBMA Youth Council
Come learn more about the IBMA Youth Council and how you can get involved!


Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:30pm
The Baker Room 203

12:00pm

#MASHTAG- Youth Band - Wyatt Harman, John, Mary, David Meyer, Gaven Largent, Stephen Burwell
Back by popular demand!  These friends took the stage last year on our workshop stage as a youth band and brought the house down.  Ranging from the age of 17 to 21, be sure and catch them.  Our future is in good hands!

 


Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00pm - 12:45pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:00pm

Della Mae
In a relatively short period of time, Della Mae has become a sensation in the music world. Commanding a powerful collective chemistry with vocal, instrumental, and songwriting talent to spare, the Boston-based combo mines time-honored elements to create music that's unmistakably fresh and contemporary.

The group quickly won an enthusiastic following through their high-energy live performances at festivals around the country. The band expanded its reputation with their self-released first album, 2011's I Built This Heart, which won an impressive amount of attention for a D.I.Y. release.

This World Oft Can Be, Della Mae's second album and Rounder debut, shows that like the Avett Brothers, Lumineers, and Punch Brothers, these five multitalented young women are respectful of American musical tradition, but not restricted by it, combining centuries' worth of musical influences with an emotionally tough, undeniably modern songwriting sensibility.

This World Oft Can Be's 12 songs—including such engaging originals as "Empire," "Paper Prince," "Maybeline" and the feisty title track—showcase the fivesome's world-class instrumental abilities, lilting harmonies and subtly commanding lead vocals. Although the musicians' sublime skills have already won them numerous individual honors, the album's focus is squarely on the band's emotionally potent songs and spirited, effortlessly expressive performances.

"The identity that we've developed as a band is a melting pot of our different personalities and backgrounds," asserts founder, Kimber Ludiker. After having the idea at a summer festival, Kimber hand picked musicians from all over the country: singer Celia Woodsmith comes from a blues/rock background, guitarist Courtney Hartman studied at Berklee College of Music, bassist Shelby Means played with various bands in Nashville, and mandolin player Jenni Lyn Gardner was schooled in traditional bluegrass. Della Mae's members hail from all over the United States, and the five women each bring impressive musical resumes amassed in their previous ventures.

Della Mae recorded This World Oft Can Be at Cash Cabin Studio, Johnny Cash's former recording base, in Hendersonville, Tennessee, with noted guitarist Bryan Sutton in the producer's chair. (Artists who have recorded at Cash Cabin over the years include Rosanne Cash, Elvis Costello, Emmylou Harris, Merle Haggard, and George Jones). In addition to absorbing the studio's inspirational vibes, Courtney Hartman played June Carter Cash's vintage 1933 Gibson L5 Round Hole guitar on "Some Roads Lead On," while Ludiker had the honor of borrowing John Hartford's custom carved fiddle on "Letter From Down The Road." The album was mixed by Paul Q. Kolderie, whose production resume includes albums with the likes of Hole, Radiohead and Dinosaur Jr.

"The whole band had a big part in arranging the songs, most written by Celia and Courtney, and together we molded them into what you'll hear on the album," Ludiker notes, adding, "The vibe at Cash Cabin Studio is incredible, and we did a lot of live recording. We overdubbed vocal harmonies and solos here and there, but it's basically just us playing together in the same room. 'Some Roads Lead On' was captured on one microphone, in one take."

In addition to playing festivals and clubs throughout the United States, Della Mae recently expanded the scale of its touring efforts after participating in the U.S. State Department's American Music Abroad program. Selected as cultural ambassadors, the band spent 43 days traveling in Pakistan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Uzbekistan, where they collaborated with local musicians, taught educational programs for children, and played concerts for local audiences.

"It's been a life-changing experience for us, individually and as a band," Ludiker says of the tour. "A cool thing about playing music in Central Asian countries is in the lack of distinction their audience places between musical genres. We found that if music is played with feeling, all people connected to it. They find themselves smiling and relating without even understanding the language."

Indeed, Della Mae demonstrates how effectively music builds bridges and transcends artificially constructed borders, whether they're national or genre-based. Ludiker concludes: "All five ladies are individually driven, and we are working towards the same goal. This band definitely feels like a calling, a labor of love."




Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

12:00pm

Festival Workshops
Saturday October 4, 2014 12:00pm - 6:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

12:50pm

1:00pm

1:00pm

Kickin' It Back with the Ladies in Grass
Looking at the lineup of any festival today, it’s hard to believe that just a few years ago it was rare to find a female led bluegrass band---- go back a bit further and it was rare to find a woman in the lineup of any band.

 

Today, some of the greatest musicians playing bluegrass are women…but getting to the top wasn’t as easy as they make it look when they walk out on stage.  Join Claire Lynch, Missy Raines, Becky Buller and Claire Armbruster and find out what it was like “back in the dark ages” and how it compares to this golden age of women in bluegrass. Things are so much better in 2014…or are they???

 

This panel isn’t just another “history of women in bluegrass” --- we’ll give you the truth about what it’s like for women in music today. Find out what attracted these musicians to bluegrass, how they stay passionate about the music and stay focused on their career, while trying to keep that work-life balance we keep hearing about.

 

 

Moderators
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Joan Kornblith

Joan Kornblith has been a program presenter and music correspondent at the Voice of America in Washington, DC since 1992. Her programs and interviews are available on radio, TV and the web in English and also translated into more than 45 languages for international broadcast and web use. Prior to joining VOA, Joan worked in commercial broadcasting in DC as a DJ, newscaster & talk show host, taught broadcasting at the University of Maryland... Read More →

Speakers
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Claire Armbruster

Claire Armbruster has lived in Nashville for the past seven years, working at one of the country’s premier talent agencies, KCA Artists. She served as the company’s General Manager and was Artist Manager for Sierra Hull and Guy Clark. Prior to her tenure with KCA, Claire was Artistic Director for renowned North Carolina music festival MerleFest. Her career in music started with MerleFest in 1991 where she managed Artist Relations for the... Read More →
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Missy Raines

Seven-time IBMA Bass Player of the Year Missy Raines is also a bandleader, singer and songwriter. She currently tours with her own band, Missy Raines & The New Hip. She is also one-fourth of the acclaimed bluegrass super-group, the Helen Highwater Stringband, along with David Grier, Mike Compton and Shad Cobb. Missy teaches bass at workshops and music camps all over the world and heads up ArtistWorks' revolutionary and interactive online... Read More →

Exhibitors
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Becky Buller

Showcase Artist, Becky Buller
Becky Buller is a multi-instrumentalist, singer, songwriter and producer from St. James, Minn., who has traipsed the world over performing bluegrass/Americana/roots music to fund her insatiable habit of songwriting. Her compositions can be heard on records by Ricky Skaggs, Rhonda Vincent, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, to name just a few. She wrote the title cut of Special Consensus’ album Scratch Gravel Road, a 2013 Bluegrass Album Of The... Read More →

Venues

Saturday October 4, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
Wiseman Room, 304 304

1:00pm

Sing Out Loud: A Vocal Workshop with the Duke Voice Care Center
Want to learn how to take care of your vocal instrument so that it will last for a lifetime?  This workshop may be just what you’re looking for.  Leda Scearce, MM, MS, CCC-SLP and Tara Nixon, MM, MS, CCC-SLP are clinical singing voice rehabilitation specialists from Duke Voice Care Center with extensive experience as singers and teachers of singing.  They will show you how to achieve your best vocal health.   You’ll learn vocal exercises for warming up your voice and keeping it healthy, and what you need to do to keep your voice going strong.  The seminar will also include information on typical voice injuries, how they are evaluated and treated, and what you should do if you ever have a problem with your voice.   Additional topics include vocal anatomy and physiology, how the voice works and why different singers sound so different.  

Speakers
TN

Tara Nixon

MM, MS, CCC-SLP, Singing Voice Specialist | Clinical Speech-Language Pathologist, Duke Voice Care Center
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Leda Scearce

Leda Scearce, M.M., M.S., CCC-SLP, Singing Voice Specialist Director of Performing Voice Programs and Development, Duke Voice Care Center Clinical Associate Faculty, Duke University School of Medicine

Venues

Saturday October 4, 2014 1:00pm - 2:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

1:00pm

Wernick Method Jam Class
Pete (Dr. Banjo) Wernick's inventive teaching method focuses on the student's desire to play music in a social setting. Pete's emphasis is to address the general lack of this type of learning situation, and these camps have been launching beginning jammers everywhere!

Pete will show you how to be in a bluegrass jam session, fitting in at your own ability level. You will be jamming the first day!



Learn:

  • Understanding, low-pressure, experienced teaching by Pete and Joan Wernick.

  • Hands-on learning in large and small groups

  • How to play lead, fake solos, sing harmony

  • Group and individualized instruction on backup techniques.

  • Ground rules and etiquette; learn many bluegrass standards,

  • In over 100 camps, we've taught hundreds to jam. You can too!


All bluegrass instruments, all skill levels welcome.
Supportive instruction and easy and fun jamming! 
For free student materials, register in advance (no charge) here  

Speakers
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Gilbert Nelson

Self-taught multi-instrumentalist, experienced at festivals and jam scenes for decades, Gilbert leads "The Jam Town Grass" and is a full-time music teacher and ambassador of the Wernick Method for learning bluegrass jamming. He believes: "Some think you need to get good to play with others, but we feel that learning to jam first paves the way to getting good." Gilbert lives in Spartanburg, SC and can be found at www.gilbertnelson.com 

Venues

Saturday October 4, 2014 1:00pm - 3:00pm
Osborne Room, 305 A&B 305 A & B

1:05pm

At the Feed & Seed
Saturday October 4, 2014 1:05pm - 11:30pm
Kuykendall Room, 206

1:30pm

The Grascals

Great musicians will always find a way to make good music, but for great musicians to make great music, they must form a bond – one that, more often than not, goes beyond the purely musical to the personal. For The Grascals, that bond has been forged at the intersection of personal friendships, shared professional resumes and an appreciation for the innovative mingling of bluegrass and country music that has been a hallmark of the Nashville scene for more than forty years.

Their cutting-edge modern bluegrass is delivered with a deep knowledge of, and admiration for, the work of the music’s founding fathers. Timely yet timeless, The Grascals make music that is entirely relevant to the here and now, yet immersed in traditional values of soul and musicianship. It’s a unique sound that has earned three Grammy® nominations and two Entertainer of the Year awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association, as well as national media attention that seems to perpetually elude acts entrenched in niche genres. Such appearances include The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Fox & Friends, The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson, and CBS’ The Talk. All the while, stages that represent the strongest bastions of tradition continually welcome them, as evidenced by the over 150 performances on the Grand Ole Opry. Honors also include performing twice for President George W. Bush and at President Barack Obama’s inaugural ball at the Smithsonian.

As their records prove, The Grascals’ rare musical empathy gives them an unerring ear for just the right touch to illuminate each offering’s deepest spirit – whether they’re digging into one of their original songs or reworking a bluegrass classic or a pop standard. Take for instance, fan favorite, “Last Train to Clarksville.” Non-bluegrass listeners enjoy a new take on a familiar song, while diehard bluegrass audiences who may have never heard the Monkees classic, respond in-kind, not even realizing that the song has been Grascalized.

 




Saturday October 4, 2014 1:30pm - 2:30pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

2:00pm

Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper drop in
Come hang out with the legendary Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper!

Bring your instrument to jam.

Youth only. 


Saturday October 4, 2014 2:00pm - 2:30pm
The Baker Room 203

2:00pm

2:00pm

2:00pm

Main Festival Stage Open
Saturday October 4, 2014 2:00pm - 11:00pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

2:30pm

3:00pm

3:00pm

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
“Playing music is the easy part,” says Russell Moore with an ever-so-slightly rueful laugh as he looks back on more than thirty years of doing what he grew up wanting to do.  “By the time we put this band together”—he’s talking about IIIrd Tyme Out, his musical vehicle for over twenty years now—“I was realistic enough to know that bands come and go.  Being able to stay together is the hurdle that everyone faces.  So I didn’t have a preconceived notion that someday I’d be celebrating twenty years with IIIrd Tyme Out—but I did feel like I would be playing music for the rest of my life.”  

As it turns out, while many bands have come and gone since that May in 1991, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have endured.  In the process, they’ve managed to climb to the top not just once, but twice—winning a slew of IBMA vocal awards, including two Male Vocalist of the Year honors, in the mid and late 1990s, then persevering through rough times to see Moore recapturing the Male Vocalist trophy for the past three years.  Along the way, they’ve made a whole new generation of fans, and with the release of Timeless Hits From The Past…BLUEGRASSED by Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, the quintet are poised to deliver their distinctive kind of music more widely than ever. 

For Moore, it’s been a long journey from his childhood Texas home.  Raised in Pasadena, near Houston, he heard a lot of country music growing up—“I was five miles from Gilley’s right during the Urban Cowboy craze,” he notes—but it was bluegrass that really turned his head as he moved into his teen years.  “Bluegrass was accessible,” he recalls.  “The bands, the musicians, they were so approachable—and even though we weren’t in the bluegrass mainstream geographically, I was able to see artists like Bill Monroe, Larry Sparks ands the Lewis Family, and you could just be around them.  That was intriguing to me.”  

Within a few years, Russell was playing mandolin in a regional band, and by the time he was in his early 20s, he had teamed up with a couple of like-minded youngsters to create Southern Connection, making the move to North Carolina to pursue bluegrass success—though it turned out that when he first found it, it was as a guitar-playing sideman.  Joining Bluegrass Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson and his legendary band, Quicksilver, Moore quickly found himself in the bluegrass forefront, remaining there with Lawson through six years and as many bluegrass and bluegrass gospel albums.  And though his tenure with Quicksilver barely overlapped the establishment of the IBMA’s awards, Moore shared in the first of many to come when the group took home the Song Of The Year crystal in 1990 for “The Little Mountain Church House.”

Still, a desire to make his own mark impelled Russell, along with bandmates Mike Hartgrove and Ray Deaton, to take the bold step of creating their own group in 1991.  Naming themselves IIIrd Tyme Out—a reference to the number of professional bands they’d already been in, complete with a memorable twist on spelling—the group hit the ground running, releasing three well-received albums on the venerable Rebel Records label in just four years.  “We weren’t immune from the same things that any other band starting up has to endure,” Moore recalls.  “You have to prove yourself—you have to let people know that you’re sincere, and that you’re going to work hard.  But once we were able to get enough show dates that we didn’t have to have day jobs, we felt pretty good that as long as we continued to work hard, put the music out that we knew we were capable of, be personable and humble and appreciative—we felt that we could continue on if we chose to.”

And continue on they did.  In 1994, they earned the first of an unsurpassed seven consecutive IBMA awards for Vocal Group of the Year, along with Russell’s first Male Vocalist of the Year title.  For the remainder of the decade and into the new century, IIIrd Tyme Out was among the most important acts in the field, earning acclaim for the compelling artistry—especially vocal—they brought both to a string of well-received albums and to stages across the United States.  Yet all was not well within the group, and in the early part of the new century, partnership tensions and personnel instability came to a head—and with them, the very real possibility of an end to the group.

It was at that point that Russell Moore stepped up.  “I was stubborn,” he says with a smile.  “I knew there was a lot that could be done with this group, and I was stubborn enough to say, I have put too much into this to let it just get away.  So when everything came down to it, I knew that it was time.  I could have started something brand new, but I would have had to give up everything that we had worked for.  So I decided to stick it out.  I kept hoping that everyone would start pulling in the same direction—and I kept praying, too.”

With Moore in charge—and with his name now in front, recognizing both his new leadership role and the group’s single biggest musical focus—IIIrd Tyme Out began to rebuild.  Signing with Rural Rhythm Records in 2007, the quintet solidified a new lineup, and the 2009 release of Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, with its hit single, “Hard Rock Mountain Prison,” paved the way for Moore to take another Male Vocalist honor in 2010.  Prime Tyme and its irresistibly catchy “Pretty Little Girl From Galax” followed in 2011, as did another Male Vocalist trophy, and Moore was called to the stage yet again at 2012’s IBMA awards to accept still further recognition of his preeminence as a singer.  

Yet IIIrd Tyme Out is hardly a one-man show, even with a frontman as spectacular as Moore. Wayne Benson, who joined the band nearly 20 years ago—just in time for the aptly titled Grandpa’s Mandolin—and stayed for nearly a decade before taking a job with the John Cowan Band, returned in 2007; his tasteful, influential approach to the mandolin is a focal point of the group’s instrumental prowess even as he continues to contribute in the vocal department.  Behind him comes fiddler Justen Haynes; a member for nearly a decade, he’s a second-generation bluegrasser who’s earned the admiration of peers and fans alike for his supple melodic lines and tasteful vocal support.  

Joining the veterans are two new members who, Moore says, have fit quickly and easily into IIIrd Tyme Out’s signature sound.  Blake Johnson, a long-time member of The Hagar’s Mountain Boys and, for the past year, guitarist for Grasstowne, returns to his preferred role as bass player, while Keith McKinnon, who served memorable stints with his brother Kevin in singer Carrie Hassler’s band and in their own Still-House, takes over the banjo slot.  Both men will also contribute to the group’s award-winning harmonies.  

“As a band,” Russell notes, “it’s sometimes important to reinvent yourselves, your music and your show, to keep things exciting and fans engaged. Quite often a band member change can be the spark that lights that creative fire. I know the feel and excitement of being a new member of an established band, dating back to my days when I joined Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, and it’s great to see and feel that same excitement from Keith and Blake.”

The quintet’s latest release, Timeless Hits From The Past…BLUEGRASSED, is one of the first fruits of the quintet’s latest business relationship, as Moonstruck Management’s Peter



Saturday October 4, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

3:00pm

Tuned Up and Plugged In: Bettering Your Image Through Bluegrass Media
This seminar designed for youth will focus on ways to effectively better your image through bluegrass media. 

Areas covered will be:
Bluegrass business, graphic design, social media, publicity and more.

Daniel and John are intelligent, engaging, and entertaining. This is definitely a youth seminar not to miss. 

Moderators
Speakers
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John Goad

John Goad is a graduate of the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass, Old Time & Country Music program, and is now pursuing a Masters degree in Appalachian Studies at ETSU. In 2009, he entered East Tennessee State University as a student in their world-renowned Bluegrass, Old Time, and Country Music Studies program, and eventually earned a spot in the university's top touring bluegrass band, the ETSU Bluegrass Pride Band. John recently... Read More →
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Daniel Mullins

Daniel is from southwestern Ohio and has been around bluegrass his entire life. He manages the Classic Country Connection, a music store in southern Ohio which specializes in bluegrass, classic country, gospel, and Americana music. He is the host of the Bending The Strings radio program, which plays a variety of bluegrass, newgrass, and Americana music. He also maintains the website for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers.


Saturday October 4, 2014 3:00pm - 4:00pm
The Baker Room 203

3:30pm

Celeberity Jam w/ Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Venues
RC

Raleigh Convention Center

Staff, Raleigh Convention Center


Saturday October 4, 2014 3:30pm - 4:30pm
RCC Raleigh, NC

3:45pm

The Cricket
Saturday October 4, 2014 3:45pm - 4:00pm
Kuykendall Room, 206

4:00pm

4:15pm

Noam Pikelny & Stuart Duncan
Ask any musicologist about the origins of old time and bluegrass music, and a disquisition on banjo and fiddle music won’t be far behind. Particularly in the Appalachian regions where self-sufficient immigrants from the British isles and their descendants tended to aggregate – and where scarcity and frugality were the norm – a neighbor with a fiddle was sufficient for a dance, and a fiddle and a banjo was a band in the days before radio brought musical entertainment into the home.
As the American folk string tradition developed in the 20th century, both bluegrass and old time musicians held on to the power and majesty of just a banjo and a fiddle. Whether played in the clawhammer or three finger style, the banjo provides a perfect complement to the fiddle, and the sound of the two together is irresistible.

Now, in a modern society where technology can deliver a vast library of recorded music to the pocket of nearly every living person, the charm of the banjo/fiddle duet still holds sway. Especially when practiced by such masters of their instruments as Stuart Duncan and Noam Pikelny, who have announced a duo tour for this Spring and Summer to demonstrate that point.

This talented pair will be performing at small concert venues and large festivals all across the US.



 

 


Saturday October 4, 2014 4:15pm - 5:15pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

4:15pm

5:45pm

Yonder Mountain String Band
Bluegrass is a music steeped in tradition, but over the past decade and a half -- much of it spent on the road -- Yonder Mountain String Band has spearheaded a renegade movement to rewrite the definition of the genre. Alongside other neo-bluegrass friends such as Leftover Salmon, Sam Bush, Bela Fleck, The Travelin' McCourys, and Railroad Earth, YMSB has thoroughly revitalized and contemporized bluegrass and introduced it to many thousands of new fans. Rolling Stone said that YMSB "liberates bluegrass' hot-shit riffing and blue-sky harmonies from its hidebound formalism," while Paste Magazine wrote, "The Yonder Mountain boys have found a formula that works: take rootsy bluegrass influences, add in some rock 'n' roll, and seek out an adventurous audience."

Yonder Mountain String Band is comprised of Adam Aijala (guitar, vocals), Dave Johnston (banjo, vocals), Ben Kaufmann (bass, vocals), and select special guest artists who will appear with the band throughout 2014. Two standout musicians regularly performing live with YMSB are Jake Jolliff (mandolin, vocals) and Allie Kral (fiddle, vocals). Jolliff is an award-winning mandolin player (First Place, National Mandolin Championship 2012, Walnut Valley Festival), and was a founding member of the disbanded Americana outfit, Joy Kills Sorrow. Kral is well-known as the former fiddle player for Cornmeal (2003 - 2013), and she's worked alongside various notable artists including moe., Railroad Earth, Warren Haynes, and others. For confirmed line-up information, please see the tour dates listed below.

With the band having one of the strongest touring bases in the industry, fans and critics alike have been drawn to both their live shows and singular studio albums. Reporting from the All Good Music Festival (2009), journalist Jarrett Bellini from CNN Showbiz Tonight notes, "The trophy for best musical set goes to Yonder Mountain String Band who, as the sun began to set, left it all on the stage for an hour and a half. The pickers from Colorado had the audience dancing and shaking, kicking up a joyful storm of dust into the cool summer sky."

YMSB has evolved into something of a phenomenon on the concert and festival circuit. The band has sold out Colorado's famed Red Rocks several times, and played sold-out shows with Grateful Dead and Furthur bassist Phil Lesh at his Terrapin Crossroads venue in August 2012. They also host three singular music festivals every year -- Northwest String Summit (now in its 14th year and hosted by YMSB every year), Harvest Music Festival (where they will host for the fifth time in October 2014), and Strings & Sol (Yonder hosts for the third year-in-a-row in Mexico in December 2014) -- and have consecutively sold out runs of shows at Telluride Bluegrass Festival year after year. Every other year, YMSB also hosts Kinfolk Festival @ Planet Bluegrass. In all, Yonder Mountain logs over 100 live dates per year.

Yonder has always played music by its own design. Bending bluegrass, rock and countless other influences, they've come to pioneer a sound that they alone could only champion. With a traditional lineup of instruments, they may appear to be a traditional bluegrass band at first glance but they've taken the customary old-timey instrumentation to new heights, transcending any single genre. Yonder has become a regular performer at major music festivals like the iconic Telluride Bluegrass Festival, Summer Camp, and DelFest as well as massive multi-stage events like Bonnaroo and Austin City Limits Festival.

YMSB is currently working on a new full-length studio recording; fans can expect a new album to be released in early 2015.





Saturday October 4, 2014 5:45pm - 7:00pm
Red Hat Amphitheater

6:15pm

7:30pm

7:30pm

7:30pm

Del McCoury Band with special guests
Vince Gill says it simply, and maybe best: “I’d rather hear Del McCoury sing ‘Are You Teasing Me’ than just about anything.” For fifty years, Del’s music has defined authenticity for hard core bluegrass fans-count Gill among them-as well as a growing number of fans among those only vaguely familiar with the genre. And while the box set Celebrating 50 Years of Del McCoury, like its distilled companion, By Request-both in stores on May 12th-provides an opportunity to look back on a unique legacy, it’s also one that Del McCoury’s rolling past with a wave and a grin and some of the best music he’s ever made.
“It gives hope to everybody-fifty years is a long time to be playing music in any field,” says another fan, Elvis Costello. “But to keep the purity that you need to do this kind of music, and the drive and the energy …takes a special kind of guy.” And indeed, McCoury is something special, a living link to the days when bluegrass was made only in hillbilly honkytonks, schoolhouse shows and on the stage of the Grand Ole Opry, yet also a commandingly vital presence today, from prime time and late night talk show TV to music festivals where audiences number in the hundreds of thousands. “Here’s a guy who has been playing for fifty years, and he’s still experimenting-still looking to do things outside the box, to bring other kinds of music into bluegrass form,” says Americana music icon Richard Thompson, who saw his “1952 Vincent Black Lightning” turned into a bluegrass standard when McCoury brought it into the fold. “I think that’s the best bluegrass band, period. That’s it.”

Born in York County, PA seventy years ago, Del McCoury would once have seemed an unlikely candidate for legendary status. Bitten hard by the bluegrass bug when he heard Earl Scruggs’ banjo in the early 50s-”everybody else was crazy about Elvis, but I loved Earl,” he says with a chuckle-McCoury became a banjo picker himself, working in the rough but lively Baltimore and D.C. bar scene into the early 1960s. He got his first taste of the limelight when he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in early 1963; the Father of Bluegrass moved McCoury from the banjo to guitar, made him his lead singer, and gave him a lifetime’s worth of bluegrass tutelage direct from the source in the course of little more than a year. But rather than parlay his gig with the master into a full-time career of his own, he returned to Pennsylvania in the mid-60s to provide steady support for his new and growing family.

Within a few years, McCoury had settled into work in the logging industry-and formed his own band, the Dixie Pals. For the next decade and a half, he piloted the group through a part-time career built mostly around weekend appearances at bluegrass festivals and recordings for labels ranging from the short-lived and obscure to roots music institutions like Arhoolie and Rounder Records. And while there were the inevitable personnel changes and struggles to contend with, McCoury was also building a songbook filled with classics remade in his own image and a growing number of originals-songs like “High On A Mountain,” “Are You Teasing Me,” “Dark Hollow,” “Bluest Man In Town,” “Rain And Snow,” “Good Man Like Me, “Rain Please Go Away” and more-that would become an important part of his legacy in years to come.

The first big sign of change came in 1981, when McCoury’s 14 year old son, Ronnie, joined the Dixie Pals as their mandolin player. Banjo playing younger brother Rob came on board five years later, and by the end of the decade, the three McCourys were ready to make a move. “We came to Nashville in 1992,” Ron recalls, “and it was dad’s idea. He’d been watching bluegrass on TNN-Bill Monroe, the Osborne Brothers, Jim & Jesse-and thought that it was the place to be, that we’d have a new outlet there, where we could get some more attention. And without a doubt, moving to Nashville and just going for it turned out to be really big.”

If anything, the younger McCoury’s understating the case. Armed with a new Rounder Records association-and a newly named Del McCoury Band that soon included not only his sons but a complete cast of youngsters-Del McCoury’s career soared. Del himself got the ball rolling early in the decade with three consecutive Male Vocalist of the Year awards from the prestigious International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), and in 1994 the quintet began an astonishing streak of top Entertainer of the Year honors that would net them 9 trophies in an 11 year stretch-along with ongoing honors for Ronnie (8 straight Mandolin Player of the Year awards), fiddler Jason Carter (3 Fiddle Player of the Year trophies), and a wide array of projects featuring Del and the ensemble.

But though the 90s propelled the Del McCoury Band to the top of the bluegrass world, they also gave birth to a more startling phenomenon: the emergence of the group onto the larger musical scene as a unique torchbearer for the entire sweep of bluegrass and its history. For it turned out that the unmistakable authenticity of McCoury’s music-along with his good-natured willingness to keep alert for new sounds and new opportunities-had bred fans in some unlikely places.

That bluegrass-bred stars like Gill and Alison Krauss (who first met Del at a bluegrass festival when she filled in for a missing fiddler of his) would sing his praises wasn’t surprising, but who would have expected country-rock icons like Steve Earle or jam bands like the supremely popular Phish to have joined in the chorus? “Jon Fishman, the drummer for Phish, told me that they did an article on him for a drum magazine,” Del says. “They asked him what were some of his early influences, and he told them that one of them was Don’t Stop the Music, a record I put out back at the beginning of the 90s.”

By the second half of the 90s, the acclaim-and Del’s open-mindedness-put McCourys in onstage jams with Phish and on the road and in the studio with Earle, bringing the Del McCoury Band’s fierce musicianship and its leader’s instantaneous, easygoing connection with listeners to new arenas. The group appeared on prime time television and began an ongoing series of visits to popular late night TV talk shows, toured rock clubs and college campuses, and found itself welcome at country and even jazz-oriented music festivals and venues.

Ronnie McCoury tells a story from a recent appearance that underlines just how broad an appeal the Band’s music has these days. “You know, we’ve really been getting outside of the bluegrass box,” he says with a laugh. “I mean, dad’s voice is what you’d call traditional, but he’s open-minded, too. And so it seems like in the last few years, especially, he’s become more than bluegrass-he’s being recognized as just a great singer, period. So that’s really been bridging the gap between bluegrass and other kinds of music and musicians. Last year we played at the Austin City Limits festival, and the limo driver who picked us up said he’d just taken [platinum-selling international pop star] Bjork out to the festival-and she was telling him that she wanted to see us. It’s just unbelievable.”

Yet even as they reach out to almost unimaginable audiences, Del’s music retains its signature characteristics. “What I most admire about someone like Del,” says Gill, “is that he’s one of the last patriarchs that really played the music in its authentic way. And even though he’s willing to bend a little bit, to be out there playing at jam band festivals and things like that, it doesn’t sound like what the new people do with bluegrass. He’s done a great job of