IBMA Counts Down To World of Bluegrass

Image634788204655222768With just ten more weeks until what some have termed the Super Bowl of bluegrass, and undoubtedly the biggest week of the year for the bluegrass industry, the “Count-Down” begins.  

World of Bluegrass is the annual business conference, fan fest and awards ceremony.  Once again this year and possibly the last time for awhile, will be held in Nashville, TN September 24th through September 30th.

IBMA’s Interim Director, Nancy Caldwell has decided to send a weekly Top-Ten, counting down the most important reasons why any bluegrass fan, musician, executive or any other interested person should attend.


This year’s event is going to be filled with some of the most unique and delightful pairings and combinations ever seen at the World of Bluegrass or anywhere…

  • A Fan Fest lineup that includes The Sleepy Man Banjo Boys and The Del McCoury BandDella Mae and Marty RaybonThe Roys and Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice the Charlie Sizemore Band and the Claire Lynch BandDoyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Jim Lauderdale. Some of the finest and most diverse artists from the world of bluegrass, all on one big stage at the Nashville Convention Center!
  • Bluegrass Pioneers & Explorers: A study in contrast between traditional and progressive bluegrass styles with some of bluegrass music’s most versatile pickers, including Pete Wernick on banjo, Tim Stafford on guitar and Jon Weisberger on bass… and Sierra Hull on mandolin! How’s THAT for contrast?
  • The WOB business conference will feature sessions on Time Management and the Power of Positive Thinking alongside storytelling sessions on the lives and music of Earl Scruggs, Everett Lilly, and Doug Dillard.
  • Retrospective sessions on All Things Pre-War Banjo and the History of the Kay Bass… and forward-thinking sessions on 21st century topics like Managing Yourself From Your Cell Phone and New Technology for Live Performance and Social Media Marketing and Alternative Funding: The Kickstarter Model.
  • Laurie Lewis & Del McCoury will host the Awards Show. Two of the most powerful vocalists in the business of bluegrass music. Think about the duet potential!

Early registration ends July 31, 2012…. Hurry and make your reservations today to join us at World of Bluegrass 2012 in Nashville. Visit www.ibma.org/tickets or call 888-438-4262 or 615-256-3222.

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