I had a great start to IBMA, attending the keynote speech and reception I saw some friends from the past years including James Reams of James Reams and the Barnstormers, Jacob Sharp oof Mipso, Carolyn and Daniel Routh of Nu-Blu, and Andrea Asperelli from Cricket Tell the Weather. I also have set up an interview with Kyle Cantrell from Sirius XM’s Bluegrass Junction.
I also met Dave Swartz of Parkfield Bluegrass Festival in California. He told me a couple fun stories about the festival.
The festivities began here’s the highlights of the things I heard today…
We heard from alumni of the IBMA Leadership Bluegrass Class and the tri-chair of the IBMA organizing committee Laurie Okun.
Next we heard from the mayor of Raleigh, Nancy McFarlane, she thanked the bluegrass community for helping Raleigh’s reputation grow as a loving community. No matter the rain we had last year Raleigh is the home of a family of bluegrass professionals and fan.
Paul Schiminger the executive director of IBMA assured us that even though IBMA has had a rough year in its headquarters and in the bluegrass community (with the passing of Dr. Ralph Stanley along with other music greats), He also passed along the hint for us to stayed tuned for a young group of musicians on national television! He also gave us great news, the International Bluegrass Music Association social media footprint is growing! Schiminger also challenged to work on our buisness skills because the change in the bluegrass world is here.
Finally we heard from the keynote speaker Marian Leighton-Levy one of the co-founders of Rounder Records. I learned from her that the bluegrass community is changing but that is okay. We need to be open to the change and not build a wall around bluegrass music but instead be open to new bluegrass styles.
So far IBMA has been great! I can’t wait for tomorrow, I’ll be sure to keep you updated!