The photographs we took at the official and after hours showcases at the Nashville Convention Center are now posted in the gallery. There is no way to cover all the action taking place around the convention center, but this set of photographs offer a little taste.
Appearing in the official showcases were Kati Penn & New Town, Rodney Dillard & The Dillard Band, Brand New Strings, the John Hartford Stringband, The Chapmans and the Darrell Webb Band.
C.J. Cain of Katie Penn & New Town
Rodney Dillard and the Dillard Band
Brand New Strings
The John Hartford Stringband
The Darrell Webb Band
Our after hours photos are from the Good Home Grown Music Suite, where we saw performances by Chris Jones and Friends, The RidgeRunners, and Jerry Butler & the Blu-J’s.
You can see more of the photos in the gallery.
We attended Valerie Smith’s showcase in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. This year the beneficiary of the proceeds was the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Val and her band, Liberty Pike, recorded their most recent CD at the Museum. According to Valerie, the band made bluegrass presentations to 23 schools during their week in the Owensburo area.
Performing during the day and evening were, The Friday Night Orphan Brigade with Becky Buller, Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, Brad Long & Friends, Common Ground, Jerry Butler & the Blu-J’s, Chicken Dinner Road, and Runaway Freight. Kudos to those musicians who gave their time and talent to benefit the museum. Kitsy Kuykendall and Gabrielle Gray attended the event on behalf of the Museum.
Our Ohio friend, Jerry Eicher, helped with the sound during the second part of the show. Here are Jerry (L) and Randy Shaffer (R) of the Old Hippie Bluegrass Hour. The show is broadcast on WQTE-FM, Adrian, Michigan.
Randy also performed as part of Brad Long & Friends.
Some people always look good when a camera is in the neighborhood. Becky Buller is a prime example.
I also liked this shot of Daniel Oxen dine of the Blu-J’s:
You can see the entire collection in the gallery.
We have finished posting the photographs we took during the IBMA trade show and Fanfest last week. Here is one of Miss Dixie and Tom T. Hall, when they appeared during a tribute to the Carter Family music on the Fanfest stage Saturday night. Tom T. even sang a verse on Will The Circle Be Unbroken.
Miss Dixie was highly visible all week. We attended a number of after hours showcases at the Good Home Grown Music suite, enjoying all of them. Several years ago, the Halls announced that they were including IBMA in their wills, and planned to donate the royalties from their bluegrass publishing company, Good Homegrown Music.
We couldn’t photograph everything, but we did get shots of many of the activities at the convention center, the Ryman and even a few from the Bluegrass Inn.
This one brought smiles, it is Kristin Scott Benson, just after receiving the banjo player award from her former boss, Larry Stephenson.
On Saturday, the amazingly talented Sierra Hull appeared on the Fanfest stage. There was some pretty good picking going on.
We saw the Cats and the Fiddler, a young band from our home state, and some other great groups at the Bronzewound showcase on Monday.
All in all, it was a wonderful week for bluegrass. You can see all the photos in the gallery.