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IBMA Desires Change for the Future...

Change and DirectionFor as long as I was a member of IBMA and for the many years since, people have always been asking for change. They want a change. The board needs to change. This or that needs to change. Change. Change. Change. What is it they want changed? What direction do they want association to go in? What is it they want? These questions are rarely asked and, when I ask members, I receive as many different opinions as I do people I ask. There doesn't seem to be any consensus.

Thoughts & Observations of the IBMA Board

Board of DirectorsFirst of all, this is an opinion piece -- not a news story. I've been reading comments through social media, the web, emails sent to me and comments on Cybergrass. There are certainly a lot of upset people and a lot of frustrated people. There are also many members that don't know what their own association is doing. Only a small percentage of members are really active in the IBMA. As one member said, "What is going on? I am a voting member, but do not know anything about the board." Another said, "Apathy is strong within the IBMA." Others have voiced similar thoughts. This indicates many card carrying members just carry the card. IBMA has never been an association to do something for you. It is an organization that members contribute to. For the decade that I was a member, I contributed constantly for various programs, regional rep program, created their first web site, worked on several Bluegrass in the Schools activities, spoke on sessions, mentored others and more. My hands were always involved in something the association was working towards. That is the true nature of IBMA. It really hasn't changed over the years.

Nashville or LA: Session Aces Rate Two Schools of Recording

CMA Close Up/CMA/By Michael Ross
During a recent conversation, session guitar whiz Guthrie Trapp casually referenced a distinction between classic Nashville studio procedure and what he described as Los Angeles or New York types of sessions being done in Music City.

International Songwriting Competition Launches Two Special Promotions

International Songwriting CompetitionNashville, TN -- Do you have a great love song? Do you have a great song about a social cause? ISC is opening entries from November 18 - December 4, 2014 for songs relating to either of these topics. To enter, go to http://www.songwritingcompetition.com/submit ISC's "Sing Your Heart Out" promotion is for songs about love, falling in love, heartbreak, or anything to do with love. ISC's "Pick Your Cause" promotion is for songs about any sort of social cause. When you enter either promotion, you will receive a free Radio Airplay account, have your love song included on the Jango.com "Independent Love Songs" or "Sounds Of Social Cause" radio station, and receive 100 free spins, per entry, to your Radio Airplay account whether you are a new or existing Radio Airplay member. A group of winners will also be selected and will receive promotion and airplay from Jango.com and Radio Airplay.

IBMA Board Hemorrhaging Continues with Three More Resignations

IBMAThree more board members of the International Bluegrass Music Association have tendered their resignations. Brian Smith, Henri Deschamps and Elizabeth Wightman joined others who have earlier submitted letters of resignation including Executive Director Nancy Cardwell, Craig Ferguson and Dwight Worden. Board Chairman Jon Weisberger had also offered to resign however the recent board vote was to not accept that resignation.

How to Grow a Band Limited Edition 2 CD Set Released

How to Grow a BandHow to Grow a Band is a documentary film about Punch Brothers. The deluxe, limited-edition version of How to Grow a Band is now available. The two-disc set contains three hours of previously unreleased bonus material and makes a handsome holiday gift for any Punch Brothers completist or lover of single-camera documentary. And it’s a must own for graduate students hoping to successfully defend their Punch Brothers dissertations.

Happy Thanksgiving from Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out!

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutThanksgiving Message from Russell Moore:
It's amazing to realize that our touring for 2014 is almost at an end and that Thanksgiving, Christmas and a new year are just around the corner! We're excited about our upcoming performances in Myrtle Beach, SC and Raleigh, NC on the 27th & 28th before taking a rest in December for some anticipated family time during the holidays. This past year has been wonderful and fruitful in so many ways and we are so blessed with the support of everyone in the industry from the promoters and DJs to our friends, families and fans, and I'd like to offer our sincere appreciation to all who have made it possible for us to continue to live our dream!

The Gibson Brothers Pay Tribute To Brother Acts On Rounder Debut

 BrotherhoodNashville, TN -- On February 25, 2015, The Gibson Brothers will release Brotherhood, a loving homage to the brother duos that have inspired them since childhood. “Making an album like this is something we’ve always talked about,” explains Leigh Gibson. “At some point you have to stop talking and start doing. Older brother Eric elaborates: “We love that tradition of brothers singing together, and to pay tribute to that shows people where our hearts are.”

Music, Magic, and Fire on the Mountain: FloydFest 2015 Announced

Floyd Fest 2015Floyd, VA -- For many longstanding summer music festivals, finding new and exciting ways to draw fans back for another season can prove challenging — but not for FloydFest. At Across-the-Way-Productions, the fires of creativity are burning brighter than ever. With its “Fire on the Mountain” theme, FloydFest is roaring into its 14th year with a fully streamlined reinvention of its roots, celebrating the authenticity of the music, people and setting that have sparked a music festival revolution. From July 22 to July 26, 2015, FloydFest is bringing a full five days of music and magic in the mountains, filled with endless opportunities to enjoy incredible music, healing arts, outdoor activities and more.

Mountain Heart Announces New Band Formation, Album

Mountain HeartNashville, TN -- Mountain Heart, the power acoustic band who has revolutionized music since their creation in 1999 is thrilled to announce their new partnership and an upcoming studio album, their first since 2010! Mountain Heart Entertainment is the new official partnership created after purchasing from former member Barry Abernathy. Abernathy left the band to focus on family, however, fans can still expect him to make some surprise appearances. The band is now officially a team on and off stage. For the first time in the band's 17 year history, Mountain Heart represents a group made up of all equal partners to create and share their music with fans everywhere!

Breaking Grass and Detour Give Back In Season of Thanks

Breaking GrassWillis, VA - Mountain Fever artists Breaking Grass and Detour have focused their energy on giving back in a season where thankfulness is at the front of our minds. Mississippi's Breaking Grass has been deeply touched by their involvement with a young girl from their hometown named Amber Peeks who has left an indelible impression.

Musician Teri Chism Joins Circa Blue

Teri ChismSteve Harris announced that multi-instrumentalist and vocalist Teri Chism has joined the Circa Blue band. Harris welcomed Teri saying, "Teri brings a wealth of experience and skill, and is a perfect fit. With the recent addition of fiddle player/vocalist Malia Furtado and Teri, it has added a whole new dimension to Circa Blue."

Bluegrass Junction Track-by-Track Hosts Breaking Grass Starting Today

 Just As StrongWillis, VA -- Mountain Fever artists Breaking Grass visit with SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction host Kyle Cantrell this week as they feature Just As Strong, their newest CD on Mountain Fever.

Cody Shuler Releases His First Solo Album

Cody ShulerNashville, TN -- Rural Rhythm Records and Cody Shuler have enjoyed a successful association since 2008 when the Dove nominated gospel album Pickin’, Praisin’ & Singin’ was released by Cody Shuler & Pine Mountain Railroad and debut #3 on the Billboard Bluegrass Album Chart. Six years later Rural Rhythm is proud to announce the single release “My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar” written and performed by Cody Shuler. The debut single, “My Home Is On This Ole Boxcar”, has now been released to radio and the album is scheduled for an early 2015 release.

Bela Fleck: How to Write a Banjo Concerto (Documentary) Premieres Nov 20

Bela Fleck PerformingOn Thursday, November 20 at the IFC Center in New York City, 15-time Grammy winner Béla Fleck will premiere his new documentary, How to Write a Banjo Concert (Argot Pictures). The screening begins at 7:15pm and runs 96 minutes, followed by a Q&A with Béla. “Béla Fleck: How To Write A Banjo Concerto” follows banjo trailblazer Béla Fleck through one of his most challenging musical journeys, into the world of the Symphony Orchestra. Béla is commissioned to compose a banjo concerto, possibly the first of its kind, for banjo and 80 piece symphony orchestra. It begins before he has written a note, and concludes a year later, with the sold out premiere concert with the Nashville Symphony. An intimate look at the process of composition and collaboration, “How to Write a Banjo Concerto” features Earl Scruggs, Chick Corea, Edgar Meyer, Chris Thile, Zakir Hussain, Abigail Washburn and other close musical friends of Béla’s.

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