Ron Roach, a colleague of long time International Country Music Conference (ICMC) friend Bill Brown at Young Harris College in Young Harris, Georgia will be discussing a fascinating Bluegrass topic. Roach will discuss “The Golden Age of Bluegrass on the West Coast: Early History of the Golden State Boys.” Roach asserts that the “1960s were a Golden Age for bluegrass music on the West Coast. Flatt and Scruggs became a national sensation on The Beverly Hillbillies and the Dillards were regulars on The Andy Griffith Show.
One of the most important early bands in California was The Golden State Boys, formed in 1960 by Herb Rice, father of Tony Rice, and two of Herb's brothers-in-law: Hal and Leon Poindexter. The band would later include Vern Gosdin, Del McCoury, Larry Rice, and Chris Hillman. The discussion, based on interviews with former members, fills in missing gaps in the history of the Gold State Boys.”
In addition to this part of the conference there will also be other topics related to bluegrass music including Lance Kinney on What is Bluegrass Anyway (WIBA)?. Banjo artist and historian Murphey Henry will highlight Women in Bluegrass. James Akenson of the ICMC writes, "Receiving Murphy Henry’s proposals was particularly pleasing! Murphy will be dealing with a significant topic “Enduring Issues In Bluegrass: Pretty Good For A Girl.” ICMC has considered the role of women to be worth consistent attention whether as individual presentations, as topics for the Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel, or as the focus for the ICMC keynote."
Katy Leonard will discuss 5th Generation of Bluegrass Music as a great followup to Kinney's WIBA discussion. Leonard’s presentation is not designed as a formal rebuttal to Kinney, but it will certainly provide fascinating thoughts about Bill Monroe and the nature of innovation, continuity, and change in Bluegrass.
Each year, the conference has great coverage of interest to bluegrass fans, educators, scholars and historians. The ICMC is always looking for new and refreshing bluegrass music material to incorporate into their event. Past events have been both educational and entertaining for those in the bluegrass and country music related industry.
Again for ICMC 2013, the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt will be the official ICMC hotel. A block of rooms has been set aside at the attractive rate of $109 (single-quad) plus applicable taxes with access to the Holiday Inn shuttle as well as opportunities for socializing and riding to and from Belmont with fellow ICMC attendees. You may call the Holiday Inn Vanderbilt directly at 615-327-4707 or 1-877-327-4707 and ask for the reservation department. Ask the reservation operator for accommodations with the International Country Music Conference---group code ICM. Reservations must be made by Wednesday, 24 April 2013. After 24 April, the hotel will release any unbooked rooms. Additional reservations requests will be honored on a space and rate availability basis.