In June 2013, two bluegrass music traditions – KET’s Jubilee and the International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest – come together in a groundbreaking collaboration: live performances from the IBMA Fan Fest are captured for the first time ever on the new season of Jubilee, recorded in Nashville in September 2012. A major event in the world of bluegrass music, this is the first time IBMA’s Fan Fest, which yearly features top bluegrass artists, has ever been recorded. The season premieres Tuesday, June 4 at 8/7 p.m. on KET and Saturday, June 8 at 11/10 p.m. on KET2.
Each of the season’s 20 episodes features performances from two to three national and regional artists from the 2012 Fan Fest, including many 2012 IBMA award winners. Additionally, some programs include interviews with the performers.
Abby Malik with Kentucky Educational Television (KET), the Kentucky PBS affiliate tells us that "June is the premier of their 17th season of Jubliee which comes from the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fan Fest that was held in Nashville, Tennessee." She notes, "What makes this season special is that it marks the first time the IBMA Fan Fest performances have ever been recorded.
Jubilee is a nationally distributed show – public television stations across the country can pick it up and air it. In addition, here is a behind-the-scenes/ preview video of the season, to give you a better sense of what the program is all about:
“We were thrilled to take our Jubilee production to the IBMA Fan Fest event last fall, and it was extra special being the first time those performances were recorded for broadcast,” says Nick Helton, Jubilee producer. “It was two amazing days filled with great music and will make one of the best Jubilee seasons we’ve ever had.”
Since its premiere in 1996, KET’s Jubilee series has presented an eclectic mix of traditional and contemporary bluegrass, blues, folk, gospel, and other forms of distinctly American music. The producers film live performances from festivals, and we bring those performances into fans’ living rooms.
In addition, after each episode airs on Tuesdays, beginning June 4, they’ll then be available to watch online, for free – making the program available to anyone who loves Bluegrass. The season kicks off with bluegrass legends Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-Press and The Del McCoury Band, and continues on with 19 more episodes that feature 2-3 artists each.
Osborne, who will be 82 this year, is one of the major contributors to bluegrass mandolin playing, pioneering a sound in the 1950s that remains popular today. He bridged the gap between bluegrass and mainstream country music, and Bobby Osborne & The Rocky Top X-press was the first bluegrass act to play at The White House, in 1971.
For the past 50 years, McCoury has been defining authenticity for hard-core bluegrass fans. He was influenced in the early 1950s by the music of Earl Scruggs to pick up a banjo, and he joined Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys in 1963. In the early 1990s, he formed The Del McCoury Band with his sons, and they moved to Nashville. McCoury has influenced artists from Vince Gill and Alison Krauss to Phish and Steve Earle.
This season’s episodes also include:
This episode includes performances by five-time IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Russell Moore and his group IIIrd Tyme Out plus bluegrass/gospel performer Larry Sparks and his group The Lonesome Ramblers.
This episode includes performances by bluegrass Hall of Famer Doyle Lawson and his group Quicksilver plus The Rambling Rooks, featuring former Lonesome River Band members Ronnie Bowman, Don Rigsby, and Kenny Smith.
This episode includes performances by IBMA 2012 Instrumental Group of the Year The Boxcars; rising stars The Skip Cherryholmes Quintet; and first-generation family group The Chapmans.
This episode includes performances by North Carolina bluegrass band Steep Canyon Rangers plus the young picking stars Sleepy Man Banjo Boys.
This episode includes performances by Boston-based alt-grassers Della Mae; five-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Dale Ann Bradley; and folk-bluegrass group Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands.
This episode includes performances by bluegrass legend J. D. Crowe and his group The New South plus award-winning vocalist and guitarist Audie Blaylock and his group Redline.
This episode includes performances by brother and sister duo The Roys; “sweethearts of bluegrass” Darin & Brooke Aldridge; and up-and-coming stars The Bankesters.
This episode includes performances by premier fiddler Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper; 2012 Grand Master Fiddle Champion Jaclyn Sites; and the youthful performers of Kids on Bluegrass.
This episode includes performances by Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, who took home 2012 Song of the Year and Album of the Year trophies, plus IBMA Vocal Group of the Year Blue Highway.
This episode includes performances by Nashville’s own The SteelDrivers plus Grammy award winning The Clay Hess Band.
This episode includes performances by top vocalist Marty Raybon & Full Circle plus Lonesome River Band, who received the 2012 IBMA Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year Award for the song “Angeline The Baker.”
This episode includes performances by bluegrass veteran Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time plus 2012 IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers.
This episode includes performances by Nashville “A-list” songwriter Jim Lauderdale; perennial bluegrass favorite The Grascals; and Canadian acoustic group The Spinney Brothers.
This episode includes performances by 2012 IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year nominee Darrell Webb Band; Kentucky-based group Newtown; and bluegrass icon Jesse McReynolds & The Virginia Boys Reunion.
This episode includes performances by mandolin prodigy Sierra Hull plus North Carolina bluegrass group Balsam Range.
This episode includes performances by bluegrass/country guitarist Josh Williams and his band plus acclaimed Kentucky vocalist/guitarist Charlie Sizemore and his band.
This episode includes performances by the young, high-energy quintet The HillBenders plus “bluegrass poet” Donna Ulisse and The Poor Mountain Boys.
This episode features The Best of the 2012 IBMA Fan Fest (part 1): Veteran stars and rising young groups are featured in performances from the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.
This episode features the Best of the 2012 IBMA Fan Fest (part 2): More performances of original songs from artists featured at the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association Fan Fest in Nashville.