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Kentucky Commits $5-Million for International Bluegrass Music Center Building

International Bluegrass Music MuseumOwensboro, KY - In a press conference Wednesday morning at the Owensboro Convention Center, Governor Steve Beshear announced plans for the state of Kentucky to provide an additional $5 million towards the International Bluegrass Music Center. Several state and local government officials spoke during the press conference including Representative Tommy Thompson, state Senator Joe Bowen, Mayor Ron Payne, and Bluegrass Museum chairmen, Terry Woodward and Rosemary Conder.

CANCELLED: Kentucky Filmmaker, Morgan Atkinson to Screen Thomas Merton Documentary

Thomas Merton DocumentaryOwensboro, Ky., -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum will host a film screening and open discussion Wednesday, March 11, with Kentucky film maker Morgan Atkinson, for his latest project, The Many Storeys and Last Days of Thomas Merton.

Old Salt Union at International Bluegrass Music Museum Thursday

Old Salt UnionOwensboro, Ky. -- The International Bluegrass Music Museum will kick off the 2015 season of their benefit concert series on Thursday, February 26th with the Illinois based bluegrass group, Old Salt Union. What makes Old Salt Union so special is their ability to stretch the boundaries of traditional bluegrass music by incorporating in-depth musical arrangements, a catchy hook, and an uncanny pop sensibility. They truly are a new generation of bluegrass in the industry.

The Bluegrass Hall of Fame: Inductee Biographies 1991-2014

 Inductee Biographies 1991-2014There is a new book out for bluegrass fans, followers, historians and more. The Bluegrass Hall of Fame: Inductee Biographies 1991-2014 is the title of the new book Fred Bartenstein wrote with Gary Reid and a few others for the International Bluegrass Music Museum. Fred says, "It looks even better than I thought it would. There are 44 big color and 19 black and white photo portraits, many never-before published. I've put autographed copies up for sale on my website." The book will soon be available through other outlets.

International Bluegrass Music Museum Begins Executive Director Search

International Bluegrass Music MuseumThe International Bluegrass Music Museum's board of trustees announced in December that Gabrielle M. Gray, the museum's chief executive, would be ending her exceptional 12-year tenure as the museum's creative leader and retires as executive director. Carly Smith has been acting as the museum's interim director. The Museum has officially commenced their search for a new Executive Director to carry on the tradition and lead the museum on the next page of its journey.

ROMP Announces 2015 Lineup

Del McCoury Band at ROMPOwensboro, KY -- The 12th annual ROMP Festival, the bluegrass and Americana music fest known for its stellar line-ups, friendly camping atmosphere, and easy access to artists, takes place June 24-27, 2015 in Owensboro, Kentucky.

IBMM Interim Director Named; National Search Underway

Gabrielle GrayOwensboro, KY -- The board of trustees of the International Bluegrass Music Museum today announced an important transition in its administrative leadership that reflects the organization's rising stature and maturity as a center of preservation and innovation in bluegrass music.

John Prine to Play ROMP, 4-Day Pass Discounts Coming

John PrineSome four decades since his remarkable debut, John Prine is a rare talent who writes the songs other songwriters would sell their souls for. Long considered a "songwriter's songwriter," his extensive catalog has been recorded by the likes of Johnny Cash, Bonnie Raitt, Kris Kristofferson, Carly Simon and others. Recently honored at the Library of Congress by US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser, Prine's been elevated from the annals of songwriters into the realm of bonafide American treasures.

IBMM Mandolin Camp AllStar Faculty Concert Tonight

IBMM AllStar Mandolin Faculty ConcertOwensboro, KY -- This Saturday night's International Bluegrass Music Museum's (IBMM) AllStar Mandolin Faculty Concert will feature the finest in mandolin stylists, playing both individually and in various ensembles to create a memorable, once-in-a-lifetime event. International Bluegrass Hall of Fame member Jesse McReynolds, jazz master Don Stiernberg, this year's IBMA Emerging Mandolinist of the Year Dominick Leslie, Sierra Hull, Mark Royal and Mike Compton.

Bourbon & Bluegrass - a Bluegrass Museum Benefit

Owensboro, KY -- The Owensboro Bourbon Society, The Miller House and the International Bluegrass Music Museum are partnering together for 'Bourbon and Bluegrass,' Saturday, October 11 at The Miller House. This special evening will include dinner, bourbon and wine tastings with the meal, champagne, a silent auction and live music, and will be a benefit for the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

The 23 String Band in Concert at the Bluegrass Museum

23 String BandOwensboro, KY -- The 23 String Band has a compelling energy that dances the line between traditional bluegrass and a progressive sound all their own. It's no surprise they were one of the most requested bands in our ROMP survey this year, and we can't wait to hear them again...this time at museum!

IBMM's 9th annual Mandolin Camp! Nov. 14-16, 2014

Mike ComptonOwensboro, KY -- Returning for his 9th consecutive year as camp director is bluegrass music legend, Mike Compton. Known for his mastery of Monroe-style playing, Mike is a preservationist who continues teaching the music that Bill Monroe innovated and which set the standard for generations of bluegrass mandolin players to come. The International Bluegrass Music Museum's (IBMM) 9th Annual Mandolin Camp will take place November 14 through 16 at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Doyle Lawson & Del McCoury Hall of Fame Plaques Unveiled

Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury Hall of Fame 2014Owensboro, KY -- Award winning bluegrass music artists and Hall of Fame inductees Doyle Lawson (2012) and Del McCoury (2011) had their Hall of Fame plaques unveiled at this year's ROMP festival. The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has a committee that selects the inductees for each year. The two artists saw their Hall of Fame Plaques unveiled between sets at ROMP Fest in Owensboro this past Thursday. Both the Del McCoury Band and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver performed during ROMP on Thursday. The plaque unveiling is a major tribute to these Hall of Fame Inductees.

Goin Back to Ole Kentucky to See my ROMPIN' Crew

Del McCouryROMP is excited and proud to welcome back a member of the International Bluegrass Music's Hall of Honor, Mr. Del McCoury. Del has been a legend of bluegrass music his entire career. In 1964 he began his ascent to the Hall of Fame by joining the Father of Bluegrass -- Bill Monroe-- and Monroe's Blue Grass Boys.

Jam with the Legendary Pioneers of Bluegrass

ROMP Hall of Fame MembersROMP Bluegrass Music Festival will hold their Legends Jamp with the pioneers of bluegrass from 4PM - 7PM on Wednesday, June 25th at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. Bring your instrumentsand join in the fun of this epic jam with 20 of bluegrass music's best pioneers.

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