Kate Lee & Forrest O'Connor
Photos: Shannon Kelly
Photo Gallery: Inside World Of Bluegrass, IBMA Awards & Festival in Raleigh
The International Bluegrass Music Association's World Of Bluegrass descends upon Raleigh, N.C. this weekend, and the Recording Academy is right there to bring you all the action with exclusive interviews, backstage photos, performance recaps, and more.
The festivities kicked off Thursday, Sept. 27 with the IBMA Awards followed by the official Recording Academy Nashville Chapter afterparty at Raleigh's Lincoln Theatre. The exclusive event was emceed by GRAMMY winner Jim Lauderdale and featured an all-star lineup of performers, including Kate Lee & Forrest O'Connor, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, and Special Consensus. Check out some of the highlights from the place to be for bluegrass this weekend, Raleigh, N.C.!
Jim Lauderdale served as the gracious host for Thursday night's Recording Academy afterparty, and even treated the audience to a few tunes.
We sat down to chat with GRAMMY winner Gillian Welch backstage before her performance on Friday as part of the First Ladies Of Bluegrass to talk vinyl, "O Brother, Where Art Thou?," "Look At Miss Ohio," songwriting, and more.
Special Consensus delivered a special performance Thursday night at the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter afterparty after taking home IBMA Awards for Album Of The Year for their album Rivers & Roads and Instrumental Recorded Performance their song "Squirrell Hunters."
The talk of the town on Friday night was the First Ladies Of Bluegrass, an all-star band boasting the lineup of Missy Raines, Alison Brown, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, and Becky Buller with special guests Rhiannon Giddens and Gillian Welch. Check out our exclusive look inside the history-making supergroup, complete with quotes from the pickers themselves.
Just before Florida's Flatt Lonesome took the stage Friday at the Red Hat Amplitheatre we caught up with the group's vocalist and mandolin player Kelsi Robertson Harrigill for an exclusive interview.
Bluegrass supergroup Sister Sadie delivered a top-notch set on Friday reflective of its outstanding group members. Even greater than the sum of its parts, Sister Sadie performed songs from their latest album Sister Sadie ii. We caught up with the band's bassist Beth Lawrence and banjo player Gena Britt for an exclusive interview during a late-night rehearsal for their IBMA performance.
Fresh off his win for Fiddle Player Of The Year, Michael Cleveland and his band Flamekeeper burned up the Lincoln Theatre stage Thursday night at the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter afterparty.
Kate Lee & Forrest O'Connor and their band took the stage for a special performance featuring Mallory Eagle as well as Geoff Saunders on bass and Brad Bulla on guitar, and we caught up with the crew outside before they took the stage Thursday night for their set at the Recording Academy Nashville Chapter afterparty.
East Tennessee's Po' Ramblin' Boys returned to the IBMA scene this year after last year's convention springboarded their career. We sat down with vocalist and mandolin player C.J. Lewendowski for an exclusive interview to hear about their rise in the ranks and how going deeper in to bluegrass' history helps them push the genre forward.