IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh

Raleigh is in the middle of the World of Bluegrass festival. Craig Havighurst returns to talk with WUNC's Eric Hodge about the event.  Havighurst is a music journalist who has contributed to NPR and the Wall Street Jounral.  He produces a music roots show in Nashville and is a Triangle native.  He's also a board member of the International Bluegrass Music Association, which puts on the festival.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

The World of Bluegrass event is underway in Raleigh.  It's the first year the five-day convention has come to the Triangle after having a home in Nashville for eight years, and it's a place for musicians, agents and music lovers to hear the best of Bluegrass every year.

IBMA World of Bluegrass in Raleigh

The number of banjos, mandolins and fiddles has skyrocketed in Raleigh this week as the IBMA bluegrass conference and musical event comes to town. 

The "World of Bluegrass" is an annual business conference, awards show, and multi-day concert series put on by the International Bluegrass Music Association. Raleigh hosts this year's event, and will be the host city through 2015. Last year's gathering in Nashville drew more than 13,000 attendees.

WUNC Updates During IBMA

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Update: Hear the broadcast Wednesday night, September 25, 8-10 p.m. on WUNC and WAMU Bluegrass Country.

North Carolina-based Balsam Range raked in the second-most nominations for IBMA Awards Wednesday night.
Balsam Range

The International Bluegrass Music Association's 2013 award ceremony isn't coming to Raleigh until mid-September, but the excitement has already made it to town. Fans gathered at three viewing parties Wednesday night for live announcements of the IMBA Award nominees. 

The band Many Nights Ahead performs on The State of Things.

Out of the Shenandoah Valley, Many Nights Ahead is a young 7-member bluegrass band looking to grow. Their music is influenced by the Shenandoah Valley and their backgrounds in genres such as blues and metal. 

Alice Gerrard is a staple of the Triangle music scene.
Irene Young

Alice Gerrard is a legend in the world of bluegrass, inspiring many musical greats, including The Judds. But it’s only on her latest production, “Bittersweet,” that she is releasing an entire album of all-original songs for the first time. Host Frank Stasio talks to Alice Gerrard in the studio, and she plays live.

Town Mountain
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Last year, Town Mountain released their album Leave the Bottle.  On WNCW’s “Top 100 of 2012” list, the  Asheville-based bluegrass band's album earned the #19 spot. 

Town Mountain is playing tonight in Raleigh at The Pour House Music Hall.  The band joins Frank Stasio today in the studio to tell us about themselves and play a few songs.

Listen to their song "Come Break My Heart."


Organizers of the World of Bluegrass are gearing up for their inaugural year in North Carolina's capital.  They've announced many of the acts and events that will highlight the festival later this year. 

Grammy-winner Alison Krauss will join Steve Martin and North Carolina's own Steep Canyon Rangers as featured performers.  North Carolina bands like the Grass Cats and Lorraine Jordan and Carolina Road will also take center stage at several venues at what's being called the "Wide Open Bluegrass Festival".

But it's not just about the music.


Nov 2, 2012

The band of three young men and one young woman used to call themselves Mipso Trio.

Now they go by Mipso after adding a fiddler. They recently released their first full length CD and they spent the summer traveling and learning new forms of music. Mipso plays Cat's Cradle Saturday night, but first they stop in to chat with guest host Isaac Davy-Aronson and play some tunes.