Raleigh North Carolina

Wednesday October 1 2014.  It was largely a traveling day.  Early start, in this case 6am alarm, packing, checking out, collecting our car from the Club’s own car park (we subsequently found out that it was just about the most expensive place to park in St Louis at $12 per day), finding a gas station near the airport to ensure it was returned with a full tank, locating the rental company drop-off point, aboard a shuttle ride to the airport and getting our boarding passes.

Then I had to say farewell to my delightful traveling companions Trish and Sandra.  Finally, getting through security was a chore, it was as stringent as I ever have encountered.

All that done in good time, though, for the first leg – my flight to Pittsburgh.  Time for breakfast.

This was a  regional flight so I had a small Embraer ERJ145 aircraft, a one seat column on the left and two seats on the right, about 25 rows and low-ceilings – for me, it was head down at all times.  The second flight from Pittsburg was the same, except less passengers (less than one third full).  Once I got through security earlier in the day at St Louis, it turned out to be the most relaxing flying day I can remember for a while.  And I arrived at Raleigh thirty minutes ahead of schedule.

A cab to the hotel and some tasks to catch up on so I would be relatively free for the next few days, when the pace would be frantic.

By 7pm, I was ready to check out IBMA’s World of Bluegrass 2014.  The event is huge – there are Ramble showcase events Tuesday to Thursday, a business conference Wednesday to Thursday, an Awards show on Thursday night, a two-day Wide Open Bluegrass event on Friday and featuring a ticketed show at The Red Hat Amphitheatre and a plethora of free street events, a film festival (introduced this year), an Exhibit Hall, formal jam sessions, informal jam sessions and a street fair.

From my motel, it was a twenty five minute walk to the Raleigh Convention Centre.  Upon arrival, I collected my IBMA Award show tickets, some brochures, purchased a festival shirt and headed down to The Workshop Stage.

The Davidson Brothers were my first-up experience.  The Brothers grew up in regional Victoria and were raised in a musical family.  The boys Hamish and Lachlan began playing music and performing at a young age and are multi-instrumentalists on banjo, fiddle and mandolin.  With seven albums under their belt, they are one of Australia’s best bluegrass acts.  Australian Country Music Award winners in 2009, 2010 and 2012, and Group of the Year at the 2010 Australian Independent Country Music Awards.  In recent years, the Davidson Brothers have toured extensively throughout Australia and America, which included representing Australia at the World of Bluegrass in 2004 and 2009.  They were later invited to present at the 2010 International Bluegrass Awards held at the historic Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.  The Brothers’ latest album is Wanderlust, which was released in June 2014, and features eleven original tracks, three of which are instrumentals.  The live band also features Jacob McGuffie on guitar and Louis Gill on upright bass..

Tonight they put a thirty-minute set, both lively and with a uniquely Australian content and sensibility – “Grass Mound” and “I Miss The Sound of Rain” were highlights.  The response from the crowd was enthusiastic.
DSC01747The Davidson Brothers

Davidson Brothers

As well as appearing here, Rebecca Frazier also played at the recent Americana festival in Nashville, thereby demonstrating a broader appeal into the Americana music market.  She is a great singer (including a yodelling proficiency), songwriter and guitar picker.  When We Fall, her most recent album which has been out since May 2013, has garnered some very positive reviews.  I really liked her set.

Rebecca Frazier

It was time for dinner, so I headed to the nearest place open at this relatively late hour for dining.  By the time I returned to the Workshop Stage, Becky Buller was just commencing.  If you’re a fan of acoustic music, particularly bluegrass, and you haven’t heard of fiddler Becky, there’s a good chance you’ve heard some of her songs, as her compositions have been recorded by Ricky Skaggs and Rhonda Vincent, as well as others.  Hailing from Manchester, TN, her most recent release is ‘Tween Earth and Sky.  Becky is also on the IBMA Board of Directors and plays with Dale Ann Bradley and the Darin and Brooke Aldridge band.


Becky Buller


World of Bluegrass 2014 Streetfest Schedule


The full schedule of artists and performances for Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, the free street festival portion of Wide Open Bluegrass, has just been announced.  The roster of artists performing October 3 and 4 in Raleigh, North Carolina, includes a broad mix of local, national and international bluegrass talent.

The full schedule of artists and performance times for various stages at the free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest is listed below.

“If you’ve ever wondered what ‘bluegrass heaven’ would be like, you need to come to Raleigh, North Carolina October 3-4,” said IBMA Executive Director Nancy Cardwell.  “You’ll hear some of the best bluegrass music from around the world, played by talented musicians of all ages.  There will be banners in the street, barbecue wafting through the air, banjos on every corner, red-hot jamming and dancing, and a smile on every face.  In the Raleigh Convention Center we’ll have a fantastic Bluegrass Expo Hall, a Masters Workshop, and celebrity jam sessions, plus all sorts of great music and fun outside at the StreetFest.  Get your tickets now and make plans to enjoy every joyous part of the Wide Open Bluegrass festival!””

The PNC-presented free Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest, held along Fayetteville Street, will feature more than 80 bands, four music stages, a dance tent, vendors, concessions and a special youth stage near the Convention Centre that will feature performances and activities from the future stars of bluegrass – including programming set up by IBMA’s Youth Council.  Additionally, StreetFest will contain a Bluegrass Expo Hall and a Masters Workshop Stage in the Raleigh Convention Centre.


Schedule for Artists and Performances for
Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest
October 3-4, 2014

(all times/performers subject to change)


12:00-12:45 pm Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
1:15-2:00 pm Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
2:30-3:15 pm Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
3:45-4:30 pm Scythian
5:00-5:45 pm Sierra Hull
6:15-7:15 pm Adkins & Loudermilk
7:45-9:00 pm The Gibson Brothers
9:30-11:00 pm Chatham County Line

12:15-1:00 pm Al Batten & The Bluegrass Reunion
1:30-2:15 pm Tommy Edwards & The Bluegrass Experience
2:45-3:30 pm The Outliers
4:00-4:45 pm The Grass Cats
5:15-6:00 pm Missy Raines & The New Hip
6:30-7:30 pm Compton & Newberry
8:00-9:15 pm Carl Johnson & Jim Lloyd
9:45-11:00 pm Steve Dilling & Sideline

12:30-1:15 pm Nixon, Blevins & Gage
1:45-2:30 pm Bill Evans
3:00-3:45 pm The Bankesters
4:15-5:00 pm The Barefoot Movement
5:30-6:15 pm Terry Baucom & The Dukes of Drive
6:45-7:45 pm Donna Ulisse
8:15-9:15 pm The Boxcars
9:45-11:00 pm Blue Highway

12:15-1:00 pm Moore Brothers Band
1:30-2:15 pm Foghorn Stringband
2:45-3:30 pm New Country Rehab
4:00-4:45 pm The Duhks
5:15-6:00 pm I Draw Slow
6:30-7:30 pm Floodwood
8:00-9:15 pm Balsam Range
9:45-11:00 pm The Deadly Gentlemen

12:00-12:45 pm Cup O’Joe
1:00-1:45 pm Maybe April
2:00-2:45 pm The Burie Family
3:00-3:45 pm Gold Heart
4:00-4:45 pm Breaking Grass
5:00-5:45 pm Kids on Bluegrass

12:00-1:15 pm Square dance w/Southern String Band
1:30-2:30 pm Cane Creek Cloggers w/Southern String Band
3:00-4:00 pm Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
4:30-5:15 pm Carolina Heartland Cloggers & Little River Cloggers, w/Patrick Walsh & Friends
6:00-7:00 pm Square dance – Caller Aaron Ratcliffe w/Yer Crooked Cousins
7:30-9:00 pm The Duhks
9:30-11:00 pm Scythian


12:00-12:45 pm Clay Hess Band
1:15-2:00 pm Hubby Jenkins
2:30-3:15 pm Special Consensus
3:45-4:30 pm Kids on Bluegrass
5:00-5:45 pm Billy Strings & Don Julin
6:15-7:15 pm The Kruger Brothers
7:45-9:00 pm Claire Lynch Band
9:30-11:00 pm Jim Lauderdale

12:15-1:00 pm Gravy Boys
1:30-2:15 pm Mountain Faith
2:45-3:30 pm Jeff Little Trio
4:00-4:45 pm David Holt & Josh Goforth
5:15-6:00 pm Bobby Hicks, Tony Williamson, Ron Shuffler and Friends
6:30-7:30 pm Snyder Family Band
8:00-9:15 pm Mark Johnson & Emory Lester
9:45-11:00 pm Laney Jones

12:30-1:15 pm Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road
1:45-2:30 pm Darin & Brooke Aldridge
3:00-3:45 pm Donna Hughes
4:15-5:00 pm Audie Blaylock & Redline
5:30-6:15 pm Lynda Dawson & Pattie Hopkins
6:45-7:45 pm Dale Ann Bradley
8:15-9:15 pm Danny Paisley & Southern Grass
9:45-11:00 pm The Ramblin Rooks

12:15-1:00 pm Malpass Brothers
1:30-2:15 pm Kristy Cox
2:45-3:30 pm Flatt Lonesome
4:00-4:45 pm MIPSO
5:15-6:00 pm Front Country
6:30-7:30 pm Rebecca Frazier and Hit & Run
8:00-9:15 pm Wood & Wire
9:45-11:00 pm Della Mae

12:00-12:45 pm tba
1:00-1:45 pm Ash Breeze
2:00-2:45 pm The Lindsey Family
3:00-3:45 pm Meyerband
4:30-4:45 pm The Willis Clan

12:00-2:00 pm Family Square Dance – Connie Carringer
w/Carolina Catbirds
2:30-3:30 pm Green Grass Cloggers w/Epps Pepsteppers
4:00-5:30 pm Swing Dance – Huzzah the Band with introductory swing lesson by Jason Sager
6:00-7:00 pm The Stuart Brothers
7:30-9:00 pm Front Country
9:30-11:00 pm The Revelers


Chatham County Line – Spotlight on World of Bluegrass 2014 # 2 and Americanafest 2014 # 8



Chatham County Line is performing at

World of Bluegrass Festival 2014 Raleigh NC October 1 to 3

Americana Festival 2014 Nashville TN September 19


Year two of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass festival will be held in Raleigh North Carolina 30 September to 4 October 2014 (the event moved from Nashville last year).  To celebrate the event’s second year in the band’s hometown, Chatham County Line has made a video for its song “Living in Raleigh Now.”

You can check it out in the player below.  It was shot all over downtown Raleigh, including onstage at the Red Hat amphitheater and on Boylan Bridge.



Tour dates for the band are below.  While not listed on the band’s official site, Chatham County Line also will be performing at the Americana Festival in Nashville 2014 this September.  Hopefully I’ll get to see the band play again, at each festival.



US Tour Dates
September 4 – American Tobacco Amphitheater – Durham, NC
September 13 – Brevard, NC – Mountain Song Festival
September 26 – Wilmington, NC – Greenfield Lake Amphitheatre
September 27 – Charleston, SC – Charleston Music Hall
October 1-3 – Raleigh, NC – IBMA World of Bluegrass
October 10 – Charlotte, NC – Neighborhood Theatre
October 11 – Atlanta – Terminal West
October 14 – NY, NY – Rockwood Music Hall
October 15 – Northampton, MA – The Parlor Room
October 16 – Norfolk, CT – Infinity Hall
October 17 – Portsmouth, NH – The Press Room
October 18 – Boston, MA – Brighton Music Hall
European Tour Dates
14 November – Vulkan Arena, Oslo (NO)

15 November – Minnebroederskerk, Mechelen (BE)
16 November – Bush Hall, London (UK)
17 November – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds (UK)
18 November – Mono, Glasgow (UK)
19 November – Button Factory, Dublin (IE)
20 November – Raheen House Hotel, Tipperary (IE)
21 November – Deaf Institute, Manchester (UK)
23 November – Paradiso, Amsterdam (NL)

Wide Open Bluegrass – 2014 Line-up Announced


The Del McCoury Band – Wide Open Bluegrass 2013

Wide Open Bluegrass (WOB) is a two-day festival which is part of the World Of Bluegrass event in Raleigh North Carolina.  WOB is held at the Red Hat Amphitheatre in downtown Raleigh, on a single stage, on 3 and 4 October 2014 and the line-up for that has been announced.

Here are the artists scheduled for Wide Open Bluegrass – in reverse order of appearance.

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International Bluegrass Award 2014 Nominations



Alison Krauss, The Del McCoury Band, Jerry Douglas, Chris Thile Amongst Nominees

for 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards

The Boxcars Lead the Nominations


Nominees for the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced this week at a press conference in Nashville, Tennessee, with The Boxcars leading the pack with ten nominations for the band and their individual members.  They’re followed by Blue Highway with nine nominations, and The Del McCoury Band with six nominations.  A full list of nominations appears at the end of this article. Continue reading

Mustered Courage Signs New Record Deal




Travianna Records has announced the signing of one of Australia’s most individual and sought after Americana bands, Mustered Courage, to the label.  Like the Avett Brothers or The Steel Drivers, Mustered Courage breathes new life into the bluegrass scene with a style that appeals to both traditionalists and newcomers alike.

Based in Melbourne, Australia, the band bridges the gap between traditional bluegrass and modern roots music.  Consisting of three Aussies and a Texas expat. – the quartet has risen to the top of Australia’s folk and roots scene on the strength of their energetic live shows and an eponymous debut album that won them a string of glowing reviews, loads of national radio support, an endorsement from Seal, and a trophy at the 2012 MusicOz Awards (Australia’s Independent Music Awards).

Their latest album Powerlines has also garnered the band two Golden Guitar nominations at the 2014 CMAA Country Music Awards of Australia for Alternative Country Album of the Year and Instrumental of the Year for the track “Allegheny.”




Travianna Records president, Mark Hodges is incredibly excited to bring Mustered Courage’s music to the U.S. “I first saw them last year in Nashville at the world-famous Station Inn when they were here for a short tour and had stopped by to do a showcase at the Americana Music Conference.  Blew me away.  Total Entertainers.  The real deal,” he says.

Mustered Courage’s quick ascent has not gone unnoticed in music industry circles, both in Australia and abroad.  Their down-home picking style has afforded them the opportunity to play many of the major Australian festivals, perform an official showcase at September 2013’s Americana Music Association Conference and Festival in Nashville, and they are about to embark on another 50-date summer tour of the USA this summer, staying through October where they will meet in Raleigh, NC for the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass events.


It’s GREAT to be seeing such as good outfit going from strength to strength.



Michael Cleveland – Fiddler Extraordinaire


Michael Cleveland is a hell of a player.

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