SPGBMA - Society for the Preservation Of Bluegrass Music of America
IBMA - International Bluegrass Music Association
Galax - Bluegrass In Galax
BrewGrass - The Great Smokies Craft Brewers Brewgrass Festival
Mountain Music Festival - The NC Mountain State Fair
MerleFest encouraging attendees to take an active role in this year's festival. There's the big annual events like the Chris Austin Songwriting Contest (deadline 2/19/13), The Merle Watson Bluegrass Banjo Contest, The Doc Watson Guitar Contest, The Youth Showcases, Songwriter Showcase, Jam Camp, and so much more. Get all the info at their website www.merlefest.org MerleFest 2013 presented by Lowe's April 25-28 on the campus of Wilkes Community College in Wilkesboro.
Emcees will have to lengthen their introduction of the Asheville, NC based Steep Canyon Rangers, adding Grammy winning to the already impressive list of accolades. Sunday night in Los Angeles, the Rangers won the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album for their Rounder recording, Nobody Knows You. The competition was strong from Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, Noam Pikelny, and Special Consensus.