Bluegrass Connection

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An IBMA Bluegrass Music Awareness Program

International Bluegrass Music Association

International Bluegrass Music Association
2 Music Circle South
Suite 100
Nashville, TN 37203
Ph: 615-256-3222
Toll Free: 1-888-438-4262

Yes, you too can become a member of the International Bluegrass Music Association. Whether you play bluegrass music, are a fan or anything in between, you can enjoy the benefits of being an IBMA member. Just print out the membership enrollment form and fill in the information requested. Don't forget to mention that you saw it here on the Bluegrass Connection. Your source for timely and up-to-date Official bluegrass music homepages.

Past International Bluegrass Music Award Recipients

- Hall of Fame Inductees
- Entertainer of the Year
- Vocal Group of the Year
- Instrumental Group of the Year
- Female Vocalist of the Year
- Male Vocalist of the Year
- Song of the Year
- Album of the Year
- Instrumental Album of the Year
- Recorded Event of the Year
- Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year
- Emerging Artist of the Year
- Instrumental Performers of the Year
- Print Media Personality
- Broadcast Personality
- Graphic Design - Recorded Project
- Liner Notes: Recorded Project
- Bluegrass Event of the Year
- Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

Official Membership
The IBMA and it's members would like you to take the time to see and listen to some of ways you can enjoy the music and products we produce.

We will be adding to this page over time and are in hopes that you will enjoy it enough to visit many times.

Natural Music

Bluegrass is honest, natural, hands-on, heart-to-heart, real and pure, something with roots and branches that go beyond trends.


The annual IBMA Fanfest
Pictures courtesy of IBMA Volunteer Donna Morgan
Fanfest 96
A beautiful setting for the annual IBMA bluegrass music festival
Ricky Scaggs and Fan Ricky Scaggs takes time out to visit with a fan. You never would get this close at a country music event!
Gibson F5
A Gibson F5 Mandolin

At festivals you can attend workshops to learn about instruments

Young Fiddle Player
On stage at the IBMA 1996 Awards Show
Bluegrass Music is for the young too!

Bring your children to bluegrass music events. They could become interested too!

1998 International Bluegrass Music Awards

Hall of Honor Inductee
Chubby Wise and Carlton Haney

Entertainer Of The Year
The Del McCoury Band

Vocal Group Of The Year
IIIrd Tyme Out

Instrumental Group Of The Year
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Male Vocalist Of The Year
Ronnie Bowman

Female Vocalist Of The Year
Lynn Morris

Song Of The Year
"Lonesome Old Home" - Longview (artists), Ed Hamilton (songwriter)

Album Of The Year
Bluegrass Rules - Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder - Rounder/Skaggs Family

Recorded Event Of The Year
Longview - Longview - Rounder

Instrumental Recording Of The Year
Fiddle Patch - Bobby Hicks - Rounder

Gospel Recorded Performance Of The Year
Stanley Gospel Tradition: Songs About Our Savior - T. Austin, B. Bales, R. Bowman, A. Haynie, J. King, D. McCall, D. Perry, D. Rigsby, J. Shelton, J. Sisk, C. Sizemore, C. Smith, S. Sparks, A. Steffey, E. Thacker and D. Tyminski - Doobie Shea

Emerging Artist Of The Year
Gibson Brothers

Print Media
Sabu Watanabe

Broadcaster of the Year
Terry Herd

Graphic Design
Rebel Records and Blue Highway for the album Midnight Storm, graphic designer Craig Hansen

Liner Notes
Rebel Records for 35 Years of the Best of Bluegrass, 1960-1995, liner notes by Bill Vernon

Certificate of Merit Awards

Instrumental Peformances Of The Year

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