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Regina Bartlett has Died While at the IBMA

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Regina BartlettOne of the most significant people in California's bluegrass music scene, Regina Bartlett of Santa Cruz, California, died while attending the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) World of Bluegrass trade show and convention in Raleigh, North Carolina. Regina was jamming with other bluegrass attendees until the early morning hours. She went to sleep and died in her sleep hours later.

Michael Hall commented, "Regina was a regular performer at all NCBS festivals for the past two decades and headed the Kids On Stage program at the Good OId Fashioned Bluegrass Festival for many years. We are all in shock today. Her daughter Christine is in her way to Raleigh today. Regina will be missed."

Social Media sites have been filled with outpouring compassion for Regina. Her inpact and influence on bluegrass music was sustained by her love of the music and her endless energy that she put into it. She was active in the California Bluegrass Association, she volunteered for anything bluegrass, she would jam with other pickers and would participate in any way possible if it had anything to do with bluegrass music -- especially kids and bluegrass. Bluegrass was her life and she was an active participant in life and the music.

More details and arrangements will be updated to this article as they become known.

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