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IBMA Announces World of Bluegrass Official Showcase Artists

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IBMA Bluegrass RambleNASHVILLE, Tennessee – April 27, 2016 – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announces its Official Showcase Artists, a group of 30 committee-selected acts that will be a part of the Bluegrass Ramble during the IBMA’s World of Bluegrass events in Raleigh, North Carolina, September 27-29, 2016.

The following artists were selected from over 150 submissions by artists all over the world, covering the spectrum of bluegrass styles. Each act will perform at least two times over the course of the three-night Ramble event, at one of five downtown Raleigh clubs plus the Raleigh Convention Center, giving industry and fans multiple opportunities to hear as much music as possible. Venues hosting Ramble artists are The Lincoln Theatre, Kings, Architect Bar, Long View Vintage Church and The Pour House.

Congratulations to the following artists participating in the 2016 Bluegrass Ramble:

  • 10 String Symphony – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Annie Lou – Parksville, British Columbia, Canada
  • Bill and the Belles – Johnson City, Tennessee
  • Cardboard Fox – Bath, Somerset, United Kingdom
  • Carolina Blue – Pisgah Forest, North Carolina
  • Hackensaw Boys – Washington, D.C.
  • Hannah Shira Naiman – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • High Plains Jamboree – Austin, Texas
  • Hot Buttered Rum – San Geronimo, California
  • J2B2 (John Jorgenson Bluegrass Band) – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Jenni Lyn – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Joe K. Walsh – Portland, Maine
  • Kaia Kater – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Missy Raines & the New Hip – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Molly Tuttle Band – Nashville, Tennessee
  • Old Salt Union – Belleville, Illinois
  • Red Wine – Rapallo, Italy
  • Run Boy Run – Tucson, Arizona
  • Steep Ravine – Watsonville, California
  • Tellico – Asheville, North Carolina
  • The Andrew Collins Trio – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • The Honey Dewdrops – Baltimore, Maryland
  • The Lil’ Smokies – Denver, Colorado
  • The Loose Strings Band – Galax, Virginia
  • The Unseen Strangers – Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Tim Carter & Bang Bang – Goodlettsville, Tennessee
  • Town Mountain – Asheville, North Carolina
  • Trout Steak Revival – Denver, Colorado
  • Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike – Bell Buckle, Tennessee
  • Zoe & Cloyd – Asheville, North Carolina

All of the Official Showcase acts can be heard on the free Bluegrass Ramble 2016 compilation, found at:

In addition, you can learn more about each band at:
Admission to the Bluegrass Ramble is included with an IBMA Business Conference registration, or passes may be purchased separately at

Additional artists will be added to the Bluegrass Ramble via co-sponsored shows at the venues, along with privately-hosted “After Hours Showcases” (Tuesday – Friday) at the Raleigh Marriott City Center.

For the second year, the IBMA is offering Afternoon Showcases to its business conference from Tuesday-Thursday. These showcases, open only to business conference attendees, give artists the chance to showcase before a concentrated audience of talent buyers, labels, agents and “tastemakers” in the bluegrass community.

IBMA showcases will provide over 200 opportunities for bands to perform at sanctioned IBMA events during World of Bluegrass. The full Bluegrass Ramble schedule will be available in the coming months.

Those interested in sponsoring a showcase may contact Eddie Huffman at IBMA: (615) 256-3222, 1-888-GET-IBMA or

IBMA’s World of Bluegrass event, a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention, consists of four parts: the IBMA Business Conference, September 27 – 29 ; the 27th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 29; Wide Open Bluegrass (presented by PNC), September 30 – October 1 (which includes both free stages and ticketed festival performances) and the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 27 – 29 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center.

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the professional trade organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s six-year stay in Raleigh is the result of a partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention & Visitors Bureau, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the Raleigh Convention Center, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.

Members of the IBMA receive a discount on regular registration and ticket fees, and first time attendees receive a special discount on conference registration. Tickets for all events are on sale now and may be purchased or 1-800-514-3849.

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