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International Country Music Conference Seeking Bluegrass Entries

International Country Music JournalDon Cusic is accepting manuscripts for a Bluegrass themed Special Issue of the International Country Music Journal until Monday 1 August. International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is waiting for an August 1st official Belmont approval for use of the Frist Lecture Hall in the Gordon E. Inman Center for ICMC 2017. The conference hopes to be able to officially announce that Thursday 1 June through Saturday 3 June will be the dates for ICMC 2017. We thought it best to let you know of the likely ICMC 2017 dates. Of course, paraphrasing a New York Yankee catcher “It’s not official till it’s official.”

First Wave of Fretboard Summit Performers & Speakers Announced

Fretboard Summit PerformersThe Fretboard Summit 2016 takes place in San Diego on October 14-16. It's quickly shaping up to be another fantastic gathering. Throughout the weekend, we'll hear from some of our magazine's favorite performers, builders and subjects. As before, the Fretboard Journal will be gathering videos, lectures and podcasts for our website and magazine but there's nothing like experiencing this annual gathering in person. The first round of speakers and performers for the 2016 Fretboard Summit, taking place October 14-16 at the Rancho Bernardo Inn in San Diego, California, has now been released.

Michael Doubler on Uncle Dave Macon at ICMC 2016

Uncle Dave MaconThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased to continue sharing ICMC 2016 presentations that make the ICMC program varied and intriguing. New BFF Michael Doubler enjoyed ICMC 2015 so much he submitted a proposal for ICMC 2016. Uncle Dave Macon is highly significant to the early history of country music. Doubler of the Macon-Doubler Fellowship in Murfreesboro, Tennessee will discuss “Worthy of Estimation: Unknown Elements of Success in Uncle Dave Macon’s Career.”

Fred Bartenstein on Josh Graves at ICMC 2016

Josh GravesThe misty chilly Middle Tennessee weather scene today makes one think of accounts of the Scottish Moors. Despite not being able to offer each of you some Lagavulan, this update should warm your heart. Gradually more of the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) 2016 program is taking shape. ICMC has always been hospitable to Bluegrass and 2016 is no exception. Once again Fred Bartenstein of Yellow Springs, Ohio will be sharing his expertise with us. Bartenstein will be discussing “How Josh Graves Made Flatt and Scruggs Hip.”

Chris Harris Joins AirPlay Direct On IBMA Conference Panel

AirPlay Direct and IBMAThis year at IBMA Business Conference 2015, on September 30th at 8:30am EST, AirPlay Direct will be presenting a 1 hour exclusive industry panel on “Who We Are”, “What We Do” and how we benefit “You” directly. This panel is specifically designed for the artists, record labels, radio stations, radio promoters, PR firms, managers, publishers, etc. that comprise the professional, global bluegrass community at large.

Jon Weisberger Joins AirPlay Direct On IBMA Conference Panel

Jon WeisbergerThis year at IBMA Business Conference 2015, on September 30th at 8:30am EST, AirPlay Direct will be presenting a 1 hour exclusive industry panel on “Who We Are”, “What We Do” and how we benefit “You” directly. This panel is specifically designed for the artists, record labels, radio stations, radio promoters, PR firms, managers, publishers, etc. that comprise the professional, global bluegrass community at large.

IBMA to Open Registration for WOB 2015

Join or Renew IBMANashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA)’s World of Bluegrass 2015 event, September 29 – October 3 in Raleigh, North Carolina, will open Business Conference registration, hotel reservations, tickets for the International Bluegrass Music Awards, festival tickets for Wide Open Bluegrass, presented by PNC, and Bluegrass Ramble Showcase passes for IBMA members on Tuesday, March 31 at 9:00 am Central, and for the general public on Tuesday, April 14 at 9:00 am Central.

ICMC Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel Announced

Charles K. WolfeThe Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel at the International Country Music Conference (ICMC) should be very intriguing as always. The Wolfe Panel for ICMC 2015 is titled “A Retrospective: The 45th Anniversary of Paul Hemphill’s “Nashville Sound, Bright Lights, and Country Music.” It will be masterfully chaired by Dr. Patrick Huber (Missouri University of Science and Technology) and include recording artist Bill Anderson, Dr. David Anderson (Louisiana Tech), Dr. Don Cusic (Belmont University), Dr. Tim Dodge (Special Collections of the Hemphill papers at Auburn University), and Ms. Sharon Thomason of Dahlonega, Georgia. The Hemphill book is being reissued by the University of Georgia Press in recognition of its significance in the history of country music scholarship.

Jordan Laney on Carlton Haney at ICMC

Jordan LaneyThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes bluegrass music as part of their conference. Jordan Laney of Virginia Polytechnic State Institute and University (a.k.a. VaTech) will be discussing something near and dear to Bluegrass folks. Her presentation “Across Space and Time: Carlton Haney’s Multi-Genre Influence and Vision” suggests that “Not only did Carlton Haney organize the first multi-day bluegrass event, manage country music stars from Conway Twitty to Bill Anderson, and support early efforts of internal archiving through Muleskinner News, Haney (along with Ralph Rinzler and Bill Monroe), co-produced “The Story of Bluegrass,” setting in motion the genres generational legacy and familiar connections.” ICMC always includes quality Bluegrass presentations and Laney’s presentation helps continue the tradition.

Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music -- Corrected

Ralph PeerDoes Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music--Corrected sound interesting to you? It should! Barry Mazor, always informative and well versed, will be dealing with the remarkable career of Ralph Peer in his presentation. No doubt it will include Jimmie Rodgers, the Carter Family, and a whole lot more. Mazor’s writings often appear in the Wall Street Journal and he recently interviewed Ry Cooder for a public event at the Country Music Hall of Fame® & Museum. His latest book Ralph Peer and the Making of Popular Roots Music will be the definitive work on Peer. No doubt his Ten Myths About Ralph Peer and Country Music--Corrected presentation to International Country Music Conference (ICMC) will be fascinating. And…watch for Mazor at the Wednesday 5.20.2015 5:00-8:00pm Vanderbilt Holiday Inn social hour, picking, book launch, and picking.

Lee Bidgood of ETSU ‘Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?’ at ICMC

Lee BidgoodThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) always includes a portion of their program dedicated to bluegrass music and ICMC 2105 will be not different. ICMC is pleased to share that long time ICMC friend Lee Bidgood of East Tennessee State University will further extend the ICMC Bluegrass presence. Bidgood will be dealing with “Broken Circle vs the Louvat Brothers: Is there a Belgian Bluegrass?” Most of us probably know nothing about the Bluegrass scene in Belgium. As always, Bidgood will be well prepared, expand our horizons, plus contribute mightily to our enjoyment with his picking prowess!

Marian Levy on Rounder at International Country Music Conference

Rounder Records founders Ken Irwin and Marian Levy at ICMC 2010The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is pleased that Marian Leighton-Levy of Rounder Records will once again be participating at ICMC. Previoulsy she supported Ken Irwin in the ICMC 2010 keynote dealing with the history of Rounder Records. Marian Levy’s presentation will have a tighter focus as she will be dealing with “Radcal Politics, The Counter Culture, And The Beginning Of Rounder Records.” Marian’s presentation will be particularly interesting in context of Ron Cohen’s and Si Kahn’s keynote presentation dealing the folk revivial, country music, and social justice. In addition, the Friday evening Studio B event will also fit nicely into such a context. Watch for an announcement of the Studio B event after the first of the year!

ICMC 2014 Experience to Feature WLS Barn Dance Rare Photos

The Prairie Ramblers and Patsy Montana Courtesy of Michael MontanaThe International Country Music Conference (ICMC) has announced another ‘reveal’ that will add to your ICMC 2014 experience. It will be a fascinating session indeed when Erika Brady and Nolan Porterfield present a remarkable discovery of WLS National Barn Dance touring package show photographs from 1937-1940 that include Gene Autry and many other significant performers.

“The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice” at ICMC 2014

Diane Diekman, shown with James Akenson and Don CusicNashville, TN -- The International Country Music Conference (ICMC) is gearing up for their 2014 event. Each year, the ICMC presents topics of interest on bluegrass and traditional country music. The ICMC will do the ‘Big Reveal’ for the ICMC 2014 Thursday evening 22 May keynote event. Of course, the preceding social hour—with some great food—will feature socializing and informal picking. We are very pleased to announce that long term ICMC friend Ron Cohen of Indiana University Northwest and internationally known singer songwriter, activist Si Kahn will be presenting “The Folk Revival, Country Music, and Social Justice.” Ron Cohen has numerous books on the Folk Revival such as “Rainbow Quest: The Folk Music Revival and American Society, 1940-1970” and related topics and has frequently presented at ICMC. Cybergrass regularly covers the ICMC which frequently has quality bluegrass subject matter.

ICMC 2013 Presenting Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s & 1950s

ICMC 2013Time is flying and it is ever closer to ICMC 2013! The International Country Music Conference is pleased to announce that Dave Sichak of hillbilly-music.com fame will be presenting “The Southern California Hillbilly Music Scene In The 1940s and 1950s: Negatives That Positively Need To Tell A Story.” Sichak indicates that “a musician of the era with a photographic hobby wanted to document the entertainers of the era. He left behind a collection of negatives that positively need to have a story told.

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