Sunday, September 28, 2008

World of Bluegrass Begins!

Nashville, TN-2:15 pm-Sunday, September 28, 2008-

Terry and I have arrived in Nashville. We left North Carolina this morning at 6:30. It was a nice trip. There wasn't a lot of traffic and the weather was great, too. We stopped at Bristol for coffee. I took over driving duties at that point. We listened to the newest Tony Rice Collection on Rounder Records (great songs!) We stopped for fuel on the other side of Knoxville - no trouble at all. Several parts of North Carolina had experienced gasoline shortages this past week. The middle Tennessee area had an even more severe fuel shortage over the past several days. It seems the situation is under control, so folks coming on in for IBMA World of Bluegrass Events, should not have a problem. We stopped for lunch in Carthage, TN and Terry drove on in to town.

As we approached the Nashville Convention Center and The Renaissance Hotel, it was exciting to pass the Ryman Auditorium and see the signage for the 19th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards for Thursday, October 2nd. I was honored to have been asked by the IBMA Board of Directors to serve as Producer, with Ned Luberecki, for this year's show. It has been a fun process putting this show together with Ned. I will talk more about that later in the week.

I will sign-on daily, as my schedule allows, and update you on our activities here in Nashville. I will also be posting some pictures from the Trade Show Area and Showcases. If you are in Nashville participating in World of Bluegrass events, please come by the booth when you can and say Hello. Terry and I will be there as our schedule allows. At other times, the Knee-Deep In Bluegrass Booth will be serviced by our friends, Karen Krider and Craig Williams. You may also have the opportunity to meet Jay Wilson, National Advertising Representative from Premiere Radio Networks.

This evening at 7 pm, Terry and I are invited to the Leadership Reception here at the Renaissance. It will be good to see friends and colleagues later today.

Be sure and check in daily. More on Monday from Nashville....

Have a great Sunday,

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