IBMA 2008

International Bluegrass Music Association


Hello and welcome to Nashville, TN and the Grand Ole Opry House. I had the honor again this year of attending the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Fan Fest and Convention along with my owner, Pepper Jackson. The rest of the photos you will see will probably not include me...Pepper hogged the photos this year. But I was the focus last year so I let him live it up alittle bit. So enjoy the trip. Red Pepper

Thanks Red Pepper for the intro, you are correct you were the focus of attention last year at IBMA. But at least you got to attend and do some jamming. Back in the case for now, I got some photos to share with the folks.

This years trip was again a lot of fun. We arrived in Nashville late on Sunday evening and met up with the Wynn & Grimes families. We had 6 days of fun and excitement including trips to; The Country Music Hall of Fame, The IBMA Awards show at the Ryman, and of course Fan Fest at the Convention Center. So lets get to the photos;

Sam Bush and Pepper sharing a few thoughts on mandolins (He has played a Wynn before)

This is Blake Williams from William & Clark Expedition. Blake and Pepper met at Starvy Creek this year. Blake was lucky enough to get a sample of Jackson Apairies Honey. So as we were walking through the convention center Blake remembered the "guy in the Cowboy hat with Honey"
(you get them to remember ya anyway you can)

I keep telling you Ricky unless you try a Wynn Mandolin you will never know what you have been missing! I know Pepper, but I got my own line of mandolins...what is Gibson gonna think when they see me pickin a Wynn? I do like the Cowboy hat though. Thanks Ricky!!

A visit to Nashville is not complete without a little night life on Music Row and a visit to Ernest Tubb's.

IBMA Fan Fest is not complete without a concert. This is the Dan Taminski Band. The concert lasted for over 7 hours.

The 2008 IBMA Mandolin Player of the year, Adam Steffey. Mr. Wynn and I ran into Adam early Friday morning after the Awards show. He is a great guy to visit with and has known Mr. Wynn for a period of years. Tried to talk him into a Wynn Mandolin...but he likes his Daley.

We spent one afternoon browsing through the Country Music Hall of Fame which is located just down the street from the Convention Center. Here are some great pictures of Bluegrass Pioneers.

The holy grail of Mandolins, this is Bill Monroe's 1923 Model Gibson. It appears to have been picked on quite a bit.

Hope the Red Pepper looks this good after 85 years!

In my opinion one of the best Guitar pickers there ever was.

This is what happens when you go all day and pick all night. Thanks to the considerate people at Fan Fest who strategically placed these rockin chairs around the hallways.

Thanks to all the great people we saw and got to visit with at IBMA including; The Triple L Band, the fine folks at IBMA, Adam Steffey, Ricky Skaggs, Sam Bush, Mike Compton, The Blue Chip Pick man, the lady who lives in Nashville we met at Check-In (forgot her name) she got such a hoot out of my "Lions & Lambs" discussion with a gun control proponent, and everyone else who made this a great trip!!

See ya all next year!!!