Join a Facebook Live panel discussion and demonstration with Ron Stewart, Ron Block & Bill Evans on March 5

NASHVILLE (Feb 9, 2022) – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) and IBMA Trust Fund are hosting an interactive Facebook Live event on Saturday, March 5 at 2 p.m. Central Time. Admission is open to all, but donations to the IBMA Trust Fund are gratefully accepted. 100% of donations made will benefit the IBMA Trust Fund.

The bluegrass community suffered a terrible loss with the passing of J. D. Crowe on December 24, 2021. To honor his musical legacy, the IBMA and the IBMA Trust Fund are hosting a special panel discussion with three banjo legends – Ron Block (of Alison Krauss & Union Station) and Ron Stewart (from J. D. Crowe and the New South and the Seldom Scene) and hosted by Bill Evans.

The panel will discuss and demonstrate some of the most important elements that make J. D.’s banjo playing so central to the history of bluegrass as well as share stories of their personal friendships with this banjo master. Along the way, they will dive deep into J.D.’s rhythmic and right-hand approaches and the many ways in which his banjo playing complemented the bands he played with over his long career.

Ron Block is best known for being the banjo and guitar player with Alison Krauss and Union Station. In addition, he is one of the banjo world’s best deep thinkers who loves to share his insights into the role of the banjo in the band and how we can best use our potential to make ourselves and others sound great. He is a multiple IBMA and Grammy Award winner.

Ron Stewart is the only bluegrass musician to receive both the IBMA Banjo Player of the Year (2011) and Fiddle Player of the Year (2000) awards. He stood side by side with J. D. as fiddler with the New South from 2003 to 2009 and has spent countless hours in conversation with J. D. about banjo playing and bluegrass music. Ron has also played with the Lynn Morris Band, Longview and The Boxcars and he currently plays banjo with the Seldom Scene.

Bill Evans has authored instructional materials for over thirty years now, helping beginners to get started playing with others as well as exploring more advanced playing through his courses for Peghead Nation. Bill taught with J. D. at many workshops and camps and co-authored The Banjo of J. D. Crowe from AcuTab Publications.

The IBMA Trust Fund was established in 1987 as a means to offer financial assistance to bluegrass music professionals in time of emergency need. The Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit charitable institution governed by an autonomous five-person board of trustees appointed by the International Bluegrass Music Association. For more info visit the IBMA Trust Fund page.

This event can be viewed live on IBMA’s Facebook page and it’s free and open to the public. However, your donations are requested and 100% of all proceeds will benefit the IBMA Trust Fund.

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