Performers, Presenters Announced for 30th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards

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Nashville, TN (Sept. 5, 2019) – A number of performers and presenters have been announced for IBMA’s 30th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards Show, scheduled for September 26 at Raleigh, North Carolina’s Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Two of the most celebrated and award-winning artists in bluegrass, Del McCoury and Jim Lauderdale, will host bluegrass music’s biggest night, where the music community acknowledges the year’s outstanding achievements, honors the new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.

Performers include “Entertainer of the Year” nominees Del McCoury Band, Earls of Leicester, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, Sam Bush Band, and Balsam Range (who will do a special performance with N.C. State Symphony Orchestra), as well as Darin & Brooke Aldridge, and Sister Sadie. An all-star performance that features hosts McCoury and Lauderdale with the 2018 Instrumentalists recipients Sierra Hull (“Mandolin Player of the Year”), Molly Tuttle (“Guitar Player of the Year”), Michael Cleveland (“Fiddle Player of the Year”), Justin Moses (“Dobro Player of the Year”), Ned Luberecki (“Banjo Player of the Year”), and Tim Surrett (“Bass Player of the Year”), will open the show. Additionally, Hall of Fame inductees The Kentucky Colonels, feat. Roger Bush, LeRoy McNees, Roland White, Herb Pedersen, and Patrick Sauber, will perform that evening.

Other artists participating in performances include Alan Bibey, Sam Bush, Charlie Cushman, Jerry Douglas, Christine Galante, Rob Ickes, Phil Leadbetter, Mark Schatz, and Josh Williams.

Presenters for the new inductees into the Hall of Fame are Sonny Osborne for inductee Bill Emerson, Herb Petersen for inductees The Kentucky Colonels, and Jerry Douglas and Rob Ickes for inductee Mike Auldridge. Also presenting at the Awards Show are Sierra Hull, Dan Tyminksi, Sam Bush, Laurie Lewis, Missy Raines, Frank Solivan, Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, Michael Cleveland, Becky Buller, Mark Schatz, Nic Gareiss, Jeremy Stephens, Anysley Porchak, the Po Ramblin’ Boys, Silvio Ferretti, and Nancy McFarlane, the mayor of Raleigh, North Carolina.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards is part of the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass brought to you by Chiesi USA, which takes place September 24 – 28 in Raleigh, North Carolina.

Information about the 30th IBMA Awards Show, including ticket availability, can be found at

More info about IBMA’s World of Bluegrass: IBMA’s World of Bluegrass, whose Principal Sponsor is Chiesi USA, is a five-day annual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. World of Bluegrass encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, September 24-26; the Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of showcases, taking place September 24-26 in downtown Raleigh and at the Raleigh Convention Center; the 30thAnnual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday evening, September 26; and PNC presents Wide Open Bluegrass, September 27-28, a two-day festival. Wide Open Bluegrass features the best of the best in bluegrass today, benefiting the IBMA Bluegrass Trust Fund—a 501(c)(3) charitable organization that assists bluegrass professionals during financial emergencies—and introducing the music to thousands of new fans every year.

As in years past, events during World of Bluegrass will take place at the Raleigh Convention Center, the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, the Red Hat Amphitheaterand at various venues in town.

The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureaureported that last year’s World of Bluegrass events generated $12.7 million in direct visitor spending for that region, with total attendance for the week’s activities estimated to be a record-breaking 223,000 people. Over 220 acts performed throughout the entire week of World of Bluegrass.


About IBMA

IBMA – the International Bluegrass Music Association – is the nonprofit professional organization for the global bluegrass music community. The organization’s successful run in Raleigh is the product of their partnership with The Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau, The Raleigh Convention Center, PineCone—The Piedmont Council of Traditional Music, the City of Raleigh and a local organizing committee.


About Chiesi USA

Chiesi USA, Inc. is a specialty pharmaceutical company committed to research, development, and commercialization of innovative products in the areas of cardiovascular, neonatology, respiratory, rare disease and special care therapeutics. Our primary focus is on people: the people we serve in the healthcare community; the people whose lives are touched by our products and services; and the people who work at Chiesi USA, as they strive to build their company, their family and their community. Chiesi USA, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Chiesi Farmaceutici S.p.A.


About PNC Bank

PNC Bank, National Association, is a member of The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (NYSE: PNC). PNC is one of the largest diversified financial services institutions in the United States, organized around its customers and communities for strong relationships and local delivery of retail and business banking including a full range of lending products; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. For information about PNC, visit



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