NASHVILLE, TENNESSEE, June 18 – The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) announced the second round of Official Showcase Artists for the IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, the innovative showcase series that is one element of IBMA Virtual World of Bluegrass, September 28-October 3, 2020.

The following artists were selected by the IBMA Showcase Selection Committee as IBMA Official Showcase artists:

Crying Uncle Bluegrass Band –

Daryl Mosley –

Deer Creek Boys –

Hogslop String Band –

Magnolia Drive –

Missy Raines –

Nefesh Mountain –

Nora Jane Struthers –

O’Connor Lee –

Rick Faris –

Taarka –

The Jakob’s Ferry Stragglers –

Wood Belly-

These artists were selected from a highly competitive pool of applicants from all over the world, with the goal of presenting the broad spectrum of styles, regions and personalities who represent bluegrass today.

Previously announced artists include Ali Shumate, Allison de Groot & Tatiana Hargreaves, Amanda Cook, Becky Buller Band, Colebrook Road, Jussi Syren And The Groundbreakers, Kristy Cox, Ralph Stanley II & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Serene Green, Special Consensus, Stillhouse Junkies, The Arcadian Wild, The Kody Norris Show, Wayne Taylor and Appaloosa, and Williamson Branch.

Due to the evolving conditions of the pandemic, the showcase line-up is subject to change. Any changes to the showcase lineup will be announced via IBMA social media.

On Tuesday, the IBMA and its Local Organizing Committee partners in Raleigh, North Carolina announced that due to ongoing health concerns relating to COVID-19, and the logistical challenges of creating a safe in-person event experience, this year’s IBMA World of Bluegrass will take place virtually. The planned conference, showcases, awards and festival performances will be presented as an online experience September 28-Oct. 3, with the possibility of extending event content beyond those dates.

IBMA is actively working to develop innovative, compelling activities and content for this year’s event, and will be releasing information and updates throughout the summer. As additional details about IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 virtual events are determined, they will be shared across the organization’s social media platforms, through email notification, and on and Updates will also be available via social media platforms and email newsletters of Raleigh partners, including PineCone, the Raleigh Convention Center, and Visit Raleigh.

IBMA continues to offer a Community Resources page at its official website ― ― that offers updated information about COVID-19 that is relevant to the bluegrass community.

More info about IBMA Virtual World of Bluegrass 2020

IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 is a virtual bluegrass music homecoming and convention. The IBMA World of Bluegrass 2020 event encompasses four events: the IBMA Business Conference, IBMA Bluegrass Ramble, an innovative series of band showcases, the 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards, and music festival IBMA Bluegrass Live! powered by PNC.

According to data released by Visit Raleigh, attendance at IBMA World of Bluegrass has grown by more than 50% since moving to Raleigh in 2013. Over the last seven years combined, the event has attracted more than 1.2 million total attendees and generated more than $80 million in direct economic impact throughout Wake County. Last year’s event (2019) alone saw more than 200 acts perform, 218,000 attendees and generated $18.65 million in direct economic impact.

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.

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Press Info:
Judy McDonough, JEMMedia
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General Info:
Casey Campbell, IBMA
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Local Host Info:
Jamie Katz Court, PineCone
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