Posts Tagged With: IBMA

Let It Telluride

Screen Shot 2016-06-22 at 11.15.45 AMMore than once in the years since Whiskeytown, Ryan Adams has declared that he hates country music and always has — a sentiment that I don’t really believe, even though he probably meant it at the time he said it (because he usually does). Be that as it may, apparently Ryan does not feel the same way about bluegrass. At last weekend’s Telluride Bluegrass Festival in Colorado, he was booked for what had initially been billed as a solo performance. Instead, he appeared with the Infamous Stringdusters and Nicki Bluhm backing him up. The set was well-received, and Ryan tweeted enthusiastically about it afterward  (“Bluegrass is alive and wandering the hills like a blue moon yeti”).

There was not an online live stream of the show, to the disappointment of fans elsewhere who wanted to watch and listen. But below are a few fan-shot videos from the performance, of Dio’s “Holy Diver” and his own longtime signature “Come Pick Me Up.” Check them out while you can because I fully expect them both to disappear soon.

Meanwhile, if Ryan is really in a bluegrass frame of mind and maybe wanted to play more of it while breaking his North Carolina boycott… well, sir, IBMA’s World of Bluegrass in his old hometown of Raleigh is a great time. And it just so happens the Stringdusters are IBMA regulars, too, having played the festival two of the three years since it moved to Raleigh from Nashville. Just sayin’.

ADDENDUM (7/25/2016): Also, here they are at the Newport Folk Festival.

 

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A not-so-average Joe

When I did the big Raleigh reading for “Losering” last month, one of the evening’s few disappointments was that Joe Newberry was unable to attend. But he definitely had an excused absence. For you see, Joe was at Ryman Auditorium in Nashville that same night, where he was up for a “Hillbilly Grammy” (well, an International Bluegrass Music Association award, if you want to get technical about it). And darned if he didn’t win best gospel song, for “Singing As We Rise” as performed by the Gibson Brothers and Ricky Skaggs. Every now and then, good things happen to people who are so deserving that it warms your heart, and this was just such an occasion.

Joe is one of the most stellar humans I’ve ever known, and modest to a fault. I’ve been trying to talk him into letting me do one of the N&O’s weekly “Tar Heel of the Week” features on him for years, and he has always demurred. But after his well-deserved IBMA triumph, he finally relented. You can see the story here.

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