Monday, December 7, 2009

Bluegrass museum gets assist from musicians

OWENSBORO, Ky. — Musicians are pitching in to raise money for Owensboro's International Bluegrass Music Museum to help spread the following for bluegrass music far beyond this country's borders.
Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, a Tennessee-based band, will kick off a series of benefit concerts for the museum on Dec. 10, the Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro reported.
Gabrielle Gray, the museum's executive director, said Smith is the first of several artists who have announced plans to come to the western Kentucky city to assist the museum.
"The International Bluegrass Music Museum is preserving an important part of America's musical history in a very welcoming, interactive, fun, yet classy way," Smith said in a statement.
The Grascals, the International Bluegrass Music Association's 2006 and 2007 entertainers of the year, are also planning a concert here to raise money, Gray said. Dates have not yet been finalized.
Jimmy Mattingly, a Leitchfield native who has played fiddle with the Grascals, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, among others, is also talking about an Owensboro show for the museum, Gray said.
The Dec. 10 concert will be webcast live over Radio Bluegrass International, the museum's online radio station, Gray said.
Gray said the fundraisers are ways to help the museum expand its boundaries.
She's already working on creating an international Bluegrass Museum Ambassadors Program.
Every bluegrass association in the world is being asked to select an ambassador.

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