Places with Links to Bluegrass – Trivia Contest

by Dick Bowden

This Contest is Closed
The winners are David Angell, Andy Bing and Gayle Yeomans

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There are places all over the country with links to bluegrass music. If I said “Nashville” you might think of the Grand Ole Opry or the IBMA. “Owensboro KY” is where we find the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum.

Here’s a group of places that all share a similar link to bluegrass. What do they have in common?

Nashville TN, Fredericksburg VA, E. Lansing MI, Rochester NY, Teaneck NJ, Lexington MA, Palo Alto CA, Missoula MT, Philadelphia PA

A. brick and mortar vintage bluegrass music instrument dealers

B. radio stations that nurtured bluegrass music in the early days

C. locations of colleges offering degrees in bluegrass music

D. musical instrument strings factories

E. cities under consideration to host IBMA Week after 2024 when IBMA says good bye to Raleigh NC


Additional Bowden Comments

Well done, Andy, Gayle and David. These are cities where we find several of the leading brick and mortar purveyors of fine bluegrass instruments, in addition to bricks and mortar supplies. David named them all except Greg Boyd’s Fine Instruments in Missoula Montana.

Good try Cecelia, because there is indeed a lot of interest in siting the next location for IBMA World of Bluegrass Week in 2025. IBMA in their wisdom (?) has chosen not to remain in the wonderfully hospitable city of Raleigh NC (also the last place the Monroe Brothers lived together in 1938 before they split up). But it’s been 10 years, so I guess IBMA is looking for a better deal in a new city. IBMA has held their annual celebrations in Owensboro and Louisville KY ,and Nashville. Folks tended to like O’boro and Louisville quite a lot. Nashville not so much. My own experience in Raleigh (one year, the first) was wonderful.

Answer B about radio stations expresses an idea I’ve been working on for a Trivia Question. I would show a list of cities that had radio stations that were early homes of bluegrass music acts. Hint: I may still use this idea in the future!

Answer C about bluegrass colleges has already been used as a Trivia Question.

Answer D would make a good Trivia Question, but currently I don’t know such a list of cities! I have homework to do!

Dick Bowden

Dick Bowden recently retired after a 45 year career in the paper industry, and moved from Connecticut to Big Indian NY (Ulster County) where he ekes out a precarious existence as a groundskeeper. Dick has been performing bluegrass music on banjo and guitar since 1966 in his home state of Maine, throughout New England, and internationally with The Case Brothers - Martin & Gibson. He has performed for HVBA with the Old Time Bluegrass Singers, and also sent in a squadron of Dick Bowden's Flying Circus. Most recently Dick has played Dobro (tm) with the Tennessee Mafia Jug Band. Dick has written many articles for Bluegrass Unlimited, Bluegrass Today, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass magazine) and HVBA.

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