Indio, California’s country version of the massive Coachella Festival bucks the trend of most corporate country music festivals by casting independent artists and legacy acts in their lineup right beside some of the biggest current names in the country music industry as well as major label up-and-comers. This is the environment that cultivates cross-pollination between independent artists and a wider fan base.
On Thursday night October 2nd, the International Bluegrass Music Association held their 25th Annual Awards ceremony in Raleigh, NC at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. Big winners included Noam Pikelny who won both Album of the Year, Special Consensus who won for Recorded Event of the Year, and Balsam Range who took home Entertainer of the Year.
Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Claire Lynch, Della Mae, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, IBMA, INternational Bluegrass Music Awards, Jerry Douglas, Lee Ann Womack, Noam Pikelny, The Boxcars, The Del McCoury Band, The Gibson Brothers, The Seldom Scene
Pickathon is the roots music experience like no other. It offers one of the most forward-thinking lineups in the independent festival circuit, is two steps ahead in featuring artists that are on the verge of becoming the next big thing, and presents the artist in some of the most unique settings to be found. Even if you can’t make it to the Northwest extremity of the country next weekend….
Charlie Parr, Chris Thile, Della Mae, John Doe, Jon Langford, Neko Case, NIckel Creek, Old Crow Medicine Show, Possessed by Paul James, Robbie Fulks, Sara Watkins, Sean Watkins, Shakey Graves, The Black Lillies, The Sadies, Valerie June, Willie Watson