Nancy Cardwell, acting executive director of the IBMA, has begun a countdown of reasons for attending the IBMA's World of Bluegrass 2012, just eight weeks from now. Reason #8 is a powerful one that should attract all bluegrassers, not just IBMA members: the jam sessions that take place in all corners of WOB. A hand-picked selection of YouTube jams from past WOBs is given:
2007: Jerry Douglas, Leroy Mack, Mike Witcher and others at the Beard Guitars booth
2007: Al Hawkes & Trae Buckner, 'Rocky road blues'
2007: All-star jam with Alecia Nugent, Dustin Benson, Thomas Wywrot, Eli Johnston, Rick Faris, & Jason Robertson
2008: Old-time jam (Thomas Bailey et. al.)
2008: Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich, and Dave Pomeroy
2009: Late-night jam with Michael Cleveland
2009: Alex Hargreaves, Joey McKenzie, Drew Phelps
2010: Adam Steffey & Turner Hutchens, 'Bill Cheatham'
2010: Hallway jams!
*2010: Booth jam with members of Rockin' Acoustic Circus and Red Wine
2011: 'Down the road'
*EBMA members may note that Martino Coppo, EBMA board member and lead singer/mandolinist of Red Wine, takes part in this jam.