Sunday, 25 August 2013

Lilly Drumeva reports from Kentucky


Lilly Drumeva reports from Kentucky:

The first month of my Fulbright scholarship is drawing to an end. I spent it mainly in Western Kentucky University (WKU), where I researched the history of bluegrass music. I work closely with Prof. Erika Brady, Dept. Folk Studies at WKU. I studied many books from the extensive library collection and had informal conversations with professors and fellow students. My research also involved traveling to Owensboro, KY, taking in the International Bluegrass Music Museum and of course the birthplace of Bill Monroe. I attended a small bluegrass festival in the town of Annetta near Leitchfield, as well as several jam sessions around Bowling Green.

I was humbled by the attention I received by the local press and media, including radio, TV, and newspaper. Here are some links to the interviews: WKU Public Radio and HispanicBusiness.com.

My plans for September include several events:

* I will move to Nashville, TN, where I will work closely with the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), researching bluegrass and country music as industries: record labels, promoters, management, publishing, songwriting etc.

* I will attend the Americana Music Conference in Nashville (18-20 Sept.), where I will be part of Aristo Media's international panel. Before that I will make another trip to Owensboro, KY, where I will take part in the bluegrass mandolin camp (13-15 Sept.).

* The main event of the month will be IBMA's annual conference in Raleigh, NC (23-28 Sept.). I am very proud that one of my original songs, 'Turn away', has been selected for the songwriters' showcase on Thursday 26th at 1.00 p.m. I will perform it then, and later the same evening I am part of the 'Foreign affairs' suite with a short set at 11.00 p.m. See this article.

So a busy September awaits! More reports to follow.