CAPTION: “The Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle may not be the EASY way to get a Martin guitar or a pair of custom cowboy boots, but it’s THE COWBOY WAY!”- Riders in the Sky, backstage at the Grand Ole Opry last November, with the raffle prize 1967 D-35 Martin guitar.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, when the birds and the bluegrass bands are singing, and the flowers and bluegrass festivals are blooming! I just spent the past four days at MerleFest with our friends from IBMA, catching up with dear old music friends and making some new ones. I was there primarily to share the news about the 3rd annual Strings for Dreams Bluegrass Raffle and welcome folks to check out the prize Martin guitar, as well as a larger-than-life poster of the Louvin Brothers tribute cowboy boots. Time’s a wasting, friends and neighbors, and the deadline to get your raffle tickets is midnight ET, May 12. So be sure to head over to today to get a handful of raffle tickets for the guitar, the boots, or both! As always, thanks for helping the Foundation support educational programs, grants, scholarships, and MORE that make the future of bluegrass brighter!

Enjoy the videos from master bookt maker Lisa Sorrell, the Pisgah Banjo Company, and Eric Shi;. Consider applying for a bluegrass college scholarship;. Submit your academic presentation paper for the Rosenberg Bluegrass Scholar Award;. Sign up your college band for the Bluegrass College Band Showcase at World of Bluegrass in Raleigh. Enjoy reading about grant recipients in China and Illinois. And please share this link:

To quote our friend, Peter Rowan’s song, I hope you have a “Doc Watson morning, guitar-pickin’ kind of day!”

–Nancy Cardwell, IBMA Foundation Executive Director

RETURN to the May 2023 issue of The Cornerstone.