The 27th annual International Country Music Conference kicks off on Thursday, May 27 in Nashville. The three-day event will focus heavily on bluegrass this year, thanks to a special 40th anniversary tribute to Rounder Records and the keynote Charles K. Wolfe Memorial Panel on bluegrass music.
Other features will include Dr. Dana Wiggins discussing k.d. lang, pre-World War II discographer Tony Russell lecturing on Carson Robison, Cincinnati Public Library music librarian Brian Powers presenting on King Records, and yours truly speaking on the "secret weapons" of Homer and Jethro's comedy.
Marty Stuart will receive a lifetime achievement award, and Barry Mazor's book, Meeting Jimmie Rodgers, will be presented with the Book of the Year award, and journalism awards will go to Derek Halsey and Walt Trott.