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Dominick Leslie Wins Momentum Award at IBMA World of Bluegrass

IMAG3602Exciting news out of Raleigh, NC! IBMM Mandolin Camp instructor, Dominick Leslie has received a Momentum Award for Mandolin performance at the International Bluegrass Music Association’s World of Bluegrass.  Congratulations to this stellar young performer!!

Congratulations and good luck to all award winners and nominees!

10 String Symphony

October 9, 2014 – Doors: 6:30 pm

10 String Symphony press photo 1Join us at the International Bluegrass Music Museum for an evening of incredible music from Nashville based duo, 10 String Symphony. Although difficult to categorize, their music is instantly recognizable as a blend of two distinct but equally vivacious musical voices. Christian Sedelmyer (Formerly of the Farewell Drifters) and Rachel Baiman (Formerly of Belfry Fellows) met in Nashville, and realized a mutual love for the range and depth of the 5-String fiddle.  Their desire to see just how far a two-fiddle, two-vocals instrumentation could take them was the inspiration for the 10 String Symphony project. Vocally, Baiman and Sedelmyer lock in seamlessly, and their vocal duets often take center stage despite the fact that they are self-described fiddle players.

Tickets will be $15 each and includes beer, wine & hors d’oeuvres.

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Bourbon and Bluegrass


Join us for a Benefit fundraiser, dinner, wine or bourbon tasting, and silent auction on Saturday October 11 at the Miller House.

For details and to purchase tickets, go to the online Gift Shop under the “Tickets” category

Benefit Concert Series

23 String Band Live at the Museum on Sept. 26th















Music Lessons – Spring 2015

Learn to play bluegrass instruments at the Bluegrass Music Museum!

Feb 07 – June 27: Every other Saturday Morning

Guitar, Fiddle, Banjo, and Mandolin
Several different classes are available:

CLICK HERE to sign-up!


9am Beginner – ages 6-7- 8

10am Beginner – ages 9-10-11

11am Beginner – ages 12 and up

12pm Intermediate – all ages

1pm Band – all ages


9am Beginner – ages 6-7- 8

10am Beginner – ages 9-10-11

11am Beginner – ages 12 and up

12pm Intermediate – all ages


10am Beginner – ages 6-11

11am Beginner – ages 12 and up

12pm Intermediate – all ages


11am Beginner – ages 12 and up

12pm Intermediate – all ages


1pm – All Instruments and All Ages

  • (Must have at least 2 years experience playing your instrument)

Price is $70 for each class for first family member.  Additional family members $35.

Additional information needed:

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Les Leverett exhibit

The International Bluegrass Music Museum in downtown Owensboro, Ky is currently hosting an exhibit featuring the work of famed music photographer, Les Leverett.

leverett-mw-bus-webUnveiled during ROMP this past June 2014, the exhibit showcases dozens of incredible photographs taken during Leverett’s long career as a bluegrass music photographer. Over the years, Leverett has secured his reputation as Nashville’s premier music photographer by photographing everything from record album covers to scenes of the Opry backstage. His photo archive is among the most extensive in the business, and his clients range from Life magazine to The Nashville Network, from American Heritage, to the Grand Ole Opry. Yet Leverett has always had a special place in his heart for bluegrass, ever since the days when his office was in the old National Life building, and he stood outside the window of the WSM studio to watch Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs sell Martha White flour. His sense of history, his passion for bluegrass, and his consummate skill with a camera made it only natural that he be honored with an exhibit by the International Bluegrass Music Museum.

Leverett searched through thousands of negatives, proofs and images of his collection to find the photographs which are featured in the exhibit. After creating a list of artists he had documented through the years, he began the process of finding the photographs he wanted to print. The exhibit gave Leverett the opportunity to print pictures he personally enjoyed, a chance he seldom was given as a commercial photographer.

Leverett’s admiration of bluegrass music started at an early age and is still strong in his heart today.

“I just love bluegrass music,” he said. “On Wednesday nights I attend a prayer service and love when the music director pulls out an old bluegrass gospel tune. I really love it.”

There are many “first additions” in the collection as well as other images that may be familiar to bluegrass music fans.

IBMM curator RaShae Jennings expressed the uniqueness of Leverett’s work, “His photographs are quite beautiful, and capture moments that words can’t express. There are lighter moments of the artists backstage, in diners…things you don’t see in the usual pictures of them performing.”

“We tried to avoid a constant stream of bands performing in front of microphones; Les knows better than anyone else that this is only part of the bluegrass scene, and that shots made backstage, at festivals, at recording or radio sessions, eating at roadside restaurants, or talking with fans are as revealing as the more glamorous ones.

Students of motion pictures speak of the “auteur” — the artist who is able to work within the commercial industry and at the same time express his own imagination and vision. There is no better way to define the work of a man whose vision has for over three decades enhanced the dignity and beauty of bluegrass music — Les Leverett.” –Charles K. Wolfe (late Professor of English, music historian, and author of “Grand Ole Opry: The Early Years,” “Tennessee Strings,” “Kentucky Country,” and an abundance of similarly important books, articles, reviews, and notes on music in American Culture.

les-leverett-webAfter being discharged from the Army in 1947, Leverett enrolled in The Texas College of Photographic Art in San Antonio. His interest in photography had been sparked partly because of a pair of Civil War binoculars owned by his father.  Leverett often “borrowed” the lenses from these binoculars and projected self-drawn “comic strips” from his home-made projector onto the bedroom shades.

He began his career working for Associated Photographers in Nashville. Shortly after the business shut down, Leverett started a career as a photographer for National Life and Accident Insurance Company. During this time he fused his career with work for WSM-TV as well as the Grand Ole Opry, which eventually led to his long time work with the Opry which spanned 32 years.

Leverett’s photographs have appeared on hundreds of album covers, in many books, magazines, newspapers and videos. Special honors include a Grammy award for best album cover photography in 1966 for Porter Wagoner’s album, “Confessions of a Broken Man”; and Billboard Magazine’s Best Country Cover award in 1973 for Dolly Parton’s album, “Bubblin’ Over.”

Leverett was inducted into Opryland’s National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences’ “Walkway of Stars” in June, 1994.

For information on viewing this exhibit at the International Bluegrass Music Museum, go to

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