RALEIGH, NC - Bluegrass fans will converge on the state where a key part of the high lonesome sound was born when the International Bluegrass Music Association brings its awards show to Raleigh.
It's a big move: The show previously was held in Nashville. IBMA is moving it to Raleigh for at least three years.
Next week's show is part of what the IBMA and the city are calling the World of Bluegrass.
It includes a business conference that starts Tuesday, the awards show Thursday and free and ticketed weekend events billed as Wide Open Bluegrass.
Some musicians and historians say the defining moment for Bluegrass came in the 1940s, when North Carolina's Earl Scruggs brought his three-finger banjo picking to the band fronted by Bill Monroe - the father of bluegrass.