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Lilly Drumeva reports from Kentucky - August 2013

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 ate 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 Kentucky taking in the International bluegrass 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.

Lilly on Bill Monroe's porch.

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:

My plans for September include several events. I will move to Nashville TN where I will work closely with the International bluegrass music assoc. researching bluegrass and country music as industries; record labels, promoters, management, publishing, songwriting etc…

I will attend the Americana conf. in Nashville 18th to 20th Sep. where I will be part of Aristo Media's international panel. Before that I will make another trip to Owensboro Kentucky where I will take part in the bluegrass mandolin camp 13th to 15th Sep.

The main event of the month will be IBMA's annual conf. in Raleigh NC. 23th to 28th Sep. I am very proud that one of my original songs "Turn Away" has been selected for the songwriter's showcase on Thurs 26th at 1pm. I will perform it then and later the same evening I am part of the Foreign affairs suite with a short set at 11pm.

So a busy September awaits more reports to follow.

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