T Bone Burnett, producer of the double-platinum O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack album, has canceled his keynote appearance next Monday (Oct. 1) at the International Bluegrass Music Association's convention in Louisville due to flight scheduling uncertainties. Nancy Cardwell, IBMA's special projects coordinator, says that no replacement for Burnett has been chosen.
Cardwell also reports that Patty Loveless and the Nashville Bluegrass
Band will not perform at the convention. Loveless, whose recently released Mountain Soul album parades her bluegrass
influences, was scheduled for a showcase next Monday. The Nashville Bluegrass Band was slotted to close the evening performance
on Oct. 3. Cardwell says other acts will fill in.
Although there have been many inquiries from convention registrants
about whether the event will be altered by the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, Cardwell says there have been no more late cancellations
this year than in years past.
The IBMA World of Bluegrass Week runs Oct. 1-7 and includes showcases, trade show exhibits,
seminars, mentoring sessions, music workshops and the annual IBMA Awards Show, Oct. 4. Most convention activities will take
place at the Galt House hotel, but the award show will be held at Louisville's Kentucky Center for the Arts.
Fan Fest occupies the three days following the award show and will also be held at the Galt House. The separately ticketed
event will feature performances by nearly 50 acts, including Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky
Thunder, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, the Del McCoury
Band, Blue Highway, Larry Cordle & Lonesome
Standard Time and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Country star Steve Wariner
will host the IBMA Awards Show, which will be carried by delayed broadcast on "several hundred radio stations," the IBMA says.