New BA Board & Members elected 2/1/2020

Fiddle-dee-dee  and Yahooee, B.A. has a new board that is ready to move forward with  all things bluegrass.  Congratulations to our newest President, Micky  Nelson; Vice-Pres, Laurance Levine; Secretary, Marshall Shelor; and,  Treasurer, Sonya Robles Cotton.  Also on the board are Dave Howard,  Rebecca Minnick and Jan Nelson.  Robin Thixton and Paula Halfacre will  stay involved as Board Members at Large.

B.A.  will move toward a "donation only" organization, without membership  dues for now.  It will continue to provide information and opportunities  for pickin' and grinnin'.  Its goal is to host at least two jamming  events, open to all.  Those will be held in late Spring and the fall.   Want to advertise your bluegrass event?  Contact BA and for a nominal  donation we will post your flyers/banners on our website and on  Facebook.  Do you want to include your band in the "Band" section of  BA's website.  For a minimal donation we will include your band in that  listing.

Do  you enjoy writing?  Submit an article to the board for consideration to  add to the BA website and Facebook.  We value your input and look  forward to seeing you all down the bluegrass road.  Pick! Grin! and be  merry.

Jump to our Board page for more info!  https://bluegrassanonymous.org/ba-board-%26-history

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Michael Cleveland Celebrates Big Weekend

Grammy Award and Musician of the Year

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The following has been shared by East Public Relations: 

Fiddler Honored by National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences and Louisville Federation of Musicians

Michael Cleveland celebrated a very big weekend with two career milestone achievements. The two-time nominee was awarded his first GRAMMY® by the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences (NARAS) and the Louisville (KY) Federation of Musicians recognized Cleveland as their 2020 Musician of the Year.

Cleveland’s latest Compass Records release, Tall Fiddler, won in the Best Bluegrass Album category in a GRAMMY® Premier Awards show that was live-streamed from  Los Angeles, CA, on Sunday, January 26th. Cleveland, who was in  attendance, graciously accepted the award and thanked each of the  world-class musicians and singers who contributed to the project,  including members of his band, Flamekeeper, who are featured on six cuts. Tall Fiddler was recorded in Nashville, Tennessee, co-produced by Cleveland, Jeff White and Sean Sullivan, and showcased Cleveland’s virtuosic talents alongside special guests Tommy Emmanuel, Dan Tyminski, Del McCoury, Sam Bush, Tim O’Brien, Jerry Douglas, Béla Fleck, The Travelin’ McCourys, Barry Bales, Guthrie Trapp, Cody Looper, and Larry Atamanuik.

Closer to home, the Louisville Federation of Musicians awarded their highest honor of Musician of the Year to Michael during their annual ceremony. Due to the GRAMMY® Awards  appearance, Cleveland was notified in advance and visited the  organization for which he has been part of most of his professional  career. As a young musician, Cleveland began playing venues in the  Louisville area and has become a regular in the thriving music scene not  only as a bluegrass musician, but also making guest appearances within  other genres of music, including two performances with the Louisville Orchestra.

These two career accolades come on the heels of Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper winning the International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) sixth Instrumental Group and Cleveland’s 12th Fiddle Player of the Year awards. In early 2019, Flamekeeper – The Michael Cleveland Story, a feature length documentary produced by John Presley and Cortland Ingram,  enjoyed a star-studded film premier at the Country Music Hall of Fame  in Nashville, and is available for streaming and purchase on Amazon.com.

For more on Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, visit www.FlamekeeperBand.com.

Louisville Federation of Musicians-Musician of the Year

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 Closer to home, the Louisville Federation of Musicians awarded their highest honor of Musician of the Year to Michael during their annual ceremony. Due to the GRAMMY® Awards  appearance, Cleveland was notified in advance and visited the  organization for which he has been part of most of his professional  career. As a young musician, Cleveland began playing venues in the  Louisville area and has become a regular in the thriving music scene not  only as a bluegrass musician, but also making guest appearances within  other genres of music, including two performances with the Louisville Orchestra

Best Bluegrass Album Grammy

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 LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – JANUARY 26: Michael Cleveland of ‘Tall  Fiddler’ poses for a portrait during the 62nd Annual GRAMMY Awards on  January 26, 2020 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Robby Klein/Getty  Images for The Recording Academy) .

Folk School Jam relocation

Friday, December 13th, the LFS Jam will relocate to the Louisville Folk School

No word as to how long this will remain the jam site, but for this week join the jam at 225 N. Clifton Ave, Louisville, KY 40206!   Stay tuned, and watch the LFS website & Facebook for updates.

Bluegrass Anonymous Needs You!

Bluegrass Music creates  wonderful community that crosses all kinds of boundaries. These musical  ties do wonders for us--now it's time to give something back! Bluegrass  Anonymous is seeking board members. We meet (approximately) bi-monthly  to plan events, help promote bluegrass in Greater Louisville, and, if we  have time, to pick! Are you always introducing yourself to people?  Maybe you're very organized, or good with numbers, or know how to throw  the best picking parties. There's a role for everyone--and we need you!  It's a fun way to help make sure bluegrass continues to thrive in Greater Louisville, and to meet new folks who love bluegrass. For more  information, please contact any board member, Rebecca Minnick, Dave Howard, Sonya Cotton,  or Micky Schickel Nelson, Laurance Levine, Marshall Shelor, Jan Nelson, Robin Thixton, and Paula Halfacre. We will be happy to answer any questions, and welcome your participation.  

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Our Mission

Bluegrass Anonymous, Louisville’s Bluegrass Music Association, is dedicated to promoting and supporting bluegrass music, preserving its tradition, and nurturing its growth by providing inclusive opportunities for pickin’, singin’, and listenin’.  

So Welcome!

There's lots to see here. So, take your time, look around. We hope you'll enjoy our site, and take a moment to drop us a line.  Looking for great local and regional festivals? Check our Festivals page for the latest Regional Bluegrass fun.   Looking for a jam?  Check our Events Calendar for a list for repeating area open jams! Want to book a band? Visit our Artists page, and lots more. We're glad you're here.

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About Us

Welcome to Bluegrass Anonymous!

Bluegrass Anonymous is a Louisville, KY based  music association dedicated to promoting and supporting bluegrass music, preserving it's tradition, and nurturing it's growth by providing  opportunities for pickin', singin' and listenin'.  Our organization received non-profit 501c3 status from the IRS in 2006. 

What's In It for You?

A way to connect with the community and the music you love. New to town, or Bluegrass music?  Want to know where the opens jams can be found?  How about music festivals?  Local and nationally known bands?  We've got it here!


Join Us!

Use this site! Find what interests you.  Then come out to one of the Bluegrass Anonymous events, Pig Roast, Band Scramble, Picnics.  Meet us at one of the jams  or concerts.  We're friendly people, itchin' to pick, and looking forward to including you in the fun!

It's easy when you visit our membership/Contact page.  Just click on Paypal for individual, family or Artist/Band membership, or drop us a line at the contact link at the bottom of the page.