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Bluegrass museum gets assist from musicians

OWENSBORO, Ky. (AP) - Musicians are pitching in to raise money
for Owensboro's International Bluegrass Music Museum to help spread
the following for bluegrass music far beyond this country's
borders.
Valerie Smith & Liberty Pike, a Tennessee-based band, will kick
off a series of benefit concerts for the museum on Dec. 10, the
Messenger-Inquirer of Owensboro reported.
Gabrielle Gray, the museum's executive director, said Smith is
the first of several artists who have announced plans to come to
the western Kentucky city to assist the museum.
"The International Bluegrass Music Museum is preserving an
important part of America's musical history in a very welcoming,
interactive, fun, yet classy way," Smith said in a statement.
The Grascals, the International Bluegrass Music Association's
2006 and 2007 entertainers of the year, are also planning a concert
here to raise money, Gray said. Dates have not yet been finalized.
Jimmy Mattingly, a Leitchfield native who has played fiddle with
the Grascals, Dolly Parton and Garth Brooks, among others, is also
talking about an Owensboro show for the museum, Gray said.
The Dec. 10 concert will be webcast live over Radio Bluegrass
International, the museum's online radio station, Gray said.
Gray said the fundraisers are ways to help the museum expand its
boundaries.
She's already working on creating an international Bluegrass
Museum Ambassadors Program.
Every bluegrass association in the world is being asked to
select an ambassador.
The ambassadors will work with the museum on special projects,
report news, encourage museum membership and donations, encourage
donation of bluegrass artifacts to the museum, and attend a yearly
meeting of ambassadors in Owensboro, Gray said in a message sent to
the associations.
The outreach is "tailored to pairing up with our Web site being
translated into Spanish, French, Portuguese, Czech, Japanese,
Chinese and Russian," Gray said. "You can always say you're an
international museum, but it's just hot air unless you really work
at it."
The translation is expected to be completed by Jan. 1, she said.
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Information from: Owensboro Messenger-Inquirer,
http://www.messenger-inquirer.com

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AP-NY-12-06-09 1310EST


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