For many years, International Bluegrass Music Association convention attendees have joked that IBMA actually stands for I’ve Been Mostly Awake -- a reference to the nearly round-the-clock schedule it runs on. Fittingly, “I’ve Been Mostly Awake” is the title of a fund-raising album put together by IBMA board chairman Jon Weisberger, with a cast of guest artists including Pam Tillis, Hot Rize’s Tim O’Brien, Sierra Hull and North Carolina’s own Jim Lauderdale.
Weisberger’s own band is called the Lonesome Heirs, in which he plays bass. They’ll be playing the 11:00 slot Tuesday night at the Lincoln Theatre as part of the Bluegrass Ramble, and you can expect many of the guests from the album to drop by and do their parts live. Copies of “I’ve Been Mostly Awake” will be available at the various and sundry Wide Open Bluegrass merchandise tents.
Meantime, take a listen to the cut featuring Lauderdale, “Don’t Count Me Out.” And while you’re listening, you can also check out the Sunday paper’s World of Bluegrass preview; keep going back there for more throughout the coming week.