Jamie Dailey, among the most respected names in bluegrass, will be the keynote speaker at the 2018 World of Bluegrass festival in Raleigh this fall.
Daily has won several awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association in the past decade as half of superstar bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent. The group was inducted in the Grand Ole Opry in 2017.
This year's festival, the sixth year in Raleigh, will be Sept. 25-29.
The keynote speech is Sept. 25, the opening day of the IBMA's annual business conference. The conference is the first part of World of Bluegrass, which also includes the "Bluegrass Ramble" nightclub shows, trade show, IBMA Awards and the Wide Open Bluegrass outdoor program of street shows and performers at Red Hat Amphitheater.
Last year's week of events set attendance records, drawing total estimated attendance of more than 221,000. The IBMA recently announced it would keep its signature event in Raleigh another three years through at least 2021.
Dailey is a veteran of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. In Dailey & Vincent's first year of eligibility, they won six IBMA Awards for entertainer, vocal group and emerging artist of the year. They have won several more since then and won a Grammy Award in 2011 for Best Country Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocal.
Dailey's 2018 keynote speech will most likely be tied into the theme of this year's IBMA conference, "Branding Bluegrass."
He'll have a tough act to follow. Last year's IBMA keynote speaker was Rhiannon Giddens, who gave a widely acclaimed speech touching on issues of race and diversity in bluegrass. Two weeks later, Giddens was announced as a 2017 MacArthur Fellowship "Genius Grant" winner, a prize worth $625,000.
Business conference registration is required to attend the keynote. See worldofbluegrass.org for details.
Raleigh IBMA World of Bluegrass keynote speakers
2013 — Noam Pikelny (Punch Brothers)
2014 — Bela Fleck
2015 — Nick Forster (Hot Rize)
2016 — Marian Leighton Levy (Rounder Records)
2017 — Rhiannon Giddens
2018 — Jamie Dailey (Dailey & Vincent)