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Del McCoury, Soggy Bottom Boys at IBMA’s Wide Open Bluegrass

Musicians Jeff Hanna, left, John McEuen and other members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be among the headlines at this year's Wide Open Bluegrass.
Musicians Jeff Hanna, left, John McEuen and other members of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band will be among the headlines at this year's Wide Open Bluegrass. Getty Images for Stagecoach

Today brings music-festival news for this fall’s World of Bluegrass: the main headline acts for the Wide Open Bluegrass part of the program.

Appearing at downtown Raleigh’s Red Hat Amphitheater Sept. 30-Oct. 1 will be a lineup featuring the usual cast of IBMA regulars (Del McCoury, Steep Canyon Rangers), rising breakthrough acts (Becky Buller, Darin & Brook Aldridge) and a few wildcards.

Chief among the latter are the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, on a 50-year-anniversary tour that draws heavily from their 1972 cross-generational landmark album “Will the Circle Be Unbroken”; and the Soggy Bottom Boys, the fictional singing group from the 2000 Americana soundtrack hit “O Brother, Where Art Thou?”

Just so nobody gets the wrong idea about the latter, however, you shouldn’t expect “O Brother” star and onscreen Soggy Bottom Boys leader George Clooney to show up. This version of the group is Dan Tyminski -- who actually sang the hit “Man of Constant Sorrow,” with Clooney lip-syncing -- and friends including Stuart Duncan, Mike Compton and others.

Also already out is the lineup for the Bluegrass Ramble nightclub shows. For further details and tickets, see IBMA.org.

David Menconi: 919-829-4759, @NCDavidMenconi

IBMA lineup

Friday, Sept. 30

Dailey & Vincent

Earls of Leicester

Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands

Marty Stuart

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band

Peter Rowan Band

Soggy Bottom Boys

Saturday, Oct. 1

Becky Buller Band

Greensky Bluegrass

John Cowan with Darin & Brooke Aldridge

Larry Sparks & Lonesome Ramblers

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Steep Canyon Rangers

Del McCoury Band

Kruger Brothers

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