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Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

Through the Lens

Focusing on the finest roots music photography

Amos lives in West Virginia, where he works with Mountain Stage and takes stunning photographs of live music performances.

IBMA Makes a Statement: "If Music Doesn't Discriminate, Why Should We?"

Though I have not been able to attend the annual IBMA gathering yet, I have been involved in my own corner of the world of bluegrass for nearly three decades. For Pete's sake, do politics and the culture wars have to leave a smear on everything? Can we just let bluegrass be bluegrass and enjoy it for what it is?

R.E. the quoted statement: “If music doesn’t discriminate, then I ask you: Why should we?” Well, when I enter the word "discriminate" into a search engine, here is the first definition that comes up: "Recognize a distinction; differentiate." Wasn't this a bluegrass-centric convention? Doesn't that mean people from all walks of life were gathering to celebrate a distinct, different style of music? Are you happy now, ProgRock and Opera are sitting in the corner crying.