T Bone Burnett, producer of the double-platinum O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack album, canceled his keynote appearance next Monday at the International Bluegrass Music Association's convention in Louisville, Kentucky, due to flight-scheduling uncertainties.
Nancy Cardwell, the IBMA's special projects coordinator, said that no replacement for Burnett has been chosen.
Cardwell also said that Patty Loveless and the Nashville Bluegrass Band will not perform at the convention. Loveless, whose recently released Mountain Soul album parades her bluegrass influences, was scheduled for a showcase next Monday, and the Nashville Bluegrass Band was slotted to close the evening performance on October 3. Cardwell said other acts will fill in.
Although there have been many inquiries from convention registrants about whether the event will be altered as a result of the September 11 terrorist attacks on the U.S., Cardwell said there have been no more late cancellations this year than in years past.
The IBMA World of Bluegrass Week runs October 1-7 and includes showcases, trade exhibits, seminars, mentoring sessions, music workshops and the annual IBMA Awards Show, scheduled for October 4. Most convention activities will take place at the Galt House hotel; the award show will be held at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.
Bluegrass Fan Fest occupies the three days following the awards ceremony and will also be held at the Galt House. The event, ticketed separately, will feature performances by nearly 50 acts, including Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, the Del McCoury Band, Blue Highway, Larry Cordle & Lonesome Standard Time and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver.
Country star Steve Wariner will host the IBMA Awards Show, which will be carried by delayed broadcast on "several hundred radio stations," the IBMA said.