International Bluegrass Music Museum

Bluegrass music is just a part of the territory around Owensboro and Daviess County.

Now there’s a more formal push, as part of a promotional campaign, to let people know it’s a year-round place to hear bluegrass music or jam.

The 12th annual ROMP Fest is underway next week at the beautiful Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro. Known for its stellar line-ups, gorgeous campground setting, and artist-led workshops, the festival supports the International Bluegrass Music Museum (IBMM) as it strives to preserve and promote bluegrass music internationally. Former IBMM Executive Director and current ROMP Festival Executive Producer Gabrielle Gray stops by Sounds Good today to give us a preview of this year's festival. 

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Chris Thile brings the Punch Brothers back for the fourth time to the International Bluegrass Music Museum's ROMP Festival in Owensboro this month. Thile says he loves the space and the enthusiastic group of festival goers in his Sounds Good conversation with Tracy Ross. He also talks about how being a new father has influenced his music writing, the differences playing in duos and groups and an upcoming performance at Murray State University.


A Bowling Green businessman is taking over as chairman of the board of trustees at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro.

Mike Simpson is a lifelong bluegrass music fan who spent childhood summers in the Ohio County town of Rosine, which was home to the man considered the father of bluegrass, Bill Monroe. He takes over the museum’s board chairmanship from Dr. Peter Salovey, President of Yale University. 


The International Bluegrass Music Museum's executive director is leaving her post to head production duties at the ROMP Festival in Daviess County. 

The Owensboro museum's board of trustees announced today that Gabrielle Gray is retiring from executive director after 12 years.  

Gray will retain her position as Executive Producer of ROMP, the signature bluegrass music festival she founded in 2004. She also remains the museum's primary grant writer. 

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Return to ROMP 2014 is a two-hour special hosted by WNIN's Steve Burger. Tune in Labor Day, Monday, September 1 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., preempting Sounds Good.

The program features two hours of music and conversation with:

The Kentucky Arts Council is awarding more than $1.4 million  to arts organizations across the Commonwealth, including support to Calloway, Christian, Crittenden, Daviess, Graves, McCracken, and Trigg counties. Here's a breakdown of where the award is being allocated in our region: 

ROMP, the bluegrass roots and branches festival returns to Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro next weekend, with headlining acts Old Crow Medicine Show, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Sam Bush Band, Del McCoury Band, and many others. On Sounds Good, Chris Langdon, Promotions Director for the International Bluegrass Museum, previews the festival with Tracy Ross.

On Sounds Good, Tracy Ross welcomes ROMP Team member Chris Langdon of the International Bluegrass Music Museum to talk about this year's music festival. Be listening for the fabulous music lineup including The Punch Brothers, Merle Haggard,  Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush, Carolina Chocolate Drops, and many others, at ROMP next Wednesday through Saturday in Owensboro’s Yellow Springs Park. Tickets are $45 for a single day, or $135 for the weekend. See more at

WKMS @ ROMP: The Slideshow

Jul 1, 2012

We had a blast at ROMP  at Yellow Creek Park in Owensboro, hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Museum. We hope you enjoyed the live broadcasts! Also a special shout-out to our friends at the Evansville-based NPR & PBS station, WNIN for helping make the trip and the broadcast possible.

See more photos on ROMP's Facebook page.