The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrasss Music in America (SPBGMA) event is a four-day indoor bluegrass festival/show/awards ceremony in Nashville. The SPBGMA show features round-the-clock jamming, top name performers, the highest-paying and most respected bluegrass band contest in the world, plus the SPBGMA Bluegrass Awards show on Sunday (the bluegrass equivalent of the CMA awards). SPBGMA draws the top amateur and semi-pro bands from all over the country, with non-stop jamming, various workshops and promoters' meetings, and vendors with everything a bluegrass fan could ever want. In MUSIC CITY yet! In addition to the workshop, the students and their families were free to attend the Grand Ole Opry, see the famous shops and clubs such as Ernest Tubb's and Linebaughs' on Broadway, and go to the Station Inn to see the current performers. Tour the original Grand Ole Opry building and see the new opry Mills and the Gibson Acoustic Instruments facility. Shake hands with Earl Scruggs and get his autograph on Saturday at Gibson Acoustic Instruments. (Shuttles are provided from the Sheraton.)

2005 was the ninth BNL/SPBGMA workshop. This is a one-day bluegrass banjo workshop which features a top recording artist, a top setup/builder, a BNL writer, and workshop director/BNL columnist Jack Hatfield.

The BNL/SPBGMA workshops have featured names such as Eddie Adcock, Bill Keith, Bela Fleck, J.D. Crowe, Terry Baucom, Sammy Shelor, Scott Vestal, Doug Dillard, Wayne Erbson, Butch Robins, Bill Evans, Sonny Osborne, Scott Vestal, James McKinney, and Alan Munde. Banjo builders/setup techs: Mark Taylor, Frank Neat, Curtis McPeake, Geoff Stelling, Gary Price, Tony Wray, Bill Palmer, Snuffy Smith, Charlie Cushman, Tom Nechville. BNL writers: Janet Davis, Murphy Henry, Ross Nickerson, Pete Kelly, Ian Perry, Ira Gitlin, Andy Cushing, Ian Parry and Eddie Collins.

Driving directions to workshop:

from I-40, just East of downtown Nashville, take Briley Parkway North (towards Opryland Hotel/Opry Mills).

Immediately take Elm Hill Pike exit, Merge right onto Elm Hill pike.

Go approximately two tenths of a mile, turn right on Mcgavok Pk.

Go approximately a quarter mile to Music City Sheraton on left.

Once inside, bear left through vendor area to Two Rivers Room. There will be someone at the Hatfield Music booth to help you and take walk-in registrations.

Questions? Send email to or call toll-free: 800-426-8744

Directed by Jack Hatfield
Music City Sheraton, Nashville, Tennessee
Featuring Bluegrass banjo legend J.D. CROWE!!

Call toll-free 1-800-426-8744 or email for registration information.