Directed by Jack Hatfield

Music City Sheraton, Nashville, Tennessee


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.

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



Workshop director, BNL and Mel Bay author Jack Hatfield will address beginner level topics from 9:00 -10:00 AM. At 11:00 he will discuss intermediate level topics and demonstrate examples and topics from his new book "Backup Techniques on the Five-String Banjo" . Intermediate topics include playing up the neck, backup and jamming, basic music theory and introduction to playing by ear.



. Marc Smith Will lead us on an unusual departure from from the typical SPBGMA workshop. Marc is from Huntsville, Alabama where he performs a "History of Banjo Styles" show at a local coffeehouse. At 11:00 He will demonstrate vintage banjos, playing them in their original style, and talk a bit of history.

At 12:00 we will break for lunch.

Tom Nechville, from Nechville Musical Products will talk banjo maintence, building and design at 1:00 PM. He will give a detailed explanation of banjo setup and describe his many many patented ideas and inventions which are on the cutting edge of banjo design..

RichardBailey is

the featured artist for the 13th annual Banjo Newsletter/SPBGMA banjo workshop, Richard has been around Nashville for many years, originally moving from Memphis to play with the the Cluster Pluckers. Currently he is working with the wildly popular band the Steeldrivers who play all original bluegrass music. Richard plays everything from solid Scruggs to fiddle tunes in an unmistakable clean, hard-driving style. Richard is an experienced workshop teacher and will be teaching the advanced segment from 2:00-4:00 PM

The workshop admission allows access to all areas of the huge SPBGMA convention all day Friday the 13th 2009 including Stage show and vendor area, which would normally require full SPBGMA admission. <> Suggested hotel if you are not staying at the Sheraton: Alesis Inn, a few blocks away. About 60 bucks per night with full breakfast bar included. 615-889-4466

to download a registration form which you can print, fill out and return by mail, click here:

BNL/SPBGMA 2009 Registration Form

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 the Two Rivers Room. There will be someone at the Hatfield Music booth to assist you and take walk-in registrations.

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

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