Bluegrass music fans are luckier than fans of most musical genres in the sense that many of its pioneers are still alive (and in some cases, even performing), meaning that they are available to tell their stories in their own words. And, fortunately, many of the ones who are gone now had their stories recorded by Museum staff in long, formal interviews before they passed on. The Bluegrass Hall of Fame: Inductees Biographies 1992-2014 continues that tradition:
The International Bluegrass Music Museum presents, for the first time in book form, carefully researched and engagingly written profiles of the pioneers of bluegrass music. The authors, who knew most of the Hall of Fame members personally, document not only the facts and career accomplishments of these men and women, but also capture a sense of their personalities and their impact upon fellow musicians and fans.
The International Bluegrass Music Museum places special emphasis on "first generation" bluegrass artists, those who were there at the beginning to create and perform the music we now call bluegrass. The exhibits are both educational and fun to see, and anyone finding themselves near Owensboro should take an hour or two to visit the museum and gift shop. In addition to souvenirs, the gift shop sells the latest books on bluegrass artists and new and old music.