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  • 15 Oct 2020 12:21 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


    The 2020 CTBA Annual Meeting will be held on Sunday, November 15th, at Nomadic Beer Works (3804 Woodbury Dr, Austin, TX 78704). Due to Covid-19 restrictions, there will be limited in-person attendance (masked, socially-distanced, etc...) and livestreaming video on the CTBA social media platforms. Details to come, but please do mark your calendars!


    Which means it is time to elect our Board of Directors for 2021-2022! There are five seats up for grabs, and six candidates. Which is to say: NOW IS THE TIME TO JOIN OR RENEW YOUR MEMBERSHIP. Ballots go out on Thursday, October 15th, giving us one month to collect and count ballots. While anyone joining before the cutoff of 6PM on Sunday, November 15th, will be able to cast a ballot, we are strongly encouraging you to get your membership in order before October 15th! The election winners will be announced after the 6PM cutoff at our Annual Meeting.

    If you are now or have ever been a member of the CTBA, you have an account at that you can access at

    If you are unsure of your membership status, here is how to check:

    1.Navigate to

    2. Enter your email address

    3. Click “Recover Password”

    4. You will receive an email with a link to the page where you can create a password for your account

    5. After creating your password, you can log in and access your account

    It is important to check your membership status. While we have made dramatic improvements to our membership management over the past year, there is still a chance your membership may have lapsed without your knowledge. And, if you prefer, you are of course welcome to submit a printed application and any payments by cash or check.

    If you are not a member of the CTBA, please consider joining! You can read all about the benefits and privileges of membership at

    The CTBA is a membership organization; we are only as successful as our membership is strong. Your modest membership fees go a long way to promoting and supporting Bluegrass in Central Texas, be it through performances, scholarships, or our website and social media support. Please consider renewing or joining today.

    If you have any questions whatsoever, please contact us at, we’ll be happy to help you sort it all out.

  • 25 Aug 2020 2:35 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Congratulations to our CTBA Summer Sounds 2020 winners!

    Solo Instrumental: "New Camptown Races" by Shawn Spiars

    Group Instrumental: "After Me" by Bobby Giles & Texas Gales

    Youth: "Blackberry Blossom" by Jackson Wreden

    The winning videos are posted at as well as on our YouTube "Summer Sounds 2020 Winners" playlist.

    Thanks so much to everyone who made a video and participated in the competition, it was so fantastic and such fun. Let's do it again soon!


    The dog days of summer are here but that isn’t going to stop this community from doing what we do best, keepin’ Texas grassy!

    CTBA board elections are right around the corner. We are currently seeking passionate bluegrass fans and musicians to serve the community for the next two years as CTBA Board members. Our Board meetings occur once a month with the possibility of a few additional hours depending on what next year looks like.

    We are also seeking non-board members to serve on our Election Committee. If you are interested in running for a Board position or serving on the Elections Committee, please send an email to by September 15th.

    Again, we would like to take the time to thank and congratulate all of our CTBA Summer Sounds 2020 entrants and winners. And stay tuned: next month we will have a CTBA swag pack giveaway, so make sure to follow the CTBA on our Facebook page for more details! In the meantime, show your Texas bluegrass pride with a CTBA t-shirt, hat, or sticker available at

    On behalf of the 2020 CTBA Board we are grateful for your continued support.

    Happy pickin’ y’all!

    Libby Brennan, CTBA President

  • 11 Aug 2020 11:40 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Summer Sounds voting is now live!

    To vote, go to the Central Texas Bluegrass YouTube page and like your favorite videos. There are three categories: solo instrumental, multi-instrumental and youth/family.

    Voting will end at 11:59PM on Sunday, August 16th and winners will be revealed on Monday, August 17th.

    The video in each category with the most votes will be posted on the CTBA website, Facebook, and Instagram pages!

    Thank you to everyone who took time to submit a video (or two)!

    And, heck, while you're on the CTBA YouTube page, please take a second to subscribe.

    Happy Pickin’ Y'all!

  • 21 Jul 2020 9:45 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To our CTBA community,

    While this certainly has been an unconventional year to be a Board Member, we are doing everything we can to ensure that music continues to bring joy to our friends in the community.

    Our Summer Sounds Video Competition submission date has been extended to July 31st! Voting will take place August 1-4th on the official CTBA YouTube page.

    For more details about submitting videos, the entry guidelines can be found at

    Thank you to everyone who has put so much time and effort into creating the wonderful videos we have received thus far. We can’t wait to share them all! Remember - we will feature winning videos on the CTBA website as well as the CTBA social media sites.

    For those of you who may be looking to refine or learn some new tunes during these dog days of summer, we have a stellar lineup of pickers on our Instructor Page that we highly recommend you look into for lessons. And almost everybody teaches online! On the other hand, if you are teaching lessons and would like to be listed, please drop us a line at For more information visit

    We are happy to announce that over the last ten months we have more than doubled our membership!!! We take great pride in being able to support our growing Bluegrass communities through education, engagement, and scholarships. Your memberships help us continue to serve you, our members and friends. If you or someone you know would like to join, renew, or become a lifetime or band member, you can do so at

    Last but not least, here are some fun facts about the CTBA, by the numbers...

    The CTBA awarded seven CTBA/ArtistWorks Scholarships in June.

    CTBA Scholarship recipients ranged in age from 13 to 72.

    The CTBA was formed 42 years ago.

    The CTBA membership extends beyond Austin, with 48% living outside Austin City Limits.

    The CTBA living furthest from CTBA headquarters in Austin is 258 miles away in Vidor, TX.

    We hope all of you are well and staying safe. We look forward to being able to sit out under the Texas stars enjoying bluegrass together soon. Happy pickin’ y’all!

    Libby Mayfield Brennan

    President, CTBA

  • 8 Jun 2020 6:23 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Central Texas Bluegrass Association exists in order to celebrate, promote, and preserve Bluegrass music. Along with this, we hold a responsibility to encourage diversity and inclusion within the Bluegrass community. Standing in solidarity with the Black community and all people of color, we, the CTBA board, commit to the following:

    • Recognize the important and impactful contributions that People of Color, e.g. Deford Bailey, Arnold Shultz, Rhiannon Giddens, and many others have made to Bluegrass music.
    • Emphasize the spirit of inclusion at CTBA events, without regard to race, gender, religion, sexual orientation, age, ability, or financial status.
    • Promote​ ​just and fair treatment for all people.
    • Contribute to a spirit of unity within our community through connection, education, tolerance, and, of course, through music.
    Please take care of one another.
  • 19 Apr 2020 2:07 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    To our CTBA community,

    Even in these challenging times, the CTBA board continues to brainstorm new ways of adapting to life while promoting and supporting bluegrass communities across the globe. While pickin’ circles and bluegrass nights have all been postponed, we are utilizing new technology that continues to keep us united. We have modified our scholarship program to represent a wider group of promising young pickers and even have some exciting perks for our active members!

    While we are all doing our best to socially distance ourselves, please know that we are here for you. Feel free to reach out at any time, whether through social media, email or if you want to talk on the phone.

    Let’s look ahead to days when porches are filled with pickers and two steppers dance into bluegrass nights.

    Thank y’all for the continued support. Happy pickin!

    Libby Brennan
    President, Central Texas Bluegrass Association

    Due to the cancellation of bluegrass camps and workshops, we have modified the Willa Beach-Porter scholarship to adapt to online learning courses. We are partnering with ArtistWorks, an online community that provides a series of lessons from introductory to advanced courses. Each scholarship will be awarded a year-long membership.

    There will be a total of five scholarships awarded. Three scholarships will be awarded to students ages 12-21; the remaining two scholarships awarded to those 22 and older who are active members of the CTBA. All scholarship recipients must currently live in Texas and submit (1) the online application and (2) two letters of recommendation no later than May 15th, 2020.

    To learn more and apply today please visit

    Are you currently an active member of the CTBA? If so, ArtistWorks is offering $80 off a year-long membership! All you have to do is email to get your redemption code. This offer expires April 30th, so don’t wait!

    Not a member yet and want to take advantage of this opportunity? Join the CTBA today at

    Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram and Facebook for updates, pick-a-longs, livestream schedules and more!

    We would also like to take a moment to thank the businesses who have shown their support of bluegrass in Central Texas by hosting events, promoting bluegrass, or just supporting our community. If you are able to support them by purchasing to-go items, gift cards, merch...or heck just following them on social media, please do consider doing so. Every action counts!


  • 13 Apr 2020 2:29 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Central Texas Bluegrass Association has long been committed to the education of young musicians carrying on the bluegrass tradition.

    These are uncertain times, and the cancellation of face-to-face camps, lessons, and workshops can be difficult. But now it is ever more important to continue providing music education! And to that end, the CTBA Board unanimously decided to modify our scholarship program for 2020.

    The CTBA has partnered with ArtistWorks, an online community that provides a series of lessons from introductory to advanced courses. ArtistWorks instructors include some of today’s very best musicians, including several IBMA "Best of the Year" recipients. Among the instructors are Bryan Sutton, Mike Marshall, Darol Anger, Tony Trischka, Noam Pikelny, and Missy Raines. You can check out everything ArtistWorks has to offer at

    This year, the CTBA will be offering our Willa Beach-Porter scholarship as online scholarships through ArtistWorks. Each scholarship recipient will receive a one-year ArtistWorks membership to the study track of their choice from the 30+ courses offered through ArtistWorks. We, the CTBA, are very happy to be able to offer these scholarships to young folks wanting to further their music explorations in a safe, socially-distanced, and very fun manner!

    There will be a total of five scholarships awarded. Three scholarships will be awarded to students ages 12-21. While CTBA membership is encouraged for these three recipients, it is not mandatory. The remaining two scholarships will be awarded to two active CTBA members 22 and older.

    All scholarship recipients must currently live in Texas and must (1) submit the application at and (2) email two letters of recommendation to by May 15, 2020. The recipients will be selected by the Scholarship Committee and announced on Monday, May 25th.

    The CTBA Board is pleased to offer these opportunities to our members as well as the community we serve. We hope everyone who qualifies will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity. Head on over to to learn more and apply today!

    We hope that this message find you and your loved ones well. Happy pickin' y’all!

    Libby Brennan

    President, Central Texas Bluegrass Association

  • 6 Mar 2020 2:40 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Spring is in full swing, and we have some fun and new opportunities for our members this month from new membership benefits to events.

    First, the board would like to present our new membership benefits packages. We wouldn’t be where we are without you, our members, so these benefits are a small token of our thanks for supporting the Central Texas Bluegrass Association.

    - access to CTBA website
    - access to the CTBA Facebook page
    - monthly e-blast/newsletter from the CTBA President and/or board
    - quarterly CTBA newsletter
    - opportunities for scholarship to bluegrass camps or workshops (ages 12-21)
    - CTBA-sponsored jams and events including but not limited to:

    · Sunday jam at Oskar Blues Brewery Austin
    · bi-montly beginner/intermediate jam at Wildflower Terrace
    · monthly jam at St. Elmo Brewing Company
    · annual Band Scramble and Garage Sale
    · CTBA Annual Meeting and show

    ...all this PLUS:
    - "grass" sticker, while supplies last
    - access to CTBA Event/Jam Calendar submission form
    - access to CTBA membership database

    ...all this PLUS:
    - special pricing for families (i.e. save 50% on a second membership)
    - all the privileges of two memberships, e.g. two votes in all CTBA elections

    ...all this PLUS:
    - special reduced pricing for students
    - opportunities for scholarship to bluegrass camps or workshops (ages 12-21)

    ...all this PLUS:
    - listing on CTBA "band" page
    - listing in CTBA newsletter
    - priority performance/stage time at CTBA-partnered events
    - priority consideration for "band" articles and/or mentions in the CTBA newsletter

    ...all this PLUS:
    - listing on the CTBA "business" page (coming soon!)
    - listing/advertisement in CTBA Newsletter
    - priority consideration for business mention in the CTBA newsletter

    This month, the CTBA is thrilled to add a new Bluegrass event at Vista Brewing in Driftwood! This beautiful property features a brewery, a sustainable kitchen, a kids play area and a beautiful outdoor stage. The event will take place every 2nd Saturday from Noon-3PM.

    And April 16-19, members of the CTBA Board will be at Old Settler's Music Festival in Dale, TX. We hope to see you all out there to dance through the day and pick through the night!

    Please check our calendars for more jams and events happening in the area! To learn more or to join the CTBA please visit

    The Central Texas Bluegrass Association takes pride in furthering the future of Bluegrass by encouraging the study and practice of the next generation of Bluegrass musicians. Each year we award one or more students the opportunity to attend a Bluegrass camp or workshop of their choice through our Willa Beach-Porter Scholarship. The recipient(s) must be a resident of Texas and aged 12-21. The application must be received by June 1st but please note that students need not be a CTBA member to apply; in fact, scholarship recipients also receive a one-year CTBA family membership! To learn more and apply please visit

    As always, feel free to reach out with any questions, comments or concerns. My email is always open at

    Happy pickin' y'all!
    Libby Brennan – CTBA President

  • 11 Feb 2020 11:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Hello! I would like to begin by introducing myself for those of you who may not know me yet. My name is Libby Brennan and I am currently serving as the President of the CTBA.

    With the new year come new conversations, new ideas and new momentum. The 2020 CTBA Board of Directors is just one month old and we are making good progress.

    This year will be one of growth as we hope not only to expand our members’ opportunities to pick and connect but also grow our membership. If you haven’t already, check out the calendars on the new CTBA website. There you will find separate calendars for ”Upcoming Events” and “Upcoming Jams.” “Upcoming Events” are paid performance events that are open to the public. “Upcoming Jams” are just that – jams – and anyone that wants to come and jam is welcome. Keep your eyes open for more opportunities to enjoy bluegrass and pick this year!

    The Board is currently creating new membership benefit packages to reflect the needs of our members and to show our appreciation for your ongoing support of the Central Texas Bluegrass Association. CTBA Board Members will be present at more events around the state this year, so please stop by and say hello.

    Speaking of events, I'm happy to announce that the Band Scramble and Garage Sale are back by popular demand. Mark your calendars for June 28th. More details to come.

    Along with growth, another goal of the CTBA Board is communication. This year marks the return of our highly sought-after newsletter! You should see your first newsletter by mid-March, and then every couple of months thereafter. An e-blast like this one will be the interim means of communicating any important news and key dates.

    Please know that we are listening to you, our members, as your feedback is important to how we continue to move and grow. My inbox is always open at

    If you are currently not a member, we invite you to join online at

    Keep Texas Grassy.

    Libby Brennan
    CTBA President

  • 23 Sep 2019 4:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Reminder that we're jamming at the Oskar Blues Brewery Austin (just about) every Sunday 3-5PM! And our Beginner/Intermediate jam is held every second and fourth Saturday at Wildflower Terrace. Learn that new tune and try it out in a supportive environment! Or, heck, let's call 'em fast and burn it all down :) See y'all there!

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