Associated With

  • Wax Works / Disc Jockey, 1968-present
  • International Bluegrass Music Association, 1985-2002
  • Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum (International Bluegrass Music Museum), 1991-present
  • RiverPark Center, 1988-2001


  • A central figure in establishing Owensboro, Kentucky as a welcoming destination for bluegrass music activities.
  • Board chairperson, International Bluegrass Music Association, 1986-1989.
  • Chair, International Bluegrass Music Museum.
  • Chair, RiverPark Center, Owensboro, Kentucky, 2000-2001.
  • Owner, Wax Works/Video Works.
  • Sponsor, Video Oral History Project, Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame and Museum, IBMA.
  • IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award, 2005.
  • IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Fame, 2018.

From the Archives

“I didn’t know anything about bluegrass then [1984]. So, I called Barry Poss that June. He was the owner of Sugar Hill Records then. He didn’t return my call. Then, that October, I was at an independent records convention in San Francisco. We were loading on a bus to go to another location. I sat down beside a man who introduced himself as Barry Poss. I told him I’d been calling him. We had 30 minutes on the bus, so I told him what we wanted to do—start a bluegrass association, have a festival, a trade show and an awards show. If I hadn’t sat down beside him, none of this would have ever happened.”
Keith Lawrence in “Bluegrass Center Has Overcome Obstacles; Effort Began in 1984,” The Messenger-Inquirer, March 13, 2017.
“I won’t say at this point that it’s a mainstream music. We would like to popularize bluegrass music more, get more recognition in the trades. The main thing is to create a bigger market for the music, and you really do this through airplay.”
“Bluegrass Festival Coming to an End—Annual Bean Blossom Event Being Stopped After 22 Years,” Pharos-Tribune, June 16, 1988.
“When we first did ROMP (River of Music Festival, 2004) we sort of opened everybody’s eyes that bluegrass is a many-faceted genre like other kinds of music. Even in Owensboro, I think we opened some eyes. Since our first festival, so many people have come up to me and said, ‘Thank you for introducing me to this music. I just didn’t know that I liked it.’”
Joy Campbell in “River of Music Party, ROMP Deemed a Success, Organizers Say Three-Day Attendance Topped 5,000,” The Messenger-Inquirer, June 27, 2004.”