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Letcher woman is ‘bluegrass leader’




Becky Johnson of Cram Creek is pictured standing third from left in bottom row. Seated is bluegrass star Larry Cordle.

Becky Johnson of Cram Creek is pictured standing third from left in bottom row. Seated is bluegrass star Larry Cordle.

Becky Johnson of Mayking is a member of the graduating class of Leadership Bluegrass 2009, announced this week by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Leadership Bluegrass, now in its tenth year with more than 225 alumni, is an intensive three-day program of advanced level, interactive learning experiences that invites participants to examine the challenges and opportunities facing bluegrass music along with related leadership issues.

Leadership Bluegrass 2009 was hosted March 10-12 at BMI in Nashville, Tenn., and was facilitated again by Fred Bartenstein, a noted bluegrass historian and professional meeting facilitator.

Each year approximately 25 individuals are selected to participate in Leadership Bluegrass, a program designed to build commitment, motivate talents and instill enthusiasm for addressing the future of the bluegrass music industry. Class members represent a cross section of current and future leaders from various facets of the industry, as well as diverse regions of the country and world.

Johnson, who lives at Cram Creek, is a photographer and volunteer programmer with WMMT-FM in Whitesburg.

Other graduates included Larry Cordle, Lonesome Standard Time, Hendersonville, Tenn.; Brandi Hart, The Dixie Bee-Liners, Abingdon, Va.; Barry Mazor, journalist/author

( No Depression, The Wall Street Journal),

Nashville, Tenn.; Tom Mueller, The Muellers, Waterville, Maine; Leah Ross, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion, Bristol, Va./Tenn.; Sammy Shelor, Lonesome River Band, Meadows of Dan, Va.; and Jim Van Cleve, Mountain Heart, Hendersonville, Tenn.

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