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Tuesday was opening day of the Raleigh edition of IBMA's "World of Bluegrass," and it featured plenty of business (this is the business convention part of the shindig, after all). There was also some discussion about what does and does not qualify as bluegrass in a post-Mumford & Sons world, with a famous keynote speaker as well as attendees from very far away offering some insightful wisdom. For more, see the day one report.

Also, check out the "Bluegrass Ramble" photo gallery from night one; and this piece about the closing gender gap in bluegrass.

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David Menconi has been the News & Observer's music critic since 1991. Before that, he spent five years at the Daily Camera in Boulder, Colo. He has a masters in journalism from the University of Texas and a B.A. in English from Southwestern University. You can find more of his writing here.