Chris Joslin - Executive Director
Joining the IBMM in September 2015, Joslin oversees day-to-day operations of the museum and its many programs, manages staff, supports the work of the Board of Trustees, undertakes strategic and long-term planning and represents the museum at public and private events.
He received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Belmont University as well as a Masters of Business Administration (MBA) from Belmont’s Massey School of Business.
Active in the bluegrass and acoustic music scene from an early age, Joslin was a founding member of the bluegrass group, Crucial Smith, where he played both banjo and resonator guitar. After touring nationally for several years, the tug of family and career lead Joslin to root himself in Nashville where he continued to perform and record with bluegrass, Celtic, Americana and folk artists.
Since relocating to Owensboro, Joslin has played frequently with local musicians, including performing at Friday After Five, Bluegrass on the Banks, ROMP, the Lanham Brothers Jamboree, the Owensboro Symphony’s Concert on the Lawn, Bluegrass in the Park Folklife Festival in Henderson, the Bluemoon Bluegrass Music Festival in Beaver Dam, and the John Hartford Memorial Festival in Bean Blossom, Indiana.
At the Bluegrass Music Museum, Joslin is bringing new energy and programs to the region, including a “slow jam” night for beginner players and a multi-instrument jam camp. He also has focused on greater outreach to and engagement with the bluegrass community around the country and the world. Over the next 18 to 20 months, he will be overseeing a new $15 million museum being built in the heart of downtown Owensboro.
Carly Smith – marketing Director
Joining the museum staff in 2011, Carly Smith is the Assistant Director at the International Bluegrass Music Museum. She received an Associate’s Degree in the Arts in 2012 and is finishing her Bachelor’s Degree in Interdisciplinary Studies with Western Kentucky University. Over the years, music has been a passion for Carly. In 2011, the Smith family moved to Owensboro, Kentucky, and Carly joined the staff of the International Bluegrass Music Museum. In 2013, she was a class member of the IBMA’s Leadership Bluegrass. During Carly's time with the museum, IBMM has received the Governor's Award for Community Arts and ROMP received the IBMA's Event of the Year award for ROMP. The future of bluegrass is bright, and this Owensboro native looks forward to preserving and growing the genre for many generations to come.
Savannah Hall - Curator
Savannah grew up in Eastern Kentucky, where she devoured shucky beans, mountain air and bluegrass music as a part of her raisin’. She earned her BA in English at work-study based college Alice Lloyd College, where she sang in the Voices of Appalachia and performed Appalachian folktales with The Alfred and Shirley Wampler Caudill players. She then pursued a Graduate Certificate in Historic Preservation at Western Kentucky University, with the hopes of further preserving and exhibiting the culture that made her. She has participated in creating exhibits for The Kentucky Museum, worked as an intern in Museum Education, and plays the dulcimer in her free time.
Danny Clark - Membership & Special Events Coordinator
Danny Clark has been pursuing Bluegrass music since he heard it for the first time as a child in Southern California. He was introduced to Bluegrass music by his father, who was a banjo player in the California Bluegrass scene. Danny eventually moved to Tennessee and was accepted into the East Tennessee State University Bluegrass Program. At ETSU he spent two years studying the history of Bluegrass music and honing his skills as a fiddle and mandolin player. Danny transferred to Middle Tennessee State University to complete his bachelor’s degree in Liberal Arts with an emphasis in Marketing and the Recording Industry. He graduated in the class of 2010.
Danny has a strong passion for studying the rich historical roots of Bluegrass and Country Western Music. When not at work he spends his personal time traveling to and from Bluegrass festivals and fiddlers conventions. A self-proclaimed “antique junkie”, Danny is constantly seeking out vintage musical items.
My name is Randy Lanham and I am a Professional Musician from the Owensboro, KY area. I’ve played music for the past 33 years, professionally for the past 22 years. Over the years I been blessed to do many things with my music. I am former Kentucky State Fiddle Champion. At the age of 20, I moved to Nashville, Tennessee. Being in Nashville provided me with the opportunity to play for recording artists Clay Walker, Wade Hayes, Tracy Lawrence, Tanya Tucker, etc. While working for these artist I’ve toured with George Strait, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson and Faith Hill. I have appeared on TV shows such as CMT, CNN, The Grand ole Opry, The Tonight Show and Austin City Limits.
I now live in the Owensboro, KY area and for the past 14 years have been the Education Director at the IBMM. I an also a music teacher for the River Park Center, give private lessons, work with many local organizations coordinating bluegrass, country, and gospel shows and festivals. I am also the co-founder and director of Volunteer Owensboro. I love God, family, and to pick and grin when possible.
Kristy Westerfield - Museum Store
Melisa Anderson – Museum Store