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

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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.

Randy Lanham - Education Director


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. 

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