P.O. Box 1034, Cromwell, CT 06416 866-349-3147 or 860-463-6755

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: announces the publication of Phil Zimmerman's book Bluegrass Time: A Musician's Photographs of the Early Days of Bluegrass Festivals. Featuring photographs taken between 1972 and 1984, the book documents the passing of the torch from the first generation pioneers of bluegrass to their successors, who include some of today's top performers.

Well-known for his outstanding photographs of bluegrass performers, Phil Zimmerman has the unique perspective of being both a bluegrass musician and a photojournalist. The result is a book of photographs that capture the drama in bluegrass performances. While some of the photographs in Bluegrass Time are well-known in the bluegrass community, many have never been seen before. The book is printed in black and white using 4-color rich black process to achieve the highest possible quality.

The pioneers documented by Zimmerman include Bill Monroe, Ralph Stanley, the Osborne Brothers, Lester Flatt, Don Reno, Curly Ray Cline, Kenny Baker, Tex Logan, the Lilly Brothers, Don Stover, Buddy Spicher, Paul Warren, and Joe Stuart.

Among the next generations photographed by Zimmerman were ground-breaking performers Charlie Waller and the Country Gentlemen, J. D. Crowe and the New South, Sam Bush and New Grass Revival, as well as John Hartford, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, David Grisman, Doyle Lawson, Tony Trischka, Marty Stuart, Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Frank Wakefield, Del McCoury, Peter Rowan, Bill Keith, Vassar Clements, and Butch Robins.
Bluegrass Time includes a foreword by Rhonda Vincent, an introduction by bluegrass historian Fred Bartenstein, and extensive captions about the performers featured in the book. Also included is “The First Festival,” a narrative by the author describing his experience at the world's first multi-day bluegrass festival, held at Fincastle, Virginia, in 1965.

The publication of Bluegrass Time coincides with the opening of a year-long one-person exhibition of Zimmerman's photographs at the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Kentucky. The exhibition features 52 large format prints of images from the book, all of which Mr. Zimmerman has donated to the museum's permanent collection.

Contacts: Bluegrass Time, the Book:
Phil Zimmerman,,
P.O. Box 1034, Cromwell, CT 06416
866-349-3147 or 860-463-6755

Bluegrass Time, the museum gallery exhibit:
Gabrielle Gray, International Bluegrass Music Museum
207 East Second Street, Owensboro, Kentucky 42303
270-926-7891 or 888-MY-BANJO.