IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards 2021: Hall of Fame, nominees, awards
Veteran bluegrass artists will face emerging artists in the Artist of the Year category at the IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards this year.
The International Bluegrass Music Association announced its roster of nominees on Tuesday as well as three Hall of Fame inductees and Distinguished Achievement award recipients.
The five nominees for Artist of the Year are Balsam Range, Billy Strings, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, the Del McCoury Band and the Po ‘Ramblin’ Boys.
The Del McCoury Band and Doyle Lawson are both Hall of Fame members, and Balsam Range and Del McCoury have both won the award in previous years.
This is the second nomination for Strings, who is 28, and the first for Po ‘Ramblin’ Boys, formed in 2014.
Hall of Fame inductees are Alison Krauss, Lynn Morris and the Stoneman family.
The IBMA World of Bluegrass 2021 will be held in Raleigh from September 28 to October 2 and will feature the organization’s convention, IBMA awards as well as concerts throughout the city center.
The IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards will be presented on September 30 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts. The awards are voted on by the professional members of the IBMA.
Doyle Lawson and Sierra Hull tied for most nominations, both with five to their name, including collaborative works.
Awards will also be given for Vocal Group of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, New Artist of the Year, Song of the Year, Album of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year. year and female singer of the year, among other awards. .
Hall of Fame Inductees
Krauss has been playing bluegrass music since his childhood prodigy in Champaign, Illinois. Her debut album was released in 1987. Since then she has received 27 Grammy Awards, winning the most Grammy Awards of any female artist until BeyoncÃ© won her 28th Grammy in March. Krauss also won two IBMA Entertainer of the Year awards.
She has performed in Raleigh several times, including a performance in 2014 at the Koka Booth Amphitheater with Willie Nelson.
“With a beautifully unique voice, impeccable song choice and production taste, a premier touring band, and a reputation for having pulled all the stops of his career since his teenage years, Krauss has brought respect and recognition. immeasurable to music and introduced bluegrass to countless listeners, âIBMA said in a press release.
Morris, who won three times the IBMA’s Vocalist of the Year award, began playing the banjo after college. She won the National Banjo Championships and continued to build a career as a performer and recording. Her hits include “Mama’s Hand”, which won the 1996 IBMA Song of the Year award.
IBMA notes that she no longer plays but is still a staple at bluegrass events.
âMorris was a pioneer among female conductors in bluegrass,â the press release said.
The latest inductee into the IBMA Hall of Fame will be the Stoneman family. Although Ernest V. “Pop” Stoneman quit recording in the 1930s, his family group included his children: pioneering female artists Donna, Roni and Patty, and their brothers Van, Jim and Scotty.
The Stonemans became the Stonemans and had a varied history, including television deals and internationally distributed record labels. Patsy, Van and Jim Stoneman continued to perform together in the 1980s, according to a press release. Ernest Stoneman died in 1968 and was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 2008.
IBMA Award of Excellence
IBMA announced the five winners of the IBMA Distinguished Achievement Award, naming industry leader Nancy Cardwell Webster, broadcaster Lee Michael Demsey, Czech luthier and performer Jaroslav Prucha, musician Cliff Waldron and Stan Zdonik of the Boston Bluegrass Union.
The awards will be presented at a luncheon at the World of Bluegrass Business Conference on September 30.
The awards are presented to personalities who have made significant contributions to bluegrass.
Nominated for the 2021 IBMA awards
Artist of the year: Balsam Range, Billy Strings, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Del McCoury Band, The Po ‘Ramblin’ Boys
Vocal group of the year: Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Sister Sadie
Instrumental group of the year: Appalachian Road Show, Billy Strings, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Infamous Stringdusters, The Travelin ‘McCourys
New Artist of the Year: Appalachian Road Show, Carolina Blue, Gina Furtado Project, High Fidelity, Merle Monroe
Song of the year: “Banjo Player’s Blues” (High Fidelity), “Hitchhiking to California” (Alan Bibey & Grasstowne), “Just Load the Wagon” (Junior Sisk), “Leaving on Her Mind” (Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver), “Richest Man” (Balm range)
Album of the year (tie): “Bluegrass 2020” (Scott Vestal, Patrick McAvinue, Cody Kilby, Dominick Leslie, Curtis Vestal), “Distance and Time” (Becky Buller), “Fall Like Rain” (Justin Moses), “Industrial Strength Bluegrass: Southwester Ohio’s Musical Legacy “(Various artists),” Load the Wagon “(Junior Sisk),” Still Here “(Steve Gulley & Tom Stafford).
Gospel recording of the year: “After Awhile” (Dale Ann Bradley), “Grit and Grace” (Balsam Range), “Hear Jerusalem Calling” (Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers), “In the Resurrection Morning” (Sacred Reunion with Doyle Lawson, Vince Gill, Barry Abernathy, Tim Stafford, Mark Wheeler, Jim VanCleve, Phil Leadbetter, Jason Moore), “When He Calls My Name” (Alan Bibey & Grasstowne).
Instrumental recording of the year: “The Appalachian Road” (Appalachian Road Show), “Foggy Mountain Chimes” (Scott Vestel, Patric McAvinue, Cody Kilby, Dominick Leslie, Curtis Vestal), “Ground Speed” (Kristin Scott Benson, Skip Cherryholmes, Jeremy Garrett, Kevin Kehrberg , Darren Nicholson), âMountain Stringsâ (Sierra Hull), âTaxlandâ (Justin Moses with Sierra Hull).
Collaborative recording of the year: “Birmingham Jail” (Barry Abernathy with Vince Gill), “In the Resurrection Morning” (Sacred Reunion with Doyle Lawson, Vince Gill, Barry Abernathy, Tim Stafford, Mark Wheeler, Jim VanCleve, Phil Leadbetter, Jason Moore), “My Baby’s Gone â(Justin Moses with Del McCoury),â Tears of Regret â(High Fidelity with Jesse McReynolds),â White Line Fever â(Bobby Osborne with Tim O’Brien, Trey Hensley, Sierra Hull, Stuart Duncan, Todd Phillips, Alison Brown)
Male singer of the year: Ronnie Bowman, Del McCoury, Danny Paisley, Junior Sisk, Larry Sparks.
Female singer of the year: Brooke Aldridge, Dale Ann Bradley, Sierra Hull, Molly Tuttle, Rhonda Vincent
Banjo Player of the Year: Gena Britt, Gina Furtado, Rob McCoury, Kristin Scott Benson, Scott Vestal.
Bassist of the Year: Mike Bub, Todd Phillips, Missy Raines, Mark Schatz, Marshall Wilborn
Violin Player of the Year: Jason Carter, Michael Cleveland, Stuart Duncan, Bronwyn Keith-Hynes, Deanie Richardson.
Resophonic Guitar Player of the Year: Jerry Douglas, Andy Hall, Rob Ickes, Phil Leadbetter, Justin Moses.
Guitarist of the Year: Trey Hensley, Billy Strings, Bryan Sutton, Molly Tuttle, Jake Workman.
Mandolin Player of the Year: Jesse Brock, Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Ronnie McCoury, Tristan Scroggins.
IBMA is a non-profit music association seeking to connect, educate and empower bluegrass musicians by seeking to preserve tradition and encourage innovation in the global community.