Folk Alliance Award winners

Folk AllianceThe Third Annual Folk Alliance Awards were presented during the 20th Annual Folk Alliance Conference in Memphis, TN, on Wednesday evening, February 20, 2008.

We have already mentioned the Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients:

  • Mavis Staples
  • Tommy Jarrell
  • Rounder Records

Other winners that may be of interest to bluegrass aficionados include …

  • Legacy Recording – Woody Guthrie The Live Wire (Woody Guthrie Archives)
  • Emerging Artist – Carolina Chocolate Drops
  • Album of the Year – Uncle Earl – Waterloo, Tennessee
  • Small Folk Venue – Freight & Salvage, San Francisco, California (Tied with Cafe Lena – Saratoga Springs, NewYork)
  • Large Folk Venue – The Ark, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Unsuccessful Nominations include ….

  • Legacy Recording – Various Artists – People Take Warning: Murder Ballads and Disaster Songs (Tompkins Square)
  • Traditional Artist – Uncle Earl and David Bromberg
  • Large Folk Venue – The Birchmere – Arlington, VA, and Kennedy Center Millenium Stage – Washington, DC

The award for Album of the Year was chosen based on Folk-DJ Chart airplay.

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Richard Thompson

Richard F. Thompson is a long-standing free-lance writer specialising in bluegrass music topics. A two-time Editor of British Bluegrass News, he has been seriously interested in bluegrass music since about 1970. As well as contributing to that magazine, he has, in the past 30 plus years, had articles published by Country Music World, International Country Music News, Country Music People, Bluegrass Unlimited, MoonShiner (the Japanese bluegrass music journal) and Bluegrass Europe. He wrote the annotated series I'm On My Way Back To Old Kentucky, a daily memorial to Bill Monroe that culminated with an acknowledgement of what would have been his 100th birthday, on September 13, 2011.