International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees for 2007

The IBMA AwardsThe International Bluegrass Music Assocaiation has announced the nominees for the 18th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards. [press conference photos here]

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage lead the pack with 11 total nominations, split between the boss and her band members. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver have 9 amongst them, and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, The Del McCoury Band and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder each received 7 nominations.

The awards will be presented on Thursday October 4 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville, TN, in an awards show and gala hosted by Sam Bush.

Bluegrass Today is providing expanded coverage of the nominations for these awards, with posts that include the names of each nominee, along with links to their web sites, bios and audio, in each of the award categories. We hope that this coverage will aid members of the press who will be reporting on the awards, as well as IBMA members who want to do some research before casting their votes.

To view the nominees, click on the (more…) link at the end of this sentence, or click on the title of the post.

Entertainer Of The Year

This award is for a performing act who displayed the greatest competence in all aspects of the entertainment field. Voters should give consideration to recorded and in-person performance, public acceptance, attitude, leadership, and over-all contributions to the bluegrass music image. The award goes to member(s) of the performing act.

The nominees for Entertainer Of The Year for 2006 are:

Cherryholmes web site bio audio
The Grascals web site bio audio
Alison Krauss & Union Station
featuring Jerry Douglas
web site bio audio
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver web site bio audio
The Del McCoury Band web site bio audio
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage web site bio 1
bio 2
audio

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Vocal Group Of The YearThe award for a group who regularly performs together that has shown outstanding recorded and in-person performance in the area of vocal performance. It is not limited to groups which only perform vocally. The award goes to each group member.The nominees for Vocal Group Of The Year for 2007 are:

Blue Highway web site bio audio
The Isaacs web site bio audio
Alison Krauss & Union Station web site bio audio
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver web site bio audio
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage web site bio audio

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Instrumental Group Of The YearThe award for a group who regularly performs together that has shown outstanding recorded and in-person performance in the area of instrumental performance. It is not limited to groups which only perform instrumentals. The award goes to each group member. The nominees for Instrumental Group Of The Year for 2007 are:

Blue Highway web site bio audio
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
featuring Audie Blaylock
web site bio audio
Alison Krauss & Union Station web site bio audio
The Del McCoury Band web site bio audio
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder web site bio audio

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Male Vocalist Of The YearAward for the outstanding male vocalist based on recorded and in-person performance. The award goes to the individual.The nominees for Male Vocalist Of The Year for 2007 are:

Ronnie Bowman web site bio audio
Russell Moore web site bio audio
Tim O’Brien web site bio audio
Larry Sparks web site bio audio
Bradley Walker web site bio audio

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Female Vocalist Of The YearThe award for the outstanding female vocalist based on recorded and in-person performance. The award goes to the individual.The nominees for Female Vocalist Of The Year for 2007 are:

Dale Ann Bradley web site bio audio
Sonya Isaacs web site bio audio
Alison Krauss web site bio audio
Claire Lynch web site bio audio
Rhonda Vincent web site bio audio

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Song Of The YearThis award is for any song, new or old, which was released or showed significant chart action within the eligibility period. Any song which has been nominated for this award in previous years is ineligible. The award goes to the songwriter and artist. The nominees for Song Of The Year for 2007 are:

Song Title
links to audio


Artist(s)
links to artist(s)


Songwriter(s)
links to writer(s)


All American Bluegrass Girl Rhonda Vincent Rhonda Vincent
Fork In The Road The Infamous Stringdusters Chris Jones & John Pennell
Lefty’s Old Guitar J.D. Crowe & The New South Dave Maggard & Jack Spencer
Sadie’s Got Her New Dress On Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Connie Leigh
The Last Suit You Wear Larry Sparks Larry Shell, Larry Williams & Kim Williams

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Album Of The YearAward for an outstanding recorded performance by an artist or artists, first commercially released during the specified time period (Award to artist(s), producer, and label).The nominees for Album Of The Year for 2007 are:

 

Album Title
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Artist(s)
links to artist(s)


Label
links to label


All American Bluegrass Girl Rhonda Vincent Rounder
Fork In The Road The Infamous Stringdusters Sugar Hill
Lefty’s Old Guitar J.D. Crowe & The New South Rounder
More Behind The Picture Than The Wall Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Sugar Hill
The Last Suit You Wear Larry Sparks McCoury Music

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Instrumental Album Of The YearThis award is for an outstanding recorded performance by an artist or artists featuring instrumental music, new or old, first commercially released during the eligibility period. An album project is eligible when 50% or more of its songs are instrumental performances. (Award to featured artist(s), producer, and label):The nominees for Instrumental Album Of The Year for 2007 are:

Album Title
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Artist(s)
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Label
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Acoustic Rising Mark Johnson & Emory Lester Mountain Home
Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular Tony Trischka Rounder
Instrumentals Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Skaggs Family
No Apologies Jim Van Cleve Rural Rhythm
Wow Baby Hunter Berry Upper Mgt Music

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Recorded Event Of The YearThis award is for a recorded album performance on which 50% or more of the songs represent special collaboration between two or more featured artists (individuals or groups) who do not regularly record together and who are known primarily for their contributions and public performances separate from one another. These acts must have performed together, as a unit, on a musical recording released during the eligibility period with each separate act receiving special billing on the record label and/or songs on which they are featured. (Award to featured acts, producer and label):The nominees for Recorded Event Of The Year for 2007 are:

Album Title
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Artist(s)
links to artist(s)


Label
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Vassar Clements, Tony Rice & The Low Country All Star Band Various Flatt Mountain
Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular Tony Trischka & others Rounder
New Songs, Old Friends Jerry Salley & others Mountain Home
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby Legacy Records
Wow Baby Hunter Berry & others Upper Mgt Music

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Gospel Recorded Performance Of The YearThis award is for an outstanding gospel recorded performance, of one or more songs, new or old, first commercially released or showed significant chart action during the eligibility period. Recorded performance may be vocal, instrumental, or a combination of both. The award goes to the featured artist(s), producer, and label.The nominees for Gospel Recorded Performance Of The Year for 2007 are:

Song Title
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Artist(s)
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Label
links to label


Did You Forget God Today The Grascals Rounder
He Lives In Me Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Horizon
Tell Someone Kenny & Amanda Smith Band Rebel
The Promised Land The Del McCoury Band McCoury Music
We Shall Inherit Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Horizon

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Emerging Artist Of The YearAward for a group or individual, new to the national bluegrass scene, which has made considerable advances artistically and/or commercially during the eligibility period. The band or individual should be performing under its/his/her name on a regular basis and not have more than two previous finalist nominations for this award. (Award to each group member or individual):The nominees for Emerging Artist Of The Year for 2007 are:

Cadillac Sky web site bio audio
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
featuring Audie Blaylock
web site bio audio
The Infamous Stringdusters web site bio audio
Bradley Walker web site bio audio
Williams & Clark Expedition web site bio audio

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Instrumental Performers Of The YearThe awards for artists who, on recorded and/or in-person performance during the specified time period, have shown an extraordinary mastery of their instruments. Nominations and awards will be made in six (6) sub-categories: Banjo, Bass, Dobro, Fiddle, Guitar and Mandolin. The awards go to the artists.The nominees for Banjo Player Of The Year for 2007 are:

Cia Cherryholmes web site bio audio
Tony Trischka web site bio audio
J.D. Crowe web site bio audio
Jim Mills web site bio audio
Sammy Shelor web site bio audio

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The nominees for Bass Player Of The Year for 2007 are:

Barry Bales web site bio audio
Mike Bub web site bio  
Mickey Harris web site bio audio
Missy Raines web site bio audio
Marshall Wilborn web site bio audio

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The nominees for Fiddle Player Of The Year for 2007 are:

Hunter Berry web site bio audio
Jim VanCleve web site bio audio
Michael Cleveland web site bio audio
Stuart Duncan web site bio audio
Ron Stewart web site bio audio

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The nominees for Dobro Player Of The Year for 2007 are:

Mike Auldridge web site bio audio
Jerry Douglas web site bio audio
Rob Ickes web site bio audio
Randy Kohrs web site bio audio
Phil Leadbetter web site bio audio

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The nominees for Guitar Player Of The Year for 2007 are:

Jim Hurst web site bio audio
Tony Rice web site bio audio
Kenny Smith web site bio audio
Bryan Sutton web site bio audio
Larry Sparks web site bio audio

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The nominees for Mandolin Player Of The Year for 2007 are:

Sam Bush web site bio audio
Chris Thile web site bio audio
Doyle Lawson web site bio audio
Ronnie McCoury web site bio audio
Adam Steffey web site bio audio

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The following awards are determined by special procedures and committees are enlisted to review recommendations, consider nominations related to the criteria and determine recipients. Finalists will be recognized and winners will be announced at the Special Awards Luncheon, scheduled for Thursday, October 4 at The Renaissance Hotel in Nashville.

The nominees for Bluegrass Broadcaster Of The Year for 2007 are:

Kyle Cantrell Bluegrass Junction XM Satellite Radio, Nashville, TN web site
Chris Jones Sirius Satellite Radio web site
Ned Luberecki Sirius Satellite Radio web site

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The nominees for Bluegrass Event Of The Year for 2007 are:

33rd Festival of the Bluegrass Lexington, KY – June 2006 web site
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Ancramdale, NY – July 2006 web site
Pickin’ in the Sticks
The 27th Annual MBOTMA Festival
St. Cloud, MN – August 2006 web site

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The nominees for Print Media Person Of The Year for 2007 are:

Aaron Keith Harris writer, National Review Online
Baltimore Examiner News
Lonesome Road Review Blog
web site
Chris Stuart writer, Bluegrass Unlimited web site
John Lawless
Brance Gillihan
authors, Bluegrass Today web site

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The nominees for Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project for 2007 are:

Don Bailey
(designer)
The Mark Newton Band, Hillbilly Hemingway, Rebel Records web site
Sue Meyer (designer) Various Artists, Sugar Hill Records, A Retrospective, Sugar Hill Records web site
Visual Dialogue (designers) Various Artists, Friends of Old Time Music, The Folk Arrival 1961-1965, Smithsonian Folkways Recordings web site

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The nominees for Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project for 2007 are:

Barry Poss
Jay Orr
Various Artists, Sugar Hill Records, A Retrospective, Sugar Hill Records web site
Peter K. Siegel
John Cohen
Jody Stecher
Various Artists,
Friends of Old Time Music, The Folk Arrival 1961-1965,
Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
web site
Gary Reid Don Reno Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-Ups, 1959-1963, Gusto Records web site

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See the list of 2007 honorees for the Bluegrass Hall Of Fame and the Distinguished Achievement Awards here.

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  • ryanfbaker

    Congrats on the nomination fellas. The link to your website made me chuckle.

  • Congratulations on this fine post. It should be very helpful to the IBMA voting members.

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  • bigsciota

    I really think Chris Thile’s new record should’ve been nominated for something. The fact that he could have kept going further (and weirder) yet chose to return to bluegrass really says a lot.

    Of course, I’m sure none of the die-hard ‘grass purists liked the record, especially with the F-Bomb. I would like to see him win mandolin player of the year, since he’s one of the best musicians alive, in any genre.