International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees for 2008

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 2008 are:

Dailey & Vincent web site bio audio
The Grascals 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 audio

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Vocal Group Of The Year – The 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 2008 are:

Blue Highway web site bio audio
The Isaacs web site bio audio
Dailey & Vincent web site bio audio
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver web site bio audio
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass web site bio audio
The Grascals web site bio audio

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Instrumental Group Of The Year – The 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 2008 are:

Blue Highway web site bio audio
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper web site bio audio
The Infamous Stringdusters web site bio audio
The Dan Tyminski Band web site bio audio
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder web site bio audio

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Male Vocalist Of The Year – Award 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 2008 are:

Jamie Dailey web site bio audio
Russell Moore web site bio audio
Tim O’Brien web site bio audio
Danny Paisley web site bio audio
Dan Tyminski web site bio audio

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Female Vocalist Of The Year – The 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 2008 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 2008 are:

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Alison’s Band Charlie Sizemore Band Charlie Sizemore & Buddy Cannon
By The Mark Dailey & Vincent David Rawlings & Gillian Welch
Drinkin’ Dark Whiskey The SteelDrivers Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton
More Than A Name On A Wall Dailey & Vincent Jimmy Fortune & John Rimel
Through The Window Of A Train Blue Highway Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley

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Album Of The Year – Award 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 2008 are:

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Dailey & Vincent Dailey & Vincent Rounder Records
Honoring The Fathers of Bluegrass Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Skaggs Family Records
Lovin’ Pretty Women Steep Canyon Rangers Rebel Records
The SteelDrivers The SteelDrivers Rounder Records
Through The Window Of A Train Blue Highway Rounder Records

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Instrumental Album Of The Year – This 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 2008 are:

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Live At The Linda David Grier Dreadnought Records
Sound of the Slide Guitar Andy Hall Sugar Hill Records
Stepping Out Jason Davis Pinecastle Records
The Past Is Present Jason Barie Pinecastle Records
Whan At Last Russ Barenberg Compass Records

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Recorded Event Of The Year – This 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 2008 are:

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Christmas Grass, Vol 3 Various KOCH Records
Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother Various Swift River Music
Salt of the Earth Ricky Skaggs & The Whites Skaggs Family Records
Standard Songs for Average People John Prine & Mac Wiseman Oh Boy Records
We Are Family Jeff & Sheri Easter Daywind Records

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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 2008 are:

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Be Still Moses Steep Canyon Rangers Rebel Records
By The Mark Dailey & Vincent Rounder Records
Help Is On The Way Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver Horizon Records
Salt Of The Earth Ricky Skaggs & The Whites Skaggs Family Records
Where No One Stands Alone Paul Williams & The Victory Trio Rebel Records

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Emerging Artist Of The Year – Award 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 2008 are:

Cadillac Sky web site bio audio
Dailey & Vincent web site bio audio
Grasstowne web site bio audio
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass web site bio audio
The SteelDrivers web site bio audio

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Instrumental Performers Of The Year – The 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 2008 are:

Kristin Scott Benson web site bio audio
J.D. Crowe web site bio audio
Jim Mills web site bio audio
Earl Scruggs web site bio audio
Ron Stewart web site bio audio

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The nominees for Bass Player Of The Year for 2008 are:

Barry Bales web site bio audio
Mike Bub web site bio audio
Darrin Vincent 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 2008 are:

Hunter Berry web site bio audio
Jason Carter 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 2008 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 2008 are:

Cody Kilby web site bio audio
Tony Rice web site bio audio
Tim Stafford web site bio audio
Bryan Sutton web site bio audio
Josh Williams web site bio audio

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The nominees for Mandolin Player Of The Year for 2008 are:

Sam Bush web site bio audio
Sierra Hull 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 2008 are:

Kyle Cantrell Bluegrass Junction XM Satellite Radio, Nashville, TN web site
Katy Daley WAMU’s bluegrasscountry.org web site
Terry Herd Into The Blue, Bluegrass Radio Network web site

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The nominees for Bluegrass Event Of The Year for 2008 are:

The River City Bluegrass Festival Portland, OR – January 2008 web site
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival Ancramdale, NY – July 2007 web site
29th Annual
Thomas Point Beach
Bluegrass Festival
Thomas Point Beach, ME
August 2007
web site

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The nominees for Print Media Person Of The Year for 2008 are:

Stephanie P. Ledgin freelance writer & author web site
Craig Shelburne freelance writer & reviewer web site
Chris Stuart freelance writer for Bluegrass Unlimited web site

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The nominees for Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project for 2008 are:

G. Carr & S. Holman
(designers)
Pete Wernick & Flexigrass, What The,
Niwot Records
web site
Smay Vision
Graphic Design
(designer)
The Stanley Brothers, The Stanley Brothers:
The Definitive Collection (1947-1966)
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Time Life
web site
Loren Witcher (designer) The Punch Brothers, Punch, Nonesuch web site

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The nominees for Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project for 2008 are:

Frank & Marty Godbey J.D. Crowe , Bluegrass Holiday , Rebel Records web site
Gary Reid The Stanley Brothers, The Stanley Brothers: The Definitive Collection (1947-1966), Time Life web site
Ron Thomason The Charlie Sizemore Band, Good News, Rounder Records web site

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Distinguished Achievement Awards

Bill Harrell web site bio
Banjo NewsLetter web site bio
Ernest Tubb Records Shop web site bio
Art Menius web site bio
Alan Munde & Joe Carr web site – Alan
web site – Joe
bio – Alan
bio – Joe

Hall of Fame Inductees

Bill Clifton performing bio audio
Charles K. Wolfe non-performing bio author

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  • dlqfansc

    Congratulations to all the groups, particularly the stellar new band, Dailey & Vincent. BUT, where is Cherryholmes???????