On Top Of Old Smoky wins Independent Music Award

On Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain MusicOn Top of Old Smoky: New Old-Time Smoky Mountain Music, a collection of new recordings of classic mountain music produced by the Great Smoky Mountains Association, has been named the Best Tribute Album at the 15th Annual Independent Music Awards.

The album features versions of folk songs and tunes collected by Joseph Hall during the 1930s, and reinterpreted by the likes of Dolly Parton, Norman Blake, Bryan Sutton, Alice Gerrard, Tony Trischka, Stephen Wade, Sheila Kay Adams, Martin Simpson, Dom Flemons, Jody Stecher, Kate Brislin, Courtney Hartman, and David Holt.

It was recorded with the help of several members of the Appalachian Studies department faculty at East Tennessee State University. Dr. Ted Olson served as producer with help from Roy Andrade in the bluegrass department as associate producer. Recording Lab manager Ben Bateson was the tracking engineer, and mastering was done by John Fleenor.

Other winners at the IMAs included the Best Bluegrass Album award going to Rebecca Patek for Come Up and Meet Me, Best Americana Album to Anna & Elizabeth, and the Best Bluegrass Song to The Danberrys for Love Song. A complete list of 2016 awards can be found on the IMA web site.

Well done all.

The Independent Music Awards were announced November 12 at the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City. A call for entries for the 16th Annual Awards nominations will be issued later this month.

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