Tom T. + Dixie Hall, Rhonda Vincent Win SPBGMA Awards
The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America held their 41st annual awards ceremony on Sunday night (Feb. 8), with a few well-known names taking home the coveted prizes.
It was a bittersweet night for Tom T. Hall. The songwriter and his late wife, Dixie Hall, who passed away on Jan. 16 from various health complications, won the award for Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year. However, the award was perfectly timed, in a way, as only two days earlier, Bob Dylan had criticized Hall (and Merle Haggard) for his songwriting, calling Hall's 'I Love' "a little over-cooked.”
Rhonda Vincent won the award for Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary), as well as the night's highest honor, Entertainer of the Year, and she and her band the Rage took home the trophy for Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall). The songstress was also nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album, which was handed out on the same evening.
Other SPBGMA winners at the 2015 ceremony include the Grascals, who won Instrumental Group of the Year; Marty Raybon, for Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional); and the Farm Hands, for Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional).
See a complete list of winners here.