Bluegrass Music Award Nominations Announced
Nominations for the 19th annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards were announced at Nashville's Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum Thursday. On hand to reveal the nominees were Kathy Mattea and the host of this year's show, nine-time IBMA Entertainer of the Year Del McCoury.
For Mattea, whose critically-acclaimed album 'Coal' is a return to her West Virginia mining-town roots, the opportunity to share a stage with bluegrass artists was a sort of homecoming, serving as a reminder of the sense of connection she first felt when playing with bluegrass musicians in college.
"We would play ten hours straight just sitting on the porch," Mattea told The Boot. "So many people would gather in the street that the cops would come along and say, 'Can you just go into one of the bars and become a band, because we can't keep blocking off the street like this!'"
Prior to the announcement of the nominees, hot new bluegrass duo Dailey & Vincent, comprised of Jamie Dailey and Darren Vincent, treated the crowd to a spellbinding performance, hinting at why they find themselves leading the list of award hopefuls with an impressive total of 10 nods, including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group, Male Vocalist (Dailey), Emerging Artist, Bass Player (Vincent), and Album of the Year for their self-titled debut on Rounder Records. The duo also earned two Song of the Year nominations, for 'By the Mark' and 'More Than a Name on a Wall,' along with a Gospel Recorded Performance nomination for 'By the Mark' and a nod for Recorded Event of the Year for Vincent's work on 'Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother.'
This year's IBMA Awards will be presented live on stage at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium on October 2. The show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass Week, including the industry's Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest, slated for September 29 – October 5 in Nashville.
THE 2008 INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC ASSOCIATION (IBMA) AWARD NOMINEES
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(album, artist, producer(s), record label)
'Through the Window of a Train'
SONG OF THE YEAR
(song, artist, songwriter(s))
GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
("song" or 'album,' artist(s), producer(s), label)
INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR
(album, artist(s), producer(s), label)
'Live at the Linda'
'Sound of the Slide Guitar'
Sugar Hill Records
'The Past Is Present'
'When at Last'
RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR
(album, featured artists, producer(s), label)
'Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother'
Everett Lilly, Bea Lilly, Charles Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Lilly,
Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Walker, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury,
David Ball, Charlie Cushman, Larry Stephenson, Joe Spivey, Eddie Stubbs,
Jason Carter, Dickey Lee, Freddy Weller, Mike Bub, Rad Lewis, Andy May,
Darrin Vincent, Marcia Campbell, Clay Rigdon, Eric Blankenship and Bill Wolfenbarger
Charles Lilly & Bill Wolfenbarger
Swift River Music
'Salt of the Earth
Ricky Skaggs and the Whites
Ricky Skaggs and the Whites
Skaggs Family Records
'We Are Family'
Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Lewis Family and the Easter Brothers
Jeff & Sheri Easter
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Dailey & Vincent
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass
BLUEGRASS BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR
Kyle Cantrell; Bluegrass Junction, XM Satellite Radio
Katy Daley, WAMU's bluegrasscountry.org
Terry Herd; Into the Blue, Bluegrass Radio Network
BLUEGRASS EVENT OF THE YEAR
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Ancramdale, New York; July 2007
The River City Bluegrass Festival; Portland, Oregon; January 2008
29th Annual Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival; Thomas Point Beach, Maine; Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2007
PRINT MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR
Stephanie P. Ledgin, freelance writer and author
Craig Shelburne, CMT.com and freelance writer/reviewer
Chris Stuart, freelance writer for Bluegrass Unlimited
BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR RECORDED PROJECT
(designer, album, artist, label)
Smay Vision Graphic Design
'The Stanley Brothers: The Definitive Collection (1947-1966)'
The Stanley Brothers
For more information visit www.ibma.org