Dailey & Vincent, Michael Cleveland Lead Bluegrass Awards
Duo Dailey & Vincent and group Michael Cleveland and Flamekeepers each took home three awards at Thursday's International Bluegrass Music Awards, held at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The former were named Entertainers of the Year for the second year in a row, along with Vocal Group of the Year. Dailey & Vincent also took the Recorded Gospel Performance nod for 'On The Other Side,' written by Jimmy Fortune, Kevin Denney and Tom Botkin.
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeepers landed Instrumental Group of the Year and Instrumental Recorded Performance for 'Jerusalem Ridge.' Cleveland was also named Fiddle Player of the Year. Two of his band members also took home awards -- Jesse Brock for Mandolin Player and Marshall Wilborn for Bass Player. Dale Ann Bradley was named top Female Vocalist, while Dan Tyminski took home Male Vocalist honors, along with Album of the Year for 'Wheels.'
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass received Recorded Song of the Year for 'Don't Throw Mamma's Flowers Away.' Daughters of Bluegrass took home Recorded Event of the Year for 'Proud to Be a Daughter of Bluegrass.' Other instrumental players of the year were Kristin Scott Benson on banjo, Josh Williams on guitar and Rob Ickes on dobro. Steve Martin received two awards, Best Liner Notes and Best Graphic Design for an Album, for his project 'The Crow.'
Two groups were inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame during the awards ceremony. Doyle Lawson welcomed the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers while John McEuen of the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band announced The Dillards, who have among their credits playing The Darlins on 'The Andy Griffith Show.'
Paul Williams of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers quipped, "I can't believe this many people came out to see us on a Thursday." Bobby Osborne replied, "Yep, we filled the hall." This is the first time in the history of the Hall of Fame that a person has been inducted in two different groups. Bobby Osborne is also a member with his brother, Sonny, as The Osborne Brothers.
Andy Griffith sent The Dillards a note saying how sorry he was he couldn't be there and how proud he was of them for their newest career honor. Rodney Dillard thanked the audience for inducting them while all four members were still alive. "We thought one of us was gonna have to die to get in here and no one would volunteer," he said in his usual tongue-in-cheek humor.
The night, which celebrated the 20th anniversary of the IBMA, was highlighted by performances, among them Steve Martin, who proved his prowess as a banjo player to the audience; Dale Ann Bradley, Swedish band G2 and Dan Tyminski, who despite a case of laryngitis showcased a voice that showed why he was named Male Vocalist. The finale of the evening featured the new Hall of Fame members. Bobby Osborne, Paul Williams and Melvin Goins -- the only living members of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, performed first with the show's co-hosts, Hot Rize. Then the Dillards' four original members -- Rodney Dillard, Doug Dillard, Mitch Jayne and Dean Webb -- took to the stage to entertain.