2019 IBMA Award Nominees

by | 26 Jul, 2019

In September this year, bluegrass musicians, fans and industry figures will assemble in Raleigh North Carolina to celebrate the world of bluegrass music and to present the prestigious IBMA Awards. This year the association celebrates its 30th year.

This year Del McCoury and Jim Lauderdale will host bluegrass music’s biggest night, where the music community acknowledges the year’s outstanding achievements, honours new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.

The 2019 inductees into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame have also been announced, with pioneering Dobro player Mike Auldridge, influential banjo picker Bill Emerson, and West Coast band the Kentucky Colonels slated to be added to the prestigious roll of names representing the genre.

The 2019 Awards and Award nominees are:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:

  • Balsam Range
  • Sam Bush Band
  • The Earls of Leicester
  • Del McCoury Band
  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR:

  • Balsam Range
  • I’m With Her
  • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
  • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
  • Sister Sadie
INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR:

  • Sam Bush Band
  • Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
  • The Earls of Leicester
  • Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
  • The Travelin’ McCourys

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR:

  • Appalachian Road Show
  • Carolina Blue
  • High Fidelity
  • Mile Twelve
  • Billy Strings

SONG OF THE YEAR: (7 nominees, due to a tie)

  • Appalachian Road Show – “Dance, Dance, Dance”
  • Balsam Range – “The Girl Who Invented the Wheel”
  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Del McCoury – “The Guitar Song”
  • Peter Rowan – “The Light in Carter Stanley’s Eyes”
  • The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys – “Next Train South”
  • Molly Tuttle – “Take the Journey”
  • Sideline – “Thunder Dan”

    Del McCoury

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

  • Mile Twelve – City on a Hill
  • Del McCoury Band – Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass
  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers – For the Record
  • Carolina Blue – I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me
  • Sister Sadie – Sister Sadie II

GOSPEL RECORDING OF THE YEAR:

  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers – “Acres of Diamonds”
  • Claire Lynch – “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout”
  • Roland White and Friends – “I Am a Pilgrim”
  • Marty Raybon – “I See God”
  • Balsam Range – “Let My Life Be a Light”

Jim Lauderdale

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR:

  • Sideline – “Cotton Eyed Joe”
  • Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Mike Bub, and Todd Phillips – “Darlin’ Pal(s) of Mine”
  • The Earls of Leicester – “Earl’s Breakdown”
  • Carolina Blue – “Fried Taters and Onions”
  • Sam Bush & Bela Fleck – “Sunrise”

COLLABORATIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR:

  • Balsam Range with Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble –“Burning Georgia Down”
  • Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Mike Bub, and Todd Phillips – “Darlin’ Pal(s) of Mine”
  • Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Del McCoury – “The Guitar Song”
  • Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton – “Please”
  • Roland White with Justin Hiltner, Jon Weisberger, Patrick McAvinue, and Molly Tuttle – “Soldier’s Joy/Ragtime Annie”
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:

  • Shawn Camp
  • Del McCoury
  • Russell Moore
  • Tim O’Brien
  • Danny Paisley

FEMALE VOCALIST:

  • Brooke Aldridge
  • Dale Ann Bradley
  • Sierra Hull
  • Molly Tuttle
  • Rhonda Vincent

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

  • Gina Furtado
  • Mike Munford
  • Noam Pikelny
  • Kristin Scott Benson
  • Scott Vestal

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

  • Barry Bales
  • Mike Bub
  • Beth Lawrence
  • Missy Raines
  • Mark Schatz
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

  • Hunter Berry
  • Becky Buller
  • Jason Carter
  • Michael Cleveland
  • Stuart Duncan

RESOPHONIC GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

  • Jerry Douglas
  • Andy Hall
  • Rob Ickes
  • Phil Leadbetter
  • Justin Moses

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

  • Kenny Smith
  • Billy Strings
  • Bryan Sutton
  • Molly Tuttle
  • Josh Williams

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR:

  • Alan Bibey
  • Sam Bush
  • Sierra Hull
  • Ronnie McCoury
  • Frank Solivan

 

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