Dolly Parton Recording Wins IBMA and Dove Music Awards.
Artists and recordings from Billy Blue Records, and the Country Faith Partnership, were honored with multiple wins, nominations, and performances at the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards and the 53rd Annual Dove Awards this past fall.
Dolly Parton’s In the Sweet By and By” featuring Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, and Bradley Walker from the Salley-produced Country Faith Bluegrass album took home two trophies for Gospel Recording of the Year and Collaborative Recording of the Year at the IBMA awards.
In the Sweet By and By also received a Dove award for Bluegrass/Country/Roots Recorded Song of the Year. Producer, artist, and current IBMA Board Member, Jerry Salley, personally presented the awards to Dolly and Tom Rutledge, General Manager for Velvet Apple Music and Song-A-Billy Music, at her management offices recently.
The chance to produce the legendary Dolly Parton singing the timeless hymn, In The Sweet By and By, is definitively one of the greatest opportunities I’ve had in my entire career. Her angelic voice is recognized around the world, and her generosity and kindness is unmatched. It is sincerely an honor to have Dolly’s recording included on the Country Faith Bluegrass project and recognized by both the Gospel Music Association and the International Bluegrass Music Association. She is simply the best – Jerry Salley, Creative Director of Billy Blue Records.
Dolly’s rendition of “In the Sweet By and By” just melts my heart every time I listen. We are so grateful to her for being part of Country Faith Bluegrass. Her vocals combined with Jerry Salley’s skilled production and the heavenly harmonies of Larry Cordle, Carl Jackson, Bradley Walker and Jerry created a beautiful record. It was wonderful to see it get the recognition it deserved winning the Dove and IBMA Awards – Deborah Evans Price, Country Faith.
Stay tuned for Country Faith Bluegrass, Vol 2 releasing in 2024.
About Billy Blue Records:
Billy Blue Records is a boutique bluegrass label, home to an award-winning roster of artists, including Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, Appalachian Road Show, Authentic Unlimited, Barry Abernathy, Carolina Blue, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Donna Ulisse, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Jason Barie, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Kristy Cox, Marty Raybon, Tennessee Bluegrass Band, and concept recordings like the Grammy-nominated “Gonna Sing Gonna Shout,” and 2021’s star-studded “Country Faith Bluegrass.” Founded in 2018 by Jerry Salley, Ed Leonard, and Dottie Leonard Miller, Billy Blue is distributed to retail by the Orchard (Sony) and New Day Distribution.
About Country Faith Bluegrass:
Country Faith Bluegrass is a first in the acclaimed Country Faith music series. The project features eight new recordings and six classics performed by some of the top names in country music indulging their passion for bluegrass. Dolly Parton’s never-before-heard performance of “In the Sweet By and By” (featuring Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Larry Cordle, and Bradley Walker), Vince Gill’s upbeat “All Prayed Up” and Patty Loveless’ moving “Daniel Prayed” to name a few. The collection also features the top names in bluegrass, including legends Del McCoury and Doyle Lawson as well as talented newcomers like Caeland Garner, who delivers a spirited version of “Walk with Me.” Other top award-winning artists include Dale Ann Bradley, the Steeldrivers, Jerry Salley, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers, and Darin & Brooke Aldridge. Country Faith Bluegrass is bound to be a favorite addition to any bluegrass lover’s playlist.