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Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice To Kick Off IBMA Awards Press Conference

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Junior Sisk & Ramblers ChoiceThe International Bluegrass Music Association has announced their Awards Press Conference will take place on Wednesday, August 15th. Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice are honored to have been invited to kick off the event with a performance of several songs from their latest CD, The Heart Of A Song. The press conference is to announce the final nominees for this year's IBMA Awards and will take place at the Loveless Barn in Nashville, Tennessee. The press conference begins at 5:00pm CST and will be broadcast live on SiriusXM's Bluegrass Juntion. You may also view in it online through our Facebook page on LiveStream. The nominees will be announced by Sonya Isaacs and Bradley Walker.

Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice are super excited to announce that they will be making their very first appearance on Music City Roots this month. Right after the IBMA Awards Press Conference, Music City Roots will be hosting a special all-bluegrass music lineup that includes Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, and The Isaacs.

Since the release last year of The Heart Of A Song, the third CD on Rebel Records from Junior Sisk And Ramblers Choice, the band has celebrated much success as the project continues to maintain significant support from radio programmers and fans alike. The CD was the #1 Most Played Album on SiriusXM’s Bluegrass Junction (3/12), reached #1 on Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 10 CDs (2/12) and is holding steady at #3 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 15 CDs (6/12). The first single from the CD, “A Far Cry From Lester And Earl” topped bluegrass charts nationally and reached #1 on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 30 National Songs chart for four straight months (3/12-6/12). In addition, the single has stayed in the #1 position on the Bluegrass Music Profiles Top 30 Hot Singles chart for an unprecedented SIX consecutive months, (12/11 – 5/12), setting a new record for the chart.

The IBMA Awards are the centerpiece of World of Bluegrass week, scheduled for September 24-30 in Nashville. Produced by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade organization for global bluegrass music, World of Bluegrass also includes the industry’s Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest.

A powerful and delightfully unusual pairing of bluegrass superstars -- Laurie Lewis and Del McCoury -- will host the 23rd Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards this year, on Thursday, September 27, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. at Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium.

“I’m thrilled to be invited to co-host the Awards Show with the great Del McCoury!” said singer/songwriter/fiddler Laurie Lewis from her home in northern California. “I predict this will be a very significant and poignant event, as the bluegrass community comes together to recognize and honor its own, and to pay tribute to some of the pioneers we’ve lost this year, including the great Earl Scruggs.”

“I was excited to be asked to host the IBMA Awards again,” said IBMA Hall of Fame member Del McCoury from his home near Nashville. “With World of Bluegrass moving to Raleigh next year, this might be the last Awards Show IBMA will hold at the Ryman Auditorium, at least for a few years. It's a tremendous honor for me to be co-hosting with my old friend, Laurie Lewis. We haven't had the opportunity to perform or record together much over the years, but she's a great lady and I know we are going to have a lot of fun hosting the show."

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