Nashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association presented IIIrd Tyme Out's Russell Moore with his Fifth Male Vocalist of the Year award from the historic Ryman Auditorium last Thursday night during the association's annual awards ceremony. Upon receiving a standing ovation when his name was called, an emotional and excited Moore thanked his parents, wife and sons, and the IBMA membership. "I want to thank each of you for entrusting me to represent the IBMA as your Male Vocalist of the Year for another 12 months," said Moore. "I'll do my best to make you proud!" Moore, who won the award in 1994 and 1997, has also received the honor the last three consecutive years, and was up against some serious competition this year with fellow nominees including Dan Tyminski of Allison Krauss and Union Station and country music icon Vince Gill. This year's honor makes Moore the most awarded recipient in the IBMA's Male Vocalist category. Later during the ceremony, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out performed their #1 song "If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again" from their recent Rural Rhythm Records CD, Prime Tyme, which was also up for Album of the Year.
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out spent most of last week in Nashville, TN for the IBMA's World of Bluegrass Conference and participated in several activities in celebration of their 20th anniversary including a sold-out performance at Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville on Wednesday night. The concert, produced by Moonstruck Management and billed as "An Anniversary Evening", saw many fellow colleagues in attendance in support of the band's accomplishments. During the evening, the band announced the winner of their "Name That Bus!" contest as Rosie Conway from California who was the first to submit the winning name of "Tyme Machine" for the beautiful burnt orange and cream Prevost bus the band recently acquired. The band also presented limited edition concert posters to five lucky ticket holders and helped present one lucky winner a brand new autographed guitar to commemorate the event. After the concert, Sam Passamano of Rural Rhythm Records presented Russell Moore with a special commemorative plaque honoring the band's 20th anniversary and specifically their latest award-winning CDs, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Prime Tyme, both of which have been released on the label.
During the week, the band performed for SiriusXM's Bluegrass Junction "Live From IBMA" before a live studio audience which was the first show of it's kind for the satellite radio station, and taped an hour-long "Studio Special with Kyle Cantrell" which will air in early 2013.
Fresh off the Male Vocalist of the Year win, Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out visited with Bill Cody of WSM 650AM live from the Grand Ole Opry on Friday morning and performed several songs they have become most popular for over the years.
Then the band headed for the Nashville Convention Center to host a "Celebrity Jam" which afforded fans of all ages the opportunity to meet and greet with the band and play some great music together.
This week, the band will board the Tyme Machine and continue their tour in support of Prime Tyme while continuing to celebrate their 20th year milestone as one of the most influential bands in bluegrass music. For more information on Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out including more photos from last week's events and a complete tour schedule, please visit www.iiirdtymeout.com