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IBMA AwardsNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) is proud to announce the nominees for the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, scheduled for Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Nashville, Tennessee's historic Ryman Auditorium. Also announced at the press conference were this year's inductees to the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame - bluegrass ambassador and leader of one of the most awarded bands in the history of IBMA, Del McCoury and pioneering bass player and guitar stylist George Shuffler - and the five recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award: Greg Cahill, Bill Knowlton, Lilly Pavlak, Geoff Stelling and Roland White.

The Entertainer of the Year category includes the two bands who have received the title the past five years: Dailey and Vincent (2008-2010) and The Grascals (2006-2007). The Boxcars, The Gibson Brothers and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers are all first-time nominees for the prestigious award which recognizes excellence in all aspects of the entertainment field—including recorded and in-person performance, public acceptance, attitude, leadership and overall contributions to the image of bluegrass music.

The Boxcars, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Gibson Brothers, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, Lonesome River Band, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers Lead List

The Boxcars, a band that features the talents of Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, John R. Bowman, Keith Garrett and Harold Nixon, lead in all categories with IBMA Award nominations for Entertainer of the Year; Instrumental Group of the Year; Album of the Year (The Boxcars, self-produced for the Mountain Home label); Gospel Recorded Performance (“In God’s Hands,” written by John Benjamin Rochester); Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (“Jumpin’ the Track,” written by Ron Stewart); Emerging Artist of the Year; Banjo Player and Fiddle Player (Ron Stewart) and Mandolin Player (Adam Steffey).

With nominations for both Entertainer of the Year and Emerging Artist of the Year, The Boxcars join the rarified company of acts like Dailey & Vincent and Cherryholmes, who emerged and rose straight to the top in the eyes of their peers the same year. They’re not an overnight success, of course. Adam Steffey is the reigning and seven-time IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year. Ron Stewart, the only musician in the history of the IBMA Awards who has been a frequent finalist in two instrumental categories, was the Fiddle Player of the Year in 2000.

Rural Rhythm recording artists Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out have been nominated in eight categories including Vocal Group of the Year, Male Vocalist of the Year (Moore) and Mandolin Player (Benson). Their other nods are testimony that the group plays well with others, including: Album of the Year—for their role in the multi-artist recording The All-Star Jam: Live at Graves Mountain (Rural Rhythm); Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year (“Sailing On,” recorded by Russell Moore and Dale Ann Bradley); Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (“Ground Speed,” featuring IIIrd Tyme Out mandolinist Wayne Benson in The Rural Rhythm All-Stars); Recorded Event of the Year (“Graves Mountain Memories,” recorded by the Rural Rhythm All-Stars featuring Russell Moore with several other artists); and another Recorded Event of the Year (“Lonesome River,” recorded by Lou Reid & Carolina featuring Russell Moore). IIIrd Tyme Out is a perennial fan favorite, with seven crystal trophies on the mantle for Vocal Group of the Year. Moore is the current Male Vocalist of the Year, an award he also received in 1994 and 1997.

IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year in 1998, The Gibson Brothers (Eric and Leigh) took home trophies for Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance at the 2010 Awards. After a year of radio chart-topping success and a strong touring schedule, the Compass Records recording artists are back with seven nominations for 2011: Entertainer of the Year; Vocal Group of the Year; Album of the Year for Help My Brother, produced by Eric & Leigh Gibson and Mike Barber for Compass; two Song of the Year nods for “Help My Brother” (written by Leigh Gibson) and “Walkin’ West to Memphis” (written by Chris Henry); Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “He Can Be Found,” written by Ella Barrett & Faye Cunningham; and Male Vocalist of the Year (Leigh Gibson).

Much to the delight of bluegrass fans everywhere, Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas are back on the tour bus in 2011. Their new album, Paper Airplane (Rounder Records) is currently at the top of Billboard’s Bluegrass Album sales chart. Alison and the guys are nominated in seven categories including: Female Vocalist (Krauss); Male Vocalist (Dan Tyminski); Banjo Player (Ron Block); Bass Player (Barry Bales) and Dobro Player (Jerry Douglas). Alison is also a finalist for Song of the Year (“I’ll Take Love,” collaboration with Dale Ann Bradley and Steve Gulley written by Louisa Branscomb) and Recorded Event of the Year for the same song from the Compass Records album I’ll Take Love, from the pen of Louisa Branscomb.

Members of the Lonesome River Band have five IBMA nominations, including Album of the Year for their participation on The All-Star Jam: Live At Graves Mountain on the Rural Rhythm label. They received two nods for Instrumental Recorded performance of the Year for “Pretty Little Girl,” on the album, Still Learning (Rural Rhythm), and also for band members Sammy Shelor, Brandon Rickman and Mike Hartgrove’s work on “Ground Speed,” by The Rural Rhythm All-Stars (Rural Rhythm). LRB has a Recorded Event of the Year nomination for the song, “Graves Mountain Memories,” recorded by the Rural Rhythm All-Stars (including Sammy Shelor and Mike Hartgrove) on The All-Star Jam: Live at Graves Mountain album; and band leader Sammy Shelor is nominated for Banjo Player of the Year, an award he received four consecutive years from 1995-1998.

Movie star, comedian, author and proud banjo geek at heart Steve Martin has released his second album on the Rounder Label, Rare Bird Alert , with touring band mates The Steep Canyon Rangers. Martin and the Steeps also have nominations in five IBMA categories: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year (Rare Bird Alert), Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (“Rare Bird Alert,” written by Martin), Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project for Rare Bird Alert (Martin – writer, Rounder), and also Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project for the same album (G. Carr and Salli Ratts – designers, Rounder).

The following have received four award nominations each: Blue Highway, Dale Ann Bradley, The Grascals, Carl Jackson, Mark Newton and Lou Reid & Carolina.


Bluegrass ambassador and the leader of one of the most awarded bands in bluegrass, Del McCoury and pioneering bass player and guitar stylist George Shuffler will be the next inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.

In the department of chill-bump raising, screaming high tenor bluegrass singers, there’s no one dearer to the hearts of bluegrass fans than Del McCoury. With more than 50 years of performing under his belt, nine IBMA Entertainer of the Year awards, a Grammy in 2006 and the prestigious National Heritage Award in 2010, McCoury and his band are universally regarded among the greatest ambassadors for the genre.

McCoury first came to national attention as the lead singer and driving rhythm guitarist with Bill Monroe’s Blue Grass Boys during 1963 and 1964, after playing banjo in regional bands in the Baltimore/Washington area for several years. Forming Del McCoury & The Dixie Pals band around 1967, he played the festival circuit, largely in the Northeast. He moved from Pennsylvania to Nashville in 1992, changing the name of his group to The Del McCoury Band, which included sons Ronnie on mandolin and Rob on banjo. McCoury gained national recognition for his hard-edged, high energy style of bluegrass, winning numerous honors. He became a member of the Grand Ole Opry in 2003.

Del’s infectious smile and easy-going but always professional manner are as genuine as his musical integrity, which has built bridges for bluegrass to other styles of music and musicians. His collaborations on recordings; at diverse tour dates; and on national broadcast outlets in genres as diverse as jazz, pop, country and the jam band scene are important catalysts for bringing bluegrass to new audiences.

George Shuffler’s influences in bluegrass are as an innovative bass player, guitar stylist and featured vocalist and humorist, primarily as a sideman in some of the most important bands in the music’s history.

Shuffler grew up in a large family near Valdese, North Carolina, learning his first guitar chords at age 10. Young George listened to many of the groups performing live on various 50,000-watt radio stations around the country, and Merle Travis was his idol. In the early 1940s Shuffler was working in a local string band with a regular $20-a-week job at a bakery. Filling in as bass player with Charlie & Danny Bailey and the Happy Valley Boys at a theatre and several other venues in Granite Falls, N.C., Shuffler accepted a $60 a week job with the Baileys and left with them for Nashville and The Grand Ole Opry, his first professional job.

After the Baileys quit the business, Shuffler worked with a comedy team for a while, returned to Valdese and got married and worked with several bands playing guitar and singing. Carter Stanley called Shuffler on December 28, 1950 and said he and Ralph were leaving Bristol to move to WVLK in Versailles, Kentucky, and he asked Shuffler to join the Stanley Brothers to play bass—an offer George accepted. Following WVLK, Shuffler worked with The Stanley Brothers in numerous markets. His “walking style” of bass playing, introduced on the Stanley Brothers’ 1953 Mercury Recordings, would imprint itself on a number of younger players, including Hall of Fame member Tom Gray. Primarily a bass player, Shuffler was in and out of the Stanley group many times until the early 1960s, when it got down to just Carter, Ralph and George.

Inspired by Bill Napier, Shuffler perfected his signature style of cross-picking that would be widely emulated. Following Carter Stanley’s death December 1, 1966, Shuffler stayed on with Ralph for several months. He then worked with Don Reno and Bill Harrell until 1969, recording several albums with them on bass. For a number of years he also led The Shuffler Family gospel group, which recorded more than a half dozen albums.


The International Bluegrass Music Association is proud to announce the recipients of the Distinguished Achievement Award, an honor which recognizes individuals in the bluegrass music industry who have fostered the music’s image with developments that will broaden the genre’s recognition and accessibility. The following people will be honored at the Special Awards Luncheon on Thursday, September 29, 2011, at the Nashville Convention Center during the IBMA Business Conference:

  • Greg Cahill
  • Bill Knowlton
  • Lilly Pavlak
  • Geoff Stelling
  • Roland White

Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Greg Cahill has been playing bluegrass banjo since the early 1970s. Greg co-founded The Special Consensus in Chicago in 1975, a group that continues to tour nationally and internationally. Cahill created the “Traditional American Music Program” in 1984 to introduce students of all ages to bluegrass music. Since then, Cahill has been responsible for introducing bluegrass music to more than 1 million students in schools in the U.S. and around the world. “The reward for this,” Greg says, “is that as each year passes a few young bluegrass musicians make it a point to find me at the record table to let me know they first heard bluegrass music when Special C came to their schools.”

Cahill has appeared on 15 Special Consensus recordings, on numerous recordings by other artists and on many national television and radio commercial jingles. Greg is also featured on Lone Star (with Jethro Burns and Byron Berline – 1980), Blue Skies (with Don Stiernberg, 1992), and Night Skies (with Don Stiernberg, Sam Bush, Glen Duncan and Tom Boyd, 1998). He has recorded and toured Europe with the ChowDogs, a band that also features Slavek Hanzlik, Dallas Wayne and Ollie O'Shea. In addition to conducting workshops at festivals, teaching at the Old Town School of Folk Music in Chicago and teaching banjo at music camps nationally and internationally, Greg has released four banjo instructional DVDs. Cahill has served on the IBMA Board of Directors from 1998-2010 (Board Chair/President 2006-2010), and he was elected president of the Foundation for Bluegrass Music in 2011. While on the IBMA board Cahill, along with Tim Stafford, was responsible for launching the Bluegrass in the Schools program, now administered by the Foundation for Bluegrass Music.

Bill Knowlton started his career in radio in 1959 with the Bluegrass Ramble show on WFUV-FM at Fordham, University, and later at WBZY in Torrington, Conn. in 1962. Since 1973 he has produced the show at WCNY-FM in Syracuse/Utica/Watertown, N.Y. as a volunteer. Knowlton’s Bluegrass Ramble Picnic originated in 1973, making it one of the oldest bluegrass festivals in New York, Pennsylvania and New England. In the mid-1980s he produced and emceed 52 half-hour Bluegrass Ramble television shows for the Eastern Educational Television Network, which aired on PBS stations across the country.

Dressed in his signature straw hat and colorful pants, Knowlton has been a well-known emcee since 1973—gracing the stage at numerous bluegrass events throughout the eastern US and Canada. Bill has been an emcee at Uncle Dave Macon Days in Murfreesboro, Tenn. since 1982, and in 1992 he was the recipient of their Jesse Messick Award.

Knowlton is the co-founder of the Central New York Bluegrass Association, was named Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year by IBMA in 1997, and graduated from the first Leadership Bluegrass class in 2000. Knowlton is the long-time editor of the CNYBA newsletter for the association he helped to found; he has written liner notes for County Records and articles for Bluegrass Unlimited magazine. In 1974, Bill was instrumental in the fight to save the Ryman Auditorium by getting renowned New York Times architecture critic Ada Louise Huxtable to write about it and personally advocate for saving the auditorium. Many of Knowlton’s accomplishments in the bluegrass and old-time music world were done while also serving as a Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force.

Lilly Pavlak is a journalist, photographer and sometimes booking agent/tour manager originally from the Czech Republic (then Czechoslovakia), now living in Switzerland. An active journalist for more than three decades who has been enormously important in telling the European bluegrass story in the U.S. (and vice versa), Pavlak is first and foremost a hardcore bluegrass fan who has devoted a large portion of her life and energy to promoting the music and artists she loves. The first American artist Pavlak heard in Czechoslovakia was Pete Seeger, in 1964. “I had never seen a live American before,” Lilly recalls. “We learned the worst things about ‘American imperialists’ in school and some people even believed they ate little children! After the first tones of the banjo, I knew this was the strange instrument from the hillbilly music I liked so much. That was a defining moment for me, and for the bluegrass movement that followed. Nowadays the Czech Republic claims the highest concentration of bluegrass musicians on earth!”

In 1975 Pavlak went to her first folk festival at Lenzburg Castle in Switzerland.. The next day she flew to America for the first time, later returning with 20 pounds of bluegrass LPs and a guitar. She taped the albums and sent cassettes to her “Tramp Music” friends behind the Iron Curtain in Czechoslovakia—which was their only opportunity to hear bluegrass for 12 years. On a shoestring budget, Pavlak has returned to the States and Canada many times to hear and write about bluegrass music. She subscribed to American bluegrass publications and bought music to educate herself and her friends in Europe about new bands and trends. Lilly is one of the original members of the Swiss Bluegrass Music Association and the Bluegrass Association of the Czech Republic. Despite health issues in recent years, Pavlak attends nearly every bluegrass event in central Europe, sending reviews and photos to the bluegrass press around the world. “I feel home is where the heart is, and my heart is where good music is,” Lilly says. “I was always kind of a bridge between East and West, trying to put musicians from different countries together and make them friends.”

Since 1959, while still in high school, Geoff Stelling has been either playing the banjo or trying to improve on its design. Stelling Banjo Works was established in 1974 while Geoff was stationed at a Naval Base in San Diego, California. As a banjo and bass player in various bands since the mid-‘60s, Geoff developed an ear for banjo tone and experimented with the construction until he patented a revolutionary design that his banjos are known for today: the wedge-fitted pot assembly. Prior to Geoff's design, tone rings and flanges were machined to slip-fit over the wood rim—a design affected by changes in humidity and temperature. According to many banjo players, the Stelling wedge-fit results in a pure tone and unparalleled power.

Stelling also patented a "pivot-pin" tailpiece for the banjo. Strings are easily changed without having to thread any of them through a hole in the tailpiece because each string has its own access slot, and the tailpiece is adjustable in six directions. In addition, Geoff developed a unique bridge made from birch wood chosen for its grain direction and number of growth rings. All those jokes about the difficulty in tuning a banjo have at least some basis in the truth, so Stelling also invented a compensated nut for his instruments. In addition to his contributions to the design of the modern banjo, Stelling was one of the first luthiers to offer quality, custom-made instruments for musicians, as an option to vintage instruments and traditional brands. Stelling Banjo Works is now based in Afton, Virginia.

After hearing country music on the radio at age eight at home in Maine, Roland White decided he wanted to be a musician. The eldest sibling, Roland convinced his brothers Eric and Clarence to participate in “band practices” every evening when they were still children. Their sister Joanne sang and occasionally played the bass. Roland became a pioneer of the West Coast bluegrass scene beginning in the 1950s with his groundbreaking work with The Country Boys—later known as The Kentucky Colonels. The live tapes of the band, distributed as underground treasures, revealed a traditional repertoire with a new and wildly rhythmically and melodically exciting approach. The band also featured Clarence White, Billy Ray Latham and Roger Bush. The Colonels influenced musicians like Alan Munde, Byron Berline and Eddie Shelton, among many others, and the band appeared on The Andy Griffith Show a few times before The Dillards assumed their roles as The Darling family.

Roland left California and joined Bill Monroe's Blue Grass Boys in 1967 on guitar, and helped record classics like: “Gold Rush,” “Virginia Darling” and “Sally Goodin.” Next Roland performed and recorded with Lester Flatt & the Nashville Grass for four years, and in 1973 he rejoined his brothers to tour briefly as the New Kentucky Colonels. Their plans were cut short by Clarence’s tragic death, and the New Kentucky Colonels – Live in Sweden album released in 1976 by Rounder provides a glimpse of the band’s potential.

Roland returned to Nashville and joined Alan Munde and Roger Bush in The Country Gazette, his musical home for the next 15 years. In 1989 he joined the Nashville Bluegrass Band, recording two Grammy-winning and three Grammy-nominated albums with them. In recent years he has formed The Roland White Band with his wife, guitarist Diane Bouska. Their album, Jelly on My Tofu was nominated for a Grammy in 2003. In addition to touring and recording, White focuses on his work as an educator—giving lessons, leading workshops and publishing books, and he is also involved in a number of charity projects. White’s enthusiasm for jamming and his support of new artists and bands in the genre has not diminished over the decades, and he continues to be known for, as one critic describes it, “his simple, uncluttered and relaxed style of playing the mandolin, with a clock-like sense of timing.”


Dailey & Vincent
The Gibson Brothers
The Grascals
Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

Dailey & Vincent
The Gibson Brothers
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

The Boxcars
Sam Bush Band
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
The Infamous Stringdusters

Darin & Brooke Aldridge
Balsam Range
The Boxcars
Sierra Hull & Highway 111
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers

Leigh Gibson
Russell Moore
Dan Tyminski
Josh Williams

Dale Ann Bradley
Sonya Isaacs
Alison Krauss
Claire Lynch
Rhonda Vincent


"Help My Brother," The Gibson Brothers (artists), Leigh Gibson (songwriter)

"I Am Strong;" The Grascals featuring Dolly Parton (artists); Jamie Johnson, Susanne Mumpower-Johnson, Janee Fleenor (songwriters)

"I'll Take Love," Dale Ann Bradley with Alison Krauss & Steve Gulley (artists), Louisa Branscomb & Dale Ann Bradley (songwriters)

"Trains I Missed;" Balsam Range (artists); Walt Wilkins, Gilles Godard, Nicole Witt (songwriters)

"Walkin' West to Memphis," The Gibson Brothers (artists), Chris Henry (songwriter)


The All-Star Jam: Live At Graves Mountain; Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, The Crowe Brothers, Lonesome River Band, Mark Newton, Lou Reid & Carolina, Carl Jackson, Audie Blaylock & Redline, Carrie Hassler with Brand New Strings (artists); Mark Newton & Carl Jackson (producers); Rural Rhythm Records (label)

Almost Home, Larry Sparks (artist), Larry Sparks (producer), Rounder Records (label)

The Boxcars, The Boxcars (artists), The Boxcars (producers), Mountain Home (label)

Help My Brother, The Gibson Brothers (artists), Compass Records (label), Eric & Leigh Gibson and Mike Barber (producers)

Rare Bird Alert, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers (artists), Tony Trischka (producer), Rounder Records (label)

Trains I Missed, Balsam Range (artists), Balsam Range (producers), Mountain Home (label)


"God's Front Porch," Lou Reid & Carolina (artists), Dennis Duff (songwriter), Lou Reid (producer), Rural Rhythm Christian (label)

"He Can Be Found," The Gibson Brothers (artists), Ella Barrett & Faye Cunningham (songwriters), Eric & Leigh Gibson and Mike Barber (producers), Compass Records (label)

"In God's Hands," The Boxcars (artists), John Benjamin Rochester (songwriter), The Boxcars (producers), Mountain Home (label)

"Prayer Bells of Heaven;" J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams (artists); J.F. Lowe & H.W. Ward (songwriters); Ben Isaacs (producer); Mountain Home (label)

"Sailing On," Russell Moore & Dale Ann Bradley (artists), Rick Lang (songwriter), Jesse Brock & John Miller (producers), Rural Rhythm Christian (label)


"Goin' Up Dry Branch," Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (artists), Buddy Spicher & Jimmy Martin (songwriters), Jeff White & Michael Cleveland (producers), Rounder Records (label)

"Ground Speed;" Rural Rhythm All-Stars: Sammy Shelor, Carl Jackson, Brandon Rickman, Wayne Benson, Mike Hartgrove, Mike Anglin (artists); Earl Scruggs (songwriter); Mark Newton & Carl Jackson (producers); Rural Rhythm Records (label)

"Jumpin' the Track," The Boxcars (artists), Ron Stewart (songwriter), The Boxcars (producers), Mountain Home (label)

"Pretty Little Girl," Lonesome River Band (artists), Public Domain, Lonesome River Band (producers), Rural Rhythm Records (label)

"Rare Bird Alert," Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers (artists), Steve Martin (songwriter), Tony Trischka (producer), Rounder Records (label)


"Graves Mountain Memories;" Rural Rhythm All-Stars featuring Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Audie Blaylock, Lou Reid, Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler, Sammy Shelor, Mike Hartgrove, Wayne Benson, Mike Anglin (artists); Mark Newton & Carl Jackson (producers); Rural Rhythm Records (label)

"I Am Strong," The Grascals featuring Dolly Parton (artists), The Grascals (producers), Cracker Barrel/BluGrascal Records (label)

"I'll Take Love," Dale Ann Bradley featuring Alison Krauss and Steve Gulley (artists), Louisa Branscomb & Missy Raines (producers), Compass Records (label)

"Lonesome River," Lou Reid & Carolina featuring Russell Moore (artists), Mark Newton & Carl Jackson (producers), Rural Rhythm Records (label)

"Prayer Bells of Heaven;" J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams (artists); Ben Isaacs (producer); Mountain Home (label)



Terry Baucom

Kristin Scott Benson

Ron Block

J.D. Crowe

Sammy Shelor

Ron Stewart


Barry Bales

Mike Bub

Missy Raines

Mark Schatz

Marshall Wilborn


Hunter Berry

Jason Carter

Michael Cleveland

Stuart Duncan

Ron Stewart


Mike Auldridge

Jerry Douglas

Rob Ickes

Randy Kohrs

Phil Leadbetter


Cody Kilby

Tony Rice

Kenny Smith

Bryan Sutton

Josh Williams


Wayne Benson

Sam Bush

Sierra Hull

Ronnie McCoury

Adam Steffey


Katy Daley; WAMU's Bluegrass Country; Washington, D.C.
Chris Jones; Sirius XM Satellite Radio; Nashville, Tenn.
Tim White; Song of the Mountains; Marion, Va.


The 31st Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival; September 2010; Claremore, Oklahoma
Silver Dollar City's Bluegrass & Barbecue Festival; May 2010; Branson, Missouri
 Wintergrass Youth Orchestra Gala; February 2011; Bellevue, Washington


Ralph Berrier, Jr; author of If Trouble Don't Kill Me (Crown Publishing Group, a division of Random House, Inc.)
Tim Stafford & Caroline Wright, authors of Still Inside: The Tony Rice Story (Word of Mouth Press)
 Juli Thanki; freelance writer for The 9531 and The Washington Post, Senior Editor of District Noise


Ricardo Alessio (designer), City of Refuge, Abigail Washburn (artist), Rounder Records (label)
G. Carr & Salli Ratts (designers), Rare Bird Alert, Steve Martin and The Steep Canyon Rangers (artists), Rounder Records (label)
Albert J. Roman (designer), Daybreak, Sierra Hull (artist), Rounder Records (label)

BEST LINER NOTES FOR A RECORDED PROJECTColin Escott (writer), A Mother's Prayer, Ralph Stanley (artist), Rebel Records (label)
Geoffrey Himes (writer), The Rounder Records Story, Various Artists, Rounder Records (label)
Steve Martin (writer), Rare Bird Alert, Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers (artists), Rounder Records (label)

The International Bluegrass Music Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), which serves as the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. The IBMA Awards Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass Week September 26 – October 2 in Nashville, Tenn., which also includes the IBMA Business Conference and Bluegrass Fan Fest.

For more information on World of Bluegrass week, including tickets to the International Bluegrass Music Awards, go to, join us on Facebook, or call 615-256-3222 (1-888-GET-IBMA).

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