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Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo

Rhiannon Giddens Wins Steve Martin Prize For Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

Los Angeles, CA -- Critically acclaimed singer, multi-instrumentalist, and songwriter Rhiannon Giddens is the recipient of the seventh annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Described by T Bone Burnett as one of the “most profound musicians active today,” Giddens is the co-founder of the GRAMMY Award-winning string band Carolina Chocolate Drops, in which she sang and played banjo and fiddle. That group has long investigated and promoted the foundational role African-American performers and songwriters have played in folk-music history, while making recordings that are vital, contemporary, and exuberant.

Steve Martin’s Prize for Excellence In Banjo Awarded to Jens Kruger

Jens Kruger North Wilkesboro, NC -- The Kruger Brothers have announced the 2013 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo has been awarded to their own banjo player extraordinaire Jens Kruger. Kruger was named as the fourth recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass Music yesterday. Kruger is known for his innovative banjo composition and performance that integrates folk music with European classical music. Kruger is the first North Carolina resident and first winner born outside the of the United States.

11.11.11 Lonesome River Band on Late Show with David Letterman

Lonesome Riverband-Letterman PostcardThe Lonesome River Band will perform with Steve Martin next week, November 11, 2011 on The Late Show with David Letterman. The performance is in celebration of Sammy Shelor's Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass award as recently announced. The Steve Martin Prize is chosen by a who's who list of talents including Steve Martin, Earl Scruggs, Pete Wernick, Tony Trishchka, Bela Fleck and more.

Sammy Shellor and the Lonesome River Band on Letterman Friday, November 11

Sammy ShelorSammy Shelor, band leader and banjo player with the hit group Lonesome River Band was recently awarded the second Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass honor. Sammy and the Lonesome River Band will perform with Steve Martin on the "Late Show With David Letterman" Friday, November 11, 2011.

Sammy Shelor Wins Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and BluegrassSammy Shelor Wins Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass

Sammy ShelorRural Rhythm Records congratulates Sammy Shelor, band leader and banjo player with the hit group Lonesome River Band. As reported in today's New York Times, Steve Martin announced Sammy Shelor is the second winner of The Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. Sammy and the Lonesome River Band will perform with Steve Martin on the "Late Show With David Letterman" Nov. 3, 2011.

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