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SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Nominations and Recent Winners Announced

Rhonda VincentRhonda Vincent And the Rage were happily surprised to hear that they received a dozen nominations for the The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Awards scheduled to take place next month in Nashville. The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) is a regular favorite for bluegrass fans and artists. The Midwest Convention and Awards are the last SPBGMA event prior to the National Convention which will be held in Nashville, Tennessee from January 31st through February 3, 2013. The winners of the Midweest Awards are listed below.

SPBGMA serves to preserve the traditional spirit and art form of Bluegrass music. The organization also offers a management service for any community desiring to hold a Bluegrass festival and/or to organize and conduct Bluegrass Band competitions. In all SPBGMA sponsored events, instruments must be traditional acoustic instruments, no electrified instruments permitted. SPBGMA encourages professionalism in appearance and showmanship by the performers at SPBGMA events as well as encouraging the support of various Bluegrass publications and associations.

The 39th Annual SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Awards and 30th National Convention and Band Championship will take place at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville January 31-February 3, 2013. This event is always a favorite and includes the Showcase of Bands, Workshops, opportunities for promoters and talent buyers to view new and existing artists to see what's new. There are trade exhibits, record companies and more available for the artists and the fans.

The convention always has performances by bluegrass music's favorite bands. Next month will be no different as Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Lou Reid & Carolina, The Grascals, Dailey & Vincent, James King Band, The Gibson Brothers and a whole lot more shart their performances throughout the week. A complete lineup is here.

The big awards night will take place next month where the attending members will cast their ballots to see who takes home the 2013 honors.
Here are the nominations for the honors to be awarded in Nashville, Tennessee next month.
SPBGMA Nominees are:

  • Bluegrass Promoter of the Year
    • D.A. Callaway
    • Don & Bobbie Day
    • Homer Boyd
    • Adams & Anderson LLC
    • John Hutchinson
    • Milton Harkey
  • Bluegrass Radio Station of the Year
    • WAMU – Washington, D.C.
    • WBBC – Blackstone, VA
    • WPAQ – Mount Airy, NC
    • WDVX – Maryville/Knoxville, TN
    • Sirius XM – Nashville, TN
    • WMKY – Morehead, KY
  • Bluegrass DJ of the Year
    • Brenda Lawson (WBBC-FM)
    • Joe Mullins (WBZI-AM)
    • Michelle Wallace (WMKY)
    • Kyle Cantrell (Sirius XM)
    • Tim Frye (WPAQ)
    • Katy Daley (WMAU-FM)
  • Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year
    • Leigh & Eric Gibson
    • Daryl Mosley
    • Louisa Branscomb
    • Tom T. Hall & Dixie Hall
    • Michelle & Nick Nixon
    • Kevin Richardson
  • Bluegrass Album of the Year
    • Calling Me Back Home - Lou Reid & Carolina for KMA Records
    • The Heart Of A Song - Jr. Sisk & Ramblers Choice for Rebel Records
    • What Really Matters - Larry Stephenson Band for Compass Records
    • Sunday Mornin’ Singin’ - Rhonda Vincent & The Rage for Upper Management Music
    • Prime Tyme - by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out for Rural Rhythm Records
    • A Place I Belong - by Michelle Nixon & Drive for Mountain Fever Records
  • Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year
    • Victor Dowdy
    • Marshall Wilborn
    • Danny Stewart
    • Tracy Buchanan
    • Mickey Harris
    • Darrin Vincent
  • Dobro Performer of the Year
    • Tim Graves
    • Rob Ickes
    • Chris Hart
    • Mike Aldridge
    • Brent Burke
    • Mike Sharp
  • Guitar Performer of the Year
    • Steve Dowdy
    • Tony Rice
    • Bryan Sutton
    • Patrick Robertson
    • Josh Williams
    • Tim Stafford
  • Mandolin Performer of the Year
    • Larry Stephenson
    • Cason Ogden
    • Jason Tomlin
    • Doyle Lawson
    • Alan Bibey
    • Johnathan Dillon
  • Banjo Performer of the Year
    • Aaron McDaris
    • Lynwood Lunsford
    • J.D. Crowe
    • Kenny Ingram
    • Tim Newcome
    • Kevin Prater
  • Fiddle Performer of the Year
    • Hunter Berry
    • Ron Stewart
    • Justin Haynes
    • Michael Cleveland
    • Billy Hawks
    • Jason Carter
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary)
    • Rhonda Vincent
    • Sonya Isaacs
    • Christy Reid
    • Michelle Nixon
    • Alecia Nugent
    • Brooke Aldridge
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
    • Jeanette Williams
    • Lorraine Jordan
    • Claire Lynch
    • Lizzy Long
    • Dale Ann Bradley
    • Valerie Smith
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary)
    • Junior Sisk
    • Lou Reid
    • Jamie Dailey
    • Russell Moore
    • Josh Williams
    • Dave Adkins
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
    • Nick Nixon
    • Larry Stephenson
    • Darryl Mosley
    • James King
    • Tedd Graves
    • Patrick Robertson
  • Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary)
    • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    • Churchmen
    • The Isaacs
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • Larry Stephenson Band
    • The Gibson Brothers
  • Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional)
    • Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
    • Mark Templeton & Pocket Change
    • The Marksmen
    • The Farm hands Quartet
    • Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
    • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
  • Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
    • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
    • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • The Farm Hands Quartet
    • Michelle Nixon & Drive
  • Vocal Group of the Year
    • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    • Gibson Brothers
    • Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • Michelle Nixon & Drive
    • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
  • Instrumental Group of the Year
    • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
    • The Boxcars
    • Grasstowne
    • Lonesome River Band
    • The Grascals
    • Bluegrass Brothers
  • Entertaining Group of the Year
    • The Farm Hands Quartet
    • Michelle Nixon & Drive
    • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • Nothin’ Fancy
    • Republic Steele
  • Entertainer of the Year
    • Junior Sisk
    • Larry Stephenson
    • Doyle Lawson
    • Rhonda Vincent
    • Michelle Nixon
    • Jamie Dailey
  • Song of the Year
    • "Carolina Moonshine Man" - Lou Reid & Carolina for KMA Records
    • "A Far Cry From Lester & Earl" - Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice for Rebel Records
    • "Pretty Little Girl From Galax" - Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out for Rural Rhythm Records
    • "A Place I Belong" - Michelle Nixon & Drive for Mountain Fever Records
    • "My Heart Is On The Men" - Larry Stephenson for Compass Records
    • "A Soldier’s Letter" - Nothin’ Fancy for Virginia Dreams Records

The 39th Annual SPBGMA Midwest Bluegrass Music Awards and 30th Midwest Convention was recently held January 11 through 13 at the Capitol Plaza Hotel and Convention Center in Jefferson City, Missouri. The highlight of this event is always the awards and the winners. Due to the nature of this event, we are always seeing new names in the list of honors and, this year was no different.

SPBGMA holds regional Awards and conventions in preparation for the annual national event held each year. The regional events such as this Midwest gathering offer an excellent way for smaller acts to gain the attention and the eye of talent buyers, promoters and others involved in bluegrass music.

The 2013 Midwest Award Winners are:

  • Bluegrass Promoter of the Year – Ron & Darrell Turnbull
  • Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year – Mike Collins
  • Bluegrass Album of the Year – World Of Our Own by Bluegrass Martins / Martin Studio
  • Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year – Lindsay Reith
  • Dobro Performer of the Year – Larita Martin
  • Guitar Performer of the Year – Dale Martin
  • Mandolin Performer of the Year – Hal Cottrell
  • Banjo Performer of the Year – Janice Martin
  • Fiddle Performer of the Year – Jeana Martin Faris
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) – Tammy Harman
  • Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) – Jeana Martin Faris
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) – Jim McGreevy
  • Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional) – Mike Collins
  • Bluegrass Gospel Group of the Year – Bob Hammons & Wildwood
  • Bluegrass Band of the Year (Contemporary) – Bull Harman & Bull’s Eye
  • Bluegrass Band of the Year (Traditional) – Bluegrass Brigade
  • Vocal Group of the Year – Bluegrass Martins
  • Instrumental Group of the Year – Bluegrass Martins
  • Entertaining Group of the Year – The Punches Family
  • Entertainer of the Year – Bruce Punches

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