The deeply traditional Bean Creek (Santa Cruz) and the eclectic Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players (Stockton) tied for Best Bluegrass Band at the Northern California Bluegrass Awards held in Redwood City on January 26, 2013. The Awards were part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.
John Kornhauser of San Francisco and A. J. Lee of Tracy were named Best Male and Female Vocalists, while the voters named San Francisco’s Yoseff Tucker as Best Guitar Player.
Other winners: Ed Neff of Petaluma, Best Mandolin Player; Jim Mintun of Santa Cruz, Best Dobro Player; and Lisa Burns of Mountain View, Best Bass Player. There were ties in both the Best Banjo and Best Fiddle categories, with Luke Abbott (Santa Cruz) and Larry Cohea (Oakland) sharing the banjo honors and Pete Hicks (Aromas) and Lee Anne Welch (Saratoga) sharing the fiddle honors.
Four Bay Area women bluegrass music pioneers, Kim Elking, Laurie Lewis, Kathy Kallick and Beth Weil, received Lifetime Achievement Awards. All of these fine artists have contributed greatly to bluegrass music well beyond the Northern California region by performing across the nation and the world. These awards are well deserved all the way around.
Bluegrass On Broadway receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, and the Tapestry Church, with additional support from other Redwood City businesses and organizations.