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40th SPBGMA Bluegrass Music Award Nominees Announced

SPBGMA LogoThe 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards nominees have been announced for the awards ceremony which will take place during the society's 31st National Convention. The convention takes place January 30 through February 2, 2014 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is definitely the highlight of the annual event and bluegrass music's biggest starts will be there participating in performances as well as collecting their respective trophies.

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.

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. Of course, this is also an exciting time in bluegrass music where the fans and their favorite artists get to mingle and socialize as well. It is definitely and friendly, up close and personal experience for all involved.

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.

Listed by Category, the 2014 nominees are: 

  1. Bluegrass Promoter of the Year
    • Adams & Anderson, LLC
    • Calvin Mickey
    • Dwight Dillman
    • Darrel Atkins
    • Bertie Sullivan
    • DA Callaway
  2. Bluegrass Radio Station of the Year
    • WBRF-FM, Galax, VA
    • WSM-AM, Nashville, TN
    • Sirius XM 061, Nashville, TN
    • WPAQ-AM, Mount Airy, NC
    • WDVX-FM, Knoxville, TN
    • WBZI-AM, Xenia, OH
  3. Bluegrass DJ of the Year
    • Judith Burnette - WBRF-FM, Galax, VA
    • Tim Frye - WPAQ-AM, Mount Airy, NC
    • Kyle Cantrell - Sirius XM 061, Nashville, TN
    • Joe Mullins - WBZI-AM, Xenia, OH
    • Freddy Smith - WDVX-FM, Knoxville, TN
    • Dennis Jones - WNCW-FM, Spindale, NC
  4. Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year
    • Daryl Mosley
    • Tom T. Hall & Dixie Hall
    • Junior Sisk
    • Eric & Leigh Gibson
    • Marshall Warwick
    • Tim Massey
  5. Bluegrass Album of the Year
    • They Called It Music - by The Gibson Brothers for Compass Records
    • The Story of the Day That I Died - by Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice for Rebel Records
    • Memories Of The Past - by Big Country Bluegrass for Rebel Records
    • In A Country Town - by Farm Hands Quartet for Farm County Music
    • Brothers Of The Highway - by Dailey & Vincent for Rounder Records
    • Battlefield
    • - by Mountain Faith for Crossroads Music

  6. Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year
    • Mike Barber
    • Mickey Harris
    • Tony King
    • Jason Tomlin
    • Barry Bales
    • Sam McMahan
  7. Dobro Performer of the Year
    • Tim Graves
    • Rob Ickes
    • Josh Swift
    • Phil Ledbetter
    • Mike Sharp
    • Tim Hathorn
  8. Guitar Performer of the Year
    • Josh Williams
    • Wayne Henderson
    • Eddie Gill
    • Kenny Smith
    • Junior Sisk
    • John Morgan
  9. Mandolin Performer of the Year
    • Doyle Lawson
    • Tommy Sells
    • Johnathan Dillon
    • Danny Roberts
    • Adam Steffey
    • Dustin Norris
  10. Banjo Performer of the Year
    • Lynwood Lunsford
    • Jason Davis
    • Bennie Boling
    • Sammy Shelor
    • Mark Templeton
    • Brayden McMahon
  11. Fiddle Performer of the Year
    • Michael Cleveland
    • Tim Laughlin
    • Jason Barie
    • Hunter Berry
    • Billy Hawks
    • Chris Sexton
  12. Female Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary)
    • Sherry Easter
    • Jeanette Williams
    • Michelle Nixon
    • Amanda Smith
    • Claire Lynch
    • Sonya Isaacs
  13. Female Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
    • Valerie Smith
    • Teresa Sells
    • Lorraine Jordan
    • Dale Ann Bradley
    • Stacy Isaacs
    • Tina Miller
  14. Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary)
    • Russell Moore
    • Jamie Dailey
    • Junior Sisk
    • Tim Graves
    • Larry Stephenson
    • Jason Tomlin
  15. Male Vocalist of the Year (Traditional)
    • Eddie Gill
    • Darryl Mosley
    • James King
    • Larry Sparks
    • Isaac Moore
    • Leigh Gibson
  16. Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary)
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • The Isaacs
    • The Gibson Brothers
    • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    • Fret High Bluegrass Band
    • Mountain Faith
  17. Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional)
    • Paul Williams & The Victory Trio
    • The Farm Hands Quartet
    • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • Mark Templeton & Pocket Change
    • Canaan's Crossing
    • The Marksmen
  18. Vocal Group of the Year
    • The Gibson Brothers
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • Big Country Bluegrass
    • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • The Farm Hands Quartet
  19. Instrumental Group of the Year
    • The Gibson Brothers
    • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
    • Big Country Bluegrass
    • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • The Farm Hands Quartet
    • The Grascals
  20. Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)
    • Big Country Bluegrass
    • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • The Farm Hands Quartet
    • The Grascals
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • Mountain Faith
  21. Entertaining Group of the Year
    • Dailey & Vincent
    • Nothin' Fancy
    • Big Country Bluegrass
    • Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
    • Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
    • The Farm Hands Quartet
  22. Entertainer of the Year
    • Lil' Roy Lewis
    • Rhonda Vincent
    • Junior Sisk
    • Kevin Williamson
    • Daryl Mosley
    • Jamie Dailey
  23. Song of the Year
    • They Called It Music - by The Gibson Brothers for Compass Records
    • The Story Of The Day That I Died - by Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice for Rebel Records
    • In A Country Town - by The Farm Hands Quartet for Farm County Music
    • Battlefield - by Mountain Faith for Crossroads Music
    • I'm Putting On My Leaving Shoes - by Big Country Bluegrass for Rebel Records
    • Grandpa's Way Of Life - by Spinney Brothers for Mountain Fever Records

We look forward to the awards and wish every nominee the best of luck./b

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