Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice started 2014 off on a high note, being named "Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)" at the 40th Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Awards, held Sunday, February 2 in Nashville, TN.
This award follows a successful 2013 for the band, including multiple award nominations for the group's The Story of the Day That I Died album, and Sisk's 2013 IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year award.
While in Nashville, the band took part in the Showcase of Bands at SPBGMA's 31st Annual National Convention, held at the Sheraton Music City Hotel. They took the stage Friday night, January 31. On Saturday, February 1, the group played to a packed house at Nashville's famed Station Inn, closing out the show with 2 encores.
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice will back on the road starting next week, with a concert on February 15 at the Virginia Napurano Cultural Arts Center in Sergeantsville, NJ.
From the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia comes one of bluegrass music's most honest voices in the genre's history, Junior Sisk. Over the years, his haunting, almost lonesome vocals have earned him the devotion of countless traditional bluegrass fans from all over the world. His songwriting talents helped the Lonesome River Band make their ascent into bluegrass stardom in the early 1990's and then he became a member of Wyatt Rice & Santa Cruz and ultimately Blueridge, again reaching new audiences that would eventually follow him on his own musical path. In 1998, Sisk formed Ramblers Choice and together they recorded and released their first solo project titled Sounds Of The Mountains and also contributed to the award winning, The Stanley Gospel Tradition.