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Earls of Leicester Capture Best Bluegrass Album Grammy Award

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 Earls of LeicesterThe 57th Grammy Awards was held Sunday evening and this year, competition for the Best Bluegrass Album was a group of five albums that all deserved the award. This year's nominees were all outstanding albums compared to some previous years. The Best Bluegrass Album was awarded to The Earls Of Leicester by The Earls Of Leicester. The album won over Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe by Noam Pikelny, Cold Spell by Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Into My Own by Bryan Sutton, and Only Me by Rhonda Vincent.

The band confirmed their award quickly noting, "We are honored beyond belief to be awarded the Grammy for Best Bluegrass Album. Thanks to our peers in the voting membership of NARAS, National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, Rounder Records, McLachlan Management, Flatt and Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys. Congrats to fellow nominees, Noam Pikelny, Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen, Bryan Sutton, and Rhonda Vincent. Thank you to our families, friends,and fans. We look forward to all that 2015 has in store and hope to see you at an Earls show soon!"

The band is composed of Barry Bales, Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman and Johnny Warren. This brings the Grammy count to 15 for Barry Bales and 14 for Jerry Douglas. Other Grammy award winners, Shawn Camp and Tim O'Brien, who also performed on the album, awere able to add one more to their respective collections. Charlie Cushman and Johnny Warren received their first awards for this album. As one can see, with an ensemble of previous Grammy award winners, this is truly a Grammy quality release.

The Earls of Leicester, a tribute to legendary bluegrass artists Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs. This new album was just released by Rounder Records on September 16, 2014. "This record is something I've been waiting my whole life to do," veteran Dobro master Jerry Douglas says of the self-titled debut by the new all-star dream team combo that he has assembled, organized and produced. Pronounced "Earls of Lester" the album is truly a tribute to Flatt & Scruggs.

The six-man band encompasses Douglas plus acclaimed writer, producer, and solo artist Shawn Camp on lead vocals and guitar, renowned Nashville banjoist Charlie Cushman on banjo and guitars, veteran songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and Hot Rize member Tim O'Brien on vocals and mandolin, second-generation fiddle phenom Johnny Warren, and Barry Bales, Douglas' longtime band mate in Alison Krauss and Union Station, on vocals and bass.

The new group is the product of Douglas' lifelong passion for the music of bluegrass pioneers Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs and their band the Foggy Mountain Boys, whose seminal work in the '50s and '60s created the template for what we know as contemporary bluegrass, and transcended traditional genre barriers to popularize the music with an unprecedented mass audience.

The complete list of awards for the 57th GRAMMY Awards can be found on www.grammy.com

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