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IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- The IBMA has announced the nominations for the 2016 IBMA Awards. The 2016 Awards Show will be held Thursday, September 29 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Hall in the Oak City, lovely Raleigh, NC. Sierra Hull and Dan Tyminski will host the 2016 awards. Known as bluegrass music’s biggest night of the year, the International Bluegrass Music Awards acknowledges the year’s outstanding talent and achievements, honors new Hall of Fame inductees, and waves the worldwide flag for bluegrass music.

A new and exciting group, The Earls of Leicester, featuring Jerry Douglas and Shawn Camp received nominations for Entertainer of the Year, Instrumental Group, Vocal Group, Male Vocalist Dobro Player, Bass Player and Banjo player of the year. Band members include Barry Bales, Jerry Douglas, Shawn Camp, Charlie Cushman and Johnny Warren. The Earls captured the 2015 Entertainer of the Year Award and are seeking a repeat of that accomplishment this year.

Douglas assembled the bluegrass group in 2013 to pay tribute to the music of guitarist Lester Flatt and banjo player Earl Scruggs and their band, the Foggy Mountain Boys. The band’s name is a play on the names of Earl Scruggs and Lester Flat who were inducted together into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1985.

Lonesome River Band received four 2016 IBMA Award Nominations including one for Album of the Year for Bridging the Tradition. This groundbreaking album, released in March on Mountain Home Music Company, includes two nominated tracks – “Thunder and Lightning” written by Adam Wright for Song of the Year and “Rocking of the Cradle” written by Kim Williams and Doug Johnson for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year.

One of the most talented and well-loved banjo players of our time, Sammy Shelor, received a nomination for Banjo Performer of the Year, an Award he has been presented with five times during his impressive career. Shelor is a member of the Virginia Country Music of Fame, winner of the 2nd Annual Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass, and a multi-award winning SPBGMA Banjo Player of the Year.

Rounder Records super group, The SteelDrivers received two nominations. The Steeldrivers’ received nods for Album of the Year and “Song of the Year” – “Long Way Down” written by Tammy Rogers, Elizabeth Mala Hengber and Jerry Salley. SteelDriver Tammy Rogers says, “We are thrilled and honored to be among the nominees for the 2016 IBMA awards. These nominations continue to make 2016 our best year ever. Thank you to all who have believed and supported the SteelDrivers!”

The innovative, soulful bluegrass band The SteelDrivers – Tammy Rogers, Gary Nichols, Mike Fleming, Brent Truitt, and Richard Bailey – released The Muscle Shoals Recordings in 2015. The album quickly climbed the charts, reaching #1 on Billboard’s Bluegrass Chart and achieving the highest first-week sales in band history. The group kicked off 2016 with a Grammy win for “Best Bluegrass Album” and is currently performing sold-out shows at top festivals and venues across the country on the Long Way Down Tour.

The 2016 Hall Of Fame Inductees Are:

  • Clarence White
  • Bill Nowlin, Marian Leighton Levy, and Ken Irwin

2016 International Bluegrass Music Award Nominations

  • Entertainer Of The Year
    • Balsam Range
    • The Del McCoury Band
    • The Earls of Leicester
    • Flatt Lonesome
    • The Gibson Brothers
  • Vocal Group Of The Year
    • Balsam Range
    • Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
    • The Earls of Leicester
    • Flatt Lonesome
    • The Gibson Brothers
  • Instrumental Group Of The Year
    • The Earls of Leicester
    • Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
    • Punch Brothers
    • Sam Bush Band
    • The Travelin’ McCourys
  • Song Of The Year
    • "Black River" – Sierra Hull (artist), Sierra Hull (writer), Rounder Records
    • "Long Way Down" – The SteelDrivers (artist), Elizabeth Mala Hengber, Tammy Rogers King, and Jerry Salley (writers), Rounder Records
    • "Radio" – Steep Canyon Rangers (artist), Graham Paul Sharp (writer)
    • "Thunder & Lightning" – Lonesome River Band (artist), Adam Wright (writer), Mountain Home Music
    • "You’re the One" – Flatt Lonesome (artist), Dwight Yoakum (writer), Mountain Home Music
  • Album Of The Year
    • Bridging the Tradition – Lonesome River Band (artist), Mountain Home Music
    • It’s About Tyme – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out (artist), Break A String
    • Runaway Train – Flatt Lonesome (artist), Mountain Home Music
    • The Muscle Shoals Recordings – The SteelDrivers (artist), Rounder Records (Label)
    • Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull (artist), Rounder Records (Label)
  • Gospel Recorded Performance Of The Year
    • All Dressed Up – Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers (artist), Sacred Memories (album), Rebel Records
    • In The Heat of the Fire – Flatt Lonesome (artist), Runaway Train (album), Mountain Home Music
    • Rocking of the Cradle – Lonesome River Band (artist), Bridging the Tradition (album), Mountain Home Music
    • The Savior Is Born – Becky Buller (artist), The Christmas 45 Vol. 1 (album), Dark Shadow Recording
    • Won’t You Come and Sing For Me – Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands (artist), The Hazel and Alice Sessions (album), Spruce and Maple Music
  • Instrumental Recorded Performance Of The Year
    • Cazenovia Casanova – Frank Solivan with Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas (artist), Family, Friends & Heroes (album), Compass Records
    • Fireball – Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown (artist), Long I Ride (album), Compass Records
    • Hogan’s Goat – The Boxcars (artist), Familiar with the Ground (album), Mountain Home Music
    • Hogan’s House of Music – Ron Block (artist), Hogan’s House of Music (album), Hogan’s House of Music
    • Smartville – Ron Block (artist), Hogan’s House of Music (album), Hogan’s House of Music
  • Recorded Event Of The Year
    • Fireball – Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown (artist), Long I Ride (album), Compass Records
    • Highway 40 Blues – Special Consensus with Della Mae (artist), Long I Ride (album), Compass Records
    • In The Pines – Carl Jackson and Brad Paisley (artist) – Orthophonic Joy: The 1927 Bristol Sessions Revisted (album), Birthplace of Country Music
    • Longneck Blues – Junior Sisk and Ronnie Bowman (artist), Poor Boy’s Pleasure (album), Mountain Fever
    • Pretty Woman – Frank Solivan with Del McCoury (artist), Family, Friends & Heroes (album), Compass Records
  • Emerging Artist Of The Year
    • Band of Ruhks
    • The Lonely Heartstring Band
    • Mountain Faith
    • Sister Sadie
    • Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle
    • Town Mountain
  • Male Vocalist Of The Year
    • Shawn Camp
    • Del McCoury
    • Buddy Melton
    • Tim O’Brien
    • Danny Paisley
  • Female Vocalist Of The Year
    • Becky Buller
    • Dale Ann Bradley
    • Claire Lynch
    • Amanda Smith
    • Rhonda Vincent
  • Instrumental Performers Of The Year
    • Banjo
      • Charlie Cushman
      • Jens Kruger
      • Mike Munford
      • Noam Pikelny
      • Sammy Shelor
    • Bass
      • Barry Bales
      • Alan Bartram
      • Mike Bub
      • Missy Raines
      • Mark Schatz
    • Fiddle
      • Becky Buller
      • Jason Carter
      • Michael Cleveland
      • Stuart Duncan
      • Ron Stewart
    • Dobro
      • Jerry Douglas
      • Andy Hall
      • Rob Ickes
      • Phil Leadbetter
      • Josh Swift
    • Guitar
      • Chris Eldridge
      • Jim Hurst
      • Kenny Smith
      • Bryan Sutton
      • Josh Williams
    • Mandolin
      • Jesse Brock
      • Sam Bush
      • Sierra Hull
      • Frank Solivan
      • Adam Steffey
  • 2016 Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

    • Bluegrass Unlimited magazine
    • Boston Bluegrass Union
    • Bill Emerson
    • Jim Rooney
    • SiriusXM Radio’s Bluegrass Junction

    Nominations for the Momentum Awards and the Special Awards will be announced at a future date.

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