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Boston Bluegrass Union Announces 2015 Heritage Awards

Boston, MA -- The Boston Bluegrass Union (BBU) is proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 BBU Heritage Awards. These awards are presented each year by the BBU to honor artists and those working behind the scenes that have made substantial contributions to furthering bluegrass music in New England and beyond. The awards will be presented during the 30th annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, Presidents Day Weekend, February 13-15, 2015, at the Sheraton Framingham, Framingham, MA.

The Tuttles With A. J. Lee Awarded Best Northern California Bluegrass Band

The Tuttles with A.J. LeeThe popular family act The Tuttles With A. J. Lee returned to the winner’s circle, claiming another title as best bluegrass band in the Northern California Bluegrass Awards held in Redwood City on January 24, 2015. Jack Tuttle won for best fiddle player, Michael Tuttle for best mandolin player, and A. J. Lee as best female vocalist. The Tuttle family is from Palo Alto and Lee is from Tracy.

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road Start 2015 with 12 SPBGMA Nominations

Lorraine Jordan & Carolina RoadNashville, TN -- Bluegrass fan-favorites Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road are up for 12 nominations at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) convention. Set to take place February 5-8 in Nashville, SPBGMA is celebrating its 41st annual convention. Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road will be performing during the Friday, Jan 26 and Saturday, Jan. 27 Bluegrass showcases.

Rhonda Vincent & The Rage Pick Up Five SPBGMA Nominations

 Only MeNashville, TN -- The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America's (SPBGMA) reigning Entertainer of the Year, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage have received five nominations for the upcoming SPBGMA convention, set to take place in Nashville, Tennessee, during the weekend of February 5-8. Vincent, who was just named one of the Digital Journal's "5 best female voices in bluegrass music," is no stranger to the SPBGMA awards, as she was inducted into their Hall of Greats in 2014.

Dolly Parton Nominated for People's Choice Award

Dolly PartonNashville, TN -- Dolly Parton is the most honored female country performer of all time. Achieving 25 RIAA certified gold, platinum and multi-platinum awards, she has had 25 songs reach number 1 on the Billboard Country charts, a record for a female artist. She has 41 career top 10 country albums, a record for any artist, and she has 110 career charted singles over the past 40 years. All-inclusive sales of singles, albums, hits collections, paid digital downloads and compilation usage during her Hall of Fame career have reportedly topped a staggering 100 million records world-wide. She has garnered 7 Grammy Awards, 10 Country Music Association Awards, 5 Academy of Country Music Awards, 4 People’s Choice Awards, 3 American Music Awards and is one of only five female artists to win the Country Music Association's Entertainer of the Year Award. Dolly was inducted as a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1999. And the litany goes on. Now in 2014, Dolly has just been nominated for a People’s Choice award in the Favorite Female Country Artist category.

NCBS Announces Their 2015 Lifetime Achievement Awards

Penny Godlis; photo courtesy www.scbs.orgThe Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced that Bob Cole, Charlie Cran, Penny Godlis, and Chris Stevenson will receive Lifetime Achievement Awards at the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards. The January 24 ceremony & concert in Redwood City are part of the free weekend-long NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

Beyond the Recognition: The Effect of Awards on Music Careers

Pictured at an IBMA Awards after-party are Mickey Gamble (left), president of Crossroads/Mountain Home Music Company of Arden NC, and Tim Surrett of the multi-award winning band Balsam Range. Surrett is the original founder of the Mountain Home label.Nashville, TN --- Artists on the Mountain Home Music Company label garnered the greatest number of nominations of any record label in the recent 2014 IBMA (International Bluegrass Music Association) Awards. When the awards were handed out, Mountain Home artists walked away with six impressive honors.

Bluegrass Wins Big at IMEA Awards

Ned Crisp and Kathy BoydIt was a big night for bluegrass at the International Music & Entertainment Awards in Ashland, Kentucky on Saturday, October 4th as Ned Crisp and Bottomline walked away with the first ever Bluegrass Group of the Year award. In a multi-genre category, Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising took home the award for Holiday Song of the Year.

30th Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards October 18th

30th Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music AwardsSackville, NB, Canada -- The Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society is pleased to announce the nominees for the 30th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards. As the season of summertime festivals closes, the Downeast Bluegrass & Oldtime Music Society was pleased to present the 30th Annual Eastern Canada Bluegrass Music Awards on October 18th, 2014 at the Cobequid Educational Centre in Truro, NS.

2014 FreshGrass Award Winners Announced

Twisted PineCongratulations to the winners of the 2014 FreshGrass Award band, duo, and banjo contests. There were countless bluegrass stars who sent us amazing submissions from all over the country. The FreshGrass Award jury was happy to find Twisted Pine, Quiles & Cloud, and Ricky Mier especially skillful and original. The winners received cash, prizes, a recording session at Compass Records’ studio in Nashville, and a spot onstage at FreshGrass 2015.

Balsam Range Garners Two More IBMA Nominations

Balsam RangeThe International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) has announced the nominees for the Momentum Awards. Each artist was chosen by committees through a multi-stage process involving both musicians and music industry leaders.

2014 FreshGrass Award Finalists Announced

Berklee Roots RoadshowThe 2014 FreshGrass award finalists are now confirmed. You'll be able to hear all fifteen of these acts at pop-up performances during the festival, so keep an eye and ear out as you explore. Our contest events on Saturday and Sunday mornings are open to everyone, so come down and cheer on your favorite musicians.

Final Nominees For IBMA Awards to be Announced at Aug 13

IBMA Awards LogoNashville, TN -- Bluegrass fans all over the globe can watch live as the final nominees for the 25th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards are announced on Wednesday, August 13 at 4:45 pm Central/5:45 pm Eastern; for the fourth year in a row, Music City Roots (MCR) will broadcast the nomination press conference live at www.MusicCityRoots.com, from Liberty Hall in The Factory at Franklin (230 Franklin Road) in Franklin, Tennessee.

New Grammy Category for Americana Roots Music

Grammy AwardThe Americana Music Association applauds the Recording Academy® for adding a new category - Best American Roots Music Performance, an artist’s award - to the American Roots Music Field for the 2015 GRAMMY® Awards. The new category will give Americana, and other roots music artists, a home for the recognition of their work. The new category compliments previously created categories including Best American Roots Music Song, Best Americana Album, Best Bluegrass Album, Best Blues Album, Best Folk Album and Best Regional Roots Album.

John Hartford Memorial Festival Songwriting Contest Winners

Jeff DaughertyThe John Hartford Memorial Festival has announced the winners of their 2nd Annual John Hartford Songwriting Contest. The top three winners will receive two passes to the festival and perform their original song on the main stage on Friday, May 30. “These songs were all very well crafted and extremely difficult to score,” said Ernie Hill, contest organizer. “We are ecstatic to see the influence that John Hartford has had in every one of these fine songs. I've scored many songwriting contests over the years. Our scorers for this year’s contest agreed that the submissions were all very good in creativity and melodic quality.”

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