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Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen Capture Eight Wammie Awards

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen, Photo by Joe ShymanskiAustin, TX -- Rising bluegrass band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen added to their collection of recent accolades with eight wins at the Washington Area Music Association’s 29th annual Wammie Awards, presented Sunday, March 15, at the State Theatre in Falls Church, Va. In addition to Artist and Album of the Year honors (for their 2014 album Cold Spell), the band took home Song of the Year for “Cold Spell,” Musician, Songwriter and Bluegrass Vocalist of the Year for Solivan, and Bluegrass Recording and Bluegrass Duo/Group for the band.

Russell Moore Wins SPBGMA Male Vocalist Award

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme OutNashville, TN -- Russell Moore has been awarded the Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) Award by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) during a ceremony that took place Sunday, February 8th. Moore and his band, IIIrd Tyme Out, performed on Friday evening as part of the SPBGMA National Convention in Nashville, Tennessee, but had to leave for shows in Kentucky and Ohio, keeping him from attending the awards program in person.

Rhonda Vincent SPBGMA's 2015 Entertainer of the Year

Rhonda Vicent & The RageNashville, TN -- Already one of the most decorated artists in Bluegrass, Rhonda Vincent was named "Entertainer of the Year" at the 41st Annual SPBGMA (The Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America) Convention & Awards Show in Nashville this past Sunday. In addition to being named "Entertainer of the Year," Vincent, who was inducted into the SPBGMA Hall of Greats last year, took home "Contemporary Female Vocalist of the Year." Earning their title as the most awarded band in Bluegrass Music, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage won "Bluegrass Band of the Year," while band member Josh Williams was honored with the "Master's Gold Award," which commemorates winning "Guitar Performer of the Year" a total of ten times, and band member Hunter Berry took home "Fiddle Performer of the Year."

SPBGMA Awards Highlight Bluegrass Music's Best

SPBGMA LogoThe 41st Annual Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Bluegrass Music Awards took place during the society's 32nd National Convention February 8, 2015 at the Sheraton Music City Hotel in Nashville, Tennessee. The awards show is always 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. This year's event took place at the same time as the Grammy awards so some of our favorite artists were at that event.

Blue Highway Members Nominated for Grammy and SPBGMA Awards

Rob Ickes and Tim StaffordNashville, TN -- Highly-esteemed bluegrass band Blue Highway and its members are nominated for a total of five awards in two prestigious awards ceremonies this weekend.

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.

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