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The Earls of Leicester Sweep International Bluegrass Music Awards

IBMA Awards LogoRaleigh, NC -- Bluegrass music’s finest were honored last evening at the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, handed out in front of full house at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh, N.C. The Earls of Leicester swept with four wins: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Add to that Earls of Leicester member Jerry Douglas’ win for Dobro Player of the Year and Earls member Shawn Camp’s Male Vocalist of the Year win; a good night indeed for the five-piece band.

Merlefest Chris Austin Songwriting Contest Winners Announced

Chris Austin Songwriting ContestMerleFest, considered one of the premier music festivals in the country, is a celebration of "traditional plus" music. The festival presents a unique mix of music based on the traditional, roots-oriented sounds of the Appalachian region, including bluegrass and old-time music, and expanded to include Americana, country, blues, rock and many other styles.

Americana Announces the 2015 Honors & Awards Winners

Ricky Skaggs at Americana Honors & AwardsNashville, TN -- Americana -- "A lively genre embodies both the continuity and evolution of roots music," (Wall Street Journal) -- celebrated its 14th Annual Americana Honors & Awards tonight at the historic Ryman Auditorium. This year's winners reflected the community's "spirit of eclecticism" (New York Times), with Shakey Graves as Emerging Artist of the Year; John Leventhal, Instrumentalist of the Year; The Mavericks, Group/Duo of the Year; Lucinda Williams, Album of the Year ('Down Where The Spirit Meets The Bone'); and Sturgill Simpson claiming both Song of the Year (for "Turtles All The Way Down") and Artist of the Year trophies.

IAMA Featured Artists Of The Month Sweden's Downhill Bluegrass Band

Sweden's Downhill Bluegrass BandThe featured IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) acoustic music artists of the month are: Downhill Bluegrass Band (from Sweden), John Floridis and Susan Cattaneo. From Sweden, the Downhill Bluegrass Band is one of Europe’s most prestigious, well known and highly regarded bluegrass bands.

Unsigned Only Music Competition Awards Jared Porter and Kaylee Bell

Nashville, TN -- The Unsigned Only Music Competition, geared toward musical artists who are unsigned to a major record label or its affiliates, announced its 2015 winners today. The competition recognizes the best in up-and-coming artists worldwide and acts as a benchmark for excellence in contemporary music. Winners were selected from 7,000 entries from all over the world and represent many contemporary genres, including country music. More than $100,000 in cash and prizes is awarded to a total of 26 winners. The winning songs can be heard at

Nominees for 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards Announced

46th Annual GMA Dove AwardsNashville, TN -- The Gospel Music Association (GMA) has announced the nominees in 41 categories for the 46th Annual GMA Dove Awards. The theme of this year’s award show is “Better Together” which focuses on the strength in unity. The conference was also streamed live on CMM Magazine and YES Lord Radio. The awards show will take place on Tuesday, October 13, 2015 at Allen Arena on the campus of Lipscomb University in Nashville, TN at 6:30pm CT. Trinity Broadcasting Network (TBN) will exclusively air the awards show on Sunday, October 18 on the network’s global stage reaching over 100 million homes in the US, plus global and multi-platform distribution. Voting for the final winners will run August 20th through August 27. The “Song of the Year” and “Songwriter of the Year” categories will be made in a special announcement in the coming weeks. Doyle Lawson, Balsam Range, Lizzy Long, Rhondas Vincent are among the contenders for Bluegrass Song of the Year.

FreshGrass Award Finalists Confirmed

FreshGrassNorth Adams, MA -- Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art’s (MASS MoCA) FreshGrass celebrates the freshest talent on the bluegrass stage with 19 finalists participating in the 2015 FreshGrass Award Contest. Finalists in the band, duo, banjo, and fiddle categories perform for a panel led by Grammy Award-winner and master banjoist Alison Brown on Saturday and Sunday of the festival, with winners announced on Sunday afternoon. Open for all festival-goers, the contests showcase the future of bluegrass and roots music when the bands play original and traditional tunes. With cash and prizes totaling $25,000, winners receive a performance spot at next year’s festival, recording sessions at Compass Records, and hand-crafted instruments from Deering and Eastman. FreshGrass hosts three days of music, with almost 50 acts taking the stage in North Adams on September 18-20, 2015.

Sam Bush to Receive Kentucky Governor's National Award

Sam BushSam Bush joins nine Kentuckians whose contributions - as artists or advocates - have raised the level of quality and awareness of the arts in Kentucky and the nation who are being honored by Gov. Steve Beshear for their lifelong commitment to and achievement in the arts as recipients of the 2015 Governor's Awards in the Arts.

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.


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