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Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising are 2015 IMEA Bluegrass Group of the Year

IMEA Bluegrass Group of the YearThe members of Kathy Boyd & Phoenix Rising have been truly touched by the greetings, well wishes and compliments that have been sent these past few days since the group was announced as the International Music and Entertainment Association's 3rd Annual IMEA Awards 2015 Bluegrass Group of the Year.

The Roys Receive 5th Consecutive ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year

The Roys 2014 ICM AwardThursday, October 22nd, The Roys captured their fifth consecutive Inspirational Country Music (ICM) Inspirational Bluegrass Artist of the Year award and their seventh year in a row for an ICM Award. Elaine Roy says, "As I reflect on this incredible evening, I know I am blessed beyond words. So many people really touched my heart tonight with their kind words. Forgot to thank so many people but everyone who has helped us on this journey from our parents, family, friends, band members, radio DJs, fans, label, managers, publicist, festivals, promoters, ICM, our peers, I am sure I left a million people out, thank you for always inspiring me to do my best. And to God be the glory."

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Presents Star Award to Del McCoury

Del McCoury Star Award PresentationBy Alan Tompkins
Del McCoury, a GRAMMY-winning National Heritage Fellow and member International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame, was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.

Sam Bush Honored with 2015 Governor's National Award

Sam BushBowling Green, KY -- Bowling Green native and multiple Grammy Award winner Sam Bush has energized audiences and inspired generations of acoustic musicians by pushing the boundaries of traditional bluegrass to create an exciting blend of bluegrass, jazz, rock ‘n’ roll and soul. The 2015 Governor's National Award honors Sam Bush. The National Award is awarded to a Kentucky son or daughter who has achieved national acclaim in the arts. A public ceremony recognizing the 2015 Governor's Awards in the Arts recipients will be held Thursday, October 22, at the Capitol Rotunda in Frankfort, Kentucky.

Rhonda Vincent Captures her 8th Female Vocalist of the Year Award

Rhonda VincentNashville, TN -- Since being dubbed "The New Queen of Bluegrass" by the Wall Street Journal, Rhonda Vincent has evolved as one of the most decorated musicians in the genre's history. Last night, her peers once again proclaimed her as "Female Vocalist of the Year" at the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards. Vincent is no stranger to this honor, having won this exact award an unprecedented 7-consecutive years in a row from 2000 to 2006. This win comes after a record-setting year of touring for Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, as they brought their 2015 World Tour to more audiences than ever before, while traveling throughout North American and into Europe.

And The Coveted Brown Jug Award Goes to...Drew Smith

James Reams and Drew SmithThe Park Slope Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Jamboree’s Brown Jug Award is the brainchild of James Reams, a bluegrass musician and bandleader for over 20 years, who conceived of it as a way to recognize people in the Northeast whose impact on the music deserved to be honored but who might be less likely to be recognized by national organizations since for some of them, their impact was regional in nature.

Danny Barnes Awarded 2015 Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo & Bluegrass

Danny BarnesDanny Barnes will be the 2015 recipient of the Steve Martin Prize for Excellence in Banjo and Bluegrass. A creative and boundless artist who performs 3-Finger and claw hammer style banjo in all styles of music from rock to bluegrass, Barnes expands the territory of the instrument. Barnes has covered jazz to punk rock and alt-country to various extensions of bluegrass.

Loretta Hummel Receives Bluegrass Artist of the Year

Loretta HummelDuring the 2015 CGMA (Country Gospel Music Association) Eastern Division Convention, held August 17, 2015 through August 22, 2015, in Kissimmee, Florida, Loretta Hummel received three silver heart awards, namely: Bluegrass Artist of the Year for Down By the Meadow, which is on her upcoming album This Heart of Mine. Lyricist for My Savior, My King, and Yodeler for My Shy Friend. The words and music of these songs were written and composed by Hummel.

Tony Rice Honored with Charlie Poole Lifetime Achievement Award

Tony Rice Receives Charlie Poole Music Festival Lifetime Achievement AwardSunday, June 12th, The Charlie Poole Music Festival awarded their Lifetime Achievement Award to bluegrass guitar master Tony Rice. This is a great award and was almost on time for Rice's 64th birthday which he celebrated June 8th.

Lil' Smokies Capture 2015 Telluride Band Competition Honors

Lil SmokiesHailing from the utopian garden city of Missoula, Montana, The Lil’ Smokies exploded onto the progressive bluegrass scene in the winter of 2009 and haven’t shown any signs of fatigue since. It was just announced that Lil' Smokies received top honors at the 2015 Telluride Band Competition.

The Acoustic Shoppe One of World’s Top 100 Music Stores

Acoustic ShoppeSpringfield, MO -- The Chapmans' Acoustic Shoppe in Springfield, Missouri has been named one of the world’s Top 100 musical instrument and product retailers for the 1st time. The global association for the music products industry, the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), will formally present The Acoustic Shoppe with the Top 100 honor during the industry’s upcoming trade event, Summer NAMM in Nashville.

BCM Achieves NETTA "Best of Show" Two Years Running

BCM AwardsBristol, VA/TN -- The Birthplace of Country Music (BCM) is proud to announce the organization has achieved "Best of Show," Northeast Tennessee Tourism Association's (NETTA) highest honor, for the Grand Opening of the Birthplace of Country Music Museum (BCMM). BCM, parent organization of BCMM and the annual Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion music festival, also took home three (3) Pinnacle Awards and a Merit Award at NETTA's annual awards luncheon held at the Foundation Events Facility in Historic Downtown Bristol on Thursday. This is the second "Best of Show" honor for BCM, having won last year for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion.

Tim Stafford Receives 2015 National Alumni Association Award

Tim StaffordJohnson City, TN -- The East Tennessee State University National Alumni Association presented its 2015 Alumni Awards Friday, May 8, during the association’s Awards Banquet and Annual Meeting, which is held as part of the university’s spring commencement weekend. Bluegrass artist and songwriter, Tim Stafford received Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts recognition.

Rounder Records Founders to Receive Kari Estrin Honors

 Suzanne KreiterSERFA is a four-day conference that gives artists, venues, and music professionals a chance to network and share their talents. Attendees hail from not only all around the Southeastern states, but from throughout the US and Canada. Rounder Records founders Marian Leighton Levy, Ken Irwin, and Bill Nowlin are to receive the Kari Estrin Founding President’s Award at the 8th Annual Southeast Regional Folks Alliance Conference to be held from May 13 – 17 in Black Mountain, North Carolina.

AirPlay Direct Honors Sam Passamano with "Iconic Innovators" Award

Sam Passamano IIAirPlay Direct is the leading secure digital file transfer system for the music industry, with a national and international reach of 9,400+ radio station members and over 39,000 artist/record label members. AirPlay Direct has created a special award to honor the innovators who have openly embraced digital innovation in the music industry. The AirPlay Direct "Iconic Innovators" Award is presented annually to the member of AirPlay Direct that best embraces the vision and opportunities that digital innovation in the music industry has and continues to create.


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