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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.

Donna Hughes Wins 2015 Canine Freedom Musician Award

Donna Hughes 2 CDsMulti-award winning Singer-Songwriter and Animal Rights Activist, Donna Hughes has won the 2015 Canine Freedom Award in the Musician category from Dogs Deserve Better - a nonprofit organization that has been freeing chained dogs since 2002. For a complete list of winners of the 2015 Canine Freedom Awards, please visit

Ben Eldridge Honored with 2015 Washington Monument Award

Ben EldridgeDCBU president Randy Barrett presented the 2015 Washington Monument Award to Ben Eldridge, banjo player of the Seldom Scene, during their amazing performance at the DCBU Bluegrass Festival last Friday night, February 27 2015. The award honors his 40 years of bluegrass as a founding and continuing member of the Seldom Scene.

Nominations Open for Third Annual Music Educator Award

Music Educator AwardThe Music Educator Award to be presented by The Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation was established to recognize current educators (kindergarten through college, public and private schools) who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools.

High Honors for Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion

Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion 2015Bristol, VA/TN -- Bristol Rhythm & Roots Reunion (BRRR) music festival has been designated one of Southeast Tourism Society's (STS) Top 20 Events. The best events across 12 southeastern states compete to receive the prestigious Top 20 Events designation.


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