Friday, October 3, 2008

IBMA Live - Thursday - Awards Show Edition

The stories of the IBMA award show were two standout surprises, some nice stories, and the amazing power shown by Dailey & Vincent who walked off with six awards to the enthusiastic cheers of the audience. Over at The Bluegrass Blog they raise the issue of whether six awards constitute a sweep. Dailey & Vincent took home enough hardward to decorate the mantles of every member of the band. That's a pretty strong performance. We had seats way up in the nosebleed section of the Ryman, and I didn't toddle down to the main level to take pictures, so please forgive the angles and, perhaps, a little fuzziness.

Cia Cherryholmes & Sami Butler at Awards Luncheon

Bill Harrell Receives Distinguished Achievement Award
from Larry Stevenson

Bill Harrell and Larry Stephenson

Kyle Cantrell - Broadcaster of the Year

Alan Munde Receives Distinguished Achievement Award
from Mike Bub

Ricky Skaggs w/odd banjo

Mando Jam in Exhibition Area w/Mike Compton

Jens Kruger, Mark Johnson & Joel Landsberg in Deering Booth

Terry Baucom w/Baucom Deering #1

Terry Baucom & Jens Kruger

Chris Pandolfi at Huber Banjos booth

Dale Pyatt & Steve Thomas

Kristin Scott Benson - Banjo Player of the Year

Brooke Justice, Darin Aldridge, Kristen and Wayne Benson & Hogan

Dale Ann Bradley - Female Vocalist of the Year

Steep Canyon Rangers open the show

Dailey & Vincent Receive One of Six Awards

Blue Highway sings "Window of a Train"

Michael Cleveland - Fiddle Player of the Year

The Steeldrivers

Andy Hall - Instrumental Album of the Year

Kristin Scott Benson - Banjo Player of the Year

Del McCoury Band
Del also did a fine job as emcee

Rob Ickes - Dobro Player of the Year
Dan Tyminski Band sings "Wheels"

Jamie Dailey accepts an award

Steve Gulley & Tim Stafford receive Song of the Year
"Through the Windows of a Train"

Dailey & Vincent - Entertainer of the Year
presenters - Lynn Morris and Marshal Wilborn

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Close the Show

Commentary on the IBMA experience next week some time. Fan Fest today and tomorrow. I'll be backstage. Should be fun.