Thursday, September 30, 2010

IBMA 2010 - Special Awards Luncheon

The IBMA Special Awards Luncheon is always one of the highlights of this week-long event.  While music would seem to be the center of the IBMA, the conference itself is a business event at which the bluegrass industry looks at itself, tries to figure out how to help musicians make a living and become more professional at doing so.  At the Luncheon, the people who provide the business and professional underpinnings crucial for creating success are recognized for their work, and a few worthy people are recognized for lifetime achievements in bluegrass.  Here's a report of the festivities
Some Nominees at their Tables
Cindy and Terry Baucom 

Sherry Boyd .

Kyle Cantrell

Pete and Joan Wernick

The Awards
Print Media Person
Eddie Dean & Dr. Ralph Stanley

Best Liner Notes
Dr. Ted Olson
Appalachia Music from Home

Best Graphic Design
Julie Craig
Dailey & Vincent Sing The Statler Brothers

Bluegrass Event of the Year
The 14th Annual Podunk Bluegrass Festival
Roger Moss

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year
Kyle Cantrell

Distinguished Achievement Awards

Steve Dilling Introduction

Sherry Boyd - Honoree

Peter Rowan - Introduction

Tex Logan - Honoree

Tom Adams Introduction

Lynn Morris - Honoree

Neil V. Rosenberg - Introduction

Richard Weize - Honoree
President of Bear Family Records

Tim O'Brien - Presenter

Pete Wernick - Honoree

Dan Hays Accepts Plaque and a Scholarship Named in his Honor

It was a fine event with lots of reminiscence, a few tears, and the joy of recognition.  While many of these names are not familiar to everyone, their contributions to bluegrass music are evident and set standards for us all.