Wednesday, October 2, 2013

The IBMA Awards Shows and the Red Carpet 2013

While the glittering IBMA Awards Show, held in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium on Thursday evening September 26 is the signature event of the World of Bluegrass, other awards are equally valued and as important to the recipients. This year the Special Awards Luncheon was packed and the Bluegrass Music Awards sold out. Enthusiasm was high as old favorites, a sprinkling of newer names, and a few surprises emerged. In the past, the day of the awards shows has been a more quiet day. This year, with the event shortened by two days, Thursday's program continued with seminars, meetings, showcases, and the opening of the very busy Exhibit Hall. After the AwaTrds in the evening, The Bluegrass Ramble continued out in the clubs and pubs. It was a very full and rewarding day.

The Momentum Awards

The Momentum Awards were established in 2012 to recognize young artists and business people at the beginning of their careers, promising new talent in bluegrass.

Instrumentalist of the Year
Chris Luquette
Vocalist of the Year
Robert Greer

Band of the Year
Town Mountain 

Mentor of the Year
Denise Stiff 

New Festival of the Year
Bluegrass on the Plains - Mathan Holt 

Industry Involvement of the Year
Danny Clark 
Special Awards Luncheon
Jon Weisberger - IBMA Board President

The Banquet Room

Welcome to Raleigh - NC Secretary of Cultural Resources
Susan W. Kluttz 

Steve Johnson
Leadership Bluegrass Introduction of Class of 2013

Fred Bartenstein
Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project
Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year 

Charley Pennell
Distinguished Achievement Award

Dak Alley, Carl Jackson & Jimmy Metts
Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project 

Distinguished Achievement Awards according to the program exist "to honor those in bluegrass music who have proven to be forerunners in their particular field of endeavor, and/or fostered bluegrass music's image with developments that will broaden the music's recognition and accessibility." Generally, they recognize a lifetime of achievement. The introduction of recipients is lengthier than any other award winners, with pictures of them and their work through the years. These awards are often quite moving as the recipients are often those whose contributions have effected the bluegrass lives of many in the audience and the wider bluegrass world.

 The East Mountain Boys - The Ozaki Brothers
Distinguished Achievement Award 

Keith Case
Distinguished Achievement Award

Ronnie Reno
Broadcaster of the Year 

Eric Gibson
Songwriter of the Year 

Vic Jordan 
Distinguished Achievement Awards 

Ron Murphy Accepting for
Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
Bluegrass Event of the Year 

Raymond Mclain
The Mclain Family Band
Distinguished Achievement Award 

The Mclain Family Band

A more detailed description of the contributions of those receiving Distinguished Achievement Awards can be found here. As is often the case, these awards were accompanied by heart warming introductions, more than a few tears and chills, and loud acclaim. The event, though small, is deeply important to recipients and attendees.

The Red Carpet

Katy Daley, the AM Drive Time dj for WAMU's Bluegrass Country and previous two time Broadcaster of the Year herself,  hosted the Red Carpet, interviewing nominees for awards as they headed into the pre-awards show reception in the Raleigh Memorial Auditorium, a complex of three theaters just a short walk from the hotels and the Raleigh Convention Center. A beautiful building, this complex, though lacking the historical importance of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, more than made up for it with comfortable seating and unobstructed site lines. All pictures in this section were taken by Irene Lehmann, whose work at World of Bluegrass vastly extended the scope of our coverage.

Ushers for the Red Carpet
Wes Humble, Alice Chadwell, Casey Campbell, Gena Britt

 Katy Daley Interviews
Kenny & Amanda Smith

IIIrd Tyme Out

Michael Cleveland, Josh Richards, Nathan Livers

Joe Mullins

The Spinney Brothers

 Balsam Range

Alan Bibey & Grasstowne

Elaine & Lee Roy

Donna Ullisse

Audie Blaylock

Sally & Chris Jones

Bobby Hicks

Italy's Red Wine

Kathy Sacra-Anderson & Donna Ullise

Joe Newberry & the Gibson Brothers

Chris Stuart

Sam Bush

Marty Raybon

Jim Mills

Flatt Lonesome

Darin & Brooke Aldridge

 Jerry Douglas

Susan & Junior Sisk

The Steep Canyon Rangers

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Jerry Salley & Carl Jackson

Wayne Taylor

Ben Surratt & Missy Raines

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Shawn Camp

Sierra Hull

The SteelDrivers

Jon Weisberger

Inside the Reception
The Burlesons
Jacob, Shelley & Jason

Jerry Douglas

Rick Stanley

Karen Wilson Krider & Cindy Baucom

Bill Knowlton & Benji Flaming

Wayne Benson, Alan & Kasey Bibey

Gabrielle Gray & Stan Zdonik

Jean & Del McCoury

Robin ?, Nancy Cardwell & Eddie Huffman

Graham Sharp & Marty Raybon

Mary Raybon, Jerry Salley & Allane Anno

Frank Solivan, Sr. & Rhonda Vincent

Becky Buller

Sierra Hull & Keith Case

The Bluegrass Music Awards Show

A complete list of all nominees and awards provided by Cybergrass can be found here.
Gabrielle Gray
International Bluegrass Music Museum

Award Show Hosts
The Steep Canyon Rangers 

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage 

Vocal Group of the Year
Song of the Year
The Gibson Brothers 

Dobro Player of the Year
Rob Ickes 

Kenny & Amanda Smith
Ron Stewart, Alan Bartram & Alan Bibey

Mike Guggino & Nicky Sanders
Steep Canyon Rangers 

 Fiddle Player of the Year
Jason Carter

 Balsam Range

Lee Roy, Elaine Roy & Missy Raines

Male Vocalist of the Year
Junior Sisk

Banjo Player of the Year
Mike Munford

The Gibson Brothers

Female Vocalist of the Year
Claire Lynch

Guitar Player of the Year
Bryan Sutton

Emerging Artist of the Year
Della Mae

Mandolin Player of the Year
Instrumental Group of the Year - Boxcars
Adam Steffey

Bass Player of the Year
Barry Bales

Hall of Fame Presenter
Ron Stewart
Hall of Fame Induction 
 Accepting for Paul Warren

Tribute to Paul Warren

Chris "Critter" Eldridge & Noam Pikelny

Recorded Event of the Year
What'll I Do
Cindy &Terry Baucom

Hall of Fame Induction
Sam Bush & Peter Rowan

Hall of Fame Inductee
Tony Rice

The Manzanita Band
Tony Rice, Sam Bush, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Douglas
Todd Phillips & Wyatt Rice

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year
Beulah Land - Marty Raybon

Dailey & Vincent

Junior Sisk & Joe Mullins

Album of the Year
Papertown - Balsam Range

The Del McCoury Band

Claire Lynch & Doyle Lawson

Entertainer of the Year
The Gibson Brothers

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

It Was a Great Evening