2010 IBMA Award Winners

Staff | October 1st, 2010

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At last night’s annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, Dailey & Vincent triumphed — again, maintaining their hold on the entertainer of the year and top vocal group categories for the third year in a row. The duo also notched wins for album of the year for their tribute project Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers and recorded event of the year for their collaboration with Larry Stephenson on “Give This Message to Your Heart,” while Cracker Barrel graphic designer Julie Craig earned best graphic design for a recorded project for her work on the Statler Brothers tribute.

As much as Dailey & Vincent dominated, they weren’t the only multiple award winners as you’ll see below. For a complete recap of the night’s events, including performances from Dierks Bentley and others, visit The Tennessean.

Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees

John Hartford
Louise Scruggs

Entertainer of the Year

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Dailey & Vincent
The Grascals
The Del McCoury Band
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Vocal Group of the Year

Blue Highway
Dailey & Vincent
The Gibson Brothers
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Instrumental Group of the Year

Blue Highway
Sam Bush Band
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jamie Dailey
Russell Moore
Tim O’Brien
Junior Sisk
Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist of the Year

Dale Ann Bradley
Sonya Isaacs
Alison Krauss
Patty Loveless
Claire Lynch

Album of the Year

(Award goes to Artist, Producer(s), and Label)

Circles Around Me, Sam Bush
Produced by Sam Bush
Sugar Hill

Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, Dailey & Vincent (artists)
Produced by Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent
Cracker Barrel/Rounder

Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Produced by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Rural Rhythm

Ring the Bell, The Gibson Brothers
Produced by The Gibson Brothers
Compass

The Famous Lefty Flynn’s, The Grascals
Produced by The Grascals
Rounder


Song of the Year

(Award goes to Artist(s) and Songwriter(s))

“Elizabeth,” Dailey & Vincent
Written by Lester James Fortune

“Hard Rock Mountain Prison (‘Till I Die),” Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Written by Ray Edwards, Larry Cox & Terry Foust

“My Florida Sunshine,” Claire Lynch
Written by Bill Monroe

“Ring the Bell,” The Gibson Brothers
Written by Chet O’Keefe

“The Ballad of Stringbean and Estelle,” Sam Bush
Written by Guy Clark, Verlon Thompson & Sam Bush

Recorded Event of the Year

(Award goes to featured Artists, Producer(s), and Label)

“Bleeding for a Little Peace of Mind,” Blue Highway featuring Darrell Scott
Produced by Blue Highway
Rounder

“Give This Message to Your Heart,” Larry Stephenson featuring Dailey & Vincent
Produced by Ben Surratt & Larry Stephenson
Whysper Dream

“I’m Blue, I’m Lonesome,” The Grascals with Hank Williams, Jr.
Produced by The Grascals
Rounder

“Talk to Me Lonesome Heart,” Larry Stephenson featuring Connie Smith & Marty Stuart
Produced by Ben Surratt & Larry Stephenson
Whysper Dream

“That’s What Makes You Strong,” Claire Lynch with Jesse Winchester
Produced by Claire Lynch
Rounder

Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year

(Award goes to Artist(s), Songwriter(s), Producer(s), and Label)

“Blue Mountain,” Sam Bush
Written by Sam Bush
Produced by Sam Bush
Sugar Hill

“Blue Rock Slide,” The Grascals
Written by Danny Roberts, Kristin Scott Benson & Jeremy Abshire
Produced by The Grascals
Rounder

“Cherokee Shuffle,” Josh Williams
Written by Tommy Jackson
Produced by Josh Williams
Pinecastle

“Durang’s Hornpipe,” Adam Steffey
Public Domain
Produced by Barry Bales & Gary Paczosa
Sugar Hill

“Mourning Dove,” Steep Canyon Rangers
Written by Nicholas Sanders
Produced by Ronnie Bowman
Rebel

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year

(Award for song or album goes to Artist(s), Songwriter(s), Producer(s), and Label)

“Don’t You Wanna Go to Heaven,” Dailey & Vincent
Written by David Marshall
Produced by Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent
Rounder Records

“I Just Want to Thank You Lord,” Larry Sparks
Written by Judy Marshall
Produced by Larry Sparks
Rural Rhythm

“Light on My Feet, Ready to Fly;” Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Written by Corey Hensley
Produced by Doyle Lawson
Horizon

“Ring the Bell,” The Gibson Brothers
Written by Chet O’Keefe
Produced by The Gibson Brothers
Compass

“The Eastern Gate,” Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Written by Isaiah G. Martin
Produced by Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Rural Rhythm

Emerging Artist of the Year

Balsam Range
Sierra Hull & Highway 111
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Josh Williams Band

Banjo Player of the Year

Terry Baucom
Kristin Scott Benson
J.D. Crowe
Sammy Shelor
Ron Stewart

Bass Player of the Year

Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Missy Raines
Darrin Vincent
Marshall Wilborn

Fiddle Player of the Year

Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Andy Leftwich
Ron Stewart

Dobro Player of the Year

Mike Auldridge
Jerry Douglas
Andy Hall
Rob Ickes
Randy Kohrs

Guitar Player of the Year

Cody Kilby
Tony Rice
Kenny Smith
Bryan Sutton
Josh Williams

Mandolin Player of the Year

Jesse Brock
Sam Bush
Sierra Hull
Ronnie McCoury
Adam Steffey

Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients

Benjamin “Tex” Logan
Sherry Boyd
Lynn Morris
Richard Weize
Pete Wernick

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year

Kyle Cantrell; Sirius XM Satellite Radio; Nashville, Tenn.
Katy Daley; WAMU’s BluegrassCountry.org; Washington, D.C.
Chris Jones; Sirius XM Satellite Radio; Nashville, Tenn.

Print Media Person of the Year

Eddie Dean & Dr. Ralph Stanley, authors of Man of Constant Sorrow: My Life and Times (Gotham)

Derek Halsey, freelance writer for The Herald Dispatch, Gritz magazine and Bluegrass Unlimited

Larry Nager, freelance writer for Bluegrass Unlimited

Best Liner Notes for Recorded Project

(Award goes to Writer(s), Artist(s), and Label)

Written by Fred Bartenstein
Singing from the Heart, Dailey & Vincent
Rounder

Written by Benji Flaming
solo banjo, Benji Flaming
solobanjo.com

Written by Dr. Ted Olson
Appalachia Music from Home, Ralph Stanley, Jean Ritchie, Dock Boggs, Darrell Scott, Robin & Linda Williams, Blue Highway & More
Lonesome Records

Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project

(Award goes to Designer, Artist, and Label)

Designed by Julie Craig, Cracker Barrel
Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers, Dailey & Vincent
Cracker Barrel/Rounder

Designed by Benji Flaming
solo banjo, Benji Flaming
solobanjo.com

Designed by Bill Womack, Hellos Inc.
Appalachia Music from Home, Ralph Stanley, Jean Ritchie, Dock Boggs, Darrell Scott, Robin & Linda Williams, Blue Highway & More
Lonesome Records

Bluegrass Event of the Year

Pass It On: The 30th Anniversary Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival; St. Cloud, Minnesota
The 14th Annual Podunk Bluegrass Music Festival; East Hartford, Connecticut
The Red, White & Bluegrass Festival; Morganton, North Carolina

  1. Jon
    October 1, 2010 at 9:10 am

    I sure wish Larry Nager had been recognized as Print Media Person this time around; he’s done some outstanding work.

  2. Randy
    October 1, 2010 at 11:28 am

    Entertainer of the Year should have gone to: The Grascals.
    instrumental of the Year: Blue Rock Slide by the Grascals
    Song of the Year: Ballad of Stringbean by Sam Bush
    Mandolin Player of the Year: Sam Bush!

    Banjo Player of the Year: Kristin Scott Benson – Very well deserved! She is very gifted and a really great person.
    Best Bluegrass Broadcaster: Kyle Cantrell – Well deserved!

  3. Waynoe
    October 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    Still puzzling to me the disregard for Cherryholmes.

    Dailey and Vincent are just too good. THey came out of the box on fire and have not quit. They could give lessons to other duos on what a real duo can sound like.

  4. Matt Bjorke
    October 1, 2010 at 12:39 pm

    I love that “Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers” Record.

  5. Tom Andrews
    October 1, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Where is Rhonda Vincent..?? Hottest Bluegrass Act this year and not even mentioned..

  6. Glen Hayes
    October 2, 2010 at 9:20 am

    I agree with Tom. Rhonda Vincent not even mentioned?? Also Del & the boys. Nothing??

  7. Barry Mazor
    October 2, 2010 at 9:32 am

    A lot has to do with who put out new CDs and who did not..

    Dale Ann Bradley didn’t win this year either; nuff said.

  8. Susan Sexton
    October 2, 2010 at 10:29 am

    I was disappointed that Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver did not win for Light on My Feet and Ready to Fly. If you have listened to that CD, you would agree that it is awesome!!

  9. Jon
    October 2, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Pretty much all of the nominees were awesome. And in my estimation, theincrement of recognition accrued from winning an award is significantly smaller than the one gained from being nominated.

  10. Amy
    October 3, 2010 at 12:26 am

    Congrats to Roger Moss and Podunk for BG Event of the Year! Those guys work their tails off all year long!

  11. Mark Sahlgren
    October 3, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    It’s interesting – the statements about who should have won this or that. Kristin Scott Benson is very deserving and to be congratulated – she plays with impeccable drive and power. The instrumental work by Kristin and Danny on the Grascals’ Blue Rock Slide is beautiful. I do believe that some banjo players who combine a melodic approach, yet play with that ‘bluegrass drive’ we all love, get lost in the mix. Two great pickers who come to mind – Greg Cahill and Ned Luberecki.

  12. Bluegrasshack
    October 3, 2010 at 9:43 pm

    Congratulations to all who won at IBMA 2010! The winners and those nominated in each category are just “mighty fine”.

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