IBMA Award Winners Announced; Reba Won’t Return to Host 2013 ACM Awards; Mumford and Sons on Pace for 2012’s Biggest Debut Week

Juli Thanki | September 28th, 2012

  • The IBMA Awards were held yesterday. Congratulations to the winners:
Bluegrass Hall of Fame Inductees: Doyle Lawson, Ralph Rinzler
Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients: Byron Berline, Joe & Lil Cornett, Orin Friesen, Pee Wee Lambert, Kitsy Kuykendall
Entertainer of the Year: The Gibson Brothers
Vocal Group of the Year: Blue Highway
Instrumental Group of the Year: The Boxcars
Emerging Artists of the Year: Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Male Vocalist of the Year: Russell Moore
Female Vocalist of the Year: Dale Ann Bradley
Song of the Year: “A Far Cry From Lester & Earl” Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Album of the Year: Heart of a Song, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice
Gospel Recorded Event of the Year: “Singing As We Rise” by the Gibson Brothers with Ricky Skaggs
Instrumental Performance of the Year: “Angeline The Baker” by Lonesome River Band
Recorded Event of the Year: “Life Goes On” by Carl Jackson, Ronnie Bowman, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, Rickey Wasson, Randy Kohrs, D.A. Adkins, Garnet Bowman, Lynn Butler, Ashley Kohrs, Gary Payne, Dale Pyatt, Clay Hess, Alan Bibey, Jay Weaver, Ron Stewart & Jim VanCleve (artists); Jerry Salley, Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Jim Van Cleve & Randy Kohrs (producers); Rural Rhythm Records
Banjo Player of the Year: Sammy Shelor
Bass Player of the Year: Marshall Wilborn
Fiddle Player of the Year: Stuart Duncan
Dobro Player of the Year: Rob Ickes
Guitar Player of the Year: Doc Watson
Mandolinist of the Year: Adam Steffey
Broadcaster of the Year: Kyle Cantrell
Bluegrass Event of the Year: ROMP, produced by the International Bluegrass Music Museum
Print Media Person of the Year: Marty Godbey, author of Crowe on the Banjo: The Music Life of J.D. Crowe (Univ. of Illinois Press)
Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year: Jon Weisberger
  • Billy Joe Shaver was profiled in the Evansville Courier & Press.
  • Henry Carrigan reviewed Neil Young’s Waging Heavy Peace.
  • Ann Powers on Mumford and Sons: Mumford and his band connect with a different lineage, an approach that honors music’s ability to unite and create an aura of ennoblement. It’s long proven powerful with audiences and highly problematic for certain music listeners I’d cautiously call elites — people like me, who write about music for a living, or others who’ve built lives around a particular rock ‘n’ roll code. That code values outsider personalities and transgressive acts over the far more common human quest to fit in with conventional society. It’s grounded in the real, powerful legacy of popular music as a forum for otherwise unheard voices: African-Americans through jazz, the blues and, later, hip-hop (and really, through most all pop music); rural people through country and early rockabilly; queer people through disco; misfits of various kinds through metal or punk. The idea that popular music should be oppositional is a powerful one and has made it a central conduit for viewpoints that might have otherwise never reached a large audience. But the fact is, plenty of people who aren’t rebels or freaks gain insight and sustenance from popular music, too. They even get it from rock ‘n’ roll.
  • Speaking of Mumford and Sons, new album Babel is on track to sell 600,000 copies in its first week.
  • Reba will not return to host the ACM Awards next April; she’s passed the torch to Blake Shelton.
  • Music City has lost some of its rhythm with the loss of IBMA’s World of Bluegrass and other events, writes Peter Cooper.
  • Del McCoury and Sam Bush will play several shows together this November.
  • Jon Bream of the Star Tribune was unimpressed by Carrie Underwood’s concert: Yes, I know she’s scored 12 No. 1 country songs, an impressive total for someone who just released her fourth album. Yes, her voice can soar to the stratosphere and scare the crap out of any man who has done her wrong. But listening to her perform for 110 minutes Thursday night at Target Center convinced me that Underwood, at 29, is still just a strong voice who hasn’t learned how to infuse her songs with either conviction or personality. 
  • Here’s Underwood covering Coldplay on her upcoming VH1 special, which airs October 2.
  • Jewly Hight profiled rootsy, neo-soul artist Chastity Brown for CMT Edge.
  • Clint Black’s legal battle with ex-manager Charles Sussman continues.
  • Lynyrd Skynyrd will appear on The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson on October 1 (via press release).
  • Watch Dwight Yoakam’s recent visit to CBS This Morning.
  • Ricky Skaggs was interviewed for an article in the Chicago Tribune.
  1. Ben Foster
    September 28, 2012 at 10:36 am

    Too bad about Reba. I would have liked to see her back. Personally, I find her a good bit funnier than Blake.

  2. Rick
    September 28, 2012 at 3:34 pm

    Oh Crap! Jon W. did win the songwriter award! There goes the Engine 145 neighborhood…(lol) Congratulations Jon! I listened to the first two hours of the IBMA awards show and then had to drive home to catch the TV debut of “The Last Resort” on ABC, so I missed Jon’s moment of glory. Oh well…

    Gosh, has Taylor Swift tweeted about the new Mumford and Sons album? Where else could those sales figures coming from? Hmm.

    Thanks for the Kacey Musgraves songwriter article link. Good stuff. If Kacey wants to survive financially in Nashville, she needs to keep getting songs on Miranda Lambert albums for as long as she can. Either that or join The Pistol Annies (my personal preference).

    I want to see a concert that combines the talents of Del McCoury, Sam Bush, and Tim O’Brien! Well two out of three ain’t bad.

    Opry Alert! Its a lackluster Opry weekend like most these days. The Friday Opry features Sarah Darling, Mark Wills, Larry Gatlin, Restless Heart, and top pick Craig Campbell. Saturday’s Opry features the aforementioned Craig Campbell, the Black Lillies, Jim Lauderdale, Jimmy Wayne, and top pick Rhonda Vincent. Grades: B+
    Schedule Link:

  3. Ben Foster
    September 28, 2012 at 5:09 pm

    Yes, congratulations to Jon!

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