IBMA Award Winners Announced; Tommy Wells Passes Away; Avett Brothers Tape PBS Show
- The IBMA Awards were last night. Here are the winners:
Hall of Fame Inductees: Tony Rice and Paul Warren
Entertainer of the Year: The Gibson Brothers
Album of the Year: Balsam Range, Papertown
Instrumental Group of the Year: The Boxcars
Vocal Group of the Year: The Gibson Brothers
Song of the Year: The Gibson Brothers, “They Called It Music”
Gospel Recorded Event of the Year: Marty Raybon, “Beulah Land”
Recorded Event of the Year: Terry Baucom & Sam Bush, “What’ll I Do?”
Bass Player of the Year: Barry Bales
Mandolin Player of the Year: Adam Steffey
Guitar Player of the Year: Bryan Sutton
Banjo Player of the Year: Mike Munford
Fiddle Player of the Year: Jason Carter
Dobro Player of the Year: Rob Ickes
Female Vocalist of the Year: Claire Lynch
Male Vocalist of the Year: Junior Sisk
Emerging Artist: Della Mae
Instrumental Performance of the Year: “Foggy Mountain Rock,” Tom Adams, Dan Tyminski, Ron Stewart, Dennis Crouch, Clay Hess, Randy Kohrs; written by Louise Certain, Burkett Graves & Gladys Stacey; Rounder Records.
Songwriter of the Year: Eric Gibson
Broadcaster of the Year: Ronnie Reno
Print Media Person of the Year: Fred Bartenstein
Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project: Fred Bartenstein for Joe Mullins and The Radio Ramblers’ They’re Playing My Song
Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project: Carl Jackson, Dak Alley, Jimmy Mets for Carl Jackson’s Grace Note
Event of the Year: Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival
- Tony Rice’s Hall of Fame induction speech was incredibly moving as he revealed the work he’s been doing to recover his voice.
- Percussionist Tommy Wells died of a brain aneurysm Tuesday night. He was 62. You’ve heard his work on recordings by Foster & Lloyd, The Statler Brothers, Jo-El Sonnier, and others.
- A somewhat-depressing quote from an article on the National Recording Preservation Foundation written by William Hochberg (The Atlantic): “Less than 18 percent of commercial music archives are currently available” through iTunes, Spotify and other legal portals, [NRPF Executive Director Gerald Seligman] says. “We’re concerned with the other 82 percent languishing out there somewhere, that’s culturally important while maybe not commercially viable.”
- Slate published an excellent excerpt from David Cantwell’s Merle Haggard book, The Running Kind. Music Tomes posted an interview with Cantwell this morning; he reveals that his next project is a book on Ray Charles.
- Rod Picott released a new video and a couple songs from his forthcoming record, which is due out in February.
- Ashley Monroe taped a live version of “Weed Instead of Roses” for CMT Edge.
- Clay Walker’s in a new movie that’s set during the French & Indian War.
- There’s an interview with Hank III on the Houston Press music blog.
- The Avett Brothers taped an episode of the PBS program Front and Center.
- Keith Urban played a few for Yahoo’s Ram Country.
- Kenny Rogers: singer, actor, chicken mogul, life coach.
- Willie Nelson’s recovered enough from his shoulder injury to perform at Zac Brown’s Southern Ground shindig in Nashville this weekend.
- There’s a new Tedeschi Trucks Band video posted on RollingStone.com.
- Jennifer Nettles will host this year’s CMA Country Christmas ABC special. Kellie Pickler, Trace Adkins, Luke Bryan, Jake Owen, and Darius Rucker are a few of the acts scheduled to appear on the program, which will be taped in early November.
- Zoe Muth & The Lost High Rollers played “Mama Needs a Margarita” during their WAMU Bluegrass Country in-studio. Email it to your mom. She deserves a drink.
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim Z. That changes everything. I surrender.
- Jim Z: to call the Dirty River Boys an "Austin area band" is still incorrect. They are based in El Paso.
- nm: Leeann, you and I often have similar tastes in more-traditional country. And, to my ears, Sam Hunt's voice and lyrics …
- Barry Mazor: Matter of fact, as always--I did. The notes say the album was recorded & mixed by and at "The …
- Roger: Looking forward to picking up the Jamey Johnson Christmas EP - love all of those songs and can't wait for …
- Jim Z: that record was recorded in El Paso. (you could look it up) and other than appearing in Austin once in …
- Leeann Ward: Yes, I can always use more dobro in my life! Thanks for the Phil Leadbetter tip! I haven't been able to …
- Barry Mazor: OK, Jim. The record's more or less out of Austin. But I'm sure they're also good in El Paso...
- Jim Z: Dirty River Boys are from El Paso, Texas.
- Randy Pitts: Hear hear re: your review of Rob and Trey's album.