IBMA Awards Nominees Announced; Americana Goes to Auckland; Esquire Streams Otis Gibbs’ New Album

Juli Thanki | August 14th, 2014

  • The IBMA Award nominees were announced last night. The full list of nominations can be found here.

Hall of Fame inductees: The Seldom Scene (original lineup), Neil Rosenberg

Album of the Year: Junior Sisk & Joe Mullins Hall of Fame Bluegrass; Del McCoury Band Streets of Baltimore; Noam PikelnyNoam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe; Blue Highway The Game; Boxcars It’s Just a Road

Entertainer of the Year: Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent, Gibson Brothers, Del McCoury Band

Instrumental Group of the Year: Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Boxcars, Del McCoury Band, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Vocal Group of the Year: Balsam Range, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent, Gibson Brothers, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Songwriter of the Year: Becky Buller, Mark “Brink” Brinkman, Jerry Salley, Tim Stafford, Donna Ulisse

Emerging Artist of the Year: Detour, Flatt Lonesome, Spinney Brothers, Town Mountain, Volume Five

Male Vocalist of the Year: Del McCoury, Buddy Melton, Tim O’Brien, Frank Solivan, Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist of the Year: Dale Ann Bradley, Alison Krauss, Claire Lynch, Amanda Smith, Rhonda Vincent

Banjo Player of the Year: Jens Kruger, Mike Munford, Noam Pikelny, Sammy Shelor, Ron Stewart

Bass Player of the Year: Barry Bales, Mike Bub, Missy Raines, Mark Schatz, Darrin Vincent

Fiddle Player of the Year: Jason Carter, Michael Cleveland, Stuart Duncan, Bobby Hicks, Ron Stewart

Dobro Player of the Year: Jerry Douglas, Andy Hall, Rob Ickes, Randy Kohrs, Phil Leadbetter

Guitar Player of the Year: Tony Rice, James Alan Shelton, Kenny Smith, Tim Stafford, Bryan Sutton

Mandolin Player of the Year: Sam Bush, Sierra Hull, Frank Solivan, Adam Steffey, Chris Thile

  • Wade Bowen will release a self-titled album on October 28. (via press release)
  • I’m not sure what’s more surprising: that actor Michael Cera (Arrested Development) released an album out of nowhere, or that it includes a Blaze Foley cover.
  • There’s some Nora Jane Struthers music available for download on NoiseTrade. You should probably get it.
  • Check out the audio book version of Tom T. Hall’s The Storyteller’s Nashville. It’s read by Peter Cooper and features original music composed and performed by Thomm Jutz.
  • North Mississippi Alllstars covered “My Hometown” for Dead Man’s Town, the upcoming Americana salute to Springsteen’s Born in the USA.
  • Lindi Ortega, Robert Ellis, and Ryan Bingham are among the acts who’ll play the inaugural Southern Fork Americana Festival in Auckland, New Zealand this October. They’ll be joined by local acts like Bernie Griffen and Marlon Williams.
  • Owensboro, Ky. has been added to the Americana Music Triangle.
  • Lucinda Williams on her forthcoming double album, Down Where the Spirit Meets the Bone (out September 30): “I felt like I was really on a roll when we started working on the album…I usually have enough songs to fill an album, and maybe a couple more, but when I started writing for this, the inspiration just kept coming, and the people I was working with kept telling me the songs were worth keeping. It’s not like I was reinventing the wheel — there are only so many things you can write about, love, sex, death, redemption, and they’re all here—but I felt like I was really in a groove here.”
  • Jewly Hight wrote a nice piece on Kenny Rogers for The Nashville Scene, while The Tennessean shot a video of Rogers talking about his new Hall of Fame exhibit, which officially opens tomorrow. (warning: autoplay)
  • Ronnie Reno is helping the Renfro Valley Barn Dance celebrate its 75th anniversary: the September 13 episode of Reno’s Old-Time Music Show (which airs on RFD-TV)will be devoted entirely to the Barn Dance and its rich musical history.
  • Dom Flemons to The Nashville Scene: “Folk music has really been in the subconscious of a lot of people for a lot of years — now it’s so old that it’s new again…Even then I think people have new perspectives on things that have been the standard of folk music for years. It’s been interesting to be a performer out here in the world … seeing all these different performers doing the industry in a different sort of way. That’s why in ‘Grotto Beat’ I say I’m going backward up the mountain. I’m going backward up the mountain because going up the front way hasn’t worked out, so I’ve got to figure out a different way to do it.” 


  1. Jack Williams
    August 14, 2014 at 1:07 pm

    The Seldom Scene induction into the HOF warms my heart. They were one of the first bluegrass bands that I got into after I moved to the DC area in 1990 and became a listener of WAMU’s Bluegrass Country program. Saw them at least a couple of times in the early ’90s with John Starling at the old Birchmere down the street from the current one.

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