Rhonda Vincent cleans up at bluegrass awards
Monday, February 4, 2008
– Rhonda Vincent & The Rage had a big night at the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Nashville, winning six awards, including entertainer of the year.
"It was an especially exciting night because it was Kenny's (Ingram) first Banjo Player of the Year Award," said Vincent. "He's been my own Banjo Player of the Year for quite a while. It was also wonderful to see Kenny and Hunter (Berry) awarded for all their hard work. It was thrilling."
The group won for both entertainer of the year and vocal group of the year. Vincent won female vocalist.
Berry was fiddle player of the year; Ingram banjo player and Mickey Harris bass. Josh Williams of the Larry Stephenson Band won the guitarist award for the fourth time. Phil Leadbetter of Grasstowne took the Dobro award, while Danny Roberts won the mandolin award.
The Grascals won awards for bluegrass band of the year and instrumental group.
Female vocalist of the year for traditional bluegrass was Alecia Nugent.
Virginia-based bluegrass band Nothin' Fancy won group of the year.
"We have a trophy case at home that's been waiting for us to put somethin' in it", stated Gary Farris, the band's guitarist and tenor singer.
Mike Andes, lead vocalist and mandolin player for the group thanked the crowd for their votes and said "Standing up here with me are four of the most fun and wonderful guys you could ever ask to work with."
Larry Stephenson won the male vocalist award. On the traditional side, James King won.
Contemporary gospel group of the year was NewFound Road, while Paul Williams & The Victory Trio took the traditional side of the award.
Tom T. and Dixie Hall won bluegrass song writer of the year.
Song of the year went to "Lefty's Old Guitar" by J.D. Crowe & The New South.
Bluegrass album of the year was "The Road Heading Home' by Grasstowne.
WDVX-FM of Knoxville, Tenn. won bluegrass radio station of the year, while Freddy Smith of WDVX was the bluegrass DJ of the year.
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