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Alison Krauss + Union Station grab 11 IBMA nominations

Tuesday, August 15, 2006 – Alison Krauss and Union Station took home 11 nominations from the International Bluegrass Music Association Tuesday including entertainer of the year, vocal group and instrumental group of the year.

Blue Highway received 10 nominations, while Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder each had 7. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage took home six.

Awards will be handed out in Nashville Sept. 28.

Krauss also was nominated for female vocalist, while band mate Dan Tyminski is a finalist for male vocalist and included, along with Barry Bales, among the many artists listed for Album of The Year for participation in the "Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer" project.

Union Station Dobroist Jerry Douglas was recognized for work on two separate Instrumental Album of the Year nominated projects including his solo album, "The Best Kept Secret" along with nods for Recorded Event of the Year and Dobro Player of the Year (a nomination he's never failed to receive since the inception of the IBMA Awards). Longtime AKUS member Ron Block was also recognized in the Banjo Player of the Year category. Blue Highway received nominations for Vocal Group, Song, Gospel and Instrumental Group of the Year. They're also nominated for two different Album of the Year projects, including their 2005 release "Marbletown." Rob Ickes earned nominations in the Instrumental Album and Recorded Event of the Year for his "3 Ring Circle" album with Dave Pomeroy and Andy Leftwich. He is also singled out in the Dobro Player of the Year category.

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver earned their ninth nod for Entertainer of the Year plus the Gospel Recorded Performance, Song and Album categories and Vocal Group of the Year, an award they received each of the last five years. Band member Terry Baucom is a finalist for Banjo Player of the Year, while Lawson is up for Mandolin Player of the Year.

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder received Instrumental Group of the Year, an award they've taken seven straight years. Individual nominations included Skaggs in the Instrumental Album and Recorded Event of the Year for his role on "Not Too Far From the Tree - A Collection of Guitar Duets with Heroes & Friends"; Jim Mills was nominated for his solo project, "Hide Head Blues" in the Instrumental Album and Best Liner Notes categories along with Banjo Player of the Year; and Andy Leftwich for the "3 Ring Circle" project in the Recorded Event and Instrumental Album categories.

Vincent and band were nominated for Entertainer of the Year, which they took home in 2001. The group is also included in the Vocal Group and Album categories. Vincent was singled out in the Female Vocalist category, an award she has received six years in a row. Band member Hunter Berry is a finalist for Fiddle Player, and Josh Williams is a nominee for Guitar Player of the Year.

2005 Entertainer of the Year, Cherryholmes took home 5 nominations. Once again among the candidates in the Entertainer Category, they are also included in the Song, Gospel and on two separate Album of the Year projects, the self-titled "Cherryholmes" and for their participation in the "Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer" project.

Nominations were:

Entertainer of the Year
Cherryholmes
The Grascals
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Del McCoury Band
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Vocal Group of the Year
Blue Highway
The Grascals
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Instrumental Group of the Year
Blue Highway
Alison Krauss & Union Station
The Del McCoury Band
Mountain Heart
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Male Vocalist of the Year
Ronnie Bowman
Russell Moore
Tim O'Brien
Marty Raybon
Larry Sparks
Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist of the Year
Dale Ann Bradley
Sonya Isaacs
Alison Krauss
Claire Lynch
Rhonda Vincent

Song of the Year, Song Title, Artist (s), Songwriter(s)
"Brand New Heartache," Cherryholmes (artists), Cia Leigh Cherryholmes (writer)
"He Lives In Me," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artist), Frances P. Simpson (writer)
"Look Down That Lonesome Road," Tim O'Brien (artist), Tim O'Brien (writer)
"Marbletown," Blue Highway (artists), Mark Knopfler (writer)
"Train Long Gone," Claire Lynch (artist), Dennis Linde (writer)

Album of the Year, Recording Title, Artist(s), Label, Producer
Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, featuring 3 Fox Drive, Lonesome River Band, Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Cherryholmes, J.D. Crowe & The New South, BlueRidge, IIIrd Tyme Out, James King Band, Larry Cordle, Wayne Benson, Clay Hess, Greg Luck, Aubrey Haynie, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Tony Rice, Ronnie Bowman & The Committee, Larry Stephenson Band, Blue Highway, Gena Britt, Randy Kohrs & The Lites, Steve Thomas, Scott Vestal, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Karl Shiflett & the Big Country Show, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Wildfire, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lost & Found, The Grascals, Alecia Nugent, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Bradley Walker, Dan Tyminski, Bela Fleck & Barry Bales (artists), Skaggs Family Records (label), Bob Kelley (producer)
Cherryholmes, Cherryholmes (artists), Skaggs Family Records (label), Ben Isaacs (producer)
Cornbread Nation, Tim O'Brien (artist/producer), Sugar Hill Records (label)
Let ‘Er Go, Boys, Michael Cleveland (artist), Rounder Records (label), Jeff White & Michael Cleveland (producers)
Marbletown, Blue Highway (artists), Rounder Records (label), Scott Rouse (producer)

Instrumental Album of the Year, Recording Title, Artist(s), Label, Producer
"The Best Kept Secret," Jerry Douglas (artist/producer), Koch Records (label)
"Hide Head Blues," Jim Mills (artist/producer), Sugar Hill Records (label)
"Let ‘Er Go, Boys," Michael Cleveland (artist), Rounder Records (label), Jeff White & Michael Cleveland (producer)
"Not Too Far From the Tree: A Collection Of Guitar Duets with Heroes & Friends," Bryan Sutton with Russ Barenberg, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Jerry Douglas, David Grier, Jack Lawrence, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, George Shuffler, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Sutton & Doc Watson (artists), Sugar Hill Records (label), Bryan Sutton (producer)
"Three Ring Circle," Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich & Dave Pomeroy (artists/producers), Earwave Records (label)

Recorded Event of the Year, Recording Title, Artist(s), Label, Producer
"Back to the Well," The Daughters of Bluegrass featuring: Lorraine Jordan, Gena Britt, Julie Elkins, Becky Buller, Vickie Simmons, Frances Mooney, Mindy Rakestraw, Jeanette Williams, Beth Lawrence, Angela Oudean, Michelle Nixon, Donica Christensen, Dale Ann Bradley, Heather Berry, Megan McCormick, Valerie Smith, Louisa Branscomb & Dixie Hall (artists), Blue Circle Records (label), Lorraine Jordan & Dale Perry (producers) "Down In Caroline," Curly Seckler with Kent Blanton, George Buckner, John Carter Cash, Laura Weber Cash, Dudley Connell, Rob Ickes, Josh McMurray, Russell Moore, Larry Perkins, Andrea Roberts, Chris Sharp, Herschel Sizemore, Kevin Sluder, Larry Sparks, Tater Tate, LeRoy Troy & Doc Watson (artists), Copper Creek Records (label), Larry Perkins & Penny Parsons (producers)
"Not Too Far From the Tree: A Collection Of Guitar Duets with Heroes & Friends," Bryan Sutton with Russ Barenberg, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Jerry Douglas, David Grier, Jack Lawrence, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, George Shuffler, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Sutton & Doc Watson (artists), Sugar Hill Records (label), Bryan Sutton (producer)
"Stomp," Mike Compton & David Long (artists), Acoustic Disc (label), David Grisman (producer)
"Three Ring Circle," Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich & Dave Pomeroy (artists/producers), Earwave Records (label)

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, Recording Title, Artist(s), Label, Producer
"Gettin' Ready," BlueRidge (artists), Pinecastle Records (label), BlueRidge & Wes Easter (producers)
"He Goes To Church," Cherryholmes (artists), Skaggs Family Records (label), Ben Isaacs (producer)
"He Lives In Me," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Crossroads (label), Doyle Lawson (producer)
"Lazarus," Blue Highway (artists), Rounder Records (label), Scott Rouse (producer)
"When The Morning Comes," Paul Williams & The Victory Trio (artists), Rebel Records (label), Paul Williams (producer)

Emerging Artist of the Year
3 Fox Drive
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Blue Moon Rising
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Steep Canyon Rangers

Instrumental Performers of the Year
Banjo
Terry Baucom
Ron Block
J.D. Crowe
Jim Mills
Sammy Shelor

Bass
Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Jason Moore
Missy Raines
Marshall Wilborn

Fiddle
Hunter Berry
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Ron Stewart

Dobro
Mike Auldridge
Jerry Douglas
Rob Ickes
Randy Kohrs
Phil Leadbetter

Guitar
Jim Hurst
Tony Rice
Kenny Smith
Bryan Sutton
Josh Williams

Mandolin
Sam Bush
Mike Compton
Doyle Lawson
Ronnie McCoury
Adam Steffey

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year

Kyle Cantrell; XM Satellite; Nashville, Tenn.
Terry Herd; Bluegrass Radio Network; Nashville, Tenn.
Red Shipley; bluegrasscountry.org, WAMU-FM; Washington, D.C.

Bluegrass Event of the Year

26th Annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival; Claremore, Okla.; September, 2005
21st Annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival, produced by the Boston Bluegrass Union; Framingham, Mass.; February, 2006
Florida State Bluegrass Festival; Perry, Fla.; April, 2005

Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project
Elevation Creative Studios (designers), Generations, by The New Kentucky String Ticklers, Gennett Records
Spencer Walts, Eyewerks Studio & Sarah Lainie Smith (designers); She Waits for Night; by Uncle Earl; Rounder Records
Heather & G. Carr (designers), The Official O'Brien Family CD & Board Game, by The O'Brien Family, O'Brien Family Band

Best Liner Notes for Recorded Project
Jim Mills (liner notes), Hide Head Blues, by Jim Mills, Sugar Hill Records
Gary B. Reid (liner notes); The Stanley Brothers, Earliest Recordings—The Complete Rich-R-Tone 78s (1947-1952); by The Stanley Brothers; Rounder Records
Tom Adams (liner notes); Let 'Er Go, Boys; by Michael Cleveland; Rounder Records

Print Media Person of the Year
Dan Miller, editor of Flatpicking Guitar magazine
Chris Stuart, freelance writer for Bluegrass Unlimited & Bluegrass Now
Bob Black, author of Come Hither to Go Yonder: Playing Bluegrass with Bill Monroe

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