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Rhonda Vincent, Doyle Lawson lead IBMA nominations

Thursday, August 16, 2007 – Rhonda Vincent & The Rage were the lead nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards with 11. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver captured a total of nine nominations, which were announced Thursday.

The IBMAs will be held Oct. 4 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage received nominations for Entertainer, Vocal Group, Female Vocalist, Song of the Year for "All American Bluegrass Girl" and Album of the Year for the project by the same name on Rounder. Band member Hunter Berry received a nomination for Fiddle Player of the Year; and his debut release, "Wow Baby" is nominated for both Instrumental Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year. Mickey Harris was nominated for Bass Player of the Year, and both Vincent and Kenny Ingram are in the running for Recorded Event of the Year for their work on "New Songs, Old Friends" by Jerry Salley and "Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular" by Tony Trischka, respectively.

The six-time recipients of IBMA's Vocal Group of the Year, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, are nominated for this award again, along with Entertainer of the Year, Song of the Year for "Sadie's Got Her New Dress On" written by Connie Leigh, Album of the Year for "More Behind the Picture than the Wall" on Rounder Records, two nominations for Gospel Recorded Event (for songs "We Shall Inherit" and "He Lives in Me") and Mandolin Player of the Year (Lawson). Guitarist/vocalist Jamie Dailey and Lawson will vie separately for Recorded Event of the Year, for their contributions to Salley's and Berry's albums respectively--bringing the band to a total of nine nominations.

Multiple award winners Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas, The Del McCoury Band and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder each received seven nominations each.

The two inductees to the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame for 2007 are Howard Watts (also known as "Cedric Rainwater,") the bass player in the classic version of Bill Monroe & his Blue Grass Boys, and Carl Story, often billed as the "Father of Bluegrass Gospel Music."

IBMA's Distinguished Achievement Award, an honor which recognizes individuals in the bluegrass music industry who have fostered the music's image with developments that broaden the genre's recognition and accessibility, will go to: resophonic guitar stylist Mike Auldridge; the California Bluegrass Association's publication, The Bluegrass Breakdown; Czech bluegrass pioneer Marko Cermak; California event producer and philanthropist Warren Hellman and Happy and Jane Traum of Homespun Tapes.

Nominees were:

Entertainer:
Cherryholmes
The Grascals
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Del McCoury Band
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Blue Highway
The Isaacs
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Instrumental Group:
Blue Highway
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock
Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas
The Del McCoury Band
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Male vocalist
Ronnie Bowman
Russell Moore
Tim O'Brien
Larry Sparks
Bradley Walker

Female vocalist
Dale Ann Bradley
Sonya Isaacs
Alison Krauss
Claire Lynch
Rhonda Vincent

Song of the year: Song Title, Artist(s), Songwriter(s)
"All American Bluegrass Girl," Rhonda Vincent (artist), Rhonda Vincent (songwriter)
"Fork In The Road," The Infamous Stringdusters (artists), Chris Jones & John Pennell (songwriters)
"Lefty's Old Guitar," J.D. Crowe & The New South (artists), Dave Maggard & Jack Spencer (songwriters)
"Sadie's Got Her New Dress On," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Connie Leigh (songwriter)
"The Last Suit You Wear;" Larry Sparks (artist); Larry Shell, Larry Williams & Kim Williams (songwriters)

Album of the year: Recording Title, Artist(s), Label, Producer(s)
All American Bluegrass Girl, Rhonda Vincent (artist), Rounder Records, Darrin Vincent & Rhonda Vincent (producers)
Fork In The Road, The Infamous Stringdusters (artists), Sugar Hill Records, Tim Stafford & The Infamous Stringdusters (producers)
Lefty's Old Guitar, J.D. Crowe & The New South (artists), Rounder Records, J.D. Crowe & The New South (producers)
More Behind The Picture Than The Wall, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Rounder Records, Doyle Lawson (producer)
The Last Suit You Wear, Larry Sparks (artist), McCoury Music, Don Rigsby & Larry Sparks (producers)

Recorded event of the year: Recording Title, Artist(s), Label, Producer(s)
Vassar Clements, Tony Rice & The Low Country All Star Band: Vassar Clements, Tony Rice & The Low Country All-Star Band (artists); Flatt Mountain Records; Randy Wood (producer)
Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular; Tony Trischka with Earl Scruggs, Kenny Ingram, Tom Adams, Bela Fleck, Noam Pikelny, Alison Brown, Scott Vestal, Steve Martin & Bill Emerson (artists); Rounder Records; Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck & Ronnie Freeland (producers)
New Songs, Old Friends; Jerry Salley with Vince Gill, Doyle Lawson, Bryan Sutton, Oak Ridge Boys, Darryl Worley, Adam Steffey, Jamie Johnson, Lisa Shaffer, Rob Ickes, Del McCoury, Sonya Isaacs, David Talbot, Rhonda Vincent, Carl Jackson, Stuart Duncan, Larry Cordle, Keith Sewell, Wendy Sewell, Ben Isaacs, Alecia Nugent, Ricky Skaggs & Sharon White (artists); Mountain Home; Jerry Salley & Steve Ivey (producers)
Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby (artists), Legacy Records, Ricky Skaggs & Bruce Hornsby (producers)
Wow Baby; Hunter Berry with Tony Rice, Doyle Lawson, Dan Tyminski, Marty Stuart, Bobby Osborne, Bryan Sutton, Adam Steffey, Jason Carter, Buck White, Sally Sandker, Sonya Isaacs, Keith Williams, Rhonda Vincent, Buddy Spicher, Ronnie Stewart, Darrin Vincent, Bob Moore & Tom Roady (artists); Upper Mgt Music; Darrin Vincent (producer)

Instrumental album: Recording Title, Artist(s), Label, Producer(s)
Acoustic Rising, Mark Johnson & Emory Lester (artists), Mountain Home, Mark Johnson & Emory Lester (producers)
Double Banjo Bluegrass Spectacular; Tony Trischka (artist); Rounder Records; Tony Trischka, Bela Fleck & Ronnie Freeland (producers)
Instrumentals, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (artists), Skaggs Family Records, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (producers)
No Apologies, Jim VanCleve (artist), Rural Rhythm Records, Jim VanCleve (producer)
Wow Baby, Hunter Berry (artist), Upper Mgt Music, Darrin Vincent (producer)

Gospel Recorded Performance: Recording Title, Artist(s), Label, Producer(s)
"Did You Forget God Today," The Grascals (artists), Rounder Records, The Grascals (producers)
"He Lives In Me," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Horizon, Doyle Lawson (producer)
Tell Someone, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band (artist), Rebel Records, Kenny & Amanda Smith Band (producers)
"The Promised Land," The Del McCoury Band (artist), McCoury Music, Del McCoury & Ronnie McCoury (producers)
"We Shall Inherit," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Horizon, Doyle Lawson (producer)

Emerging Artist of the Year:
Cadillac Sky
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper featuring Audie Blaylock
The Infamous Stringdusters
Bradley Walker
Williams & Clark Expedition

Instrumental performers

Banjo
Cia Cherryholmes
J.D. Crowe
Jim Mills
Sammy Shelor
Tony Trischka

Bass
Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Mickey Harris
Missy Raines
Marshall Wilborn

Fiddle
Hunter Berry
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Ron Stewart
Jim VanCleve

Dobro
Mike Auldridge
Jerry Douglas
Rob Ickes
Randy Kohrs
Phil Leadbetter

Guitar
Jim Hurst
Tony Rice
Kenny Smith
Larry Sparks
Bryan Sutton

Mandolin
Sam Bush
Doyle Lawson
Ronnie McCoury
Adam Steffey
Chris Thile

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year:
Kyle Cantrell, XM Satellite Radio
Chris Jones, Sirius Satellite Radio
Ned Luberecki, Sirius Satellite Radio

Print Media Person of the Year:
Aaron Keith Harris; National Review Online, Baltimore Examiner News, Lonesome River Review Blog
John Lawless & Brance Gillihan, The Bluegrass Blog
Chris Stuart, Bluegrass Unlimited

Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project:
Barry Poss and Jay Orr; Sugar Hill Records, A Retrospective; Various Artists; Sugar Hill
Peter K. Siegel, John Cohen & Jody Stecher; Friends of Old Time Music, The Folk Arrival 1961-1965; Various Artists; Smithsonian Folkways Recordings
Gary Reid; Don Reno & Red Smiley and the Tennessee Cut-Ups, 1959-1963; Gusto

Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project:
Don Bailey, Hillbilly Hemingway, The Mark Newton Band, Rebel Records
Sue Meyer; Sugar Hill Records, A Retrospective; Various Artists; Sugar Hill Records
Visual Dialogue; Friends of Old Time Music, The Folk Arrival 1961-1965; Various Artists; Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

Bluegrass Event of the Year Award:
33rd Festival of the Bluegrass; Lexington, KY; June 2006
The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Ancramdale, NY; July 2006
Pickin' in the Sticks: The 27th Annual Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival; El Rancho Manana Campground; St. Cloud, MN; August 2006

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Only Me CD review - Only Me
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