Flatt Lonesome takes 3 IBMAs, The Earls of Leicester win big one
Wednesday, September 28, 2016
– Flatt Lonesome won three International Bluegrass music Association Awards on Thursday, but Earls of Leicester won the big one, Entertainer of the Year.
Flatt Lonesome - a band that includes siblings Kelsi, Charli and Buddy Robertson - won for Album, Song and Vocal Group of the Year. Other multiple award winners include Becky Buller who was awarded the Female Vocalist and Fiddle Player of the Year, and The Earls of Leicester members took home solo categories Dobro Player of the Year (Jerry Douglas), Bass Player of the Year (Barry Bales) and Banjo Player of the Year (Charlie Cushman).
Other winners were at the 27th annual edition held in Raleigh, N.C. were:
Male Vocalist of the Year: Danny Paisley
Instrumental Group of the Year: Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
Song of the Year: "You're the One," Flatt Lonesome
Album of the Year: Runaway Train, Flatt Lonesome
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year: All Dressed Up, Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year: "Fireball," Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley and Alison Brown
Emerging Artist of the Year: Mountain Faith
Recorded Event of the Year: "Longneck Blues," Junior Sisk and Ronnie Bowman
Guitar Player of the Year: Bryan Sutton
Mandolin Player of the Year: Sierra Hull
Inductees into the Bluegrass HOF: Clarence White; the Rounder Founders: Ken Irwin, Marian Leighton Levy and Bill Nowlin
Distinguished Achievement Award: Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine, Boston Bluegrass Union, SiriusXM Radio's Bluegrass Junction, Bill Emerson, Jim Rooney
Co-hosted by Sierra Hull and Dan Tyminski, the show's Bluegrass on Screen theme featured performances like "Man of Constant Sorrow" by Soggy Bottom Boys ("Oh Brother, Where Art Thou"), "Rainbow Connection" by the Lonely Heartstring Band ("The Muppets") and the inclusion of archival clips from classics like "The Beverly Hillbillies," "Bonnie and Clyde," and "Deliverance."
Flatt Lonesome, The Earls of Leicester, Balsam Range, Del McCoury Band, Gibson Brothers, Lonesome River Band, IIIrd Tyme Out, Hull and the Becky Buller Band all performed.
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