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IBMA announces additional nominees

Thursday, August 9, 2018 – The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the nominees for their Special Awards, Momentum Awards, designated for artists in the early stages of their careers.

The Special Awards are for those working behind the scenes, including journalists and songwriters, while the Momentum Awards are designed for up-and-coming artists.

The winners will be announced during a ceremony earlier in the day on Sept. 27 before the International Bluegrass Music Awards that evening on Raleigh, N.C. Momentum Award winners are announced during luncheon the day before.

Nominees are:

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Drew Bolen & Whitney Beard - Project: Old Salt Union by Old Salt Union
Lou Everhart - Project: A Heart Never Knows by The Price Sisters
Richard Hakalski - Project: Portraits and Fiddles by Mike Barnett
Corey Johnson - Project: Sounds of Kentucky by Carolina Blue
Karen Key - Project: Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Tradition by Various Artists

Liner Notes
Craig Havighurst - Project: The Story We Tellby Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Steve Martin - Project: The Long Awaited Albumby Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers
Joe Mullins - Project: Sounds of Kentucky Grassby Carolina Blue
Ted Olson - Project: Big Bend Killing: The Appalachian Ballad Traditionby Various Artists
Peter Wernick - Project: Carter Stanley's Eyesby Peter Rowan

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year
Larry Carter
Michelle Lee
Steve Martin
Alan Tompkins
Kris Truelsen

Print Media Person of the Year
Derek Halsey
Chris Jones
Ted Lehmann
David Morris
Neil Rosenberg

Songwriter of the Year
Becky Buller
Thomm Jutz
Jerry Salley
Donna Ulisse
Jon Weisberger

Event of the Year
Bluegrass on the Green - Frankfort, IL
County Bluegrass - Fort Fairfield, ME
Emelin Theatre - Mamaroneck, NY
Flagler Museum's Bluegrass in the Pavilion - Palm Beach, FL
FreshGrass Festival - North Adams, MA

Sound Engineer of the Year
Dave Sinco
Stephen Mougin
Gary Paczosa
Tim Reitnouer
Ben Surratt

MOMENTUM AWARDS
Festival/Event/Venue
Anderson Bluegrass Festival - SC
Farm & Fun Time - VA
Hovander Homestead Bluegrass Festival - WA
Red Wing Roots Music Festival - VA
SamJam Bluegrass Festival - OH

Industry Involvement
Megan Lynch Chowning and Adam Chowning
Justin Hiltner
Kris Truelsen

Mentor
Daniel Boner
Cathy Fink
Scott Napier
Jon Weisberger
Pete Wernick Band
Cane Mill Road - NC
Man About a Horse - PA
Midnight Skyracer - UK
The Trailblazers - NC
Wood Belly - CO

Vocalist
Ellie Hakanson (Jeff Scroggins & Colorado, Greg Blake Band)
Will Jones (Terry Baucom & the Dukes of Drive)
AJ Lee (AJ Lee & Blue Summit)
Evan Murphy (Mile Twelve)
Daniel Thrailkill (The Trailblazers)

Instrumentalist [three are chosen in this category]
Tabitha Agnew (Midnight Skyracer)
David Benedict (Mile Twelve)
Catherine ("BB") Bowness (Mile Twelve)
Thomas Cassell (Circus No. 9)
Hasee Ciaccio (Molly Tuttle Band)
Matthew Davis (Circus No. 9)
Bronwyn Keith-Hynes (Mile Twelve)
Aynsley Porchak (Carolina Blue)
Trajan Wellington (Cane Mill Road)

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