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Donald Teplyske I have been a roots and bluegrass music writer for twenty years, having also hosted bluegrass radio and presented concerts. I currently write for Country Standard Time and Exclaim! while maintaining a blog at I'm proud to be a member of the Polaris Music Prize Jury. Please contact me at

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Jeremy Stephens How I Hear It

Donald Teplyske  |  September 12, 2021

Rebel Records With High Fidelity, Jeremy Stephens has come to the fore of bluegrass banjo, and while he isn't yet garnering significant attention from the voting members of the IBMA awards, he and his fiddle playing spouse Corrina Rose Logston are increasingly prominent within our tiny world. Fourteen titles comprise "How I Hear It," leaning toward vocal over purely ...

Darin and Brooke Aldrige This Life We're Livin'

Donald Teplyske  |  September 12, 2021

Billy Blue Records Only one other artist has achieved four consecutive IBMA Female Vocalist nods, and that was the legendary Rhonda Vincent who nabbed six-in-a-row in the early-to-mid-aughts. Brooke Aldridge takes a step closer to that this autumn should she be named for the fifth consecutive time, an achievement of which she is most deserving. Since 2017, she has annually been handed the ...

Danny Paisley & the Southern Grass Bluegrass Troubadour

Donald Teplyske  |  September 6, 2021

2021 Pinecastle Records Despite a pair of nods as International Bluegrass Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year, most recently in 2020, Danny Paisley's name isn't bandied about within the wider Americana and roots world the way those of Tim O'Brien, Del McCoury, or Dan Tyminski are. With the release of "Bluegrass Troubadour," we can hope that Paisley reaps ...

2021 IBMA Award Nominees, Inductees Announced

Donald Teplyske  |  July 20, 2021

The International Bluegrass Music Association announced their 2021 nominee today. Among the usual names are a few new ones: From the IBMA: Nashville, TN, July 20, 2021 – – Nominees for the 32nd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards presented by Yamaha were announced today in Nashville, Tennessee. The five nominees for "Entertainer of the Year" are Balsam Range, Billy ...

IBMA Industry and Momentum Award Nominees announced

Donald Teplyske  |  July 6, 2021

From the International Bluegrass Music Association: Nashville, TN, July 8, 2021 – The International Bluegrass Music Association announced the nominees for this year's IBMA Industry Awards and IBMA Momentum Awards, which will be presented during IBMA World of Bluegrass, September 28-October 2. The announcement was made earlier this morning on SiriusXM Bluegrass Junction.  ...

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