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IBMA Entertainer of the Year goes to Strings

Thursday, September 29, 2022 – Billy Strings received the coveted Entertainer of the Year Award for the second year in a row, along with Song of the Year honors at the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday in Raleigh, N.C.

Bela Fleck took home awards for Album of the Year, for "My Bluegrass Heart," Instrumental Group of the Year, Instrumental Recording of the Year for "Vertigo," featuring Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton and Banjo Player of the Year.

Dolly Parton's recent recording of the gospel classic "In the Sweet By and By" featured on the 2021 "Country Faith Bluegrass" album, won Gospel Recording of the Year with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker and Jerry Salley. She also won Collaborative Recording of the Year honors Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker and Jerry Salley.

The Awards show, hosted by artists Ronnie Bowman and Dan Tyminski, was held the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts.

Previously announced inductees into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – b multi-instrumentalist/vocalist Norman Blake, broadcast pioneer and recording artist Paul "Moon" Mullins, and singer-songwriter Peter Rowan – were honored during the show.

Other winners were:

Vocal Group of the Year - Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Song of the Year – "Red Daisy" by Billy Strings, written by Jarrod Walker/Christian Ward

New Artist of the Year – Rick Faris

Female Vocalist of the. Year – Molly Tuttle

Male Vocalist of the Year – Del McCoury

Bass Player of the Year - Jason Moore

Resophonic Guitar Player of the Year- Justin Moses

Fiddle Player of the Year – Bronwyn Keith-Hynes

Guitar Player of the Year - Cody Kilby

Mandolin Player of the Year - Sierra Hull

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CD review - Renewal It's just like Billy Strings to have a song title that reads like a heavy metal track ("Hellbender") for a tune that sounds like traditional bluegrass music. When it comes to creating music, though, the phrase, 'It's all good,' actually applies to Strings – for once. "Renewal" is over an hour of music, and is (mostly) bluegrass – at heart – but not just bluegrass music. "Hide And Seek" is one of the most complicated recordings, ...
CD review - Home As befits the reigning IBMA Guitar Player of the Year, Billy Strings' second full release, "Home" displays his guitar-playing range. But, there is much more to the fellow that rages through live shows, and those qualities are displayed on "Home." Strings (born William Apostol) lives up to his nom de guerre. Electric, acoustic 6- or 12-string guitar provide the ingredients for his work, and his guitar work is mostly, although not always, delivered at a breakneck tempo, ...
CD review - Turmoil & Tinfoil Billy Strings. It takes a lot of nerve to adopt such a nom de plume (in this case nom de guerre might be more appropriate) in the bluegrass world, but Billy Strings is up to the challenge, and more. Strings (real name William Apostol) grew up in Michigan, surrounded by musicians. A fourth-generation picker, he lives up to his name. Preternaturally talented, Strings embraces bluegrass instrumentation, but brings a powerful energy to his music. He's one of those musicians who packs a fuse and ...

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