Thursday, October 1, 2009
– Dailey & Vincent won three awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards Thursday in Nashville including the biggest prize, entertainer of the year.
The duo of Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent also won vocal group of the year and gospel recorded performance for On the Other Side, a song penned by Jimmy Fortune, Kevin Denney and Tom Botkin.
Dan Tyminski received two awards, including album of the year for "Wheels," which he produced. He also was male vocalist of the year.
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper took home instrumental group of the year, The group also won instrumental recorded performance for Jerusalem Ridge, written by Bill Monroe . Cleveland won an individual award.
Dale Ann Bradley received female vocalist honors. The SteelDrivers were awarded the emerging artist of the year.
Song of the year was Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away, performed by Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass and written by Chris Stuart and Ivan Rosenberg.
Recorded event of the year was "Proud To Be a Daughter of Bluegrass" by the Daughters of Bluegrass.
Instrumentalists receiving awards were:
Banjo - Kristin Scott Benson
Bass - Marshall Wilborn
Fiddle - Cleveland
Dobro - Rob Ickes
Guitar - Josh Williams
Mandolin - Jesse Brock
Ickes, who is celebrating 15 years as a co-founder of Blue Highway, took home his 11th trophy for Dobro Player of the Year.
Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients went to Hylo Brown, Pati Crooker, Jody Rainwater, Dick Spottswood and Joe Wilson.
The Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year was given to Katy Daley; HD Radio WAMU 88.5 Channel 2, 105.5 FM & www.bluegrasscountry.org; Washington, D.C.
Print Media Person of the Year was Roger Siminoff; Siminoff's Luthiers Glossary, Banjo Newsletter and Bluegrass Breakdown.
Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project was given to Steve Martin for his CD "The Crow."
Best graphic Design for a Recorded Project was dole out to G. Carr & Salli Ratts (designers) for "The Crow."
Bluegrass Event of the Year Award was Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Oak Hill, New York; July 2008.
The Dillards and the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers entered the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
Bobby Osborne, a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, became the first person in the history of the Hall of Fame to be inducted twice. "I never thought when I left home in 1949 with an old guitar my dad paid $30 dollars for-with no case-that I'd ever amount to a hill of beans," Osborne said. "I never dreamed of nothing like this when I joined the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers. It led to many, many things in bluegrass music.... Since that day I always had my sights set way down the road, and I still ain't finished with it yet."
Paul Williams, who went on to fame after the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers as a member of Jimmy Martin's Sunny Mountain Boys and now leads his own group, said to Osborne, "I wouldn't have had no idea we'd draw this good on a Thursday night. I tell you; this is something I never would have dreamed of."
"I'm at a loss for words," Rodney Dillard said. "Bluegrass has allowed me to make friends all over the world. It's given me a wonderful family, and by the grace of God we got this while we're still alive," he added, smiling. "We all thought that in order for this to happen, one of us would have to die-but no one wanted to volunteer!"
"I'm flabbergasted to get an award like this in my lifetime," Douglas Dillard said, going on to thank his parents for giving him and Rodney the gift of music, along with former record and movie producers and their publisher, Robin Lynn Greene.
"Thank you very much," Mitch Jayne said. "You know, we've been waiting 50 years for someone to think we did something. It's incredibly appreciated by the four of us guys. Bluegrass was so much fun.... We had the time of our lives. Mine's about over and I've almost made it through. I want to read you something I got from Andy Griffith yesterday, who doesn't travel much at 83. Actually, I didn't want to come here either," Jayne joked. "I just came to meet Melvin Goins."