Thursday, October 1, 2015
– The Earls of Leicester were the big winners tonight at the Internaitonal Bluegrass Music Assocaition Awards by taking four, including the coveted Entertainer of the Year and Album of the Year for its self-titled debut, at the awards show in Raleigh, N.C.
The band also took home Instrumental Group of the Year, and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Earls of Leicester member Jerry Douglas' win for Dobro Player of the Year and Earls' member Shawn Camp's Male Vocalist of the Year win.
North Carolina's own Balsam Range won Vocal Group of the Year, Song of the Year for "Moon Over Memphis," and the group's Tim Surrett earned Bass Player of the Year.
Bill Keith and Larry Sparks were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
Hosted by The Gibson Brothers, the show featured performances by The Earls of Leicester, Flatt Lonesome, Hot Rize, The Del McCoury Band, The Gibson Brothers, and a surprise performance by Alison Krauss and Larry Sparks.
The list of winners is:
Entertainer of the Year: The Earls of Leicester
Female Vocalist of the Year: Rhonda Vincent
Male Vocalist of the Year: Shawn Camp
Vocal Group of the Year: Balsam Range
Instrumental Group of the Year: The Earls of Leicester
Song of the Year: "Moon Over Memphis," Balsam Range
Album of the Year: The Earls of Leicester, The Earls of Leicester, Jerry Douglas, producer
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year: "Who Will Sing for Me," The Earls of Leicester
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year: "The Three Bells," Jerry Douglas, Mike Auldridge, Rob Ickes
Emerging Artist of the Year: Becky Buller
Recorded Event of the Year: "Southern Flavor," Becky Buller, with Peter Rowan, Michael Feagan, Buddy Spicher, Ernie Sykes, Roland White, and Blake Williams
Banjo Player of the Year: Rob McCoury
Bass Player of the Year: Tim Surrett
Dobro Player of the Year: Jerry Douglas
Fiddle Player of the Year: Michael Cleveland
Guitar Player of the Year: Bryan Sutton
Mandolin Player of the Year: Jesse Brock
Inductees into the Bluegrass HOF: Bill Keith and Larry Sparks
Distinguished Achievement Award: Alison Brown, Murphy Henry, International Bluegrass Music Museum, "Bashful Brother" Oswald Kirby, Steve Martin