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Balsam Range Wins Entertainer Of The Year At 2018 IBMAs

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RALEIGH, NC (CelebrityAccess) — Balsam Range took top honors at the International Bluegrass Music Association awards on Thursday, taking home the award for Entertainer of the Year.

The Haywood County quintet also picked up wins after Buddy Melton was named as male vocalist of the year and Tim Surrett won the prize for bass player of the year.

Vocal group of the year went to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, marking the 8th consecutive win for the band in that category, and the Travelin’ McCourys won instrumental group of the year.

Special Consensus took home the trophy for album of the year, while Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers won for song of the year.

Hot Rize hosted the festivities, which were held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, as part of IBMA’s annual conference.

“Congratulations to this year’s awards recipients and all of the nominees,” said Paul Schiminger, Executive Director of IBMA. “Being recognized by your professional peers with the highest honors in bluegrass music is quite an achievement, considering the number of incredible artists and recordings in our music today. This is a moment for everyone in the bluegrass community to feel proud and celebrate the many accomplishments of the past year.  It is no wonder the appreciation of bluegrass is growing every day.”

The full list of award recipients of the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards are listed below:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:
Balsam Range

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR:
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (this is the band’s 8th win in this category, with the last
win in 2007)

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR:
The Travelin’ McCourys (the band’s first award, although members of the band have
won many awards individually)

SONG OF THE YEAR:
“If I’d Have Wrote That Song” – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers (artist), Larry
Cordle/Larry Shell/James Silvers (writers) (the band’s first award in this category)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:

Rivers & Roads – Special Consensus (artist), Alison Brown (producer), Compass
Records (label) (the band’s first win in this category)

GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF A YEAR :
“Speakin’ to That Mountain” – Becky Buller (artist), Becky Buller/Jeff Hyde
(writers), Crepe Paper Heart (album), Stephen Mougin (producer), Dark Shadow
Recording (label)

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE:
“Squirrel Hunters” – Special Consensus with John Hartford, Rachel Baiman,
Christian Sedelmyer, and Alison Brown (artist), Traditional arranged by Alison
Brown/Special Consensus (writers), Rivers & Roads (album), Alison Brown
(producer), Compass Records (label)

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR:
“Swept Away” – Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, and
Molly Tuttle (artists), single release, Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records
(label)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
Brooke Aldridge (her second win in this category, previously in 2017)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
Buddy Melton (his second win in this category, previously in 2014)

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Ned Luberecki (his first win in this category)

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Tim Surrett (his second win in this category, previously in 2015)

DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Justin Moses (his first win in this category)

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Michael Cleveland (his 11 th win in this category, previously in 2015)

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Molly Tuttle (her second win in this category, previously in 2017)

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Sierra Hull (her third win in this category, previously 2016 and 2017)

Previously announced inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of
Fame – Ricky Skaggs, Paul Williams, Tom T. and Dixie Hall
 – were honored at
this evening’s show.

At the Special Awards Luncheon held earlier in the day, the recipients of the
following awards were also announced:

BLUEGRASS BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR:
(Northern Kentucky-based host of “Steve Martin’s Unreal Bluegrass”) Steve
Martin

BLUEGRASS EVENT OF THE YEAR:
Bluegrass on the Green– Frankfort, IL

BEST LINER NOTES FOR A RECORDED PROJECT (tie):
Craig Havighurst – The Story We Tell by Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers
Peter Wernick – Carter Stanley’s Eyes by Peter Rowan


BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR A RECORDED PROJECT:
Lou Everhart
A Heart Never Knows by The Price Sisters

BLUEGRASS PRINT/MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR:
Neil Rosenberg

BLUEGRASS SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:
Jerry Salley

SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR (first year presented):
Ben Surratt

The previously announced 2018 Distinguished Achievement Award recipients –
George Gruhn, Christopher Howard-Williams, Curtis McPeake, Walter
Saunders and Chris Thile
 – were also honored at today’s luncheon.

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