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Rural Roots Announce Country Winners


LE MARS, IA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Rural Roots Music Commission has announced the winners of their 2010 awards.

The Commission was formed nearly 10 years ago out of dissatisfaction with modern country music.

"With the 'system' the way it is today, country music doesn't have a single 'connect' to what country music once was," explained Sheila Everhart, one of the Commission's directors, according to the press release.

The Rural Roots Music Commission was formed as a subsidiary to the National Traditional Country Music Association, which was formed in 1975 to produce their first agricultural life-style and music festival in 1976 as a Bicentennial celebration.

The Commission focuses on traditional or classic country, bluegrass, and folk music.

The awards will be made at the 35th annual National Old Time Country Folk & Bluegrass Festival and Contest at the Plymouth County Fairgrounds in Le Mars, Iowa, August 30-September 5.

This year's winners…


Traditional Gospel CD of the Year: Pat Boilesen for "Broken Angel"

Traditional Country Songwriter of the Year: Jack Langley for "Guitarman"

Western CD of the Year: Chelsea Beck for "Way Out West"

Live Performance CD of the Year: Lee Muller for "Live At The Oak Tree Opry"

Family Bluegrass CD of the Year: Redhead Express for "Paintin' The Town Red"

Traditional Country CD of the Year: Donnie Young for "Singing Cherokee"

Yodel CD of the Year:  Naomi Bristow for "Ridin' High"

Classic Country CD of the Year: Ervin Pickhinke for"Singing Country"

Instrumental CD of the Year: the Johnson Strings for "Vision"

International Country CD of the Year: Ben Steneker for "Homeland"

International Yodel CD of the Year: Stew Clayton for "Yodeling My Way Back Home"

Country CD of the Year: Bobby Awe for "Baby Blue"

Country DVD of the Year: Allen Karl for "My Final Rose"

Traditional Folk CD of the Year: Two Gallivantors Dan Radford and Billy Conlan for "Two Gallivantors"

Original Traditional Country CD of the Year: Chari Miles for "Memories"

Traditional Folk Music CD of the Year: Maria Petersen for the 3-set CD release of Bavarian folk and zither music

Bluegrass Gospel CD of the Year: the Morris Brothers for "Heart to Heart"

Contemporary Country Music CD of the Year:  Bill Anderson for "Songwriter"

Contemporary Gospel CD of the Year: High Road (Sarah Davison, Braddyville, Ia & Anna Grace Kimbrough) for "Turn Your Radio On"

Fiddle Instrumentalist CD of the Year: Anna Erickson for "Love 2 Fiddle"

Modern Gospel CD of the Year: Patrice LeComte for "The Treasures"

Old Timey CD of the Year: West County Professional Tea Sippers for "The Kettle is On"

Tribute CD of the Year: Elaine Peacock for "The World Is Full of Colors"

Family Gospel CD of the Year: Balyeat Family for "You Gotta Stand"

Pop Country CD of the Year: Patti Page for "Best Country Songs"

Classic Tribute CD of the Year: Jerry Stevenson for "The Man You Once Knew"

New Country CD of the Year: Alexa Whipple for "Beautiful Day"

–by CelebrityAccess Staff Writers