The Earls of Leicester Named “Entertainer of the Year” For The Third Year In A Row At 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards

Raleigh, North Carolina (September 28, 2017) — The Earls of Leicester made it a “three-peat” at tonight’s 28th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, winning the coveted “Entertainer of the Year” Award for the third year in a row (2015, 2016, 2017). Awards were also presented to many first time recipients, including Molly Tuttle, the first female to win “Guitar Player of the Year.”

The International Bluegrass Music Awards, hosted by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn, was held at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina. Awards were voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The recipients of the 2017 International Bluegrass Music Awards are listed below:

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR:
The Earls of Leicester

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR:
Flatt Lonesome (their second win in this category, previously in 2016)

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR:
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (their fourth win in this category, previously in 2008, 2009 and 2010)

SONG OF THE YEAR:
“I Am A Drifter” – Volume Five (artist), Donna Ulisse/Marc Rossi (writers)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR:
Mountain VoodooBalsam Range (artist), Balsam Range (producer), Mountain Home Records (label)

GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF A YEAR (tie):
“I Found a Church Today” – The Gibson Brothers (artist), Eric Gibson/Leigh Gibson (writers), In The Ground (album), Eric Gibson, Leigh Gibson, and Mike Barber (producers), Rounder Records (label)
“Sacred Memories” – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers with Ricky Skaggs and Sharon White Skaggs (artist), Dolly Parton (writer), Sacred Memories (album), Joe Mullins (producer), Rebel Records (label)

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE:
“Fiddler’s Dream” – Michael Cleveland (artist), Arthur Smith (writer), Fiddler’s Dream (album), Jeff White and Michael Cleveland (producers), Compass Records (label)

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR:
Volume Five

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR:
“I’ve Gotta Get a Message To You” – Bobby Osborne with Sierra Hull, Alison Brown, Rob Ickes, Stuart Duncan, Trey Hensley, Todd Phillips, Kenny Malone, Claire Lynch, and Bryan McDowell (artists), Original (album), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
Brooke Aldridge (her first win in this category)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR:
Shawn Camp (his second win in this category, previously in 2015)

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Noam Pikelny (his second win in this category, previously in 2014)

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Alan Bartram (his first win in this category)

DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Josh Swift (his first win in this category)

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Patrick McAvinue (his first in in this category)

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Molly Tuttle (first woman to win this category)

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR:
Sierra Hull (her second year in this category, previously in 2016)

Previously announced inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – trailblazing bluegrass artists Hazel Dickens and & Alice Gerrard, master fiddler Bobby Hicks, and Roland White, whose impressive career includes contributions to several seminal bands – 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:
Cindy Baucom

BLUEGRASS EVENT OF THE YEAR:
Pickin’ in Parsons, Parsons, West Virginia

BEST LINER NOTES FOR A RECORDED PROJECT:
Bill Nowlin, J.D.Crowe and the New South (40th Anniversary Edition)

BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR A RECORDED PROJECT:
Casey Campbell and Gina Leslie, Mandolin Duets: Volume One

BLUEGRASS PRINT/MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR:
John Lawless

BLUEGRASS SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR:
Tim Stafford

The previously announced 2017 Distinguished Achievement Award recipients - Norman Blake, Bluegrass Today, Louisa Branscomb, Fletcher Bright, and Silver Dollar City – were also honored at today’s luncheon.

 

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Judy McDonough
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615-243-5994
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