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The Boxcars grab 10 IBMA nominations

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 – The Boxcars lead the nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Awards with 10 for the band and individual members Blue Highway grabbed nine nominations, and The Del McCoury Band earned six nominations.

Hall of Fame inductees will be The Original Seldom Scene and Neil Rosenberg.

Nominations for The Boxcars included Instrumental Group, Album of the Year ("It's Just A Road)", two for Song of the Year ("It's Just A Road" and "You Took All the Ramblin' Out of Me"), Gospel Recorded Performance ("When Sorrows Encompass Me Around") and Instrumental Recorded Performance ("Skillet Head Derailed"). Ron Stewart received two nominations, one as Banjo Player of the Year and one as Fiddle Player of the Year. For his work with the Boxcars, band member Adam Steffey earned a nomination for Mandolin Player of the Year; as a solo artist, Steffey received a nomination for Instrumental Recorded Performance ("Johnny Don't Get Drunk").

Blue Highway captured nine nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group, Instrumental Group, Song of the Year ("The Game") Album of the Year ("The Game"), Recorded Event of the Year and nominations for member Tim Stafford (Guitar Player of the Year, and Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year) and Rob Ickes (Dobro Player of the Year.)

The Del McCoury Band received six nominations, including Entertainer of the Year, Instrumental Group, Album of the Year ("Streets of Baltimore"), Recorded Event of the Year and nominations for members Del McCoury (Male Vocalist) and Jason Carter (Fiddle Player of the Year).

North Carolina's Balsam Range was the only other artist besides Blue Highway to be nominated in the prestigious Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group and Instrumental Group categories; band member Buddy Melton received a nomination for Male Vocalist, as well.

Entertainer of the Year nominations also included Dailey & Vincent and The Gibson Brothers. They were nominated for Vocal Group of the Year along with Balsam Range and Blue Highway.

2014 DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARD RECIPIENTS

Deering Banjo Company
The Delmore Brothers
European Bluegrass Music Association
Hillbilly at Harvard
Bill Keith

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Balsam Range
Blue Highway
The Boxcars
The Del McCoury Band
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Dear Sister" - Claire Lynch (artist), Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscomb (writers)
"Grandpa's Way of Life" - The Spinney Brothers (artist), Mark 'Brink' Brinkman (writer)
"It's Just a Road" - The Boxcars (artist), William Keith Garrett (writer)
"The Game" - Blue Highway (artist), Shawn Lane and Barry Bales (writers)
"You Took All The Ramblin' Out of Me" - The Boxcars (artist), Jerry Hubbard (writer)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Hall of Fame Bluegrass - Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (artist), Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (producers), Rebel Records
It's Just A Road - The Boxcars (artist), The Boxcars (producer), Mountain Home
Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe - Noam Pikelny (artist) Gabe Witcher (producer), Compass Records
Streets of Baltimore - The Del McCoury Band (artist), Del McCoury (producer), McCoury Music
The Game - Blue Highway (artist), Blue Highway (producer), Rounder Records

GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

"Love Does" - Darin and Brooke Aldridge (artist), Flying (album), Jamie Johnson, Suzanne M. Johnson and Jenee Fleenor (writers), Darin and Brooke Aldridge (producers), Organic Record
"The Day We Learn to Fly" - Volume Five (artist), The Day We Learn To Fly (album), Stacy Richardson and Leroy Drumm (writers), Volume Five (producers), Mountain Fever
"Wait A Little Longer Please Jesus" - Donna Ulisse (artist), I Am a Child of God (album), Hazel Marie Houser (writer), Bryan Sutton and Donna Ulisse (producers), Hadley Music Group
"When Sorrows Encompass Me Around" - The Boxcars (artist), It's Just A Road (album), Paul Edgar Johnson (writer), The Boxcars (producer), Mountain Home
"Won't It Be Wonderful There" - Dailey & Vincent (artist), Brothers of the Highway (album), Mildred Styles Johnson (writer), Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent (producers), Rounder Records

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

"Five Miles to Milan" - The Grascals (artist), When I Get My Pay (album), Danny Roberts (writer), The Grascals (producer), Mountain Home
"Graveyard Fields" - Steep Canyon Rangers (artist), Tell The Ones I Love (album), Mike Guggino (writer), Larry Campbell (producer), Rounder Records
"Johnny Don't Get Drunk" - Adam Steffey (artist), New Primitive (album), Public Domain, Adam Steffey (producer), Organic
"Skillet Head Derailed" - The Boxcars (artist), It's Just a Road (album), Ron Stewart (writer), The Boxcars (producer), Mountain Home
"Thank God I'm A Country Boy"- Special Consensus with Buddy Spicher, Michael Cleveland and Alison Brown (artists), Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver (album), John Martin Sommers (wrtier), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR

"American Pickers"- The Grascals with Dierks Bentley (artists), The Grascals (producer), Mountain Home
"Keepin' It Between the Lines (Old School)" - Peter Rowan with Bobby Osborne, Jesse McReynolds, Ronnie McCoury and Del McCoury (artists), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records
"Martha White, Lester & Earl" - Terry Baucom with Marty Raybon & Buddy Melton (artists), Terry and Cindy Baucom (producers), John Boy and Billy Records
"Wild Montana Skies" - Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes (artists), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records
"Wild Mountain Honey" - Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (artists), Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (producers) Rebel Records

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Detour
Flatt Lonesome
The Spinney Brothers
Town Mountain
Volume Five

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Del McCoury
Buddy Melton
Tim O'Brien
Frank Solivan
Dan Tyminski

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Dale Ann Bradley
Alison Krauss
Claire Lynch
Amanda Smith
Rhonda Vincent

INSTRUMENTAL PERFORMERS OF THE YEAR
BANJO

Jens Kruger
Mike Munford
Noam Pikelny
Sammy Shelor
Ron Stewart

BASS

Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Missy Raines
Mark Schatz
Darrin Vincent

FIDDLE

Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Bobby Hicks
Ron Stewart

DOBRO

Jerry Douglas
Andy Hall
Rob Ickes
Randy Kohrs
Phil Leadbetter

GUITAR

Tony Rice
James Alan Shelton
Kenny Smith
Tim Stafford
Bryan Sutton

MANDOLIN

Sam Bush
Sierra Hull
Frank Solivan
Adam Steffey
Chris Thile

2014 INTERNATIONAL BLUEGRASS MUSIC SPECIAL AWARD NOMINATIONS

BLUEGRASS BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR

Kyle Cantrell, Bluegrass Junction, Sirius XM
Steve Fisher, Bluegrass Sessions at Ironwood Stage & Grill (Calgary, AB, Canada)
Chris Jones, Bluegrass Junction, Sirius XM
Al Weekly, KRVN; musicchartsmagazine.com
Tim White, Song of the Mountains, PBS

BLUEGRASS EVENT OF THE YEAR

Bloomin' Bluegrass Festival, Farmers Branch, Texas
Bluegrass Underground, McMinnville, Tennessee
FreshGrass 2013, North Adams, Massachusetts
Jenny Brook Bluegrass Festival 2013, Tunbridge, Vermont
Minnesota Bluegrass & Old-Time Music Festival 2013, Richmond, Minnesota

BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR A RECORDED PROJECT

Lou Everhart (designer), Lonely Comes Easy, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Rebel Records
Josh Gibson, Keesha Dickel (designers), No More Rain, The Steel Wheels
Josh Gibson, Dough Seymour (designers), Echo Sessions, The Stray Birds
Josh Gibson, Scott Simontacchi (designers), Carnival, Nora Jane Struthers, Blue Pig Music
Lynn Weathers (designer), Flying, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Organic Records

BEST LINER NOTES FOR A RECORDED PROJECT

David Freeman, Hall of Fame Bluegrass!,Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins, Rebel Records
Fred Jasper and Derek Halsey, The Definitive Doc Watson, Doc Watson,Sugar Hill Records and Vanguard Records
Randy Pitts, Three Chords and the Truth, James King, Rounder Records.
Neil V Rosenberg, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe,Noam Pikelny, Compass Records
Dave Royko, Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver, Special Consensus & Friends, Compass Records

BLUEGRASS PRINT/MEDIA PERSON OF THE YEAR

Derek Halsey, writer for the Herald Dispatch in Huntington, West Virginia, Bluegrass Unlimited magazine, and The Bluegrass Situation.
Chris Jones, writer for Bluegrass Today
John Curtis Goad, writer for Bluegrass Today
Daniel Mullins, writer for Bluegrass Today
Ted Lehmann, blogger for Ted Lehmann's Bluegrass, Books & Brainstorms

BLUEGRASS SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR

Becky Buller
Mark 'Brink' Brinkman
Jerry Salley
Tim Stafford
Donna Ulisse

Awards are voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA), the trade association for the bluegrass music industry. Results of the balloting will be revealed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, Oct. 2, hosted by artists Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas. The Awards Show is the centerpiece of World of Bluegrass event, to be held Sept. 30-Oct. 4 in Raleigh, N.C.

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