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Joe Mullins wins coveted IBMA honor

Friday, September 27, 2019 – Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers won the coveted "Entertainer of the Year" Award at the 30th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards; this is the band's first win - and first nomination - in this category.

Billy Strings won two honors, including New Artist of the Year.

Other winners were:
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: Sister Sadie (this is the band's first win in this category)

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR: - Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (this is the band's fifth win in this category)

SONG OF THE YEAR: "Thunder Dan" - Sideline (artist), Josh Manning (writer) Tim Surrett (producer), Mountain Home Music Company (label)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR: Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass - Del McCoury Band (artist), Del and Ronnie McCoury (producer), McCoury Music (label) (this is the band's second win in this category, with a previous win in 2004)

GOSPEL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: "Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout" - Claire Lynch (artist), Jerry Salley (producer), Billy Blue Records (label)

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR: "Darlin' Pal(s) of Mine" - Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Mike Bub, and Todd Phillips (artist), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR: Billy Strings

COLLABORATIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR: "The Guitar Song" - Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers with Del McCoury (artists), Joe Mullins (producer), Jerry Salley (associate producer) Billy Blue (label)

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Brooke Aldridge (her third win in this category, including 2017 and 2018)

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR: Russell Moore (his sixth win in this category, the most recent in 2012)

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Kristin Scott Benson (her fifth win in this category, the most recent in 2011)

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Missy Raines (her eighth win in this category, the most recent in 2007)

RESOPHONIC GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Phil Leadbetter (his third win in this category, the most recent in 2014)

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Michael Cleveland (his 12th win in this category, previously in 2018)

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Billy Strings (his first nomination - and win - in this category)

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Alan Bibey (his first win in this category)

Previously announced inductees into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame - Mike Auldridge, Bill Emerson, and The Kentucky Colonels - were honored at this evening's show.

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

BROADCASTER OF THE YEAR - Michelle Lee

EVENT OF THE YEAR: Blueberry Bluegrass Festival - Stony Plain, Alberta, Canada

LINER NOTES OF THE YEAR: Epilogue: A Tribute to John Duffey Akira Otsuka, Dudley Connell, Jeff Place, Katy Daley

GRAPHIC DESIGNER OF THE YEAR: Michael Armistead

WRITER OF THE YEAR: David Morris

SONGWRITER OF THE YEAR: Jerry Salley

SOUND ENGINEER OF THE YEAR: Ben Surratt

The previously announced 2019 Distinguished Achievement Award recipients - Katy Daley, Mickey Gamble, Dan Hays, Allen Mills and Moonshiner - were also honored at today's luncheon.

The International Bluegrass Music Awards, hosted by Del McCoury and Jim Lauderdale, were held Thursday in Raleigh, N. C. Awards were voted on by the professional membership of the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA).

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The Story We Tell CD review - The Story We Tell
Joe Mullins makes it sound easy, and when surrounded by extraordinary talent like the Radio Ramblers, it sounds even easier. Throw in songs written by Larry Cordle, Ronnie Bowman and Jerry Salley, and "The Story We Tell" is sure to be a great one. The release is the follow-up to Mullins' award winning gospel album, "Sacred Memories," but this time the story is a bit different. The lone gospel number "When God's In It," is from the pen of Bowman and Salley »»»
Sacred Memories CD review - Sacred Memories
If Joe Mullins' name is on the CD you know you're going to hear good bluegrass. This all-gospel CD offers interesting perspectives. The Radio Ramblers (Mike Terry, mandolin/vocals; Jason Barie, fiddle; Duane Sparks, guitar/vocals; Randy Barnes, bass/vocals) with Mullins playing banjo provide the same excellent music whether on stage or on CD. One of the highlights is the title song, composed by Dolly Parton for her 1974 "Love Is Like A Butterfly" LP. She included a few »»»
Another Day From Life CD review - Another Day From Life
Twenty years ago, Joe Mullins and his late dad Paul "Moon" Mullins headed up the Traditional Grass, an Ohio-based band renowned for exactly that, some of the finest straight-ahead bluegrass to be heard on stage and recording in the day. After disbanding in the late 90s, Joe went into the radio business as a station owner - his current band name "Radio Ramblers" wasn't pulled out of thin air - and now runs an empire of three classic country Ohio stations. »»»
Editorial: Walking the talk – When names like Hank Williams, Johnny Cash, Waylon and the Hag are invoked, you're talking hard core country. These are the touchstones of country , the guys who made country music what it was and still is (or maybe can be). When these folks would sing about being down-and-out and the rough-and-tumble, they knew of what they were singing about. Fast forward a few years to the country singers of today. »»»
Concert Review: The Lil Smokies provide the perfect antidote – On a night when the world to be falling further apart thanks to coronavirus (this would be the night the NBA postponed the season), there stood The Lil Smokies to at least in some small measure save the day. The quintet is part of a generation of musicians with bluegrass as the basis, but not totally the sum of the music either.... »»»
Concert Review: White makes the case for himself, no matter how dark the music – John Paul White opined with a glint in his eyes that his songs were not of the uplifting variety. In fact, they were downright dark. How else to explain "The Long Way" with the line "long way home back to you." Or "James," a song inspired by his grandfather who suffered from dementia. But lest you think that the Alabama... »»»
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