Strings wins bluegrass' biggest honor
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Strings wins bluegrass' biggest honor

Thursday, September 28, 2023 – 2023) — Billy Strings received the biggest honor of the night, "Entertainer of the Year" Award for the third year in a row, at the 33rd Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards.

Molly Tuttle scored three awards on the night with Song of the. Year for "Golden Highway," which she and Melody Walker Wrote. The album of the same name from Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway won Album of the Year as well. Tuttle also was named Female Vocalist of the Year.

Previously announced inductees into the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame – Sam Bush; early bluegrasser Wilma Lee Cooper; and mandolinist David Grisman were also honored during the show.

Other winners were: Vocal Group of the Year: Authentic Unlimited Instrumental Group of the Year: The Travelin' McCourys

Gospel Recording of the. Year – "The Scarlet Red Lines" Larry Sparks <

Instrumental Recording of the. Year "Kissimmee Kid" Jason Carter

New Artist of the Year: Authentic Unlimited

Collaborative Recording of the Year: "Alberta Bound" - Special Consensus with Patrick Sauber, Ray Legere, John Reischman, Trisha Gagnon, Claire Lynch, Pharis & Jason Romero

Male Vocalist of the Year: Greg Blake

Banjo Player of the Year: Kristin Scott Benson

Bass Player of the Year: Vickie Vaughn

Resophone Guitar Player the Year: Justin Moses

Fiddle Player of the Year: Jason Carter

Guitar Player of the Year: Trey Hensley

Mandolin Player of the Year: Sierra Hull


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CD review - City of Gold Arguably the most interesting and versatile bluegrass band working the circuit, Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway, her touring band, return for their second album together. Unlike the preceding Grammy Award-winning "Crooked Tree," "City of Gold" is truly a band album with limited guest appearances. By featuring the musicians experienced during her live performances, this is a wide-ranging but entirely cohesive and spectacular recording. Rich in story, this is a true modern ...
CD review - Crooked Tree Not long ago, we were listening to Molly Tuttle on small, independent labels and now, less than four years later she is making her debut on the prestigious Nonesuch label with "Crooked Tree." Tuttle, a graduate of Berklee College of Music and brilliant multi-award-winning finger picking guitarist, straddled the line between bluegrass and Americana in her 2019 "When You're Ready" and on an album of rock, pop and country covers in 2020. To date, she's tried to veer from ...
CD review - Renewal It's just like Billy Strings to have a song title that reads like a heavy metal track ("Hellbender") for a tune that sounds like traditional bluegrass music. When it comes to creating music, though, the phrase, 'It's all good,' actually applies to Strings – for once. "Renewal" is over an hour of music, and is (mostly) bluegrass – at heart – but not just bluegrass music. "Hide And Seek" is one of the most complicated recordings, ...


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