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Dailey & Vincent top IBMA nominations with 10

Thursday, August 14, 2008 – Dailey & Vincent, Blue Highway, The Dan Tyminski Band and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder Top Nominee List for the 19th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards with Dailey & Vincent topping the list with 10 nominations. The list of nominees continues a trend of elevating a new wave of stars, as well as honoring the ongoing contributions of the genre's legends.

Blue Highway, Tyminski and Skaggs received six apiece. Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Del McCoury Band and Grasstowne all received four award nominations each. The awards, to be hosted by Del McCoury, will be on Thursday, Oct. 2 at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville.

Receiving multiple nominations were The Grascals, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper, The Infamous Stringdusters and The Steep Canyon Rangers, along with first-time nominees Grasstowne, The SteelDrivers and Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass. Voting colleagues also continue to recognize pioneering talent making highly relevant contributions, as evidenced by nominations Earl Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, Everett Lilly, J.D. Crowe and The Lewis Family.

Dailey & Vincent burst onto the scene last year. The group's leaders (Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent) apprenticed under Doyle Lawson and Ricky Skaggs and were nominated for Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group, Male Vocalist (Jamie), Emerging Artist, Bass Player (Darrin) and Album of the Year for their self-titled debut on Rounder Records. The duo picked up two Song of the Year nominations for "By the Mark" and "More Than a Name on a Wall," along with a Gospel Recorded Performance nomination for "By the Mark" and a nod for Recorded Event of the Year for Vincent's work on the Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother project (Swift River Music).

Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder were nominated for Instrumental Group of the Year and are finalists for Album of the Year for their "Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass - Tribute to 1946 and 1947" (Skaggs Family Records) and for Gospel Recorded Performance and Recorded Event of the Year for "Salt of the Earth" (Skaggs Family), which is Skaggs' first full-length recorded collaboration with his wife's award-winning group, The Whites. Banjo player Jim Mills and guitarist Cody Kilby are nominated for excellence in their respective Instrumentalist of the Year categories. This is Kilby's first such nomination, while Mills owns six trophies for his banjo work.

Blue Highway took the producer and primary songwriting reins for their latest album, "Through the Window of a Train," earning nods for both Album of the Year and Song of the Year for the title track, co-written by band member Tim Stafford and Grasstowne's Steve Gulley. The band also earned nominations for Vocal Group, Instrumental Group, Guitar (Tim Stafford) and Dobro (Rob Ickes). Ickes is the most awarded instrumentalist (nine trophies) in the history of the IBMA Awards.

Tyminski, the singing voice of George Clooney in the movie "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" and longtime guitarist with Alison Krauss & Union Station, stretches out on his own with six nominations including Male Vocalist, an award he received in 2001, 2002 and 2003. The virtuosity of his band earns an Instrumental Group nomination, and members are individually highlighted: Barry Bales for Bass, Adam Steffey for Mandolin and Ron Stewart with a rare set of nominations for Banjo and Fiddle.

The highest honors of the year go to the new members of the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. This year's inductees will be Bill Clifton, a pioneering artist, songwriter and international ambassador for bluegrass music, and the late author and historian, Charles K. Wolfe.

IBMA's Distinguished Achievement Award is an honor which recognizes individuals, groups and businesses for ground-breaking work and fostering the music's image and accessibility. This year's recipients are artist Bill Harrell, The Banjo Newsletter, The Ernest Tubb Record Shop, association leader and event producer Art Menius and Joe Carr & Alan Munde, known for their contributions to the genre as artists and educators.

Nominees are:

Dailey & Vincent
The Grascals
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Del McCoury Band
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Blue Highway
Dailey & Vincent
The Grascals
The Isaacs
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass

Blue Highway
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
The Infamous Stringdusters
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
The Dan Tyminski Band

Jamie Dailey
Russell Moore
Tim O'Brien
Danny Paisley
Dan Tyminski

Dale Ann Bradley
Sonya Isaacs
Alison Krauss
Claire Lynch
Rhonda Vincent

ALBUM OF THE YEAR (album, artist, producer(s), label)
Dailey & Vincent, Dailey & Vincent (artists), Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent (producers), Rounder Records
Honoring The Fathers of Bluegrass -Tribute to 1946 and 1947, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder (artists), Ricky Skaggs (producer), Skaggs Family Records
Lovin' Pretty Women, Steep Canyon Rangers (artists), Ronnie Bowman (producer), Rebel Records
The SteelDrivers, The SteelDrivers (artists), Luke Wooten & The SteelDrivers (producers), Rounder Records
Through The Window Of A Train, Blue Highway (artists & producers), Rounder Records

SONG OF THE YEAR (song, artist, songwriter(s))
Alison's Band, Charlie Sizemore Band (artists), Charlie Sizemore & Buddy Cannon (songwriters)
By The Mark, Dailey & Vincent (artists), David Rawlings & Gillian Welch (songwriters)
Drinkin' Dark Whiskey, The SteelDrivers (artists), Mike Henderson & Chris Stapleton (songwriters)
More Than A Name On A Wall, Dailey & Vincent (artists), Jimmy Fortune & John Rimel (songwriters)
"Through The Window Of A Train, Blue Highway (artists), Tim Stafford & Steve Gulley (songwriters)

GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR ("song" or album, artist(s), producer(s), label)
"Be Still Moses," Steep Canyon Rangers (artists), Ronnie Bowman (producer), Rebel Records
"By The Mark," Dailey & Vincent (artists), Jamie Dailey & Darrin Vincent (producers), Rounder Records
"Help Is On The Way," Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artists), Doyle Lawson (producer), Horizon Records
"Salt Of The Earth," Ricky Skaggs & The Whites (artists & producers), Skaggs Family Records
"Where No One Stands Alone," Paul Williams & The Victory Trio (artists), Paul Williams (producer), Rebel Records

INSTRUMENTAL ALBUM OF THE YEAR (album, artist, producer(s), label)
"Live At The Linda," David Grier (artist & producer), Dreadnought Records
"Sound of the Slide Guitar," Andy Hall (artist & producer), Sugar Hill Records
"Stepping Out," Jason Davis (artist), Jason Davis & Greg Luck (producers), Pinecastle Records
"The Past Is Present," Jason Barie (artist & producer), Pinecastle Records
"When At Last, Russ" Barenberg (artist & producer), Compass Records

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR (album, featured artists, producer(s), label)
"Christmas Grass, Vol. 3"; Featuring 3 Fox Drive, Sonya Isaacs, John Cowan, Sarah Jarosz, Larry Sparks, Russell Moore and Charlie Daniels (artists); Greg Cole, Chuck Rhodes & 3 Fox Drive (producers); KOCH Records
"Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother"; Featuring Everett Lilly, Bea Lilly, Charles Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Lilly, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Walker, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, David Ball, Charlie Cushman, Larry Stephenson, Joe Spivey, Eddie Stubbs, Jason Carter, Dickey Lee, Freddy Weller, Mike Bub, Rad Lewis, Andy May, Darrin Vincent, Marcia Campbell, Clay Rigdon, Eric Blankenship and Bill Wolfenbarger (artists); Charles Lilly & Bill Wolfenbarger (producers); Swift River Music
"Salt of the Earth", Ricky Skaggs & The Whites (artists & producers), Skaggs Family Records
"Standard Songs for Average People", John Prine & Mac Wiseman (artists), John Prine & David Ferguson (producers), Oh Boy Records
"We Are Family"; Jeff & Sheri Easter, The Lewis Family & The Easter Brothers (artists); Jeff & Sheri Easter (producers); Daywind Records

Cadillac Sky
Dailey & Vincent
Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass
The SteelDrivers


Kristin Scott Benson
J.D. Crowe
Jim Mills
Earl Scruggs
Ron Stewart

Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Missy Raines
Darrin Vincent
Marshall Wilborn

Hunter Berry
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Ron Stewart

Mike Auldridge
Jerry Douglas
Rob Ickes
Randy Kohrs
Phil Leadbetter

Cody Kilby
Tony Rice
Tim Stafford
Bryan Sutton
Josh Williams

Sam Bush
Sierra Hull
Doyle Lawson
Ronnie McCoury
Adam Steffey

Kyle Cantrell; Bluegrass Junction, XM Satellite Radio
Katy Daley, WAMU's bluegrasscountry.org
Terry Herd; Into the Blue, Bluegrass Radio Network

The Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival; Ancramdale, New York; July 2007
The River City Bluegrass Festival; Portland, Oregon; January 2008
29th Annual Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival; Thomas Point Beach, Maine; Aug. 30-Sept. 2, 2007

Stephanie P. Ledgin, freelance writer & author
Craig Shelburne, CMT.com & freelance writer/reviewer
Chris Stuart, freelance writer for Bluegrass Unlimited

BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN FOR RECORDED PROJECT (designer, album, artist, label)
G. Carr & S. Holman, What The, Pete Wernick & Flexigrass, Niwot Records
Smay Vision Graphic Design, The Stanley Brothers: The Definitive Collection (1947-1966), The Stanley Brothers, Time Life
Loren Witcher, Punch, The Punch Brothers, Nonesuch

BEST LINER NOTES FOR RECORDED PROJECT (writer, album, artist, label)
Frank & Marty Godbey, Bluegrass Holiday, J.D. Crowe, Rebel Records
Gary Reid, The Stanley Brothers: The Definitive Collection (1947-1966), The Stanley Brothers, Time Life
Ron Thomason, Good News, The Charlie Sizemore Band, Rounder Records

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