Bluegrass Hall of Fame Announces 2018 Inductees & Nominees
In 1996, Bill Monroe – nearing the end of his life – confided to musical protégé Ricky Skaggs that he feared that bluegrass music, the genre of music he helped create in the late 1930s, would enter into the history bins with his passing. Skaggs made a promise to The Father of Bluegrass that he would do his part to keep the flame alive. After that, Skaggs switched lanes to perform primarily bluegrass and established Skaggs Family Records, which has become one of the top bluegrass labels in music. Today, that full-circle move back to the format from which he began his trailblazing career is celebrated with the announcement that he will be one of four new inductees into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
The news of Skaggs' forthcoming induction – alongside of longtime bluegrass favorite Paul Williams and Tom T. and Dixie Hall – were among the headlines that came from this morning's reveal of the nominations of the 2018 International Bluegrass Music Awards, which were announced at a press conference in Nashville.
Leading the field are Becky Buller and Molly Tuttle, with each receiving six nominations. Close behind with five nominations each are Special Consensus, and The Del McCoury Band/The Travelin' McCourys, with strong showings by Rhonda Vincent, The Earls of Leicester, Balsam Range, and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. Results of the balloting will be revealed at the International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, Sept. 27, at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina, and will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio (Bluegrass Junction).
The slate of nominees include many of the format's newest stars, as well as four members of the International Bluegrass Music Association Hall of Fame -- Doyle Lawson, Del McCoury, Bobby Osborne, and the late John. Names with multiple nominations include Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Sam Bush Band, Michael Cleveland, The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, The Infamous Stringdusters, Lonesome River Band, Mile Twelve, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Punch Brothers, Missy Raines, Sister Sadie, and Rhonda Vincent.
“Congratulations to Ricky Skaggs, Paul Williams, and Tom T. & Dixie Hall. For the indelible impact each of them has made on bluegrass music, they are receiving our highest honor, induction into the IBMA Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame,” says IBMA's Executive Director Paul Schiminger. “Congratulations as well to the Distinguished Achievement Award recipients and all of the awards nominee finalists. From the established leaders in our music to those who are working tirelessly to become our future leaders, we celebrate your hard-earned achievements. You inspire all of us. I look forward to us continuing this celebration on September 27th at the biggest night in our community, the International Bluegrass Music Awards!”
Known first for his work with the legendary Jimmy Martin, Williams took a three-decade rest from performing before returning to the stage with Paul Williams & The Victory Trio, an all-gospel bluegrass group, and has recorded more than a half-dozen albums for Rebel Records.
The induction of Tom T. Hall and Dixie Hall is a celebration of the couple's deep love for bluegrass music. Country music legends, The Halls began writing bluegrass songs in 1999, writing hit songs for Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Lewis Family, Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice, Alecia Nugent, and many more.
Prior to Dixie's death in 2015, Dixie and Tom T. were tireless supporters of bluegrass, and prolific writers of songs for the genre's artists. Dixie and Tom T. Hall were honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award from the IBMA in 2004 for their “songwriting contributions and support of bluegrass artists through Good Home Grown Music, Blue Circle Records and their recording studio at Fox Hollow in Franklin, Tennessee, and numerous promotional efforts in the bluegrass industry community."
Skaggs and Hall join a rarefied club in being members of both the Country Music and Bluegrass Hall of Fame, joining the ranks of Monroe, Lester Flatt, Earl Scruggs, Mac Wiseman, and The Carter Family.
Also being celebrated with the Distinguished Achievement Awards are instrument maker George Gruhn; Bluegrass Festival organizer Christopher Howard-Williams, who has demonstrated leadership in the France Bluegrass Music Association; Session player and sideman Curtis McPeake; journalist and writer Walter Saunders; and Nickel Creek’s Chris Thile, also known for his hosting of Prairie Home Companion/Live From Here.
ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Del McCoury Band
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Earls of Leicester
VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
I’m With Her
INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Sam Bush Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR (Tie)
Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Jeff Scroggins & Colorado
SONG OF THE YEAR
Calamity Jane – Becky Buller (artist), Becky Buller/Tim Stafford (writers)
If I’d Have Wrote That Song – Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (artist), Larry Cordle/Larry Shell/James Silvers (writers)
Swept Away – Missy Raines (artist), Laurie Lewis (writer)
Way Down the River Road – Special Consensus (artist), John Hartford (writer)
You Didn’t Call My Name – Molly Tuttle (artist), Molly Tuttle (writer)
ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Life Is a Story – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artist), Doyle Lawson (producer), Mountain Home Music Company (label)
Mayhayley’s House – Lonesome River Band (artist), Lonesome River Band (producers), Mountain Home Music Company (label)
Rise – Molly Tuttle (artist), Kai Welch (producer), Compass Records (label)
Rivers & Roads – Special Consensus (artist), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)
The Story We Tell – Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (artist), Joe Mullins (producer), Rebel Records (label)
GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
I’m Going Under – Darin & Brooke Aldridge (artist), Karen Taylor-Good/Bill Whyte (writers), single release, Mountain Home Music Company (label)
Little Girl – Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver (artist), Harley Lee Allen (writer), Life Is a Story (album), Doyle Lawson (producer), Mountain Home Music Company (label)
Speakin’ to That Mountain – Becky Buller (artist), Becky Buller/Jeff Hyde (writers), Crepe Paper Heart (album), Stephen Mougin (producer), Dark Shadow Recording (label)
Travelin’ Shoes – Special Consensus (artist), Traditional arranged by Special Consensus (writer), Rivers & Roads (album), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)
When God’s in It – Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers (artist), Ronnie Bowman/Jerry Salley (writers), The Story We Tell (album), Joe Mullins (producer), Rebel Records (label)
INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Lynchburg Chicken Run – The Grascals (artist), Danny Roberts/Adam Haynes (writers), Before Breakfast (album), The Grascals (producer), Mountain Home Music Company (label)
Medley: Sally in the Garden/Big Country/Molly Put the Kettle On – Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn (artists), Sally in the Garden and Molly Put the Kettle On – Traditional arranged by Bela Fleck & Abigail Washburn, Big Country – Bela Fleck (writers), Echo in the Valley (album), Bela Fleck (producer), Rounder Records (label)
Sirens – Infamous Stringdusters (artist), Infamous Stringdusters (writers), Laws of Gravity (album), Infamous Stringdusters, Billy Hume (producers), Compass Records (label)
Squirrel Hunters – Special Consensus with John Hartford, Rachel Baiman & Christian Sedelmyer (10 String Symphony), & Alison Brown (artists), Traditional arranged by Alison Brown/Special Consensus (writers), Rivers & Roads (album), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)
Wickwire – Mile Twelve (artist), Mile Twelve (writers), Onwards (album), Stephen Mougin (producer), Delores the Taurus Records (label)
RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR
Calamity Jane – Becky Buller with Rhonda Vincent (artists), Crepe Paper Heart (album), Stephen Mougin (producer), Dark Shadow Recording (label)
I’ll Just Go Away – Dale Ann Bradley & Vince Gill (artists), Dale Ann Bradley (album), Dale Ann Bradley (producer), Pinecastle Records (label)
The Rebel and the Rose – Becky Buller with Sam Bush (artists), Crepe Paper Heart (album), Stephen Mougin (producer), Dark Shadow Recording (label)
She Took the Tennessee River – Special Consensus with Bobby Osborne (artists), Rivers & Roads (album), Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)
Swept Away – Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, and Molly Tuttle (artists), single release, Alison Brown (producer), Compass Records (label)
MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Dale Ann Bradley
BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kristin Scott Benson
BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR