Del McCoury Band, Sam Bush Band & More Nominated For 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards: Full List

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The Del McCoury Band perform onstage during day 3 of the Big Barrel Country Music Festival on June 28, 2015 in Dover, Del. 

Nominees for the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards have been revealed. It's a stacked roster that includes entertainer of the year nominees for Balsam Range, Sam Bush Band, The Earls of Leicester, Del McCoury Band, and Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers.

Respected bluegrass acts Sister Sadie, Carolina Blue, Mile Twelve, Molly Tuttle, Missy Raines and Rhonda Vincent have also received multiple nominations at the upcoming awards show. 

Additionally, inductees to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame were announced on Wednesday (July 24), and include dobro player Mike Auldridge, banjo player Bill Emerson, and West Coast band The Kentucky Colonels.

The winners will be revealed on Sept. 26, at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center in Raleigh, North Carolina.

See the full list of nominees for the 2019 International Bluegrass Music Awards below.


ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR
Balsam Range
Sam Bush Band
The Earls of Leicester
Del McCoury Band
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Balsam Range
I’m With Her
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out
Sister Sadie

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Sam Bush Band
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
The Earls of Leicester
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder
The Travelin’ McCourys

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Appalachian Road Show
Carolina Blue
High Fidelity
Mile Twelve
Billy Strings

SONG OF THE YEAR (7 nominees, due to a tie)
Appalachian Road Show – “Dance, Dance, Dance”
Balsam Range – “The Girl Who Invented the Wheel”
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Del McCoury – “The Guitar Song”
Peter Rowan – “The Light in Carter Stanley’s Eyes”
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys – “Next Train South”
Molly Tuttle – “Take the Journey”
Sideline – “Thunder Dan”

ALBUM OF THE YEAR
Mile Twelve – City on a Hill
Del McCoury Band – Del McCoury Still Sings Bluegrass
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers – For the Record
Carolina Blue – I Hear Bluegrass Calling Me
Sister Sadie – Sister Sadie II

GOSPEL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers – “Acres of Diamonds”
Claire Lynch – “Gonna Sing, Gonna Shout”
Roland White and Friends – “I Am a Pilgrim”
Marty Raybon – “I See God”
Balsam Range – “Let My Life Be a Light”

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Sideline – “Cotton Eyed Joe”
Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Mike Bub, and Todd Phillips – “Darlin’ Pal(s) of Mine”
The Earls of Leicester – “Earl’s Breakdown”
Carolina Blue – “Fried Taters and Onions”
Sam Bush & Bela Fleck – “Sunrise”

COLLABORATIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR
Balsam Range with Atlanta Pops Orchestra Ensemble –“Burning Georgia Down”
Missy Raines with Alison Brown, Mike Bub, and Todd Phillips – “Darlin’ Pal(s) of Mine”
Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers with Del McCoury – “The Guitar Song”
Rhonda Vincent and Dolly Parton – “Please”
Roland White with Justin Hiltner, Jon Weisberger, Patrick McAvinue, and Molly Tuttle – “Soldier's Joy/Ragtime Annie”

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Shawn Camp
Del McCoury
Russell Moore
Tim O’Brien
Danny Paisley

FEMALE VOCALIST
Brooke Aldridge
Dale Ann Bradley
Sierra Hull
Molly Tuttle
Rhonda Vincent

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Gina Furtado
Mike Munford
Noam Pikelny
Kristin Scott Benson
Scott Vestal

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Beth Lawrence
Missy Raines
Mark Schatz

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Hunter Berry
Becky Buller
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan

RESOPHONIC GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jerry Douglas
Andy Hall
Rob Ickes
Phil Leadbetter
Justin Moses

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Kenny Smith
Billy Strings
Bryan Sutton
Molly Tuttle
Josh Williams

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Alan Bibey
Sam Bush
Sierra Hull
Ronnie McCoury
Frank Solivan


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