Del McCoury Band Leads Bluegrass Awards
The Del McCoury Band won top honors at the 14th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards last night (Oct. 2) in Louisville, Ky. The group took home the entertainer of the year award for the eighthThe Del McCoury Band won top honors at the 14th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards last night (Oct. 2) in Louisville, Ky. The group took home the entertainer of the year award for the eighth time. Band members Mike Bub and Jason Carter won in the instrumentalist categories for bassist and fiddler of the year, respectively.
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver also scored three awards, including vocal group of the year for the third consecutive year. The group also won the gospel recorded performance award for its Sugar Hill album "The Hand Made Cross" and song of the year for "Blue Train (Of the Heartbreak Line)," which also earned writer John D. Loudermilk an award.
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder notched their fifth win in the instrumental group of the year category, while Kentucky Thunder's Jim Mills was named banjo player of the year.
Rounder Records' "Alison Krauss + Union Station Live" was named album of the year. Union Station's Dan Tyminski, who hosted the awards show with Krauss, was named male vocalist of the year for the third year in a row. Rhonda Vincent won top female vocalist honors for the fourth consecutive year.
The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band's celebrity guest-packed "Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. III" (Capitol Records) was the recorded event of the year winner. Aubrey Haynie's Sugar Hill release "The Bluegrass Fiddle Album" was named instrumental album of the year.