6:00- An appropriate kick-off: The Sam Bush Band (yes, they can play bluegrass indeed) and Del McCoury whipping through (a slightly ragged) “Roll On Buddy.” Eddie Stubbs is the voice, man. Here’s hoping Sam Bush has a great evening as host- I’m confident he will.
6:36- 2nd mention of the Bill Monroe Centennial. And first mention of ‘taking the music into the 21st century,’ justifying the move away from trad. bluegrass. “What can you do on your own?”
6:37- Blue-groys gets the first laugh of the night, along with Sam’s smooth recovery.
6:38- first mention of ‘the Mother Church.’
6:40- a second Bill Monroe story. Lovin’ it. “Newgrass?” “Yes, I hate that!”
6:43- the first award is coming…presented by Sonny Osborne and Roland White, who was honoured earlier today by the IBMA. Is that a standing O I hear?
6:44- the first awkward comedic exchange. Let Sonny fly, writers.
6:55- RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR
“Graves Mountain Memories;” Rural Rhythm All-Stars featuring Carl Jackson, Mark Newton, Audie Blaylock, Lou Reid, Russell Moore, Carrie Hassler, Sammy Shelor, Mike Hartgrove, Wayne Benson, Mike Anglin (artists); Mark Newton & Carl Jackson (producers); Rural Rhythm Records (label)
“I Am Strong,” The Grascals featuring Dolly Parton (artists), The Grascals (producers), Cracker Barrel/BluGrascal Records (label)
“I’ll Take Love,” Dale Ann Bradley featuring Alison Krauss and Steve Gulley (artists), Louisa Branscomb & Missy Raines (producers), Compass Records (label)
“Lonesome River,” Lou Reid & Carolina featuring Russell Moore (artists), Mark Newton & Carl Jackson (producers), Rural Rhythm Records (label)
“Prayer Bells of Heaven;” J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams (artists); Ben Isaacs (producer); Mountain Home (label)
And the first winners of the night are: “Prayer Bells of Heaven;” J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams (artists); Ben Isaacs (producer); Mountain Home (label), which I pasted in before they even announced it!