IBMA Awards 2014, Part 1   Leave a comment

With the live broadcast of bluegrass music’s annual celebration of greatness to begin within 30 minutes, the first set of 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association Awards were given out earlier today at a luncheon.

The Special Award winners were:

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year – Kyle Cantrell, Bluegrass Junction, Sirius XM- which is just too bad as there are others who do a superior job of bluegrass broadcasting, including Alberta’s own Steve Fisher who was a surprise nominee. I can’t think of anything good to say about Cantrell’s broadcasting style which strikes me as over-the-top, self-indulgent, and frankly unprepared, but he has reach and influence.

Bluegrass Event of the Year – Bluegrass Underground- I don’t know what this is.

Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project – Lou Everhart (designer), Lonely Comes Easy, Chris Jones & The Night Drivers, Rebel Records- No argument; a good-looking package.

Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project – Neil V Rosenberg, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe,Noam Pikelny, Compass Records- can’t argue with this one either.

Bluegrass Print/Media Person of the Year – Chris Jones, writer at Bluegrass Today- Possibly the most humourous writer in bluegrass, Jones backs up his keen wit with self-deprecation and no small amount of keen insight into the foibles of the bluegrass world.

Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year – Tim Stafford- well-deserved, I would suggest.

If the internet connection holds and nothing goes south, I’ll be blogging about the awards all night.

Blogging, I am so 2008!



Posted 2014 October 2 by Donald Teplyske in Uncategorized

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