IBMA Awards 2014, Part 11   Leave a comment


The Del McCoury Band performs, bringing the show back to bluegrass!

Three awards to go. I’ve predicted six of the winners…which is pretty good, but I’ve been whiffing of late.

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Balsam Range Blue Highway The Boxcars The Del McCoury Band Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

I think Balsam Range is poised to continue their ascension to the highest reaches of the bluegrass world. Of course, this award should go to AKUS and John Reischman & the Jaybirds in an annual rotation, but the voters saw things differently. Yes, I made the same comment for the Vocal Group award; I was right then, too. Wouldn’t be upset if DMB won.

Please recall, I did suggest Frank Solivan might sneak in at the mando award. I just picked the wrong award. Another surprise, but hard to argue with- a good band. I am a bit surprised that a band that is marginally ‘highbrow’ won such a significant award. May be a sign the bluegrass world is changing, again. Or, perhaps that it isn’t as closed minded as I think it is.

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Hall of Fame Bluegrass – Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (artist), Junior Sisk and Joe Mullins (producers), Rebel Records It’s Just A Road – The Boxcars (artist), The Boxcars (producer), Mountain Home Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe – Noam Pikelny (artist) Gabe Witcher (producer), Compass Records Streets of Baltimore – The Del McCoury Band (artist), Del McCoury (producer),  McCoury Music The Game – Blue Highway (artist), Blue Highway (producer), Rounder Records

Worthy noms each, but of these five, Streets of Baltimore is the one I have listened to most consistently, and really, the only one I’ve listened to since reviewing. Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe was a very significant recording, and very enjoyable despite the ‘hard lifting’ its creation entailed, so I’d be okay with that, too.

And, the award goes to…the one with the hat! I think I might have called this one before Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe was even released. It had that X factor that gave it an edge. A great recording.

With Balsam Range now performing, if anyone wonders why Buddy Melton is the Male Vocalist of the Year, give a listen.

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Posted 2014 October 2 by Donald Teplyske in Uncategorized

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