It’s not just another year for the Bluegrass Music Awards

Molly Tuttle / Billy Strings / Sierra Hull

The International Bluegrass Music Awards, or IBMA, announced the nominees earlier this week, and it seemed anything but superficial. In previous years you had the usual suspects for all the major awards, and no offense to any of these outfits, but any level of excitement was mostly confined to the most dedicated of the bluegrass genre instead of spilling out into the wider population of country and roots fans, and even beyond.

It’s completely different here in 2022, and for good reason. Billy Strings is quickly becoming one of the most important live artists of this generation, and across all genres, while quickly transcending this time and place in the way he connects traditional bluegrass with jam-based bluegras and with the jam band scene. like you haven’t seen in years.

Meanwhile, in 2022, we were blessed to see Molly Tuttle become a generation-level bluegrass performer with her band Golden Highway, not only igniting crowds as they toured alone and opened for Old Crow Medicine Show, but also in the space recorded with Tuttle’s album twisted tree including one of the most heralded releases so far this year.

These two are helping to breathe fresh blood into bluegrass that was already being revived by artists such as Sierra Hull and Michael Cleveland, making this exciting moment of bluegrass resurgence broad based. Next, Béla Fleck returns to his bluegrass roots and uses all of the aforementioned artists in his new Grammy-winning album. my bluegrass heartwhile the alumni are also not pushed aside or forgotten, they are celebrated like Doyle Lawson, who retired in style over the past year.

Still, those are the six nominations for Billy Strings, with Molly Tuttle receiving five (and her violinist Bronwyn Keith-Hynes also nominated), including the big ones for Artist of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year and of the album of the year. that’s the biggest award advantage, with the Po’ Ramblin’ Boys receiving big nominations that make you feel like the bluegrass needle is firmly pointed north.

It’s not just about the rewards. They’re just an excuse to celebrate bluegrass accomplishments. But you definitely feel like something is bubbling here that’s worth the extra hubbub. They will speak fondly of this era of bluegrass for years to come, just as we do now of earlier eras. Meanwhile, this new generation of bluegrass performers is an integral part of the rising tide of independent artists helping to redefine what country music is after years of Music Row dominance in Nashville. It’s an exciting time in bluegrass.

The IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, September 29 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina.

HOST OF THE YEAR
Billy strings
The Del McCoury Group
The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Sister Sadie
Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Balm range
blue highway
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
Del McCoury Group
Sister Sadie

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Billy strings
Michael Cleveland and the Guardian of Flames
My Bluegrass Heart by Béla Fleck
The Travelin’ McCourys
Molly Tuttle and Golden Highway

NEW ARTIST OF THE YEAR
Rick Faris
Collective by the fireside
Laura Orshaw
Jaelee Roberts
Wellington Tray

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR
Greg Blake
Rick Faris
Del McCoury
Danny Paisley
Larry Sparks

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

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Gena Britt
Bela Fleck
Rob McCoury
Kristin Scott Benson
Vestal Scott

BASS OF THE YEAR
mike boub
Jason Moore
Missy Raines
Marc Schatz
Vickie Vaughn

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Bronwyn Keith Hynes
Deanie Richardson

RESO GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
jerry douglas
Andy Hall
Rob Ickes
Phil Leadbetter
justin moses

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Billy strings
Trey Hensley
Cody Kilby
Brian Sutton
Molly Tuttle

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Alain Bibey
Jesse Broc
Sam Bush
Sierra Hull
Ronnie McCoury

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Troubadour Bluegrass
Artist: Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
Label: Pinecastle Records
Producer: West Easter

twisted tree
Artist: Molly Tuttle & Golden Highway
Label: Nonesuch Records
Producers: Molly Tuttle/Jerry Douglas

my bluegrass heart
Artist: Bela Fleck
Label: Renew Records
Producer: Bela Fleck

never slow down
Artist: The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
Producers: The Po’Rambolin’ Boys/Dave Maggard

Renewal
Artist: Billy Cordes
Label: Rounder Records
Producers: Jonathan Wilson/Billy Strings

SONG OF THE YEAR

“A wink”
Artist: Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
Songwriter: Robert Amos
Label: Pinecastle Records
Producers: Bobby Lundy/Danny Paisley/Ryan Paisley/Wes Easter

“Deep River”
Artist: Rick Faris
Songwriter: Rick Faris/Brink Brinkman
Label: Dark Shadow Recording
Producer: Stephen Mougin

“I’ll take the solitaire every time”
Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Songwriters: Glen Duncan/Jerry Salley
Label: Billy Blue Records
Producer: Doyle Lawson

“Red Daisy”
Artist: Billy Cordes
Songwriters: Jarrod Walker/Christian Ward
Label: Rounder Records
Producers: Jonathan Wilson/Billy Strings

“Riding the Chief”
Artist: Chris Jones & The Night Drivers
Songwriter: Chris Jones/Thom Jutz
Label: Mountain Home
Producer: Chris Jones

GOSPEL RECORDING OF THE YEAR (TIE)

“A little more faith in Jesus”
Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Songwriters: Jerry Cole/Doyle Lawson
Label: Billy Blue Records
Producer: Doyle Lawson

“He Prepares Me”
Artist: Darin & Brooke Aldridge with the Oak Ridge Boys
Songwriter: Jimmy Fortune
Label: Billy Blue Records
Producers: Darin Aldridge/Mark Fain

“At the end”
Artist: Dale Ann Bradley
Songwriter: Jill Gilliam
Label: Pinecastle Records
Producer: Dale Ann Bradley

“In the Sweet By and By”
Artist: Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker and Jerry Salley
Songwriters: S. Fillmore Bennett/Joseph Webster
Label: Billy Blue Records
Producer: Jerry Salley

“See you on the other side”
Artist: Rick Faris with Sam Bush
Songwriter: Rick Faris/Rick Lang
Label: Dark Shadow Recording
Producer: Stephen Mougin

“Going Home on the Freeway”
Artist: The Grascals
Songwriters: Frankie Bailes/Walter Bailes
Label: Mountain Home
Producer: The Grascals

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDING OF THE YEAR

“EMD”
Artist: Scott Vestal – Bluegrass 2022
Songwriter: David Grisman
Label: Pinecastle Records
Producer: Scott Vestal

“Happy Go Lucky”
Artist: Doyle Lawson & Alan Bibey
Songwriter: Doyle Lawson
Label: Billy Blue Records
Producer: Doyle Lawson

“Ice Bridges”
Artist: Billy Cordes
Songwriter: William Apostol
Label: Rounder Records
Producer: Jonathan Wilson/Billy Strings

“Decomposition of Orange Blossom”
Artist: Mike Compton
Songwriter: Bill Monroe
Label: Taterbug Records
Producer: Mark Howard

“Vertigo”
Artist: Béla Fleck with Sam Bush, Stuart Duncan, Edgar Meyer and Bryan Sutton
Songwriter: Béla Fleck
Label: Renew Records
Producer: Bela Fleck

COLLABORATIVE RECORDING OF THE YEAR

“Blackbird”
Artist: Consensus Special with Amanda Smith, Dale Ann Bradley, Rob Ickes and Alison Brown
Author-composer: JP Cormier
Label: Compass Records
Producer: Alison Brown

“East and Down”
Artist: The Po’ Ramblin’ Boys with Jason Carter and Bronwyn Keith-Hynes
Songwriters: Jerry Reed/Dick Feller
Label: Sound Biscuit Productions
Producer: The Po’Rambolin’ Boys/Dave Maggard

“Honky Tonk Parties”
Artist: Del McCoury Band with Vince Gill
Songwriter: Mike O’Reilly
Label: McCoury Music
Producer: Del McCoury/Ronnie McCoury

“In the Sweet By and By”
Artist: Dolly Parton with Carl Jackson, Larry Cordle, Bradley Walker and Jerry Salley
Songwriters: S. Fillmore Bennett/Joseph Webster
Label: Billy Blue Records
Producer: Jerry Salley

“One by one”
Artist: Dale Ann Bradley with Danny Paisley
Songwriter: Jim Anglin/Jack Anglin/Johnny Wright
Label: Pinecastle Records
Producer: Dale Ann Bradley