Union Station’s Tyminski Tallies 10 Bluegrass Nominations

Though they don’t appear as a group in nominations for the 12th annual International Bluegrass Music Awards, members of Alison Krauss & Union Station are all over the ballot as individuals.

The group’s guitarist and vocalist, Dan Tyminski, who rose to national prominence as the singing voice of George Clooney in O Brother, Where Art Thou?, and who last year released a solo album, Carry Me Across the Mountain, has 10 nominations and is in the running for male vocalist of the year, guitarist of the year and emerging artist of the year.

“I’m shocked,” Tyminski said Thursday (Aug. 9) following a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame. “I never really set out … I mean, I’m so comfortable playing with Alison Krauss & Union Station. That’s my dream job. That’s how I see myself being most effective.”

He competes with himself for song of the year with “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” from O Brother and two songs from his solo album: “Carry Me Across the Mountain” and “I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair.” The O Brother soundtrack and Tyminski’s Carry Me Across the Mountain are nominated for album of the year.

“The one that stands out in my mind is ‘Dreamed of an Old Love Affair,’” Tyminski said of his multiple song nominations. “It was a song I got to sing with my brother, who I grew up playing music with and haven’t been able to play with for years and years. That that song was noticed thrilled me. That it’s up against other songs that I’m up for too, I haven’t processed it yet. I’m lucky to be alive and kicking and playing music.”

Steve Wariner and Rhonda Vincent announced the nominations at the Hall of Fame. Among those on hand were Bluegrass Hall of Honor members Lance LeRoy, Pete Kuykendall and Mac Wiseman. The International Bluegrass Music Association will present its awards Oct. 4 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville. Wariner will host.

“This is my roots,” the country singer, songwriter and guitarist said just before the ceremony. “My dad’s an old bluegrass fiddler and still plays and teaches music up in Russell County, Ky. I was raised up playing a lot of bluegrass and was around it as far back as I can remember. I love it.”

With the success of O Brother, Ricky SkaggsBig Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe and projects by Dolly Parton, Patty Loveless and Nickel Creek, among others, bluegrass is enjoying its greatest popularity in some time.

“O brother, what a year we’ve had in bluegrass music,” said Dan Hays, IBMA executive director. “Our music is growing, thriving better than it ever has.”

Wariner concurred: “With the popularity of O Brother, it’s obvious that there are so many people out there who want simplicity and honest music,” he said. “I love it. I’m tickled to death to be a part of it.”

Tyminski and Union Station bassist Barry Bales have nominations for instrumental album of the year and recorded event of the year for their contributions to the album Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions. Bales is up for bass player of the year, and Union Station’s Jerry Douglas vies for Dobro player of the year. Douglas also could win an award for his participation on Music From Rancho deVille, up for recorded event of the year.

Krauss shares a nomination with Gillian Welch for gospel recorded performance of the year, for “I’ll Fly Away” from O Brother. Like Tyminski, she’s up for album of the year as a contributor to O Brother.

Denise Stiff manages Alison Krauss & Union Station. The group begins a national tour this weekend in support of their new album, New Favorite. Stiff said Tyminski’s progress as a solo artist poses no problem for the band.

“It’s well-deserved success, and Dan is probably embarrassed and uncomfortable about it all,” Stiff said. “Alison couldn’t be happier, and I couldn’t be happier.”

Other top nominees include The Lonesome River Band, Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, The Lynn Morris Band, The Del McCoury Band and The Nashville Bluegrass Band. Skaggs’ Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe, is up for recorded event of the year and album of the year. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, are nominated for instrumental group of the year and his banjo player, Jim Mills, is up for banjo player of the year. Nickel Creek are up for entertainer of the year and instrumental group of the year, and the group’s Chris Thile is up for mandolin player of the year.

The Carter Family — A.P., Sara and Maybelle — will join the Bluegrass Hall of Honor. The group’s “Keep on the Sunny Side,” as performed by The Whites, appears on the O Brother soundtrack. Eddie Stubbs of WSM-AM (650) and Wiseman announced their upcoming induction. Wiseman had a country hit with the Carters’ “Jimmy Brown the Newsboy” in 1959. “I’ve always admired them for the old songs,” he said.

Other multiple nominees include Jim Hurst & Missy Raines, members of The Isaacs, members of IIIrd Tyme Out, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Mark Newton, The Tony Rice Unit and Pete Wernick.

Vincent is the reigning female vocalist of the year. Her nomination for vocal group of the year is the first for her band, and the nomination for her popular fiddler, Michael Cleveland, is his first.

“We’ve worked hard the last couple of years,” she said afterward. “This is the icing on the cake.”

2001 International Bluegrass Music Awards Nominees

Bluegrass Hall of Honor Inductee
The Carter Family, A.P., Sara and Maybelle

Entertainer of the Year
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Lonesome River Band
The Del McCoury Band
Nickel Creek
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Instrumental Group of the Year
Lonesome River Band
The Del McCoury Band
Nickel Creek
The Tony Rice Unit
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Vocal Group of the Year
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Lonesome River Band
Mountain Heart
IIIrd Tyme Out
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage

Male Vocalist of the Year
Ronnie Bowman
Dudley Connell
Del McCoury
Russell Moore
Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist of the Year
Sonya Isaacs
Claire Lynch
Lynn Morris
Dolly Parton
Rhonda Vincent

Song of the Year
• “Empty Old Mailbox”
Artist: Don Rigsby
Writers: Tom T. Hall and Dixie Hall


• “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”
Artist: The Soggy Bottom Boys (featuring Dan Tyminski)
Writer: Dick Burnett (arranged by Carter Stanley)


• “Carry Me Across the Mountain”
Artist: Dan Tyminski
Writers: John Pennell, Jeff White and Billy Smith


• “I Dreamed of an Old Love Affair”
Artist: Dan Tyminski
Writers: Jimmie Davis, Charles Mitchell and Bonnie Dodd


• “Lonesome Wind Blues”
Artist: Rhonda Vincent
Writer: Wayne Raney

Album of the Year
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)
Artists: Norman Blake, James Carter & The Prisoners, The Cox Family, Fairfield Four, Emmylou Harris, John Hartford, Chris Thomas King, Alison Krauss, Harry McClintock, The Peasall Sisters, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Ralph Stanley, The Stanley Brothers, Gillian Welch and The Whites
Record Label: Mercury/Lost Highway


Talkin’ to Myself
Artist: Lonesome River Band
Record Label: Sugar Hill


Empty Old Mailbox
Artist: Don Rigsby
Record Label: Sugar Hill


Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe
Artists: Ricky Skaggs & Friends
Record Label: Skaggs Family


Carry Me Across the Mountain
Artist: Dan Tyminski
Record Label: Doobie Shea

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year
Stand Still
Artist: The Isaacs
Record Label: Horizon


• “I’ll Fly Away” from O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)
Artists: Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch
Record Label: Mercury/Lost Highway


Just Over in Heaven
Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Record Label: Sugar Hill


• “Do You Want to Live in Glory” from Talkin’ to Myself
Artist: Lonesome River Band
Record Label: Sugar Hill


Crying in the Chapel
Artist: Charlie Waller & The Country Gentlemen
Record Label: Freeland

Instrumental Album of the Year
Fair Weather
Artist: Alison Brown
Record Label: Compass


Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions
Artists: Barry Bales, Butch Baldassari, Terry Baucom, Wayne Benson, Alan Bibey, Ronnie Bowman, Rob Ickes, Jason Moore, Joe Mullins, Alan Munde, Mark Newton, Alan O’Bryant, Sammy Shelor, Kenny Smith, Tim Stafford, Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Tony Trischka, Dan Tyminski, Scott Vestal and Pete Wernick
Record Label: Rebel


My Style
Artist: Hershel Sizemore
Record Label: Hay Holler


Unit of Measure
Artist: The Tony Rice Unit
Record Label: Rounder


33 Acoustic Guitar Instrumentals
Artist: Clarence White
Record Label: Sierra

Recorded Event of the Year
Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe
Artists: Ricky Skaggs and Friends: Mary Chapin Carpenter, the Dixie Chicks, Charlie Daniels, John Fogerty, Bruce Hornsby, Patty Loveless, Joan Osborne, Dolly Parton, Travis Tritt, Steve Wariner, The Whites and Dwight Yoakam
Record Label: Skaggs Family


Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass
Artists: Mark Newton with Gloria Belle, Dale Ann Bradley, Louisa Branscomb, Gena Britt, Kathy Chiavola, Kim & Barb Fox, Sally Jones, Laurie Lewis, Claire Lynch, Lynn Morris, Missy Raines, Kristin Scott, Valerie Smith, Rhonda Vincent and Sharon
& Cheryl White
Record Label: Rebel


Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions
Artists: Barry Bales, Butch Baldassari, Terry Baucom, Wayne Benson, Alan Bibey, Ronnie Bowman, Rob Ickes, Jason Moore, Joe Mullins, Alan Munde, Mark Newton, Alan O’Bryant, Sammy Shelor, Kenny Smith, Tim Stafford, Adam Steffey, Ron Stewart, Tony Trischka, Dan Tyminski, Scott Vestal and Pete Wernick
Record Label: Rebel


The Legacy Continues
Artists: George Shuffler and James Alan Shelton
Record Label: Copper Creek


Music from Rancho deVille
Artists: Charles Sawtelle featuring: Laurie Lewis, David Grisman, Vassar Clements, Richard Greene, Norman Blake, Pete Wernick, Nick Forster, Tim O’Brien, Peter Rowan, Jerry Douglas, Michael Doucet, Flaco Jimenez, Todd Phillips and Sam Bush
Record Label: Acoustic Disc

Instrumental Performers of the Year

Banjo
Tom Adams
Alison Brown
J.D. Crowe
Jim Mills
Sammy Shelor

Dobro
Mike Auldridge
Jerry Douglas
Rob Ickes
Phil Leadbetter
Gene Wooten

Bass
Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Missy Raines
Mark Schatz
Marshall Wilborn

Fiddle
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Aubrey Haynie
Ronnie Stewart

Guitar
Jim Hurst
Tony Rice
Kenny Smith
Bryan Sutton
Dan Tyminski

Mandolin
Wayne Benson
Sam Bush
Mike Compton
Ronnie McCoury
Chris Thile

Emerging Artist of the Year
Auldridge, Bennett & Gaudreau
The Chapmans
Jim Hurst & Missy Raines
The Karl Shiflett and Big Country Show
The Dan Tyminski Band