IBMA Winners Have Brotherly Connection

The wave from the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack continued Thursday night (Oct. 17) when the 13th annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards were presented in Louisville. The O Brother spin-off — Down From the Mountain — won album of the year honors, and a subsequent tour featuring the participants was named bluegrass event of the year.

The IBMA Awards proved to be a big night for the Del McCoury Band , whose members took home three trophies, including their sixth entertainer of the year prize. The group also received a song of the year mention for their recording of Richard Thompson’s “1952 Vincent Black Lightning.” Band member Mike Bub was named bassist of the year.

Several artists featured on the O Brother soundtrack gathered for a concert at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium in May 2000. That concert was filmed for the documentary, Down From the Mountain, which spawned a successful soundtrack album and a national tour. Dan Tyminski, a member of Alison Krauss & Union Station, scored a second male vocalist win at this year’s IBMA awards. Tyminski found himself in the national spotlight after his O Brother performance of “I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow” became a surprise radio hit.

Patty Loveless and Ricky Skaggs hosted the IBMA Awards show. Here’s the complete list of award winners:

Entertainer of the Year: Del McCoury Band

Male Vocalist: Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist: Rhonda Vincent

Vocal Group: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Instrumental Group: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Song of the Year: “1952 Vincent Black Lightning,” Del McCoury Band (artists), Richard Thompson (writer).

Album of the Year: Down From the Mountain, the Fairfield Four, John Hartford , Alison Krauss & Union Station, Dan Tyminski, the Cox Family , Gillian Welch, David Rawlings, the Whites, Chris Thomas King with Colin Linden, and Emmylou Harris (artists). T Bone Burnett (producer), Lost Highway Records.

Instrumental Album: Flame Keeper, Michael Cleveland (artist). Mike Cleveland and Jeff White (producers), Rounder Records.

Recorded Event: Clinch Mountain Sweethearts; Ralph Stanley & Friends (artists), featuring Iris DeMent , Pam Tillis , Patty Mitchell, Gillian Welch, Dolly Parton , Maria Muldaur, Sara Evans , Joan Baez, Kristi Stanley, Gail Davies , Chely Wright , Melba Montgomery , Jeannie Seely , Lucinda Williams and Valerie Smith (artists). Bil VornDick (producer), Rebel Records.

Gospel Recorded Performance: The Journey, Mountain Heart (artist). Tim Austin and Mountain Heart (producers), Doobie Shea Records.

Emerging Artist: The Chapmans

Banjo: Tom Adams

Bass: Mike Bub

Dobro: Jerry Douglas

Fiddle: Michael Cleveland

Guitar: Jim Hurst

Mandolin: Adam Steffey

Hall of Honor: The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover, David Freeman.

IBMA Distinguised Achievement Awards: Janette Carter, Pete Goble, the Lewis Family, Judith McCulloh, Tom Riggs.

Broadcast Personality: Terry Herd, Bluegrass Radio Network/Sirius Satellite Radio.

Bluegrass Event: Down From the Mountain Tour, produced by Immortal Entertainment.

Print Media Personality: David Royko, Chicago Tribune/Bluegrass Unlimited.

Best Liner Notes: Bruce Winkworth (writer). Newport Folk Festival: Best of Bluegrass 1959-66, Various Artists, Vanguard Records.

Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project: Shawn Levesque (designer). Shifting Sands of Time, Wayfaring Strangers (artists), Rounder Records.

Complete IBMA Awards Coverage

Calvin Gilbert has served as’s managing editor since 2002. His background includes stints at the Nashville Banner, Radio & Records and Westwood One.