Krauss, McCoury, Skaggs, Vincent Earn Multiple IBMA Nods

Lawson, Mountain Heart, Blue Highway Also Nominated

When Alison Krauss helped announce the nominees for the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, she also found herself among the leading nominees. Krauss and her band scored nine nominations, which were announced Thursday morning (Aug. 19) at the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville. The Del McCoury Band and Blue Highway also earned nominations in seven categories.

Alison Krauss & Union Station landed nominations in the categories of entertainer, instrumental group, vocal group, female vocalist (for Krauss), male vocalist (for Dan Tyminski), Dobro player (Jerry Douglas), bass player (Barry Bales) and banjo player (Ron Block). Krauss also sang on the album Livin’, Lovin’, Losin’: Songs of the Louvin Brothers, which earned a nomination for recorded event.

Standing with Krauss after the announcements, Tyminski said, “We’ve both been doing this our whole lives, and to be acknowledged in that way is a very warm feeling.”

Krauss added, “I know I never thought that I’d get to do this for a living, and then when these people that we’ve admired for our whole lives acknowledge us and say, ’We think you’re all right,’ it’s really nice.”

The Del McCoury Band, the IBMA’s reigning entertainer of the year, repeated a nomination in that category and also surfaced in vocal group, instrumental group, album (for It’s Just the Night), banjo player (Rob McCoury), bass player (Mike Bub), fiddle player (Jason Carter) and mandolin player (Ronnie McCoury). Various members of the band also appeared on three albums nomination for recorded event: David Grisman’s Life of Sorrow, the Louvin Brothers tribute and the self-titled album by the supergroup, WhiteHouse. Those 12 nominations make them the ceremony’s leading nominee.

Blue Highway, a highly respected band with some of bluegrass’ most high-profile pickers, landed seven nominations, including vocal group, instrumental group and song (“Seven Sundays in a Row”). Their album, Wondrous Love, earned nods for album and gospel recorded performance, while member Rob Ickes took a Dobro player nomination as well as a instrumental album nod for his album Big Time, which also featured Blue Highway.

Rhonda Vincent, who has won the female vocalist trophy every year since 2000, returns in that category. She is also nominated in the categories of entertainer, song (“Kentucky Borderline”), album (One Step Ahead) and recorded event for the Louvin tribute.

Asked about her nominations, Vincent said, “We were on the road over 300 days this year. And when you’re on the road 300 days, it’s a really nice confirmation of, ’Yes, keep doing what you’re doing.’ It’s wonderful, and I think it’s something we all look forward to.”

Mountain Heart and Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver round out the entertainer category. Each of those bands earned five nominations, while Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder captured four nods. Other multiple nominees include Grisman, Dale Ann Bradley, Sam Bush, Michael Cleveland, Tim O’Brien, Earl Scruggs, Sammy Shelor, Larry Sparks, Bryan Sutton and Doc Watson.

The five nominees for emerging artist are Cherryholmes, King Wilkie, Nothin’ Fancy, Alecia Nugent and Pine Mountain Railroad. Nugent was in the front row during the announcement ceremony. “I kind of got a late start this year with the booking agency and all that stuff, so it’s really a great honor and a great surprise,” she said. “I’m tickled to death. It’s like an open door saying ’Welcome into our family.'”

Because of the Louvin tribute, a number of country stars are included among the IBMA nominees this year. Participants included Joe Nichols, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, James Taylor, Vince Gill, Terri Clark, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Dunn, Patty Loveless, Dierks Bentley, Dolly Parton, Marty Stuart and Pam Tillis.

The IBMA award winners will be announced Oct. 7 in Louisville, Ky.

2004 IBMA Nominations

Entertainer of the Year
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Del McCoury Band
Mountain Heart

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Instrumental Group of the Year

Blue Highway

Alison Krauss & Union Station

The Del McCoury Band

Mountain Heart

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Vocal Group of the Year
Blue Highway
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Del McCoury Band
Mountain Heart

Male Vocalist of the Year

Del McCoury
Russell Moore
Tim O’Brien
Larry Sparks
Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist of the Year
Dale Ann Bradley
Sonya Isaacs
Alison Krauss
Lynn Morris
Rhonda Vincent

Song of the Year
“Kentucky Borderline”
Artist: Rhonda Vincent
Writers: Rhonda Vincent and Terry Herd

“I’ve Endured”
Artist: Tim O’Brien
Writers: David Arthur and Ola Belle Reed

“Seven Sundays in a Row”

Artist: Blue Highway
Writers: Wayne Taylor, Kim Williams and Larry Shell

“That Bluegrass Music”
Artist: The Gibson Brothers
Writers: Leigh Gibson, Eric Gibson and Mike Barber

“You Ain’t Lived”

Artist: Larry Sparks
Writer: Marshal Warwick

Album of the Year
A School of Bluegrass
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

It’s Just the Night
The Del McCoury Band

One Step Ahead

Rhonda Vincent

The Three Pickers
Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs

Wondrous Love
Blue Highway

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year

Living on the Hallelujah Side
Paul Williams & the Victory Trio

Send the Angels
Dale Ann Bradley

Songs of the Faith
The Isaacs

Thank God
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Wondrous Love
Blue Highway

Instrumental Album of the Year
Big Time
Rob Ickes with Blue Highway

Bluegrass Guitar
Bryan Sutton

Hold On, We’re Strummin’
Sam Bush and David Grisman

Live at the Ragged Edge
Tom Adams and Michael Cleveland

Team Flathead: Huber Banjo Sessions
Sammy Shelor, John Lawless, Steve Huber, Ron Stewart & Jim Mills

Recorded Event of the Year
Hold On, We’re Strummin’

Sam Bush and David Grisman

Life of Sorrow
David Grisman: Featuring: Bryan Bowers, John Hartford, The Del McCoury Band, The Nashville Bluegrass Band, John Nagy, Alan O’Bryant, Herb Pedersen, Ralph Rinzler, Ralph Stanley & The Clinch Mountain Boys, Mac Wiseman & others

Livin’ Lovin’ Losin: Songs of the Louvin Brothers
Joe Nichols, Rhonda Vincent, Emmylou Harris, Rodney Crowell, James Taylor, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Terry Clark, Merle Haggard, Carl Jackson, Ronnie Dunn, Rebecca Lynn Howard, Glen Campbell, Leslie Satcher, Kathy Louvin, Pamela Brown Hayes, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Jon Randall, Harley Allen, Dierks Bentley, Larry Cordle, Jerry Salley, Dolly Parton, Sonya Isaacs, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Pam Tillis, Johnny Cash & the Jordanaires

The Three Pickers
Earl Scruggs, Doc Watson and Ricky Skaggs

WhiteHouse (David Parmley, Larry Stephenson, Charlie Cushman, Jason Carter & Missy Raines)

Emerging Artist of the Year

King Wilkie
Nothin’ Fancy
Alecia Nugent
Pine Mountain Railroad

Instrumental Performers of the Year

Ron Block
J.D. Crowe
Rob McCoury
Jim Mills
Sammy Shelor


Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Jason Moore
Missy Raines
Marshall Wilborn


Mike Auldridge
Jerry Douglas
Josh Graves

Rob Ickes
Phil Leadbetter

Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Aubrey Haynie
Ron Stewart


Jim Hurst
Tony Rice
Kenny Smith
Bryan Sutton
Doc Watson

Sam Bush
Mike Compton
Doyle Lawson
Ronnie McCoury
Adam Steffey

Bluegrass Event of the Year
California Bluegrass Association 28th Annual Father’s Day Bluegrass Festival (Grass Valley, Calif.)

MerleFest (Wilkesboro, N.C.)
Wintergrass Bluegrass Festival (Tacoma, Wash.)

Print Media Personality of the Year
Thomas Goldsmith, The Bluegrass Reader (editor), News & Observer, Raleigh, N.C., (features editor), Bluegrass Unlimited (freelance writer)
Butch Robins, What I Know ’Bout What I Know (editor)
Caroline Wright; Bluegrass Now, Bluegrass Unlimited, Honolulu Weekly (columnist, freelance writer)

Bluegrass Broadcaster of the Year
Wayne Bledsoe. KUMR-FM (Rolla, Mo.)
Terry Herd, Sirius Satellite Radio, Bluegrass Radio Network (Nashville)
Chris Jones, Sirius Satellite Radio (Nashville)

Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project
Sue Meyer (designer), Bluegrass All-Stars: 16 Grand Slams From Sugar Hill Records, various artists
Sue Meyer (designer), Traveler, Tim O’Brien

Sarah Lainie Smith (designer), The Bluegrass Guitar Collection, Tony Rice

Best Liners Notes for a Recorded Project
Ron Block (writer), The Bluegrass Guitar Collection, Tony Rice, Rounder Records
Gary B. Reid (writer), The Stanley Brothers: The King Years, Stanley Brothers, King Records

Eddie Stubbs and Charles K. Wolfe (writers), ’Tis Sweet to Be Remembered, Mac Wiseman, Bear Family Records