Alison Krauss & Union Station Lead IBMA Nominees

Tuesday Morning Announcement Brings 10 Nominations for Blue Highway

Alison Krauss & Union Station received 11 nominations to emerge as the frontrunners at this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) awards. The nominations were announced Tuesday morning (Aug. 15) during a press conference at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum in Nashville.

Krauss and longtime band member Dan Tyminski are nominated in the female and male vocalist categories, and the group’s total also includes individual nominations for bassist Barry Bales, banjo player Ron Block and Dobro player Jerry Douglas.

Blue Highway and its Dobro player, Rob Ickes, pulled in a total of 10 nominations. Seven nominations went to the members of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver and Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Marty Stuart will host this year’s awards show taking place Sept. 28 at the Grand Ole Opry House in Nashville.

Here’s a complete list of this year’s IBMA nominees:

Entertainer of the Year
Cherryholmes
The Grascals
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
The Del McCoury Band
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Vocal Group
Blue Highway
The Grascals
Alison Krauss & Union Station
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Instrumental Group
Blue Highway
Alison Krauss & Union Station
The Del McCoury Band
Mountain Heart
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Male Vocalist
Ronnie Bowman
Russell Moore
Tim O’Brien
Marty Raybon
Larry Sparks
Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist
Dale Ann Bradley
Sonya Isaacs
Alison Krauss
Claire Lynch
Rhonda Vincent

Song of the Year
“Brand New Heartache”
Artist: Cherryholmes
Songwriter: Cia Leigh Cherryholmes

“He Lives in Me”
Artist: Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Songwriter: Frances P. Simpson

“Look Down That Lonesome Road”
Artist: Tim O’Brien
Songwriter: Tim O’Brien

“Marbletown”
Artist: Blue Highway
Songwriter: Mark Knopfler

“Train Long Gone”
Artist: Claire Lynch
Songwriter: Dennis Linde

Album of the Year
Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer
Featuring 3 Fox Drive, Lonesome River Band, Seldom Scene, Rhonda Vincent & the Rage, Cherryholmes, J.D. Crowe & the New South, BlueRidge, IIIrd Tyme Out, James King Band, Larry Cordle, Wayne Benson, Clay Hess, Greg Luck, Aubrey Haynie, Marty Raybon & Full Circle, Tony Rice, Ronnie Bowman & the Committee, Larry Stephenson Band, Blue Highway, Gena Britt, Randy Kohrs & the Lites, Steve Thomas, Scott Vestal, David Parmley & Continental Divide, Karl Shiflett & the Big Country Show, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Wildfire, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lost & Found, the Grascals, Alecia Nugent, Carl Jackson, Jerry Salley, Don Rigsby & Midnight Call, Bradley Walker, Dan Tyminski, Béla Fleck and Barry Bales

Cherryholmes
Cherryholmes

Cornbread Nation
Tim O’Brien

Let ‘Er Go, Boys
Michael Cleveland

Marbletown
Blue Highway

Instrumental Album
The Best Kept Secret
Jerry Douglas

Hide Head Blues
Jim Mills

Let ‘Er Go, Boys
Michael Cleveland

Not Too Far From the Tree: A Collection of Guitar Duets With Heroes & Friends
Bryan Sutton with Russ Barenberg, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Jerry Douglas, David Grier, Jack Lawrence, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, George Shuffler, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Sutton and Doc Watson

Three Ring Circle
Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy

Recorded Event
Back to the Well
The Daughters of Bluegrass, featuring Lorraine Jordan, Gena Britt, Julie Elkins, Becky Buller, Vickie Simmons, Frances Mooney, Mindy Rakestraw, Jeanette Williams, Beth Lawrence, Angela Oudean, Michelle Nixon, Donica Christensen, Dale Ann Bradley, Heather Berry, Megan McCormick, Valerie Smith, Louisa Branscomb and Dixie Hall

Down in Caroline
Curly Seckler, with Kent Blanton, George Buckner, John Carter Cash, Laura Weber Cash, Dudley Connell, Rob Ickes, Josh McMurray, Russell Moore, Larry Perkins, Andrea Roberts, Chris Sharp, Herschel Sizemore, Kevin Sluder, Larry Sparks, Tater Tate, LeRoy Troy and Doc Watson

Not Too Far From the Tree: A Collection of Guitar Duets With Heroes & Friends
Bryan Sutton with Russ Barenberg, Norman Blake, Dan Crary, Jerry Douglas, David Grier, Jack Lawrence, Tony Rice, Earl Scruggs, George Shuffler, Ricky Skaggs, Jerry Sutton and Doc Watson

Stomp
Mike Compton and David Long

Three Ring Circle
Rob Ickes, Andy Leftwich and Dave Pomeroy

Gospel Recorded Performance
Gettin’ Ready
BlueRidge

“He Goes to Church”
Cherryholmes

He Lives in Me
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

“Lazarus”
Blue Highway

When the Morning Comes
Paul Williams & the Victory Trio

Emerging Artist
3 Fox Drive
Audie Blaylock & Redline
Blue Moon Rising
Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
Steep Canyon Rangers

Instrumental Performers

Banjo
Terry Baucom
Ron Block
J.D. Crowe
Jim Mills
Sammy Shelor

Bass
Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Jason Moore
Missy Raines
Marshall Wilborn

Fiddle
Hunter Berry
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan
Ron Stewart

Dobro
Mike Auldridge
Jerry Douglas
Rob Ickes
Randy Kohrs
Phil Leadbetter

Guitar
Jim Hurst
Tony Rice
Kenny Smith
Bryan Sutton
Josh Williams

Mandolin
Sam Bush
Mike Compton
Doyle Lawson
Ronnie McCoury
Adam Steffey

Bluegrass Broadcaster
Kyle Cantrell, XM Satellite Radio (Nashville)
Terry Herd, Bluegrass Radio Network (Nashville)
Red Shipley, WAMU-FM (Washington, D.C.)

Bluegrass Event
26th annual Bluegrass & Chili Festival (Claremore, Okla.)
21st annual Joe Val Bluegrass Festival (Framingham, Mass.)
Florida State Bluegrass Festival (Perry, Fla.)

Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project
Designer: Elevation Creative Studios
Generations, the New Kentucky String Ticklers

Designer: Spencer Walts, Eyewerks Studio and Sarah Lainie Smith
She Waits for Night, Uncle Earl

Designer: Heather & G. Carr
The Official O’Brien Family CD & Board Game, the O’Brien Family

Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project
Writer: Jim Mills
Hide Head Blues, Jim Mills

Writer: Gary B. Reid
Earliest Recordings — The Complete Rich-R-Tone 78s (1947-1952), the Stanley Brothers

Writer: Tom Adams
Let ‘Er Go, Boys, Michael Cleveland

Bluegrass Print Media Person
Dan Miller, editor, Flatpicking Guitar magazine
Chris Stuart, freelance writer, Bluegrass Unlimited
Bob Black, author, Come Hither to Go Yonder: Playing Bluegrass With Bill Monroe