The Gibson Brothers Win IBMA Entertainer of the Year

Della Mae, Boxcars Also Collect Awards

The Gibson Brothers repeated as the big winners at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards on Thursday night (Sept. 26) in Raleigh, N.C. The ensemble collected their second consecutive entertainer of the year honor, while Eric Gibson won in the bluegrass songwriter category. In addition, their single “They Called It Music” was named the IBMA’s song of the year.

Meanwhile, Junior Sisk and Claire Lynch received the male and female vocalist prizes. Della Mae won in the emerging artist category, and the Boxcars earned instrumental group honors. Balsam Range picked up the album of the year trophy for Papertown.

In addition, guitarist Tony Rice and the late Paul Warren were inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Warren is best known for his lengthy tenure in Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ band, the Foggy Mountain Boys.

Hosted by Steep Canyon Rangers, the event featured performances from Balsam Range, the Bluegrass Youth All-Stars, Blue Highway, Dailey & Vincent, the Del McCoury Band, the Gibson Brothers, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Kenny & Amanda Smith, Steep Canyon Rangers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out and Rhonda Vincent & the Rage.

Here is a full list of winners from the 2013 IBMA Awards.

Hall of Fame: Tony Rice, Paul Warren

Entertainer of the Year: The Gibson Brothers

Instrumental Group: The Boxcars

Male Vocalist: Junior Sisk

Female Vocalist: Claire Lynch

Emerging Artist: Della Mae

Album of the Year
Balsam Range
Producers: Balsam Range
Label: Mountain Home

Song of the Year
“They Called It Music”
The Gibson Brothers
Songwriters: Eric Gibson, Joe Newberry

Instrumental Recorded Performance
“Foggy Mountain Rock”
Tom Adams, Dan Tyminski, Ron Stewart, Dennis Crouch, Clay Hess, Randy Kohrs
Songwriters: Louise Certain, Burkett Graves, Gladys Stacey
Producer: Tim Austin
Label: Rounder Records

Gospel Recorded Performance
“Beulah Land”
Marty Raybon Songwriter: Squire Parsons
Producer: Marty Raybon
Label: Rural Rhythm

Recorded Event of the Year
“What’ll I Do”
Terry Baucom with Sam Bush, Jerry Douglas, Wyatt Rice, Steve Bryant, Buddy Melton
Producers: Terry Baucom, Cindy Baucom, Ed Lowe
Label: John Boy & Billy

Mandolin Player: Adam Steffey

Dobro Player: Rob Ickes

Bass Player: Barry Bales

Fiddle Player: Jason Carter

Guitar Player: Bryan Sutton

Banjo Player: Mike Munford

Bluegrass Songwriter: Eric Gibson

Broadcaster: Ronnie Reno

Print/Media Person: Fred Bartenstein

Bluegrass Event: Bill Monroe Bean Blossom Bluegrass Festival (Bean Blossom, Ind.)

Best Graphic Design for a Recorded Project: Carl Jackson, Dak Alley, Jimmy Mets for Grace Notes by Carl Jackson

Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project: Fred Bartenstein for Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers’ They’re Playing My Song

Additionally, the following Momentum Awards were presented Wednesday.

Instrumentalist: Chris Luquette, Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Vocalist: Robert Greer, Town Mountain

Band: Town Mountain

New Festival or Venue: Bluegrass on the Plains (Auburn, Ala.)

Industry Involvement: Danny Clark

Mentor: Denise Stiff