Congratulations to all the winners! Not all the winners were my first choice but they are all deserving nonetheless and should be very proud. Two other people who should be very proud are Johnny and Carolyn, who have produced two of the finest musicians in bluegrass.
The Ol' Dawg
Congratulations to all of the winners !!! For those who are upset at the results, just remember that the awards are not the most important recognition out there. RV&R "wins an award" every time somebody buys a ticket to a Rage show - Judging from their show attendance, it seems like they win an awful lot of awards to me !!!
Ain't you proud of your little brother? You taught him well. You will always be #1 at my house. But the great shows y'all do, has caused everyone else to step up and perform at your level. It has made bluegrass better. Keep up the good work!!!!!!!!!!!
If you limited it to bluegrass only, you would eliminate many others also. Bluegrass has become (for better or worse) a broader category to include Celtic, Folk, and in some cases Country. Several of the artists chose to do many different styles of ACOUSTIC music to fall into the category of bluegrass. This also includes Rhonda. Very few artists due pure traditional bluegrass. This would eliminate virtually all of IBMA. I think I could count on 1 hand the number of bands that ONLY do pure bluegrass. Think about it....Doyle Lawson incorporates a lot of gospel and contemporary acoustic music...as does RVR....Dailey and Vincent incorporate country standards from the Statlers...Cherryholmes is mostly Celtic these days...The Grascals do a little of everything from Merle Haggard on. And, very few international bands do bluegrass either. Hardly anybody would be considered bluegrass today. We could re name the IBMA to IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) LOL Just my thoughts.
I, for one, would love to see the IBMA drop Alison Krauss from the Best Female Vocalist category - until she does some
bluegrass singing again and is worthy of the nomination. It is supposed to be for bluegrass singing, isn't it? Why not give Carrie Hassler or Cia Leigh Cherryholmes a shot at this award? Both women are awesome and, more importantly, deserving. Carrie was in rare form at IBMA last weekend and she's just a peach. Dean the Opinionated Boston Boy
Something is wacky with the MB....I posted the last post at 12:25 am. Maybe it's my computer. Maybe there are gremlins lurking in my hard drive. Maybe I just new Dean was going to ask this question, so I answered it before he could.....Hmmmmmm
Beats the heck out of me. I better go to bed before something else strange happens. G'nite
i understand and agree to some degree. I still think that there are many bluegrass/roots vocalists who deserve some recognition. I also say this because I love Cherryholmes and Cia Leigh is not only a great singer, but a gifted songwriter and picker as well. In fact, that whole darn family knocks my socks off - just like the Vincents do! On the other hand, having non- or marginally-bluegrass people at IBMA is always a treat for me. There wasn't a dry eye in the house when Michael Martin Murphey and his (very cool) band sang "Wildfire" Saturday afternoon. We all went back into our 20's and 30's for a few minutes, and it was great. And who could begrudge Kathy Mattea leading us all in an "18 Wheels and a Dozen Roses" sing-along, complete with a few verses of "Kumbaya" ? See? I'm not the purist I think I am. Dean the Boston Boy
I understand where you are coming from Dean. I'm kinda partial to an artist here at my house.
What is and isn't bluegrass lies in the eyes of the beholder. Sounds like you had a good time in Nashville. And that's what it is really all about.
Wow, now Dear Herby can add "answers questions five hours before they're asked" to his impressive resume. Now we know why his football predictions have been so accurate!
Dear Herby must have ESPN!
Question for Agent 13: I've heard rumors that some people with ESPN can't turn it off. Can you confirm this?