A variety of Wintergrass 2011 performers have been nominated for awards in 14 categories at this years International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) annual awards. For more information on the IBMA here is their website.
The Gibson Brothers:Vocal Group of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year –Sam Bush Band:Instrumental Group of the Year, –Dale Ann Bradley: Female Vocalist of the Year- Sam Bush: Album of the Year, Song of the Year,Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year – Darrell Scott: Recorded Event of the Year-Josh Williams:Emerging Artist of the Year, Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, Guitar Player of the Year-Adam Steffey:Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year-Ron Stewart: Banjo Player of the Year, Fiddle Player of the Year-Mike Auldridge-Dobro Player of the Year
Some friends of Wintergrass are putting on The 19th Annual Seattle-Tacoma Guitar at the Kent Commons on Sunday Sept 19th from 9:30am to 4:30pm. Buy, sell, trade new, used and vintage guitars, mandolins, lap steels, banjos, ukes, amps and pedals. Perfect to get ready for Wintergrass. Admission is a mere $7 and include entrance to workshops and clinics. For more info call 253-445-1973 or http://wwwseatacguitarshow.com
Dances have become a big part of Wintergrass both on Friday and Saturday nights and this year will have a great Cajun band from Louisiana- The Red Stick Ramblers. Formed in Baton Rouge in 1999 the Ramblers released their first disc in 2002 and have just released their 5th disc “My Suitcase Is Always Packed” on Sugar Hill last May. The description they use for the disc ” it is as much a travelogue as a sound recording, complete with audio snapshots of relentless all-night dances, laid back campfire sessions, dusty honky-tonks, and raucous family reunions. Perfect for a Wintergrass dance! Here is a great video from their 2007 disc “Made in the Shade”
Linzay Young (fiddle, vocals) Chas Justus (guitar), Kevin Wimmer (fiddle, vocals), Eric Frey (bass, vocals), and Glenn Fields (drums)