PHOTOS: Funnyman/actor Steve Martin with Steep Canyon Rangers top the annual bluegrass awards

Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers took top honors at the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards ceremony Thursday night. But the awards were spread around pretty evenly, with the Gibson Brothers taking the honors for album of the year and vocal group of the year and The Boxcars being chosen as emerging artists and instrumental group of the year. Below I’ve included some photos and a list of all of the award recipients. I hope to post more soon.

The Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Martin perform at the 2011 IBMA Awards ceremony, Sept. 29, 2011. Photo © 2011 Copyright Stephen Ide

The Steep Canyon Rangers and Steve Martin perform at the 2011 IBMA Awards ceremony, Sept. 29, 2011. Photo © 2011 Copyright Stephen Ide

See all of the award winners below.

There were few surprises at the ceremony, except that for the first year in several, the Dailey & Vincent Band garnered no awards, after several years of multiple awards. The D&V Band performed a song from an upcoming CD, “So I Know You’ll Be Close By.

Martin & The Rangers not only took top honors, but they were lauded earlier in the day for their participation in this year’s ROMP (River of Music Party) festival, which helped prompt enormous sales for what had been a smallish festival. The attendance in June of this year jumped 10-fold to around 10,000 people, according Gabrielle Gray of the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, Ky., which puts on the festival.

The Gibson Brothers perform at the IBMA Awards, Sept. 29, 2011. Photo © 2011 Stephen Ide

The Gibson Brothers perform at the IBMA Awards, Sept. 29, 2011. Photo © 2011 Stephen Ide

The Gibsons were up for many awards this year, but they landed two of the top awards, and it’s encouraging to see this upstate New York band finally getting some of the recognition they deserve. The Boxcars were less of a surprise, since the band consists of veteran players, like Adam Steffey (formerly with Alison Krauss and Mountain Heart) and multi-instrumentalist Ron Stewart, who also tied as banjo player of the year with The Grascals’ Kristin Scott Benson.

Jamie Johnson of The Grascals kisses one of the two cancer patients from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital who joined the band on stage for the singing of "I Am Strong." Photo © Copyright 2011 Stephen Ide

Jamie Johnson of The Grascals kisses one of the two cancer patients from St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and Vanderbilt Children’s Hospital who joined the band on stage for the singing of "I Am Strong." Photo © Copyright 2011 Stephen Ide

The banter on stage was somewhat stilted, since it came from a teleprompter for the live broadcast, but there were some genuine moments: The Grascals performed “I Am Strong,” a dedication to the children of St. Jude’s Hospital, and the band was joined on stage by two young cancer patients in an emotional conclusion of the song. And Del McCoury, known for his honesty and on-stage flubs, rambled through the naming of his grandchildren, as he was inducted. But it was all fun and it was all shrugged away with his Del-Smiles.

Del McCoury is inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony on Sept. 29, 2011. Photo © 2011 Stephen Ide

Del McCoury is inducted into the IBMA Hall of Fame at the awards ceremony on Sept. 29, 2011. Photo © 2011 Stephen Ide


All of the 2011 IBMA Award recipients

Hall of Fame Inductees for 2011

Del McCoury
George Shuffler

Entertainer of the Year

Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers

Vocal Group of the Year

The Gibson Brothers

Instrumental Group of the Year

The Boxcars

Male Vocalist of the Year

Russell Moore

Female Vocalist of the Year

Dale Ann Bradley

Emerging Artist of the Year

The Boxcars

Album of the Year

Help My Brother by The Gibson Brothers (artists), Eric & Leigh Gibson and Mike Barber (producers); Compass (label)

Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year

“Goin’ Up Dry Branch,” Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper (artist), Buddy Spicher & Jimmy Martin (songwriters), Jeff White & Michael Cleveland (producers), Rounder (label)

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year

“Prayer Bells of Heaven” by J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson, & Paul Williams (artists), Ben Isaacs (producer), Mountain Home (label)

Song of the Year

“Trains I Missed;”  Balsam Range (artists); Walt Wilkins, Gilles Godard & Nicole Witt (songwriters)

Recorded Event of the Year

“Prayer Bells of Heaven” by J.D. Crowe, Doyle Lawson & Paul Williams (artists); Ben Isaacs (producer); Mountain Home (label)

Banjo Player of the Year

Kristin Scott Benson and Ron Stewart (tie)

Guitar Player of the Year

Bryan Sutton

Fiddle Player of the Year

Michael Cleveland

Bass Player of the Year

Marshall Wilborn

Mandolin Player of the Year

Adam Steffey

Dobro Player of the Year

Rob Ickes

 

Awards & Honors given at the Special Awards Luncheon Thursday afternoon.

Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients
Greg Cahill
Bill Knowlton
Lilly Pavlak
Geoff Stelling
Roland White

Broadcaster of the Year

Katy Daley

Print Media Person of the Year

Juli Thanki

Bluegrass Event of the Year

Silver Dollar City’s Bluegrass & BBQ Festival; Branson, Mo.

Best Graphic Design

Ricardo Alessio & Erica Harris (designer & artist), Abigail Washburn (artist), Rounder (label)

Best Liner Notes

Colin Escott (writer), A Mother’s Prayer, Ralph Stanley (artist), Rebel (label)

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~ by folkmaster on September 30, 2011.

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