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Balsam Range and Noam Pikelny Win Big at IBMA Awards

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Traditional North Carolina band and progressive banjo player take home top honors.

by Scott Nygaard
October 03, 2014

The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) presented its annual awards at a ceremony in Raleigh, North Carolina, last night, during the organization’s annual World of Bluegrass trade show. North Carolina group Balsam Range took home Entertainer and Vocal Group of the Year awards, while the band’s fiddler Buddy Melton won Male Vocalist of the Year. Progressive banjo star Noam Pikelny, of Punch Brothers, won Banjo Player of the Year and Album of the Year, for his tribute to the instrumental music of Bill Monroe, Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, which also featured the night’s Guitarist of the Year, Bryan Sutton. In addition to the other winners listed below, writer Neil Rosenberg and the Seldom Scene were inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame. (

  • Album of the Year:Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe, Noam Pikelny, produced by Gabe Witcher, Compass Records
  • Song of the Year: “Dear Sister,” Claire Lynch, written by Claire Lynch and Louisa Branscomb
  • Entertainer of the Year: Balsam Range
  • Vocal Group of the Year: Balsam Range
  • Instrumental Group of the Year: Frank Solivan and Dirty Kitchen
  • Male Vocalist of the Year: Buddy Melton
  • Female Vocalist of the Year: Amanda Smith
  • Emerging Artist of the Year: Flatt Lonesome
  • Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year: “Won’t It Be Wonderful There,” Dailey & Vincent, from Brothers of the Highway, written by Mildred Styles Johnson, produced by Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent, Rounder Records
  • Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year: “Thank God I’m A Country Boy,” Special Consensus with Buddy Spicher, Michael Cleveland and Alison Brown, from Country Boy: A Bluegrass Tribute to John Denver, written by John Martin Sommers, Compass Records
  • Recorded Event of the Year: “Wild Montana Skies,” Special Consensus with Claire Lynch and Rob Ickes, produced by Alison Brown, Compass Records

Instrumental Performers of the Year:

  • Banjo: Noam Pikelny
  • Bass: Barry Bales
  • Fiddle: Jason Carter
  • Dobro: Phil Leadbetter
  • Guitar: Bryan Sutton
  • Mandolin: Adam Steffey

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