Rhonda Vincent & The Rage, Dan Tyminski, and the soundtrack from the film O Brother, Where Art Thou? shared the bulk of the honors at the 12th Annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, held October 4th at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville.
Jim Hurst and Missy Raines
Vincent and her band members claimed their first Entertainer of the Year trophy, breaking the winning streak of the Del McCoury Band, who previously held the title for the last five years. Dan Tyminski, a member of Alison Krauss’s Union Station, and O Brother’s "man of constant sorrow," earned a total of four awards, most significantly Male Vocalist of the Year, his first win in the category.
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
IBMA honored the Hollywood soundtrack that popularized bluegrass and effectively proved its viability in the marketplace by naming it Album of the Year. O Brother, Where Art Thou? was produced by T Bone Burnett (for Mercury/Lost Highway Records) and features BMI talents Norman Blake, The Cox Family, Fairfield Four, John Hartford, Alison Krauss, The Soggy Bottom Boys (featuring Dan Tyminski, Harley Allen and Pat Enright), Ralph Stanley, The Stanley Brothers, and Gillian Welch.
Two cuts from the project scored key wins. Song of the Year went to the record’s touchstone performance, "I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow," written by Dick Burnett and arranged by Carter Stanley, and performed by The Soggy Bottom Boys. Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year was awarded to "I’ll Fly Away" by Alison Krauss and Gillian Welch, produced by T Bone Burnett.
In addition to Dan Tyminski’s Male Vocalist of the Year win for his participation on the soundtrack, the project was also honored with a Distinguished Achievement Award for filmmakers the Coen Brothers and soundtrack producer T Bone Burnett. IBMA honors individuals and/or institutions annually whose contributions have fostered the music’s image with developments that broaden the music’s recognition and accessibility. Alice Gerrard and the late John Hartford also shared the honor.
Vincent picked up her second consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year award, and shared in a win for Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass, 2001’s Recorded Event of the Year. Vincent’s BMI collaborators on the Rebel Records release were Dale Ann Bradley, Louisa Branscomb, Gena Britt, Sally Jones, Claire Lynch, Lynn Morris, Missy Raines, Kristin Scott, and Valerie Smith.
A second collaborative Rebel Records release also won the Instrumental Album of the Year award. Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The Acutab Sessions, produced by Tim Stafford, was honored, along with BMI participants Wayne Benson, Ronnie Bowman, Rob Ickes, Joe Mullins, Alan O’Bryant, Tim Stafford, Tony Trischka, Dan Tyminski and Scott Vestal.
Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show were awarded the Emerging Artist of the Year honor. Vocal Group of the Year went to Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, first-time winners in the category. The Alison Krauss-produced trio Nickel Creek took home their first Instrumental Group of the Year award. The group’s mandolin player, Chris Thile, was also recognized as this year’s top mandolin player in the Instrumental Performers category, thus ending former eight-year-in-a-row winner Ronnie McCoury’s reign.
Other Instrumental Performer winners were: Jim Mills (banjo), of Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, his third consecutive win; Missy Raines (bass), her fourth consecutive win; Jerry Douglas (dobro), who returned to the winner’s circle after five years, to receive his seventh IBMA award; and Jim Hurst (guitar), also his first win.
The Carter Family (A.P., Sara, and Maybelle) was posthumously inducted into IBMA’s Bluegrass Hall of Honor during the ceremony, recognizing the family’s monumentally original -- and ongoing -- influence in all forms of country music.
Legendary DJ and country music historian Eddie Stubbs of Nashville, Tennessee’s WSM-AM and announcer for the Grand Ole Opry, was recognized as Broadcast Personality of the Year.
BMI's 2001 International Bluegrass Music Award Winners
Entertainer Of The Year
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Instrumental Group Of The Year
Vocal Group Of The Year
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Male Vocalist Of The Year
Female Vocalist Of The Year
Song Of The Year
“I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow”
Soggy Bottom Boys (featuring Dan Tyminski)
written by Dick Burnett, arranged by Carter Stanley
Album Of The Year
O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)
Norman Blake, The Cox Family, Fairfield Four, John Hartford, Alison Krauss, The Soggy Bottom Boys, Ralph Stanley, The Stanley Brothers, Gillian Welch
Gospel RecordedPerformance Of The Year
“I’ll Fly Away” from O Brother, Where Art Thou? (soundtrack)
Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch
Instrumental Album Of The Year
Knee Deep In Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions
Wayne Benson, Ronnie Bowman, Rob Ickes, Joe Mullins, Alan O’Bryant, Tim Stafford, Ron Stewart, Tony Trischka, Dan Tyminski, Scott Vestal
Recorded Event Of The Year
Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass
Dale Ann Bradley, Louisa Branscomb, Gena Britt, Sally Jones, Claire Lynch, Lynn Morris, Missy Raines, Kristin Scott, Valerie Smith, Rhonda Vincent
Emerging Artist Of The Year
The Karl Shiflett & Big Country Show
Instrumental Performers Of The Year
IBMA Distinguished Achievement Awards
T Bone Burnett
Broadcast Personality of the Year
WSM-AM/Grand Ole Opry