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Del McCoury Band Named Top Entertainer at 2004 IBMA Awards

Posted in News on October 24, 2004

BMI's top bluegrass artists dominated the various categories at the 15th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, October 7 at the Kentucky Center in Louisville. Del McCoury took home his ninth Entertainer of the Year award, and with his band also garnered Album of the Year trophies for It's Just The Night. Rhonda Vincent received her fifth consecutive Female Vocalist of the Year award -- more than any female in history -- and was also recognized for Song of the Year for "Kentucky Borderline" from her album One Step Ahead. Vincent co-wrote the song with Terry Herd, who was also named Broadcaster of the Year.

BMI's Paul Corbin, Rhonda Vincent, BMI's Mark Mason

Blue Highway received their second award for Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for their album Wondrous Love. The album also received a Dove Award from the Gospel Music Association earlier in the year. The group's Dobro master Rob Ickes was named Dobro Player of the Year, adding a seventh trophy to his collection. Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver were recipients of their fourth consecutive Vocal Group of the Year award.

BMI's Paul Corbin, IBMA's Dan Hays, Dan Tyminski, BMI's Mark Mason

Bass Player of the Year recipient was Missy Raines, who returned to the stage for her fifth win in the category, with previous wins from 1998 through 2001. Last year's Hall of Honor Inductee J.D. Crowe was back in the spotlight for his second career win for Banjo Player of the Year. First-time IBMA winners included Male Vocalist Larry Sparks and Emerging Artists King Wilkie.

BMI's Paul Corbin, Jerry Douglas, BMI's Mark Mason

The Recorded Event of the Year was Livin' Lovin' Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers, which brought a diverse group of artists together in tribute to the work of Charlie & Ira Louvin, whose songs and harmony stylings have long been influential in bluegrass music. The album featured the talents of Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Dunn, Glen Campbell, Leslie Satcher, Kathy Louvin, Pamela Brown Hayes, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Jon Randall, Harley Allen, Larry Cordle, Dolly Parton, Sonya Isaacs, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Pam Tillis and the Jordanaires.

BMI's Perry Howard, Missy Raines, BMI's Mark Mason

Curly Seckler was inducted to the 2004 IBMA Bluegrass Hall of Honor. Known as one of the most important sidemen in bluegrass music history, Seckler added significantly to the quality and professionalism of the music during its early "golden era." He was best known for his rhythm mandolin playing and tenor harmony singing while working intermittently with Flatt & Scruggs from 1949 to 1962.

BMI's Paul Corbin, Dixie & Tom T. Hall, BMI's Bradley Collins

Congratulations to BMI's 2004 IBMA winners:

Hall of Honor Inductee
Curly Seckler

Entertainer of the Year
The Del McCoury Band

Male Vocalist of the Year

Larry Sparks

WSM Radio's Eddie Stubbs, Sam Bush, BMI's Mark Mason

Female Vocalist of the Year
Rhonda Vincent

Vocal Group of the Year
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Emerging Artist of the Year
King Wilkie

BMI's Paul Corbin, Del McCoury, BMI's Mark Mason

Song of the Year
"Kentucky Borderline"
Rhonda Vincent
written by Rhonda Vincent & Terry Herd

Album of the Year
It's Just the Night
The Del McCoury Band
produced by Del & Ronnie McCoury

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year
Wondrous Love
Blue Highway
produced by Alan O'Bryant

BMI's Bradley Collins, Doyle Lawson

Instrumental Album of the Year
Live At The Ragged Edge
Tom Adams
produced by Tom Adams

Recorded Event of the Year
Livin' Lovin' Losin: Songs of the Louvin Brothers featuring
Rhonda Vincent, Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Merle Haggard, Ronnie Dunn,Glen Campbell, Leslie Satcher, Kathy Louvin, Pamela Brown Hayes, Linda Ronstadt, Patty Loveless, Jon Randall, Harley Allen, Larry Cordle, Dolly Parton, Sonya Isaacs, Marty Stuart, Del McCoury, Pam Tillis and the Jordanaires

BMI's Mark Mason, Dale Ann Bradley, BMI's Bradley Collins

Instrumental Performers of the Year

Banjo
J.D. Crowe

Dobro
Rob Ickes

Bass
Missy Raines

BMI's Mark Mason, Mountain Heart's Adam Steffey Steve Gulley, Jim Van Cleve and Jason Moore, BMI's Bradley Collins

Distinguished Achievement Award Recipients
Art Stamper
Kirk Brandenberger
Tom T. & Dixie Hall
Jimmie Skinner

Broadcaster of the Year

Terry Herd

Print Media Personality of the Year
Thomas Goldsmith

Best Liner Notes for a Recorded Project
Eddie Stubbs

BMI's Mark Mason, Darrin Vincent, Jamie Dailey of Quicksilver, BMI's
Bradley Collins

King Wilkie's Reid Burgess, Johnny McDonald and Ted Pitney with BMI's Caroline Davis

Leigh Gibson, BMI's Caroline Davis, Eric Gibson

BMI's Perry Howard, David Grisman

photos: Caroline Davis