Archive for Sunday, October 20, 2002

McCoury Band wins awards

October 20, 2002


— The Del McCoury Band took home three International Bluegrass Music Awards on Thursday, including best entertainer in bluegrass music and a first-time win for song of the year.

It was the sixth entertainer award for McCoury and his band.

Bluegrass veteran Ricky Skaggs and country singer Patty Loveless hosted the awards ceremony at the Kentucky Center for the Arts.

McCoury and his band won song of the year for their cover of the Richard Thompson-penned "1952 Vincent Black Lightning."

"It's a song I really like to do, it paints a picture," said McCoury, whose band member Mike Bub took home an award for bass player.

Dan Tyminski, a member of Alison Krauss' Union Station, and "O Brother, Where Art Thou's" "Man of Constant Sorrow," earned his second win for male vocalist. Rhonda Vincent took female vocalist for the third consecutive year.

Album of the year went to "Down From the Mountain," which was recorded live at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville. The album, which spawned a world tour, was produced by T Bone Burnett and featured performances by artists such as Krauss and her band, Emmylou Harris, Fairfield Four and The Cox Family.

IBMA President Dan Hays said the awards were evenly distributed this year.

"This year's list of recipients emphasizes the fact there's a wide spectrum of remarkable talents across the board," Hays said.

Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, took home instrumental group, while Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver took home vocal group of the year.

Best instrumentalists in addition to Bub on bass were Tom Adams on banjo, Jerry Douglas on dobro, Jim Hurst on guitar, Adam Steffey on mandolin and Michael Cleveland on fiddle. Cleveland also took home honors for instrumental album.

Hall of Honor inductees included musicians The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover and recording company executive David Freeman. The Hall of Honor, in the International Bluegrass Music Museum in Owensboro, recognizes outstanding contributions to bluegrass music.

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