When Bill Monroe – the Father of Bluegrass music – died, mandolin virtuoso Ricky Skaggs picked up the reigns and ensured that the music formed out of Blue Ridge Mountains would continue to thrive.

When the International Bluegrass Music Association announced the newest members of the Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, Skaggs’ name was on the list.

Joining Ricky Skaggs in the 2018 class of inductees are Tom T. and Dixie Hall and Paul Williams.

The induction is a posthumous one for Dixie Hall who died in 2015.

Along with the new Hall of Fame inductees, the IBMA announced the nominees for the Bluegrass Music Awards. Winners will be announced on September 27 at the annual ceremonies to be held in Raleigh, North Carolina at the Duke Energy Performing Arts Center.

Becky Buller and Molly Tuttle lead the list with six nominations each. Special Consensus, The Del McCoury Band/The Travelin’ McCourys, Balsam Range, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, The Sam Bush Band, Michael Cleveland, The Gibson Brothers, Sierra Hull, The Infamous Stringdusters, Lonesome River Band, Mile Twelve, Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers, Punch Brothers, Missy Raines, Sister Sadie, and Rhonda Vincent also garnered multiple nominations.

Instrument maker George Gruhn, Bluegrass Festival organizer Christopher Howard-Williams, musician Curtis McPeake, journalist Walter Saunders, and Nickel Creek and Punch Brothers member Chris Thile are all being honoured with a Distinguished Achievement Award.

The nominees for the Bluegrass Music Awards:

Entertainer of the Year:
Balsam Range
Del McCoury Band
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
The Earls of Leicester
Gibson Brothers

Vocal Group of the Year:
Balsam Range
Flatt Lonesome
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver
Gibson Brothers
I’m with Her

Instrumental Group of the Year:
Michael Cleveland and Flamekeeper
Sam Bush Band
The Travelin’ McCourys
Ricky Skaggs and Kentucky Thunder
Punch Brothers

Emerging Artist of the Year:
Mile Twelve
Molly Tuttle
Po’ Ramblin’ Boys
Billy Strings
Jeff Scroggins and Colorado
Sister Sadie

Song of the Year:
Calamity Jane” written by Becky Buller and Tim Stafford
“If I’d Have Wrote that Song” written by Larry Cordle, Larry Shell, and James Silvers
“Swept Away” written by Laruie Lewis
“Way Down the River Road” written by John Hartford
“You Didn’t Call My Name” written by Molly Tuttle

Album of the Year:
“Life is a Story” by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
“Mayhayley’s House” by the Lonesome River Band
“Rise” by Molly Tuttle
“The Story We Tell” by Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year:
“I’m Going Under” by Darin and Brooke Aldridge
“Little Girl” by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
“Speakin’ to that Mountain” by Becky Buller
“Travelin’ Shoes” by Special Consensus
“When God’s in It” by Joe Mullins & the Radio Ramblers

Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year:
“Lynchburg Chicken Run” by The Grascals
“Medley: Sallin the Garden/Big Country?Molly Put the Kettle On” by Bela Fleck and Abigail Washburn
“Sirens” by the Infamous Stringdusters
“Squirrel Hunters” by Special Consensus
“Wickwire” by Mile Twelve

Recorded Event of the Year:
“Calamity Jane” by Becky Buller with Rhonda Vincent
“I’ll Just Go Away” by Dale Ann Bradley and Vince Gill
“The Rebel and the Rose” by Becky Buller with Sam Bush
“She Took the Tennessee River” by Special Consensus and Bobby Osborne
“Swept Away” by Missy Raines and Alison Brown

Male Vocalist of the Year:
Shawn Camp
Buddy Melton
Del CmCoury
Russell Moore
Tim O’Brien

Female Vocalist:
Brooke Aldridge
Dale Ann Bradley
Becky Buller
Molly Tuttle
Rhonda Vincent

Banjo Player of the Year:
Kristin Scott Benson
Gina Clowes
Ned Luberecki
Noam Pikelny
Sammy Shelor

Bass Player of the Year:
Barry Bales
Mike Bub
Missy Raines
Mark Schatz
Tim Surrett

Fiddle Player of the Year:
Hunter Berry
Becky Buller
Jason Carter
Michael Cleveland
Stuart Duncan

Dobro Player of the Year:
Jerry Douglas
Andy Hall
Rob Ickes
Phil Leadbetter
Justin Moses

Guitar Player of the Year:
Kenny Smith
Billy Strings
Bryan Sutton
Molly Tuttle
Josh Williams

Mandolin Player of the Year:
Sam Bush
Jesse Brock
Sierra Hull
Ronnie McCoury
Frank Solivan


feature photo taken from the International Bluegrass Music Association’s Facebook page.