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The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show

By Mandolin Cafe
September 13, 2006 - 11:10 am

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International Bluegrass Music Association

International Bluegrass Music Association

The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show will be held Thursday, September 28, 2006 at the Grand Ole Opry House, hosted by Marty Stuart.

Live Performances By:
Cherryholmes
Rhonda Vincent & The Rage
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver
Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder with the Nashville String Machine
Curly Seckler & Larry Sparks
The Del McCoury Band
Vince Gill
The Grascals with Steve Wariner
US Navy Band Country Current Bluegrass Unit
Marty Stuart
The Claire Lynch Band
Instrumental All-Stars featuring Jim Mills, Mike Bub, Adam Steffey, Stuart Duncan, Phil Leadbetter & Bryan Sutton
Special Tribute to The Lewis Family featuring The Isaacs and Jeff & Sheri Easter

The International Bluegrass Music Association has announced the performing cast for "Bluegrass Music's Night of Nights".

Artists scheduled to perform include reigning Entertainer of the Year, Cherryholmes as well as multiple nominated Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Blue Highway and The Claire Lynch Band, in addition to host Marty Stuart.

Other highlights include a special performance by Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder featuring the Nashville String Machine, a 20 piece orchestra performing a Celtic flavored selection together, "Crossing the Briney." First-time Entertainer of the Year nominees The Grascals have invited Steve Wariner to guest on their new song, "Hoedown in Motown."

For the first time, the show will combine the talents on one song of all six reigning Instrumentalists of the Year: Mike Bub (bass), Adam Steffey (mandolin), Jim Mills (banjo), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Phil Leadbetter (Dobro) and Stuart Duncan (fiddle). Each is nominated again in their respective categories.

Reigning Male Vocalist of the Year Larry Sparks will be harmonizing with Bluegrass Hall of Honor member Curly Seckler on a selection from Seckler's latest album, Down In Caroline, nominated for Recorded Event of the Year.

In addition to their own performance on the show, nine-time Entertainer of the Year The Del McCoury Band will also collaborate with Vince Gill on a selection from his forthcoming multi-disc album.

Expected to be one the highpoints of the show is a special patriotic themed production involving Rhonda Vincent and the Rage and the US Navy Band Country Current Bluegrass Unit. The finale is a multi-artist tribute to the Lewis Family, "America's First Family of Bluegrass Gospel Music," who are one of this year's inductees into the Bluegrass Hall of Honor.

Interspersed with the performances, awards honoring the year's outstanding accomplishments will be announced in 17 categories.

The show will be carried live on XM Satellite Radio's Bluegrass Junction (channel 14) in addition to being syndicated to over 300 radio stations worldwide, making it the largest syndicated bluegrass radio special of its kind. The show is sponsored by GAC TV, Martha White, MerleFest, GHS Strings, Deering Banjos and Kentucky's Bluegrass, Blues and Barbecue Region.

Tickets are available at the Grand Ole Opry Box Office by calling 1-800-733-6779 or at ticketmaster.com.

The IBMA Awards are part of the week-long World of Bluegrass celebration that includes a business conference, the IBMA Awards and Bluegrass Fan Fest 2006. All events, with the exception of the Awards Show, are hosted at the Nashville Convention Center and are expected to draw upwards of 20,000 people over seven days from all over the world.

For more information, visit ibma.org or call 1-888-GET-IBMA.

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