Sammy Shelor, Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice among International Bluegrass Music Association Awards nominees
Franklin County’s Sisk and his crew received two nominations — “A Far Cry From Lester & Earl” received a song of the year nod, and the CD it came from, “The Heart of a Song,” was nominated for album of the year.
Patrick County’s Lonesome River Band’s “Angeline The Baker” was nominated for instrumental recorded performance of the year, and the band’s Sammy Shelor received a best banjo player nod, as usual.
Former Salem resident Adam Steffey also received a nomination, for best mandolin player. His band, The Boxcars — who have played a few times at Kirk Avenue Music Hall — is on the list for instrumental group of the year and instrumental performance of the year (the Steffey-penned “That’s What She Said”).
Bristol Rhythm & Roots got a nomination for bluegrass event of the year, which is interesting, seeing as how it’s not all bluegrass down there.
Former Franklin County residents Ronnie Bowman and Dan Tyminski also are on the list. See it in full via ibma.org/node/221.