Junior Sisk (center) & Ramblers Choice | File photo
From the Associated Press, with some rewriting and reframing from yours truly.
RALEIGH, N.C. — Franklin County resident Junior Sisk won the International Bluegrass Music Award for best male vocalist on Thursday night.
Other winners included onetime Salem resident Adam Steffey and his band, The Boxcars, and former Franklin County resident Tim Austin.
The Gibson Brothers won entertainer of the year for a second straight year, along with three other group and individual trophies.
Eric Gibson was named songwriter of the year and his New York-based quintet also won vocal group of the year and song of the year for “They Called it Music,” written by Gibson and Joe Newberry.
The awards were held in Raleigh, N.C., for the first time.
Della Mae won emerging artist, Sisk and Claire Lynch won in the male and female vocalist categories and Balsam Range’s “Papertown” was named album of the year. Tony Rice and Paul Warren were inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
More than a year after Earl Scruggs’ death, IBMA voters showed they’re still thinking about the banjo pioneer by naming “Foggy Mountain Rock,” a cut from a tribute album to Scruggs, instrumental recorded performance of the year. The Boxcars were named instrumental group of the year.
Rob Ickes was named dobro player of the year, and extended his individual instrumentalist award record to 15 wins in that category. Steffey (mandolin), Jason Carter (fiddle), Bryan Sutton (guitar), Barry Bales (bass) and Mike Munfordcqcq (banjo) also won instrumentalist of the year awards.
Tim Austin, who founded Lonesome River Band and once ran the now defunct Doobie Shea studio, in Franklin County, produced “Foggy Mountain Rock,” which won the instrumental honor.
Ronnie Reno, whose father, Don Reno, was a Roanoke bluegrass star on WDBJ-TV from 1957 to 1964, won the IBMA’s Broadcaster of the Year award for his Hendersonville, Tenn.-based Ronnie Reno Show, on RFD-TV.