Some friends of Mountain Stage came up big at this past Thursday's International Bluegrass Music Association's awards ceremony at the Ryman in Nashville. Recent guests taking home awards include Dale Ann Bradley who took home female vocalist of the year. Dale Ann and her stellar group were on our show in Morgantown, WV last year and you can hear that show by clicking here and scrolling to the show dated May 18, 2007.
Jamie Dailey, formerly of Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, has a new duo with Darrin Vincent and they were big winners at the ceremony. Their record "Dailey & Vincent" brought home Album of the Year and the duo was awarded Emerging Artist, Vocal Group and Entertainer of the Year. What a night for this new duo!
Recent guests Blue Highway were recognized for song of the year with their single "Through the Window of a Train," written by Tim Stafford and Tim Gulley. Blue Highways' dobro specialist Rob Ickes brought home Instrumental Performer of the Year in the dobro category. Click here to see the video for the award winning song and here to catch their performance on Mountain Stage.
In the mandolin category was bluegrass vet Adam Steffey, who will join the Dan Tyminski Band for their upcoming appearance on Mountain Stage October 12. Steffey has appeared on Mountain Stage with Alison Krauss & Union Station, Mountain Heart and now with the Tyminski group. We're looking forward to seeing Adam again, so grab your tickets while you can.
And especially close to our hearts is an award given to one of West Virginia's proudest sons, Everett Lilly. A long-heralded bluegrass hero and pioneer, Everett was awarded Recorded Event of the Year for "Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother," featuring Everett Lilly, Bea Lilly, Charles Lilly, Daniel Lilly, Mark Lilly, Marty Stuart, Rhonda Vincent, Billy Walker, Ronnie McCoury, Rob McCoury, David Ball, Charlie Cushman, Larry Stephenson, Joe Spivey, Eddie Stubbs, Jason Carter, Dickey Lee, Freddy Weller, Mike Bub, Rad Lewis, Andy May, Darrin Vincent, Marcia Campbell, Clay Rigdon, Eric Blankenship & Bill Wolfenbarger. Charles Lilly & Bill Wolfenbarger were the producers.
For more on Everett Lilly and the Lilly Brothers, might I suggest checking out the The Lilly Brothers & Don Stover as part of the 2008 Class of inductees to the WV Music Hall of Fame. Everett will be on hand November 6 to accept his induction in Charleston, WV. More info is available at the WV Music Hall of Fame homepage.