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The Watkins Family Inducted into Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame

The Watkins FamilyThe acoustic music of the Watkins Family has thrilled audiences for more than 30 years and the Atlanta Country Music Hall of Fame recently recognized that accomplishment. The group from Toccoa, Ga. currently includes matriarch Judy Watkins and her two adult children - Todd and Lorie. They continue a path sharing their love of Jesus through acoustic music touring across the United States and Canada.

Lester & Earl's “Foggy Mountain Banjo” in 2013 Grammy Hall of Fame

Foggy Mountain BanjoSanta Monica, CA -- It was 1961 when Lester Flatt, Earls Scruggs and the Foggy Mountain Boys released Foggy Mountain Banjo on Columbia records. The album is part of the 2013 Grammy® Hall of Fame Inductees for Country (album). "The Titanic" by Ernest V. "Pop" Stonemen is also an inductee for Country Single and was released on Okeh in 1924. These join the legendary Bob Dylan song "The Times They Are A-Changin'" and many others. 2013 marks the 40th Anniversary Celebration of the Grammy® Hall Of Fame with 27 recordings added to the collection residing at the Grammy® Museum®.

Corey Frizzell, Wins AMG Heritage Freelance Visual Artist of the Year Award

Corey FrizzellNashville, TN -- Nashville’s Artist to the Stars, Corey Frizzell, was honored for his artistic collaboration with some of music’s biggest names with the 2012 Artists Music Guild Heritage Award for Freelance Visual Artist of the Year during a star studded, red carpet gala on Saturday night, November 10th, in Fort Mill, South Carolina. Also recognized with AMG Heritage Awards were Country Music greats, Barbara Mandrell and Terri Gibbs.

Songwriter Tom T. Hall Recognized as BMI Icon

Tom T. Hall Receives Icon AwardNashville, TN -- Broadcast Music, Inc. (BMI), the global leader in music rights management, honored its Country Songwriter, Song and Publisher of the Year at the 60th annual BMI Country Awards held at the company’s Nashville, TN building. Also saluted were the writers and publishers of the past year’s 50 most-performed songs on radio and TV from BMI’s country repertoire. In addition, the incredible songwriting career of Tom T. Hall was celebrated by naming him a BMI Icon.

The 2012 Brown Jug Award goes to...Peter Stampfel

Peter StampfelWhen "The Anthology of American Folk Music," won the 1997 Grammy as Best Historical Album and for Best Album Notes, Peter Stampfel of the Holy Modal Rounders and writer of the liner notes, commented backstage when asked if he had plans for his award. "I'm going to put honey on mine and lick it off," he declared. One can only guess what his plans are for the Brown Jug Award!

J.D. Crowe to Receive Honorary Doctorate from the University of Kentucky

J.D. CroweDr. Thomas Adler announced today that the University of Kentucky Board of Trustees has designated bluegrass music banjoist and bandleader J.D. Crowe as one of the recipients of an honorary doctorate. The Doctor of Arts degree will be conferred at the upcoming Commencement ceremony in Lexington, Kentucky, on December 14th, 2012.

Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver Honored as ICM Vocal Group of the Year

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver by Sherri GeorgeNashville, TN -- by Sherri George
Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver were presented with the prestigious Vocal Group or Band of the Year Award at the 18th Annual Inspirational Country Music Awards on Thursday night at the Schermerhorn Symphony Center in downtown Nashville.

The Roys Take Home ICM Bluegrass Artist of the Year Award For 2nd Year

The Roys with AwardNashville, TN -- Bluegrass music duo, The Roys, have been named Inspirational Country Music's Bluegrass Artist of the Year for 2012, giving them back-to-back wins in this category. "We sing what is in our hearts and true to our Faith," comments Elaine Roy. "It was a very strong group of nominees - everyone deserved this award," notes her brother Lee. "Elaine and I are so honored to win this for the second year in a row." The Roys were named the organization's Bluegrass Artist of the Year in 2011 and Duo of the Year in 2010 and 2009.

Lee Roy of The Roys Receives Inspirational Country Single Plaque

The Roys with Inspirational Country Singl award Nashville, TN (October 17, 2012) -- Lee Roy of the award-winning brother/sister duo The Roys was honored Monday when he received a plaque from Power Source Magazine for his Number 1 Inspirational Country Single, "I Wonder What God's Thinking." The presentation took place during Day 2 of Inspirational Country Music Week (October 14-18) aboard the historic General Jackson Showboat.

"Life Goes On" Captures Recorded Event of the Year Award

2012 Recorded Event of the Year - Live Goes On Nashville, TN (October 3, 2012) — Rural Rhythm Records is proud to announce the bluegrass song, “Life Goes On” by the Musicians Against Childhood Cancer® (MACC) was awarded the 2012 International Bluegrass Music Association’s (IBMA) Recorded Event of the Year Award. It was presented during the IBMA Awards Show held last week at the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville, Tennessee. "I am honored to accept the IBMA Recorded Event of the Year award on behalf of the artists, producers and songwriters of the song ‘Life Goes On’ and for everyone involved in the entire album," said Darrel Adkins this week.

Mandolinist and Composer Chris Thile: 2012 MacArthur Fellow

Chris ThileChris Thile, 31, is a young mandolin virtuoso and composer whose lyrical fusion of traditional bluegrass with elements from a range of other musical traditions is giving rise to a new genre of contemporary music. With a broad outlook that encompasses progressive bluegrass, classical, rock, and jazz. Thile is transcending the borders of conventionally circumscribed genres in compositions for his own ensembles and frequent cross-genre collaborations. left

Russell Moore Garners Fifth IBMA Male Vocalist of the Year Award

 Alane AnnoNashville, TN -- The International Bluegrass Music Association presented IIIrd Tyme Out's Russell Moore with his Fifth Male Vocalist of the Year award from the historic Ryman Auditorium last Thursday night during the association's annual awards ceremony. Upon receiving a standing ovation when his name was called, an emotional and excited Moore thanked his parents, wife and sons, and the IBMA membership. "I want to thank each of you for entrusting me to represent the IBMA as your Male Vocalist of the Year for another 12 months," said Moore. "I'll do my best to make you proud!" Moore, who won the award in 1994 and 1997, has also received the honor the last three consecutive years, and was up against some serious competition this year with fellow nominees including Dan Tyminski of Allison Krauss and Union Station and country music icon Vince Gill. This year's honor makes Moore the most awarded recipient in the IBMA's Male Vocalist category. Later during the ceremony, Russell Moore and IIIrd Tyme Out performed their #1 song "If Your Heart Should Ever Roll This Way Again" from their recent Rural Rhythm Records CD, Prime Tyme, which was also up for Album of the Year.

This One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark Wins Americana Album of the Year

This One's For HimThis One's For Him: A Tribute to Guy Clark was honored last night at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium with the coveted Album of the Year award during the annual Americana Honors & Awards. Clark performed "My Favorite Picture of You," accompanied by Verlon Thompson and Shawn Camp. After Clark's performance, the award was presented by Rodney Crowell and Brandi Carlisle. Other nominees in the category included Steve Earle's We'll Never Get Out of This World Alive, Jason Isbell's Here We Rest and Gillian Welch and Dave Rawlings The Harrow and the Harvest.

Millie Kirkham to be Honored as a Nashville Cat

Millie KirkhamNashville, TN -- The Country Music Hall of Fame® and Museum’s quarterly program series Nashville Cats: A Celebration of Music City Musicians returns on Saturday, September 29, with a salute to singer Millie Kirkham. The 1:30 p.m. in-depth interview, held in the museum's Ford Theater, is included with museum admission and free to museum members. The program will be streamed live at CountryMusicHallOfFame.org.

NEA National Heritage Fellows to Perform in Free Concert

Mike AuldridgeAcoustic, Country and bluegrass music artist Mike Auldridge was awarded the 2012 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) National Heritage Fellowship Award. He will be performing at the 2012 NEA National Heritage Fellowships Concert on Thursday, October 4, 2012 at the GWU Lisner Auditorium in Washington, DC.

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