Fresh from their knock-out performance at FreshGrass at MASS MoCA in North Adams last month, Jerry Douglas & the Earls for Leicester were the big winners at the 26th annual International Bluegrass Music Association Awards in Raleigh, North Carolina.
The Earls of Leicester swept with four wins: Entertainer of the Year, Album of the Year, Instrumental Group of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year. Add to that Earls of Leicester member Jerry Douglas’ win for Dobro Player of the Year and Earls member Shawn Camp’s Male Vocalist of the Year win. It was a good night indeed for the five-piece traditional bluegrass band.
Hosted by the Local 518′s own premiere bluegrass band the Gibson Brothers, the big bluegrass bash also inducted Woodstock banjo master Bill Keith into the the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame.
The Gibson Brothers – themselves two-time Entertainer of the Year award winners – were nearly shut out at this year’s ceremony, their lone trophy going to Jesse Brock as Mandolin Player of the Year. He had also won the award in 2009.
Here’s the complete list of winners of the 26th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards: