The International Bluegrass Music Association recently announced the nominees for the 22nd annual IBMA awards, and to no one’s surprise, Nippertown’s premier bluegrass outfit, the Gibson Brothers are back in the running once again. in a big, big way…
Led by brothers Eric and Leigh Gibson, the band was named IBMA Emerging Artists of the Year back in 1998, and last year, the Gibson Brothers took home a pair of trophies from the ceremony – one for Best Gospel Recorded Performance and one for the prestigious Song of the Year.
After a year of radio chart-topping success and a strong touring schedule, the Compass Records recording artists are back with seven nominations for 2011:
Entertainer of the Year
The Entertainer of the Year category includes the two bands who have received the title the past five years: Dailey and Vincent (2008-2010) and The Grascals (2006-2007). The Boxcars, The Gibson Brothers and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers are all first-time nominees for the prestigious award which recognizes excellence in all aspects of the entertainment field—including recorded and in-person performance, public acceptance, attitude, leadership and overall contributions to the image of bluegrass music.
Vocal Group of the Year
Album of the Year for “Help My Brother,” produced by Eric & Leigh Gibson and Mike Barber for Compass Records
Song of the Year for “Help My Brother” (written by Leigh Gibson)
Song of the Year for “Walkin’ West to Memphis” (written by Chris Henry)
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year for “He Can Be Found” written by Ella Barrett & Faye Cunningham
Male Vocalist of the Year (Leigh Gibson)
Winners of the 22nd annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be announced at the awards ceremony, scheduled for Thursday, September 29, 2011 at Nashville, Tennessee’s historic Ryman Auditorium.