Dailey & Vincent Rule IBMA Nominations

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Blue Highway, Dan Tyminski Band Grab Six Nominations Each

Dailey & Vincent, a duo formed just last year, topped the nominations for the 2008 International Bluegrass Music Association awards. The announcements were made Thursday (Aug. 14) at the Country Music Hall of Fame's Ford Theater by multiple IBMA award-winner Del McCoury, two-time Country Music Association female vocalist of the year Kathy Mattea, disc jockey and historian Eddie Stubbs and IBMA executive director Dan Hays.

Together and separately, veteran performers Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent were picked to vie in 10 categories, including the all-important entertainer and album of the year slots. Cornering six nominations each were Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder, Blue Highway and the Dan Tyminski Band, another new musical configuration.

Dailey & Vincent were on hand to open and close the program with their music. One of the songs they performed, "By the Mark," turned out to be one of their two song of the year nominations (the other being "More Than a Name on the Wall). "By The Mark" was also cited in the best gospel performance category.

Stubbs announced that Bill Clifton and the late Dr. Charles K. Wolfe will be inducted into International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame. Clifton is a longtime performer, recording artist, folk music scholar and organizer of folk clubs and bluegrass events in the U.S. and Europe.

Wolfe, who would have been 65 on the day his nomination was announced, wrote voluminously and expertly on country and bluegrass music and performers in addition to his holding down his day job as professor of English at Middle Tennessee State University. Of his many books and countless articles, his magnum opus was A Good Natured-Riot: The Birth of the Grand Ole Opry, a study that recounted the Opry's first 15 years of operation, from 1925 to 1940.

CMT.com's in-house bluegrass aficionado, Craig Shelburne, was nominated for print media person of the year in a category that also includes freelance writers Stephanie P. Ledgin and Chris Stuart.

Among the bluegrass artists attending the announcements were Tyminski, Eddie Adcock, Ronnie Reno, Carl Jackson, Larry Stephenson, Rob Ickes and David Crow.

Noting that McCoury, a nine-time IBMA entertainer of the year, will host the organization's awards show, Hays joked, "Maybe he'll bring some of his trophies back and we can hand them out again. I think he has more than we do."

When Hays introduced McCoury and Mattea to read the performing and recording nominations, he pointed out that each has a new album that has topped Billboard's bluegrass chart and that each album -- Mattea's Coal and McCoury's Moneyland -- speaks to current social issues.

"They both reshaped how we think of music," Hays asserted.

Mattea and McCoury were in high spirits and good humor, however, as they slogged through category after category of nominees. Mattea quipped that the exquisitely coiffed McCoury had "commandeered all the hairspray in Nashville" and added, "It's pretty bad to be the only woman in the room and have the lowest voice."

McCoury marveled that he was able to read the nominations without donning his glasses. When he read the album title Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother, a candidate in the recorded event division, he struck an incredulous tone, saying, "Everett's got everybody and their brother [on the album] except me and my brother."

Set for Oct. 2 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, The IBMA Awards show is the high point of the World of Bluegrass convention that takes place Sept. 29 to Oct. 5, primarily at the Nashville Convention Center. The Bluegrass Fan Fest, which features the genre's top performers, runs Oct. 3-5.

Here's a complete list of this year's IBMA nominees:

Entertainer of the Year

Dailey & Vincent

The Grascals

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

The Del McCoury Band

Rhonda Vincent & the Rage

Vocal Group of the Year

Blue Highway

Dailey & Vincent

The Grascals

The Isaacs

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass

Instrumental Group of the Year

Blue Highway

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper

The Infamous Stringdusters

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Dan Tyminski Band

Male Vocalist of the Year

Jamie Dailey

Russell Moore

Tim O'Brien

Danny Paisley

Dan Tyminski

Female Vocalist of the Year

Dale Ann Bradley

Sonya Isaacs

Alison Krauss

Claire Lynch

Rhonda Vincent

Album of the Year

Dailey & Vincent

Dailey & Vincent

Honoring the Fathers of Bluegrass -- Tribute to 1946 and 1947

Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Lovin' Pretty Women

Steep Canyon Rangers

The SteelDrivers

The SteelDrivers

Through the Window of a Train

Blue Highway

Song of the Year

"Alison's Band"

Artist: Charlie Sizemore Band

Writers: Charlie Sizemore and Buddy Cannon

"By the Mark"

Artist: Dailey & Vincent

Writers: David Rawlings and Gillian Welch

"Drinkin' Dark Whiskey"

Artist: The SteelDrivers

Writers: Mike Henderson and Chris Stapleton

"More Than a Name on the Wall"

Artist: Dailey & Vincent

Writers: Jimmy Fortune and John Rimel

"Through the Window of a Train"

Artist: Blue Highway

Writers: Tim Stafford and Steve Gulley

Gospel Recorded Performance

"Be Still Moses"

Steep Canyon Rangers

"By the Mark"

Dailey & Vincent

Help Is on the Way

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Salt of the Earth

Ricky Skaggs & the Whites

Where No One Stands Alone

Paul Williams & the Victory Trio

Instrumental Album

Live at the Linda

David Grier

Sound of the Slide Guitar

Andy Hall

Stepping Out

Jason Davis

The Past Is Present

Jason Barie

When at Last

Russ Barenberg

Recorded Event

Christmas Grass, Vol. 3

3 Fox Drive, Sonya Isaacs, John Cowan, Sarah Jarosz, Larry Sparks, Russell Moore and Charlie Daniels

Everett Lilly & Everybody and Their Brother

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 and Bill Wolfenbarger

Salt of the Earth

Ricky Skaggs & the Whites

Standard Songs for Average People

John Prine and Mac Wiseman

We Are Family

Jeff & Sheri Easter, the Lewis Family & the Easter Brothers

Emerging Artist

Cadillac Sky

Dailey & Vincent

Grasstowne

Danny Paisley and the Southern Grass

The SteelDrivers

Instrumental Performers

Banjo

Kristen Scott Benson

J.D. Crowe

Jim Mills

Earl Scruggs

Ron Stewart

Bass

Barry Bales

Mike Bub

Missy Raines

Darrin Vincent

Marshall Wilborn

Fiddle

Hunter Berry

Jason Carter

Michael Cleveland

Stuart Duncan

Ron Stewart

Dobro

Mike Auldridge

Jerry Douglas

Rob Ickes

Randy Kohrs

Phil Leadbetter

Guitar

Cody Kilby

Tony Rice

Tim Stafford

Bryan Sutton

Josh Williams

Mandolin

Sam Bush

Sierra Hull

Doyle Lawson

Ronnie McCoury

Adam Steffey

Bluegrass Broadcaster

Kyle Cantrell, XM Satellite Radio

Katy Daley, WAMU's bluegrasscountry.org

Terry Herd, Bluegrass Radio Network    

Bluegrass Event

Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival (Ancramdale, N.Y.)

River City Bluegrass Festival (Portland, Ore.)

29th annual Thomas Point Beach Bluegrass Festival (Thomas Point Beach, Maine)

Bluegrass Print Media Person

Stephanie P. Ledgin, freelance writer and author

Craig Shelburne, CMT.com

Chris Stuart, freelance writer, Bluegrass Unlimited

Best Graphic Design for Recorded Project

Designer: G. Carr and S. Holman

What The, Pete Wernick & Flexigrass

Designer: Smay Vision Graphic Design

The Stanley Brothers: The Definitive Collection (1947-1966) , the Stanley Brothers

Designer: Loren Witcher

Punch, the Punch Brothers

Best Liner Notes for Recorded Project

Writers: Frank and Marty Godbey

Bluegrass Holiday, J.D. Crowe

Writer: Gary Reid

The Stanley Brothers: The Definitive Collection (1947-1966) , the Stanley Brothers

Writer: Ron Thomason

Good News, the Charlie Sizemore Band