The International Bluegrass Music Association's 2013 award ceremony isn't coming to Raleigh until mid-September, but the excitement has already made it to town. Fans gathered at three viewing parties Wednesday night for live announcements of the IMBA Award nominees.
North Carolina native and famed bluegrass singer-songwriter Jim Lauderdale co-hosted the announcement, which included several musicians with local roots. Balsam Range received the second-most nominations of the night, including Entertainer and Song of the Year. The nominated song of the year, "Papertown," is about the band's hometown of Canton, N.C.
Joe Newberry of Raleigh is nominated in the Song of the Year category for “They Called It Music” and Bobby Hicks, who lives in Marshall, is nominated for Fiddler of the Year. North Carolina's Jim Mills and Terry and Cindy Baucom also snagged nominations, along with the Outer Banks Bluegrass Festival and the 2013 Bluegrass First Class in Asheville in events categories. N.C. State University's bluegrass historian Charley Pennell will receive a Distinguished Achievement Award.
The IMBA Awards will be announced in Raleigh as a part of the World of Bluegrass Week, September 24-28. The five-day festival will include a three-day business convention at the Raleigh Convention Center, the awards ceremony at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, and a music festival at various locations throughout the city. Tickets for the events can be purchased here.
Here is Balsam Range's "Papertown," about Canton, North Carolina:
This article was updated at 4:43 Aug 15 to correct spelling of Charley Pennell.