Congratulations to The Bankesters!
Winners of the 13th annual Independent Music Award for Best Bluegrass Album for their debut Compass Release Love Has Wheels.
The award, announced this morning, comes on the heels of significant radio activity for the new album. Love Has Wheels has reached #6 on the Bluegrass Today radio chart and "(Cups) When I’m Gone" is currently #23 and moving up the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart.
"With their moving harmonies weaving around and above their shimmering instrumentals, The Bankesters blow a fresh breeze into the bluegrass world." —Country Standard Time
"This, their first album with Compass, has been produced by Alison Brown with an elegant touch that embraces all the nostalgia of Carter Family harmonies with an appreciably contemporary sparkle….A stirring listening experience." —Rhythms Magazine
About the Independent Music Awards:
For more than a decade, artists and labels from around the world have found new fans and prominence through The Independent Music Awards. Winners are selected by a panel of industry experts that includes record label executives, talent buyers, music journalists, film and TV music supervisors.
Produced by Music Resource Group, publisher of the popular industry contact database The Musician’s Atlas, The IMAs uses its unrivaled access to performance, promotion and distribution to connect winners and nominees to new audiences and revenue opportunities.The program receives submissions from artists previously on major labels as well as self-released and indie label talent from more than 70 countries on six continents.
Look for the Bankesters on tour this summer:
June 7, 2014 - Creal Springs IL, Egyption Hill Resort
June 20 -21, 2014 - Waldron AR, Turkey Track Bluegrass Festival
July 19, 2014 - Rankin IL, Music in the Park @ Centennial Park
July 31, 2014 - Asheville NC, Isis Music Hall
August 1, 2014 - Fletcher NC , Feed & Seed
August 2, 2014 - Robbinsville NC, Appalachian Evening @ Stecoah Valley Cultural Arts Center
August 7, 2014 - Hebron CT, Pondunk Bluegrass Festival
August 9, 2014 - Staunton VA, Oak Grove Folk Music Festival
August 23-24, 2014 - Salem IL, Salem BBQ and Bluegrass Festival