INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR
Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen
INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR
Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown
BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN
The Infamous Stringdusters
September 30th, 2016 – Raleigh, NC — Compass Records celebrated a varied group of wins at the 2016 IBMA Awards beginning with a big win for Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen as INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR. A family effort of sorts, “Fireball” took home the prize for INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR, a track released by Special Consensus on their album, LONG I RIDE. The album was produced by Compass co-founder, Alison Brown, and features a performance from Brown as well as label-mates, Rob Ickes & Trey Hensley. On the visual side of things, The Infamous Stringdusters took home a well deserved nod for BEST GRAPHIC DESIGN for the stunning packaging for their most recent release, LADIES AND GENTLEMEN.
In a spirit of spontaneity and fun that seemed to pervade the Awards this year, and in anticipation of the October 7th release of his new album, FIDDLER’S DREAM, 10-time IBMA Award winning fiddler, Michael Cleveland, decided to stir things up on the red carpet, suprising everyone when he broke out his fiddle and started playing the title track to his upcoming album with some help from most of the Travelin’ McCourys: Robbie McCoury (banjo), Jason Carter (2nd fiddle), Cody Kilby (guitar), and Alan Bertram (bass) and Wayne Benson (mandolin) from Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out. The impromptu flash mob was broadcast live from The Bluegrass Situation Facebook page where at last check it had been viewed 30,000 times. This was right on the heels of a suprise pop-up show in the lobby of the Marriot Hotel where he played the same track with Brown and FIDDLER’S DREAM producer and guest vocalist Jeff White.
3-time IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year and 2016 nominee, Claire Lynch, whose new album, NORTH BY SOUTH, was just released on Compass Records, appeared on several industry panels and also presented the award for Male Vocalist of the Year. And bass virtuoso and 2016 nominee Missy Raines was ever present at the event with multiple live performances, radio appearances, and a still-to-come feature slot at tonight’s Wide Open Bluegrass StreetFest.