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Balsam Range scores big at IBMA Awards

Buddy Melton (left) and Balsam Range were the big winners at this year’s IBMA Awards.
Buddy Melton (left) and Balsam Range were the big winners at this year’s IBMA Awards.

North Carolina’s Balsam Range emerged as the big winners of this year’s International Bluegrass Music Association Awards, presented Thursday night. Counting Buddy Melton’s victory for male vocalist of the year, the Haywood County quintet won three awards, including entertainer of the year and vocal group of the year.

The complete list of winners:

Entertainer of the year – Balsam Range

Vocal Group of the year – Balsam Range

Instrumental Group of the Year – Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Album of the Year – “Noam Pikelny Plays Kenny Baker Plays Bill Monroe”

Song of the Year – “Dear Sister,” Claire Lynch

Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year – Dailey & Vincent, “Won’t It Be Wonderful There”

Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year – Special Consensus with Buddy Spicher, Michael Cleveland and Alison Brown, “Thank God I’m a Country Boy”

Recorded Event of the Year – Special Consensus with Claire Lynch & Rob Ickes, “Wild Montana Skies”

Emerging Artist of the Year – Flatt Lonesome

Male Vocalist of the Year – Buddy Melton (Balsam Range)

Female Vocalist of the Year – Amanda Smith

Instrumentalists of the Year:

Fiddle – Jason Carter

Mandolin – Adam Steffey

Guitar – Bryan Sutton

Bass – Barry Bales

Dobro – Phil Leadbetter

Banjo – Noam Pikelny

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