Duo doubles up as year’s top bluegrass artist

Friday, October 2, 2009 at 3:11am

Last year the duo Dailey & Vincent made history by becoming the first act to capture both the Emerging Artist of the Year and the prestigious Entertainer of the Year Awards at the International Bluegrass Music Association's (IBMA) annual event.

Thursday night Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent followed that feat by repeating as Entertainer of the Year winners, while capturing other key honors at the 20th annual IBMA Awards at the Ryman Auditorium.

The duo won another award for their moving performance of "On The Other Side," written by Jimmy Fortune, Kevin Denney & Tom Potkin, which they also produced. The tune was tabbed as the Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, and they were also chosen Vocal Group of the Year.

Multi-instrumentalist Vincent had previously earned raves for his playing and harmony singing with Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder as well as his tenure with Rhonda Vincent (his sister) and The Rage.

Dailey spent nine years as a key contributor to Doyle Lawson's Quicksilver before joining forces with Vincent.

Kathy Mattea and the legendary group Hot Rize shared hosting duties, and the ceremony was also aired live on Sirius XM satellite radio's bluegrass channel.

Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper's rendition of Bill Monroe's classic composition "Jerusalem Ridge" won Instrumental Performance of the Year, while the ensemble garnered Instrumental Group of the Year honors. Dan Tyminski also took two awards, Male Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year (Wheels, which he also produced).

Dale Ann Bradley earned Female Vocalist of the Year, while Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass' demonstrative "Don't Throw Mama's Flowers Away" (penned by Chris Stuart and Ivan Rosenberg) was selected Song of The Year.

The SteelDrivers were picked as Emerging Artist of the Year and "Proud To Be A Daughter of Bluegrass" by the Daughters of Bluegrass was selected "Recorded Event of the Year.

A pair of acclaimed groups, The Dillards and The Lonesome Pine Fiddlers, were Hall of Fame inductees.

Another famous personality better known in the fields of acting and comedy was an award winner as Steve Martin won the award for Best Liner Notes for a Record Project (The Crow), which also featured his banjo work.

A complete list of all IBMA winners is available at ibma.org.