Sister Sadie Named Entertainer of the Year at 31st Annual IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards
Garth Brooks, Ronnie McCoury and Vince Gill inducted the three new members of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
Sister Sadie, an all-female bluegrass group, won entertainer of the year at the 31st annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Awards, which were presented online Thursday evening (Oct. 1).
In addition, the group took vocal group of the year for the second year in a row, while one of its members, Deanie Richardson, won fiddle player of the year for the first time.
The awards are usually presented in the Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, N.C, the city where the IBMA is based. The COVID-19 crisis forced the event to go online. But there was one saving grace: The producers were able to use an empty Ryman Auditorium in Nashville as a location for several performances as well as anchor hosting by four musicians -- Sierra Hull, Rhonda Vincent, Joe Newberry and Tim O’Brien.
Garth Brooks, Ronnie McCoury and Vince Gill inducted this year’s three new members of the International Bluegrass Hall of Fame.
Brooks inducted New Grass Revival, one of the top progressive bluegrass bands of the 1970s and ’80s. McCoury inducted The Johnson Mountain Boys, hardcore bluegrass traditionalists. Gill inducted J.T. Gray, owner of the iconic Station Inn in Nashville. In his remarks, Gill said the venue is “far more than a venue or a club. It’s a home.” The Station Inn was also the setting of a performance by Po’ Ramblin’ Boys.
Brooke Aldridge took female vocalist of the year for the fourth year in a row. Danny Paisley won male vocalist of the year for the second time. He previously won in 2016.
Four past winners of female vocalist of the year -- Vincent, Aldridge, Amanda Smith and Dale Ann Bradley -- sang “Down to The River to Pray” a cappella to mark the 20th anniversary of the O Brother, Where Art Thou? soundtrack.
Album of the year went to a live recording by Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver. It marked the first time a live album has won in the category since 2003, when Alison Krauss and Union Station’s double-disk Live won the award.
Michael Cleveland won in both the instrumental group and instrumental recording categories.
Dale Ann Bradley Departs From Sister Sadie To Charge Forward With Solo Career
Bradley Concludes Final Chapter With Sister Sadie After Winning IBMA Awards for
“Entertainer of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year”
Nashville, Tenn. - Bluegrass hitmaker Dale Ann Bradley has just announced her departure from Sister Sadie. After recording together on two projects and recently taking home the IBMA awards for “Entertainer of the Year” and “Vocal Group of the Year,” the Bluegrass troubadour is leaving on a high note. Bradley recently unveiled her brand new single, “Falling Down,” from the pen of Ashby Frank.
The 5-time IBMA “Female Vocalist of the Year” recently finished working on brand new solo material, which is set for release in February 2021. Leaving Sister Sadie, which she co-founded, will allow Bradley to devote more time to her solo career.
“I've had some of the best times of my life with the Sadie girls. They are so extremely talented and the funniest people one could be around,” said Bradley. “I'll always be excited to hear them sing and play! Go see their show…it'll always be a great one!”
Over the years, Dale Ann Bradley has established herself as one of the top artists in the Bluegrass genre. In addition to being nominated for multiple Grammy awards and performing on the legendary Grand Ole Opry, the songstress has charted several No. 1 hits, turning heads in multiple genres including Americana, Folk and Gospel circles as well.
The new lineup that joined Bradley in studio is her touring band, which includes Matt Leadbetter on dobro, Kim Fox on guitar and vocals, Pinecastle CEO Ethan Burkhardt on bass, and Mike Sumner on banjo.
With the next record, Dale Ann has spent more time than ever before writing original and inspired material. Throughout the COVID-19 outbreak, the singer has been empowered to craft material that speaks to the current state of the world. It serves as a full circle moment for Bradley after doing several side projects including her time building Sister Sadie as well as the critically acclaimed Bradley & Adair with Sadie bandmate Tina Adair. Once tour sanctions are lifted, Dale Ann plans on returning back to the road with her band accompanying her shows.
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Falling Down Drops For Dale Ann Bradley
Pinecastle Records has a new single for Dale Ann Bradley, surely one of the most gifted and enduring vocalists in all of bluegrass music.
Of late we have been hearing music from Dale Ann through her participation in the all-female supergroup, Sister Sadie, but she continues to record her own projects as she has been doing since the 1990s.
The new single, Falling Down, is a contribution from Ashby Frank, who is showing himself to be one of Nashville’s most insightful writers. It will also be included on her next Pinecastle project, Things She Couldn’t Get Over, expected sometime next year. The song tells of the impact that fear of failing has on us all, thoughtfully applied to the writing of a song.
Bradley is supported on the track by her touring group, featuring Matt Leadbetter on dobro, Kim Fox on guitar, Ethan Burkhardt on bass, and Mike Sumner on banjo. Frank guests on mandolin, and on harmony vocals along with Fox.
Dale Ann Bradley Inducted into Kentucky Music Hall of Fame
Bradley Honored As One Of Kentucky’s Outstanding Singers, Songwriters, and Musicians
Dale Ann Bradley was inducted into the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame on Friday, May 11, at ceremonies held at the Renfro Valley Entertainment Center in Mt. Vernon, Kentucky.
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame honors entertainers and music professionals who have made significant contributions to the entertainment industry.
Bradley, who hails from Pineville, Kentucky, worked as a solo artist on the Renfro Valley Barn Dance for several years before joining the New Cook Creek Girls in 1991. In 1997 she left the group for a solo career. She has been named Female Vocalist of the Year with the International Bluegrass Music Association five times and is a two-time recipient of the Traditional Female Vocalist honor from the Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music. Her album, “Pocket Full of Keys,” was nominated for Bluegrass Album of the Year in 2016.
Bradley stands with a prestigious class of inductees for 2018, which includes country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, Christian performer Jason Crabb, singer-songwriter Jackie DeShannon, country singer-musician Bobby Lewis and the late Grand Ole Opry member and Hee Haw star David “Stringbean” Akeman.
Previous inductees to the Hall of Fame include the Everly Brothers, Loretta Lynn, Bill Monroe, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall, Keith Whitley, The Backstreet Boys, Rosemary Clooney, the Judds, Patty Loveless and the Osborne Brothers.
The Kentucky Music Hall of Fame and Museum also houses artifacts and memorabilia that highlights the careers of more than 50 Hall of Fame inductees, honoring the musical history of Kentucky. The Hall of Fame and Museum opened in 2002 and is a must-see place to visit for those who love music.
"THIS WOMAN IS A SINGER'S SINGER AND IT'S INSPIRING EVERY TIME SHE OPENS HER MOUTH. ENJOY THIS GREAT ARTIST. I ALWAYS HAVE." - VINCE GILL
New Album "The Hard Way"
"Knowing the value of a great song is a gift that has always served Dale Ann Bradley well. Whether recording a self-penned original or putting a bluegrass spin on a rock classic, the Kentucky Music Hall of Famer's albums have always been populated with memorable material. On her new Pinecastle Records album, The Hard Way, the Grammy-nominated artist pays homage to the late Jim Croce by reviving one of his best songs." - Billboard