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October 1

Missy Raines Wins Instrumental Record of the Year; Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are 2019 IMBA’s Instrumental Group of the Year

The International Bluegrass Music Association crowned their leading pickers and players in bluegrass as esteemed artists are honored for their amazing contributions to the genre.

IMBA, Missy Raines, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
via The Tennessean

At the 30th annual celebration, Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers took home the coveted Entertainer of the Year award, while Sister Sadie earned Vocal Group of the Year, and the Del McCoury Band’s Still Sings Bluegrass won Album of the Year.

IMBA Executive Director Paul Schiminger expressed his sense of pride for the bluegrass community in a news release.

“This is a moment for everyone in the bluegrass community to feel proud and celebrate the many accomplishments of the past year. It is no wonder the appreciation of bluegrass is growing every day.”

The IBMA’s annual “World of Bluegrass” gathering of industry professionals and fans from around the globe began Tuesday and the celebration of the genre concludes with the star-studded Wide Open Bluegrass festival on Friday and Saturday.

Missy Raines, Micheal Cleveland & Flamekeeper Crowned Champion Instrumentalists

Part of what makes bluegrass a great genre is it’s one of a kind instruments and instrumentalists.

IMBA, Missy Raines, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
via Missy Raines’ Offical Website

Missy Raines is joined by Alison Brown, Mike Bub, and Todd Phillips in a smashing version of  “Darlin’ Pal(s) of Mine.” The wonderful song earned the honor of Instrumental Recording of the Year. This song is part of the award-winning bassist’s latest album Royal Traveller.

Meanwhile, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper are awarded the coveted title of Instrumental Group of the Year.

IMBA, Missy Raines, Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper
via FolkWest

Micheal Cleveland is an award-winning blind bluegrass fiddle player. He and his band have been touring and spreading the joy and artistry of bluegrass. It’s no brainer that they are 2019’s Instrumental Band of the Year!

The IBMA is the non-profit music association that connects, educates, and empowers bluegrass professionals and enthusiasts, honoring tradition and encouraging innovation in the bluegrass community worldwide.


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