We won two 2014 IBMA Awards!
The International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) held the annual IBMA Awards Show on Thursday, October 2, 2014 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, NC. As award nominees, we enjoyed walking the red carpet prior to the event and we spoke with our great friend Katy Daley of Washington, DC-based WAMU. Two songs from our March 2014 Compass Records release “Country Boy; A Bluegrass Tribute To John Denver” were nominated for awards: “Thank God I’m A Country Boy” was nominated for Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year (with guest fiddlers Buddy Spicher and Michael Cleveland and banjo player Alison Brown) and “Wild Montana Skies” was nominated for Recorded Event of the Year (with guest vocalist Claire Lynch and dobro player Rob Ickes). We were completely surprised when we were announced as the recipient of the instrumental performance award winner and then shocked to hear us announced as the recipient of the recorded event award soon thereafter. It is a huge honor to win these awards, especially since they are voted on by our peers in the world of bluegrass music. We truly could not have made this recording without the support of Alison Brown and Garry West and the entire Compass Records staff who all work so hard for all their artists. Alison Brown is a superb producer who shared her great arrangement ideas, helped us pull together all our friends/special guest musicians who appeared on the recording and who kept us on track (pun intended) and focused. We are forever grateful to our longtime friends and Executive Producers Tom and Barb Laing for providing the financial support that made the recording possible, and we thank our good friend Rick Spratt for planting the seed of the concept for the recording. Dave Royko wrote excellent liner notes (nominated for Best Liner Notes) and our musician friends who graciously contributed their awesome talents to the recording include Dale Ann Bradley, Jason Carter, Michael Cleveland, John Cowan, Rob Ickes, Jim Lauderdale, Claire Lynch, Peter Rowan, Buddy Spicher, Rhonda Vincent and our Producer, Alison Brown. Thanks to all of the radio personalities who play our music, to our families who put up with our intense tour schedule and to our friends and fans around the world who have supported Special C throughout the band’s career – we would not be here today without your support!