IBMA Awards Performers Revealed

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• September 7, 2011

Initial performers for IBMA’s 22nd International Bluegrass Music Awards at the Ryman Auditorium Thursday, Sept. 29 have been confirmed.

The event will feature performances from Balsam Range, The Boxcars, Dailey & Vincent, The Grascals, The Gibson Brothers, Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out, Sierra Hull & Highway 111 and Steve Martin & The Steep Canyon Rangers. Show host Sam Bush, who just received his first CMA Award nomination, will also perform. More performers, as well as award presenters, will be announced soon. The show will be broadcast live on Sirius XM (Bluegrass Junction, Ch. 61) and syndicated to more than 300 U.S. markets.

Stephen Ruffo and I are thrilled to be working with host Sam Bush and with the team of professionals in place for the biggest night in bluegrass,” says Claire Armbruster, who is co-producing the Awards Show with Ruffo. “Our main focus will be honoring the nominees but we’ll also pay homage to Bill Monroe, the Father of Bluegrass, on the 100th anniversary of his birth.”

“Both Claire and I are excited to produce the Awards Show during the year of this important Monroe anniversary,” agrees Ruffo. “The artists that we have invited to perform on the Ryman stage all recognize the importance of this celebration, and they are as honored as we are to be part of that.”

The International Bluegrass Music Awards Show is the centerpiece of the World of Bluegrass Week, which runs September 26-October 2 in Nashville and includes the IBMA Business Conference and Fan Fest. See a complete list of the nominees here.

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