Earls of Leicester Lead Bluegrass Award Nominations

Jerry Douglas's bluegrass collective will vie for Entertainer of the Year when the IBMAs are handed out September 29th

The Earls of Leicester are the top nominees at the International Bluegrass Music Awards. Credit: Jason Davis/GettyImages

The Earls of Leicester, the bluegrass supergroup featuring Dobro master Jerry Douglas and singer Shawn Camp, received recognition both as a band and for its individual players when the nominations for the International Bluegrass Music Awards were announced today in Nashville.

The group, who initially formed as a tribute to bluegrass greats Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, received nominations in the Entertainer of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Instrumental Group of the Year categories. Douglas, bass player Barry Bales and banjo player Charlie Cushman scored nominations in the player categories, while Camp was included in the Male Vocalist of the Year field.

The venerable Del McCoury Band also received multiple nominations, along with Flatt Lonesome, Becky Buller, Sierra Hull, Frank Solivan and Sam Bush. Bush, a fixture in the bluegrass community who recently released the new album Storyman, will compete against Hull and Solivan in the Mandolinist of the Year race.

The SteelDrivers received a pair of nominations: Album of the Year, for The Muscle Shoals Recordings, and Song of the Year, for "Long Way Down." The long-running group, who recently headlined Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, once counted Chris Stapleton among its members.

Here's a full list of IBMA nominees. The awards will be held September 29th in Raleigh, North Carolina.

ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR

Balsam Range

The Del McCoury Band

The Earls of Leicester

Flatt Lonesome

The Gibson Brothers

VOCAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

Balsam Range

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

The Earls of Leicester

Flatt Lonesome

The Gibson Brothers

INSTRUMENTAL GROUP OF THE YEAR

The Earls of Leicester

Frank Solivan & Dirty Kitchen

Punch Brothers

Sam Bush Band

The Travelin' McCourys

SONG OF THE YEAR

"Black River" – Sierra Hull (Artist) – Sierra Hull (Writer)

"Long Way Down" – The SteelDrivers (Artist) – Elizabeth Mala Hengber, Tammy Rogers King, and Jerry Salley (Writers)

"Radio" – Steep Canyon Rangers (Artist) – Graham Paul Sharp (Writer)

"Thunder & Lightning" – Lonesome River Band (Artist) – Adam Wright (Writer)

"You're the One" – Flatt Lonesome (Artist) – Dwight Yoakam (Writer)

ALBUM OF THE YEAR

Bridging the Tradition – Lonesome River Band

It's About Tyme – Russell Moore & IIIrd Tyme Out

Runaway Train – Flatt Lonesome

The Muscle Shoals Recordings – The SteelDrivers

Weighted Mind – Sierra Hull

GOSPEL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

"All Dressed Up" – Joe Mullins and the Radio Ramblers

"In the Heat of the Fire" – Flatt Lonesome

"Rocking of the Cradle" – Lonesome River Band

"The Savior Is Born" – Becky Buller

"Won't You Come and Sing for Me"– Laurie Lewis and the Right Hands

INSTRUMENTAL RECORDED PERFORMANCE OF THE YEAR

"Cazenovia Casanova" – Frank Solivan with Sam Bush and Jerry Douglas

"Fireball" – Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown

"Hogan's Goat" – The Boxcars

"Hogan's House of Music" – Ron Block

"Smartville" – Ron Block

EMERGING ARTIST OF THE YEAR

Band of Ruhks

The Lonely Heartstring Band

Mountain Faith

Sister Sadie

Steve Gulley & New Pinnacle

Town Mountain

RECORDED EVENT OF THE YEAR

"Fireball" – Special Consensus featuring Rob Ickes, Trey Hensley, and Alison Brown

"Highway 40 Blues" – Special Consensus with Della Mae

"In the Pines" – Carl Jackson and Brad Paisley

"Longneck Blues" – Junior Sisk and Ronnie Bowman

"Pretty Woman" – Frank Solivan with Del McCoury

MALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Shawn Camp

Del McCoury

Buddy Melton

Tim O’Brien

Danny Paisley

FEMALE VOCALIST OF THE YEAR

Becky Buller

Dale Ann Bradley

Claire Lynch

Amanda Smith

Rhonda Vincent

BANJO PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Charlie Cushman

Jens Kruger

Mike Munford

Noam Pikelny

Sammy Shelor

BASS PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Barry Bales

Alan Bartram

Mike Bub

Missy Raines

Mark Schatz

FIDDLE PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Becky Buller

Jason Carter

Michael Cleveland

Stuart Duncan

Ron Stewart

DOBRO PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jerry Douglas

Andy Hall

Rob Ickes

Phil Leadbetter

Josh Swift

GUITAR PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Chris Eldridge

Jim Hurst

Kenny Smith

Bryan Sutton

Josh Williams

MANDOLIN PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Jesse Brock

Sam Bush

Sierra Hull

Frank Solivan

Adam Steffey