The Del McCoury Band – New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Del McCoury Band - New Years Eve 2008 at The Ryman

The Del McCoury Band brought down the house New Years Eve at the Ryman Auditorium!  Wow!  They were the first band of the night to play unplugged and they sounded fantastic!  It was refreshing to hear the instruments without pickups for the first time of the night.  After a full set the band was joined by The Infamous Stringdusters, The Emmit-Nershi Band, Ronnie Bowman, Chris “Critter” Eldridge, Don Reno and a great deal of friends and family.

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Sierra Hull – IBMA World of Bluegrass 2008 – Nashville, TN

Sierra Hull - IBMA World of Bluegrass 2008 - Nashville, TN

Sierra’s mandolin playing is amazing!  I would have liked to see her win mandolin player of the year, even though Adam Steffey is extremely deserving.

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Dailey and Vincent – IBMA World of Bluegrass 2008

Dailey and Vincent - IBMA World of Bluegrass 2008

Dailey and Vincent won nearly every award this year at IBMA.

  • Entertainer of the Year
  • Vocal Group
  • Male Vocalist (Jamie)
  • Album of the Year
  • Gospel Recorded Performance
  • Recorded Event of the Year
  • Emerging Artist of the Year
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Adam Steffey – 2008 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year

Adam Steffey - 2008 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year

2008 IBMA World of Bluegrass – Nashville, TN

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Cherryholmes – IBMA Official Showcase 2008

Cherryholmes - IBMA Official Showcase 2008

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Andy Leftwich – IBMA World of Bluegrass 2008 – Nashville, TN

Andy Leftwich - IBMA World of Bluegrass 2008 - Nashville, TN

Andy always sounds spectacular… whether with Ricky, Three Ring Circle, the Whites or anybody.  I’d like to see Andy get more recognition at IBMA in the future, he’s one of the best out there in my opinion.

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Mark Schatz – IBMA World of Bluegrass After Hours 2008

Mark Schatz - IBMA World of Bluegrass After Hours 2008

The amazing Mark Schatz… this time on Clawhammer instead of the bass.

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The Steeldrivers – IBMA Official Showcase 2008

The Steeldrivers - IBMA Official Showcase 2008

Tammy Rogers, Mike Flemming and Chris Stapleton… Great band!

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Tim O’Brien at the Station Inn – Nashville, TN

Tim O'Brien at the Station Inn - Nashville, TN

Tim O’brien playing his nugget a-style mandolin at the Station Inn… Early 2008. kodak bw400cn pushed 2 stops courtesy Chromatics in Nashville.

Tim was in classic form for this show…. as if I’ve ever seen a bad performance. He played all the usual instruments, even played Bryan’s martin guitar a few times. It was a special treat to see not only Bryan Sutton in the band, but Darrell Scott as well… Awesome!!!

Casey Driessen, Kenny Malone, and Dennis Crouch were spectacular as always. Casey is simply one of the most unique fiddle players in the world. His grammy nominated solo debut on Sugar Hill is amazing, btw. You should buy it!

Tim invited a special friend he met in Japan to sing and play a few songs as a duet, as well as with the full band before the night was over. This guy, I wish I remembered his name, was extremely nervous but sounded great. Everyone really enjoyed the unique style he brought to the station.

All in all, Tim put on another wonderful show!

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