The Bluegrass Star Award®

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation presents
Bluegrass Star Award® to Bobby Osborne

October 20, 2018
Bobby Osborne, a veteran bluegrass musician and a GRAMMY-nominated member of the Grand Ole Opry, was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award® on Saturday, October 20, 2018 at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival at the Omni Dallas Hotel at Park West in Farmers Branch, Texas.  (The Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival, typically held in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, was moved inside the Omni for 2018 due to extraordinarily wet conditions in the park.)  Osborne was joined on stage by Del McCoury and Sierra Hull, both of whom have received the Bluegrass Star Award.

“In 2010, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation began a tradition of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing the music and bringing it to new audiences while Bobby Osborne Star Awardpreserving its character and heritage,” said Alan Tompkins, founderof the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  Previous Bluegrass Star Awards have been presented to Rhonda Vincent, J. D. Crowe, Peter Rowan, Sierra Hull, Ricky Skaggs, and Del McCoury.  “Bobby Osborne has had an incredible career in bluegrass music spanning 70 years, which includes the time he spent serving his country as a United State Marine.  He’s in the Bluegrass Hall of Fame not once but twice – both as a member of the Lonesome Pine Fiddlers and as a member of the Osborne Brothers – the group that he founded with his brother, Sonny Osborne. 

Bobby is a member of the Kentucky Music Hall of Fame who now spends his time helping young musicians as a member of the Kentucky School of Bluegrass and Traditional Music, located in Hyden, Kentucky and directed by Dean Osborne.  

Throughout his career, Bobby Osborne found new and innovative ways to make bluegrass music interesting for listeners all around the country.  He’s brought bluegrass to thousands of new listeners during his career and is certainly deserving of our Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Bluegrass Star Award®.”  For information about Bobby Osborne, visit his website or the Bobby Osborne page on Wikipedia.com.  Video of the award presentation courtesy of David Seay Productions.  Photos courtesy of Perry Callahan.

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation presents
Bluegrass Star Award® to Ricky Skaggs

October 20, 2017
Ricky Skaggs receives Bluegrass Star AwardRicky Skaggs, a 15-time GRAMMY-winner, was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award® on Friday, October 20, 2017 at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.

“In 2010, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation began a tradition of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing the music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage,” said Alan Tompkins, president of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  The previous Bluegrass Star Awards® have been awarded to Rhonda Vincent, J. D. Crowe, Peter Rowan, Sierra Hull, Del McCoury, and Jerry Douglas. 

Ricky Skaggs receives Bluegrass Star AwardRicky Skaggs has had an incredible career in bluegrass music, and started playing on stage with artists including Bill Monroe, Lester Flatt, and Earl Scruggs before he was seven years old.  He played bluegrass music as a member of the Clinch Mountain Boys, JD Crowe & The New South, and Boone Creek before touring with Emmylou Harris’s Hot Band and beginning his solo country music career.

As a country singer, he achieved 12 #1 hits, 8 CMA awards, and 8 ACM awards, and became the youngest member ever of the Grand Ole Opry.  Over the years, he’s teamed up with Keith Whitley, Bruce Hornsby, Phish, Ry Cooder, the Whites, Barry Gibb, and many others.  He holds an incredible 15 GRAMMY awards as well as an honorary doctorate from the Berklee School of Music, and since 1996 has led his incredible nationally-renowed and award-winning bluegrass band, Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder.

Ricky Skaggs is a true superstar and an innovator who came from bluegrass music roots and made the whole world sit up and listen.  The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is proud to have him as the recipient of its seventh Bluegrass Star Award®.  For information about Ricky Skaggs, visit his website at RickySkaggs.com.  Video of the award presentation courtesy of David Seay Productions.  Photos courtesy of Nathaniel Dalzell.

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation presents
Bluegrass Star Award® to Jerry Douglas

October 15, 2016
Jerry Douglas accepting Bluegrass Star AwardJerry Douglas, a 14-time GRAMMY-winning National Heritage Fellow, was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award® on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.

“In 2010, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation began a tradition of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing the music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage,” said Alan Tompkins, president of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  The previous Bluegrass Star Awards® have been awarded to Rhonda Vincent, J. D. Crowe, Peter Rowan, Sierra Hull, and Del McCoury.  “Jerry Douglas has had an incredible career in bluegrass music spanning much of the past five decades.  He holds an incredible 14 GRAMMY awards, a National Heritage Fellowship Award from the Jerry Douglas - Bluegrass Star AwardNational Endowment for the Arts, three Musician Of The Year awards from the Country Music Association, and has been an Artist In Residence at the Country Music Hall of Fame & Museum.

Jerry Douglas has toured and recorded with Alison Krauss & Union Station for over 20 years and founded the GRAMMY-winning band The Earls of Leicester.  Jerry has recorded with artists such as Eric Clapton, Ray Charles, Mumford & Sons, Elvis Costello, and Dolly Parton, bringing the bluegrass sound to audiences everywhere.  Jerry has brought bluegrass to many who might never have been interested in it before hearing him, and well deserves our Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Bluegrass Star Award®.”  For information about Jerry Douglas, visit the Jerry Douglas page on Wikipedia.com.  Video of the award presentation courtesy of David Seay Productions.  Photos courtesy of Bob Compere.

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation presents
Bluegrass Star Award® to Del McCoury

October 17, 2015
Del McCoury Star Award PresentationDel McCoury, a GRAMMY-winning National Heritage Fellow and member International Bluegrass Music Association’s Hall of Fame, was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award® on Saturday, October 17, 2015 at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.

“In 2010, the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation began a tradition of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing the music and bringing it to new audiences while preserving its character and heritage,” said Alan W. Tompkins, president and founder of the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation.  The previous Bluegrass Star Awards® have been awarded to Rhonda Vincent, J. D. Crowe, Peter Rowan, and Sierra Hull.Del McCoury Star Award  “Del McCoury has had an incredible lifetime career in bluegrass music spanning the better part of six decades.  He’s won almost every award given to musicians in our industry, including a GRAMMY and a National Heritage Fellowship Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, has played bluegrass music on national television, and was a Bluegrass Boy alongside Bill Monroe.  You just can’t get much more ‘true bluegrass’ than that.  Del McCoury has played and recorded with artists as diverse as Phish, the String Cheese Incident, and Steve Earle, bringing the bluegrass sound to audiences far and wide.  Del has brought bluegrass music to many who might never have heard it or been interested in it before hearing him, and is an ideal recipient for our Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Bluegrass Star Award®.”  For more information about Del McCoury, visit the Del McCoury Band website.  Watch the award presentation video below, courtesy of David Seay Productions for highlights of Del’s career – in Del’s own words.  Photos are courtesy of Julie Tompkins.

Bluegrass Heritage Foundation presents Bluegrass Star Award®
to Mandolin Virtuoso Sierra Hull

October 19, 2013
Sierra Hull Bluegrass Star Award Presentation 2013Award-winning mandolinist, singer, and songwriter Sierra Hull was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award® on Saturday, October 19, 2013 at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival and Chili Cook-Off in the Farmers Branch Historical Park in Farmers Branch, Texas.

“The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation began a tradition in 2010 of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing bluegrass music while preserving its character and heritage,” said Foundation President Alan Tompkins.  The previous three Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Bluegrass Star Awards® have been awarded to Rhonda Vincent in 2010, J. D. Crowe in 2011, and Peter Rowan in 2012.  “Sierra Hull deserves this award because of her amazing talents, her respect for the character and heritage of traditional bluegrass music, and her effectiveness in bringing bluegrass to new audiences.  She is a graduate of the American Roots Music Program at the prestigious Berklee School of Music, and in her early twenties has already been nominated for five awards in three years by the members of the International Bluegrass Music Association.  She’s already given performances of broad cultural importance at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, and the National Prayer Breakfast.  We are excited to watch Sierra as she brings her incredible music to people who otherwise might not be open to listening to bluegrass, and we are so proud to have Sierra as a recipient of our Bluegrass Star Award®.”  For more information about Sierra Hull, visit her website at SierraHull.com.  The award presentation video is courtesy of David Seay Productions.  Photo courtesy of Mr. Derrick Birdsall.

 

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