The Bluegrass Star Award®
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation presents Bluegrass Star Award® to J. D. Crowe
October 15, 2011
GRAMMY- and multiple IBMA Award-winning banjo player and bandleader Mr. J. D. Crowe was honored with the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation’s Bluegrass Star Award® on Saturday, October 15, 2011 at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival 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 the music while preserving its character and heritage,” said Foundation President Alan Tompkins. “Mr. Crowe deserves this award because of his incredible talent and long record of musical accomplishment. Crowe’s career spans more than 50 years of playing and recording with some of the most talented and influential musicians ever to play bluegrass music, including Jimmy Martin, Ricky Skaggs, Tony Rice, Jerry Douglas, Keith Whitley, Doyle Lawson, the Bluegrass Album Band, and so many more. We are excited to have J. D. Crowe as a recipient of our Bluegrass Star Award®.” The award presentation video is courtesy of David Seay Productions. Photo courtesy of Mr. Derrick Birdsall.
Inaugural Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Bluegrass Star Award®
Presented to Rhonda Vincent
October 16, 2010
Rhonda Vincent, the woman who was named the “new queen of bluegrass music” by the Wall Street Journal, was honored with the first-ever Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Bluegrass Star Award® on Saturday, October 16, at the Bloomin’ Bluegrass Festival in the Farmers Branch Historical Park, Farmers Branch, Texas.
“The Bluegrass Heritage Foundation wanted to begin a tradition of honoring bluegrass artists who do an exemplary job of advancing the music while preserving its character and heritage,” said Foundation President Alan Tompkins. “We believe that Rhonda Vincent is the perfect recipient for this inaugural award because of her incredible talent and record of accomplishments. Rhonda followed her parents’ tradition of performing bluegrass music all the way to the GRAMMY stage, and now her daughters are blazing a trail with their own new bluegrass band. We are happy to have Rhonda as our inaugural Bluegrass Star Award® recipient.”
As the leader of the most-awarded band in bluegrass music (Rhonda Vincent & The Rage), with more than 70 awards, and as the only artist to win seven consecutive IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year titles, Rhonda is at the top of her game. She was also recently at the top of the Empire State Building where she debuted the first single, “Sweet Summertime,” from her new CD “Taken.” For more information about Rhonda, visit RhondaVincent.com. The award presentation video is courtesy of David Seay Productions. Photo courtesy of Mr. Bob Compere.