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.
Pamela and Tony Rice invite memorial donations to Bluegrass Heritage Foundation Play It Forward!™ Instrument Lending Program
September 9, 2011
After losing their son, John Christian Scott, in a mid-August accident, pioneering bluegrass guitarist Tony Rice and his wife, Pamela, have asked for memorial contributions to be made to a very special cause.
“We have designated the Play it Forward!™ instrument lending program, developed by the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation, as our choice for anyone wishing to make contributions in Chris’ memory,” said the Rices in a statement on August 28. “We believe it is the best of all possible ways to plant the seeds necessary for bluegrass music to grow and thrive.”
The Rices encourage friends and fans to support the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation by ordering a DVD of Fanning the Fire, a new short film that explores the uniquely American musical form of bluegrass and its broad appeal to beginning players and professionals alike. The DVD is available for a minimum donation of $15 per copy to the Foundation and may be ordered at the Foundation’s website, BluegrassHeritage.org.
“To think about what Tony and Pamela must be going through is more than I can imagine,” said Alan Tompkins, president of the Foundation. “I was deeply moved to think that they would consider what the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation has done to be worthy of a memorial for their son.” (more…)
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.
Bluegrass Heritage Foundation recognized by Texas Governor Rick Perry for its efforts to preserve bluegrass music in the Lone Star State
February 23, 2010
Texas Governor Rick Perry congratulated the Bluegrass Heritage Foundation on its efforts to preserve bluegrass music in Texas by issuing a certificate of recognition to Foundation President Alan Tompkins. Governor Perry wrote that “music is a vital part of our culture that has enriched our great state’s heritage, adding to the diversity and vibrancy that uniquely defines Texas. Bluegrass Heritage Foundation is doing a great deal to promote bluegrass music in Texas, and I’m sure it will continue to do so under your leadership. First Lady Anita Perry joins me in wishing you continued success.” Tompkins accepted the certificate on behalf of the Foundation and said “I am proud that the work and dedication of our volunteers, board, and bluegrass fans here in Texas has been recognized by the Governor and First Lady. We plan to keep great bluegrass music going strong here for many years to come!”