International Bluegrass Music Association, (IBMA) has announced the nominations for their annual awards and this year, Deering is thrilled to announce that we have been recognized by IBMA for our contributions to bluegrass music and will be bestowed with the Distinguished Achievement Award during the IBMA World of Bluegrass Conference in Raleigh, NC on Thursday, October 2nd. Each year, IBMA honor five individuals and on behalf of everyone at Deering Banjo Company, we are extremely proud to be one of these five recipients this year. We would also like to congratulate the other four recipients of this prestigious award!
A little over a year and a half ago, we blogged about the early signs of what we predicted would be a major banjo resurgence, with particular reference to an article about Mumford & Sons that was published in Rolling Stone entitled "God, Beer & Banjos". (Click here to see the original article) There is no denying that in the last couple of years, the banjo has been seemingly unavoidable due in large part to the multitude of different bands using the humble instrument as a core part of a sound that spans a plethora of different genres. But no band has done more to put the banjo firmly back on the music map than Mumford & Sons.
The GRAMMYS® are this Sunday and 10 Deering Banjo artists are up for awards. Mumford and Sons is even up Record of the Year! Be sure to watch them on CBS this Sunday, February 10th. Mumford and Sons will be performing as well!
The 55th Annual Grammy Nominations are out and artists who play Deering banjos are heavily represented - including one of the biggest categories of them all, Album of the Year!
The 2012 IBMA Award Nominations have been announced and Deering Artists are again represented very well. The Deering Artists that have been nominated include The Gibson Brothers (Eric Gibson), Steve Martin & Steep Canyon Rangers, Punch Brothers (Noam Pikelny), Steep Canyon Rangers (Graham Sharp), and Noam Pikelny.