Nashville, Tenn. (August 19, 2013) – TheÂ International Bluegrass Music AssociationÂ (IBMA)Â finalists were announced last week withÂ Ricky SkaggsÂ & Kentucky ThunderÂ securing a nomination in the “Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year” category for â€œNew Jerusalem.â€Â The song is a brand new instrumental from the 2012 albumÂ Music To My EarsÂ by Skaggs, who also wrote the tune.
“I am very grateful for the nomination,” says Skaggs upon learning of the IBMA Award nod.
The 24th Annual International Bluegrass Music Awards will be heldÂ on Thursday, September 26, 2013Â at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts, Memorial Auditorium in Raleigh, North Carolina.
Skaggs has been honored with the following IBMA Awards: Â “Album of the Year” (forÂ Bluegrass Rules!) â€“ 1998; “Instrumental Group of the Year” (with Kentucky Thunder) – 1998, 1999, 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006; “Recorded Event of the Year” (forÂ Bluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) â€“ 2000 and “Instrumental Album of the Year” (forBluegrass Mandolin Extravaganza) â€“ 2000.
About Ricky Skaggs
With 12 #1 hit singles, 14 GRAMMYÂ® Awards, eleven IBMA Awards, eight ACM Awards and eight CMA Awards (including Entertainer of the Year), Ricky Skaggs is truly a pioneer of Bluegrass and Country music. Since he began playing music more than 50 years ago, Skaggs has released more than 30 albums and has performed thousands of live shows. Skaggs and his band, Kentucky Thunder, continue to keep the tour trail red hot, performing more than 80 live dates each year.Â Skaggs started his own record label, Skaggs Fami Records, in 1997and has since released 12 consecutive GRAMMYÂ®-nominated albums.
On August 13, Skaggs released his first autobiography, “KENTUCKY TRAVELER,” which details the life and times of the music icon and also the history of Bluegrass music. Â In addition, Skaggs has again teamed with music legendÂ BRUCE HORNSBY, this time for a live album titled,Â CLUCK OL’ HEN.Â The album is scheduled for releasetomorrowÂ (August 20).
For more information on Ricky Skaggs, visitÂ www.skaggsfamilyrecords.com.