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2019 IBMA Industry and Momentum Award nominees include five with ties to ETSU

Contributed • Sep 20, 2019 at 7:09 PM

Seven individuals associated with the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies Program in East Tennessee State University’s Department of Appalachian Studies are nominated for 2019 International Bluegrass Music Association Industry and Momentum Awards.

Industry Awards are given to those who work behind the scenes in bluegrass music, and Momentum Awards recognize musicians of note in the early stages of their career.

Faculty members Dr. Ted Olson and Jon Weisberger, along with alumna Grace Van’t Hof, are nominated for Industry Awards. Van’t Hof is nominated for Graphic Designer of the Year, Weisberger for Mentor of the Year and Olson for Linter Notes of the Year for his work on “Didn’t He Ramble: Songs of Charlie Poole” by David Davis and the Warrior River Boys.

Alumnus Aaron “Frosty” Foster is nominated for Momentum Instrumentalist of the Year, as is current student Tray Wellington, whose band, Caine Mill Road, is also nominated for Momentum Band of the Year.

Current student Lincoln Hensley and alumnus Thomas Cassell are also nominated for Momentum Band of the Year for their work with The Price Sisters and Circus No. 9, respectively.

With the addition of adjunct faculty member Weisberger, who is also up for Collaborative Recording of the Year and Gospel Recording of the Year for the 2019 IBMA Music Awards, there are a total of 26 2019 IBMA nominations for individuals associated with ETSU.

The Industry and Momentum Award winners will be announced Thursday, Sept. 26, during an awards luncheon at the World of Bluegrass Convention in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The 2019 IBMA Awards Show will be held Sept. 26 at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh. It will be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Bluegrass Junction station at 7:30 p.m., streamed via Facebook Live and made available for rebroadcast by radio stations worldwide.

For more information on the IBMA Awards, visit www.ibma.org/awards. To learn more about Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU, visit https://www.etsu.edu/cas/das/bluegrass.html.