I’m just catching my breath and catching up on the mountain of built up mail, while we have a tiny bit of time off in between tours.
I wanted to say a few words about voting in the IBMA, since the first ballot deadline is coming up on June 13th. My Band and I are not in the habit of sending out the mass “For your consideration” emails (not that there’s anything wrong with that), but in this initial round, it’s wide open, and sometimes fans need a little guidance and a reminder. These tend to be decided by a pretty small pool of voters, so your vote actually does count in a big way.
If you feel we deserve a nod, here are some possibilities to consider (I’m leaving out categories I don’t think we have a chance in or don’t deserve):
Lonely Comes Easy – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Album of the Year
“Where I Am” – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers (Chris Jones, Tom T. Hall, Dixie Hall – writers) – Song of the Year
“One Who’s Coming After Me” – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Gospel Recording of the Year
“Swine Flu in Union County”
and/or: “Don’t Blink” – Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Instrumental Recording of the Year
Chris Jones & The Night Drivers – Instrumental Group of the Year
Chris Jones – Male Vocalist of the Year
Ned Luberecki –Banjo Player of the Year
Jon Weisberger – Bass Player of the Year
Mark Stoffel – Mandolin Player of the Year
New categories added this year:
Chris Jones – Best Bluegrass Curler
Mark Stoffel – Best Live Performance of a Rodgers and Hammerstein Song That Most People Assume is an old Austrian Folk Song
Meanwhile, it’s been a very busy few weeks which took us from Sevierville, TN, to Branson, MO, to Auburn, AL, to Suwannee Georgia (see photo from Everett’s Barn above). Next week it’s Bean Blossom, then a flight to Ontario, CA to play at Huck Finn’s Jubilee, then a red-eye back east so Ned Luberecki and I can get to Steve Kaufman’s Acoustic Kamp on time. Whew! We hope to see you on one coast or the other, or somewhere in between.