The Gibson Brothers
The Gibson Brothers are the reigning IBMA Entertainers of the Year. The Gibsons also won IBMA's Vocal Group of the Year for the second time, picked up their second win for Song of the Year ("They Called It Music"), and were awarded Songwriter of the Year (Eric) at the International Bluegrass Music Awards in Raleigh, NC.
The band was awarded EOY for the first time in 2012 at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium. The Gibsons also won Gospel Recorded Performance for "Singing As We Rise" with Ricky Skaggs in 2012.
The Gibson Brothers won Album of the Year ("Help My Brother") in 2011 as well as Vocal Group of the Year, the first time a brother duet was given the honor.
In 2010, "Ring the Bell" won both Song of the Year and Gospel Recorded Performance.
Shay Martin Lovette
Boone, North Carolina based songwriter and musician, Shay Martin Lovette has been honing his craft on tour across the southeast and beyond in support of his latest album 'Swifter Drifter', since its release in the summer of 2018. With this impressive solo effort we get a glimpse of Lovette's life and those that have connected with him. Each song full of joy, pain, yearning, triumph, and heartbreak-a relatable swath of emotional experiences that ties his sound to the listener. His music has also started to drift overseas where the Berlin, Germany based new folk music curator and playlister, Songpickr referred to Lovette as an "undiscovered jewel" and selected 'Swift Drifter' as one of the top albums of 2018. Public radio powerhouse, WNCW also ranked 'Swift Drifter in their top 100 albums of 2018 as voted by their listeners. Lovette has performed at nationally renowned festivals like Merlefest and Bristol Rhythm and Roots Reunion in the past and recently began working on a new album at the Rubber Room Recording Studio in Chapel Hill, NC with Joseph Terrell of the band Mipso at the helm as producer.
- 2019 Merlefest Band Competition Winner
- WNCW Top 100 Albums of 2019
- 2017 Chris Austin Songwriting Competition Runner Up
- 2011 Telluride Troubadour Competition Honorable Mention
"The album's ambitious twang, its rich, timeless lyricism, and sprawling warm textures streamline Lovette to a rightful roost alongside many of his veteran songwriter heroes."
-- New Commute