LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ Vince Gill's bluegrass roots run deep.

``I got out of high school and my only goal was to make a living playing music, and I started out playing bluegrass music,'' the country star said Thursday at the eighth International Bluegrass Music Association Awards. ``It's kind of gone full circle. I know I'm a country artist, but I got my start in bluegrass music, and it will always be very near and dear to me.''

``High Lonesome Sound,'' written by Gill and recorded by Gill and Alison Krauss and Union Station, was named song of the year during the two-hour show at the Kentucky Center for the Arts. Krauss and Union Station were nominated in six categories on the strength of their album, ``So Long So Wrong.''

The Del McCoury Band took home entertainer of the year honors for the second consecutive year and also was named instrumental band of the year.