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Del McCoury Band Wins Bluegrass Award

October 3, 2003

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ The Del McCoury Band won entertainer of the year and Rhonda Vincent was named top female vocalist for the fourth time Thursday at the International Bluegrass Music Awards.

``What a wonderful night,″ Vincent said. ``I just get to live my dream every day. You guys have made my dream come true for the last four years.″

Vincent was joined on stage during a performance by Alison Krauss, who was also nominated for female vocalist.

The 14th annual awards show, hosted by the International Bluegrass Music Association, falls in the middle of a weeklong celebration of bluegrass music.

Dan Tyminski, who sings and plays acoustic guitar for Krauss & Union Station, won the award for male vocalist for the third time. The artist became nationally known after lending his voice to George Clooney in the film ``O Brother, Where Art Thou?″

Tyminski credited legendary banjo player J.D. Crowe, who was inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Honor during the show.

``This means a whole lot to me,″ Tyminski said, holding his award. ``There is no way I’d be here if it wasn’t for him.″

Krauss & Union Station took home album of the year for, ``Alison Krauss & Union Station Live.″ Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver won vocal group and song of the year for ``Blue Train (of the Heartbreak Line).″

Other awards included:

Instrumental group: Ricky Skaggs & Kentucky Thunder

Emerging artists: Kenny & Amanda Smith.

Gospel recorded performance: ``The Hand Made Cross,″ Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver

Instrumental album: ``The Bluegrass Fiddle Album,″ Aubrey Haynie

Recorded event: ``Will the Circle Be Unbroken Vol. III,″ Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Johnny Cash and various artists.

Instrumental performers: banjo, Jim Mills; bass, Mike Bub; guitar, Bryan Sutton; dobro, Rob Ickes; fiddle, Jason Carter; mandolin, Adam Steffey.

Distinguished achievement awards: Jack Cooke, Terry Lickona, Bob Turbanic, Fiddlin’ Arthur Smith, The Station Inn.

Bluegrass event: European World of Bluegrass, Voorthuizan, The Netherlands

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