meet IBMA's New Artist & Instrumental Group of the Year: Appalachian Road Show

Article Contributed by Shore Fire Media | Published on Saturday, October 2, 2021

Last night, roots supergroup Appalachian Road Show was named the Instrumental Group of the Year and New Artist of the Year at the 2021 IBMA Bluegrass Music Awards. The band was one of four 2x winning artists alongside Billy Strings, Sierra Hull and Dale Ann Bradley. Billboard announced the winners, here:

"We are beyond grateful to the IBMA and its members for this recognition," says Appalachian Road Show fiddler Jim VanCleve. "It is so appreciated and encouraging to be validated, and to know for sure that people are responding to the authentic brand of art we're trying to bring forth. We will certainly continue to work hard to be deserving of these honors."

Appalachian Road Show was the second most nominated group at the 2020 IBMA Awards with a whopping five nominations including Album of the Year and New Artist of the Year, following the release of the group’s ’Tribulation’ album, which was deemed a “masterpiece” by NPR’s WPLN, “fierce and versatile” by American Songwriter, and earned recognition from NPR All Things Considered, TODAY Show, Now This, Folk Alley and many others. Listen to ’Tribulation,’ HERE.

Members of Appalachian Road Show include 2x GRAMMY-winning bassist Todd Phillips, GRAMMY-nominated musicians Jim VanCleve and Barry Abernathy, mandolin phenom Darrell Webb, and protégé guitarist Zeb Snyder. Together, they continue to deliver riveting instrumental jams, theatrical and historical storytelling and an interactive musical experience.

Appalachian Road Show's founding members Jim VanCleve and Barry Abernathy earned a third IBMA Award for Gospel Recording of The Year for co-producing "In the Resurrection Morning" (featuring Vince Gill) a touching tribute to their late bandmate, Steve Gulley, who recently passed of cancer.

The supergroup is currently working on its third studio album, which will be announced early 2022. Fans can see the group on tour with several festival appearances across the U.S.

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