Mountain Home Music Artists Take Top SPBGMA Honors

Article Contributed by Penguin Publicity | Published on Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mountain Home Music Company recording artists topped the list of winners in the 2018 SPBGMA Awards. The fan-voted awards were presented Sunday, Feb. 4 during the annual convention held in Nashville by the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America, (SPBGMA).

Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver took the stage to receive both the Bluegrass Vocal Group of the Year and the Bluegrass Entertainer(s) of the Year honors. In characteristic humility, Bluegrass Hall of Famer, Lawson, was quick to thank fans and friends on social media and acknowledge other artists, posting: “Thanks to all who chose to make DL&Q their favorite Vocal Group and Entertainers Of The Year at the SPBGMA this year . I am grateful beyond words. And Blessed beyond belief!” Lawson added his congratulations to all of the award recipients as well.

Donna Ulisse was thrilled to receive the Songwriter of the Year award. The prolific writer shared these comments on Monday: “I am still all dreamy and over the moon about last night’s award. I meant it when I said that being recognized for something I work so hard on, and have for as long as I can remember, by the bluegrass community leaves me completely humbled.” Ulisse further promised to work at “paying all these blessings forward,” something she does regularly as a songwriting instructor and mentor.

Kristin Scott Benson of The Grascals received the award for Banjo Performer of the Year, and posted this message for fans and her bandmates on social media: “Thanks to everyone at SPBGMA and especially each of the Grascals for the banjo award last night. I appreciate you all!”

As a touring recording artist, wife of a musician, and devoted mother, Kristin works hard to maintain balance in her life. Just prior to sharing gratitude for the SPBGMA award, Kristin shared praise on Facebook for son, Hogan, and his own recent honor. Hogan took the top prize at a school science fair for his invention, The Speedy Unspooler. Congratulations, Hogan Benson!

Mountain Home Music Company is a premiere Bluegrass label with global distribution, representing such elite artists as Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, The Boxcars, Lonesome River Band, Balsam Range, The Grascals, The Snyder Family Band, Darin & Brooke Aldridge, Danny Roberts, Crowe Lawson Williams, Newtown and Flatt Lonesome.

Mountain Home is a division of Crossroads Entertainment & Marketing, Inc.

Here’s a glance at select upcoming tour dates for Doyle, Donna and Kristin. Check artist websites for full schedules.


02/16/18 – Winter Gospel Music Convention – Palmetto, FL

02/10/18 – Fairview Ruritan – Galax, VA

02/11/18 – Appomattox County High School – Appomattox, VA

02/16/18 – Bluegrass First Class – Asheville, NC

02/17/18 – Meadowgreen Park Bluegrass Music Hall – Clay City, KY

02/23/18 – Marysville First United Methodist Church – Marysville, OH

02/24/18 – Niswonger Performing Arts Center – Greeneville, TN

03/02/18 – The Franklin Theater – Franklin, TN

03/03/18 – Davis Events Center – Fulton, MS

03/09/18 – Hebron Baptist Church – Statesville, NC

03/10/18 – Mountain View Bluegrass Festival – Mountain View, AR

03/16/18 – Little River Bluegrass Barn & Event Center – Radford, VA

03/17/18 – Mountaineer Opry House – Milton, WV

03/18/18 – Owen County High School Auditorium – Owenton, KY

03/23/18 – Sertoma Spring Bluegrass Festival – Brooksville, FL

03/24/18 – Blue, Brew & Que Festival – Kenansville, NC

04/06/18 – First Brethren Church – Buena Vista, VA

04/07/18 – Reidsville High School – Reidsville, NC

04/13/18 – Cornerstone Missionary Baptist Church – Street, MD

04/14/18 – Parrish Auditorium at Miami University – Hamilton, OH

04/29/18 – National Cornbread Festival – South Pittsburg, TN

05/05/18 – Song of the Mountains at Lincoln Theater – Marion, VA

05/06/18 – Shenandoah Apple Blossom Festival – Winchester, VA

05/10/18 – DL&Q’s Bluegrass Scramble at Asheboro Country Club - Asheboro, NC

05/10-13/18 – DL&Q’s Bluegrass Festival at Denton Farm Park – Denton, NC


02/26/18 – Collins Theater – Paragould, AR

03/25/18 – American Legion Post 238 Bluegrass Concert Series – Hughesville, MD

04/06/18 – Pennyroyal Opera House – Fairview, OH

05/12/18 – DL&Q’s Bluegrass Festival at Denton Farm Park – Denton, NC

08/18/18 – Gandy Dancer Festival – Mazomanie, WI

09/13/18 – Dumplin Valley Bluegrass Festival – Kodak, TN


02/23/18 – Majestic Theater – Chillicothe, OH

03/03/18 – MBOTMA Winter Bluegrass Wknd – Plymouth, MN

04/15/18 – Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival – Fernandina Beach, FL

04/16/18 – Boys & Girls Club of Amelia Island – Fernandina Beach, FL

04/17/18 – Amelia Island Chamber Music Festival – Fernandina Beach, FL

05/04/18 – Madison Chamber Music Festival – Madison, GA

05/08-09/18 – Bluegrass & BBQ Festival – Branson, MO

05/19/18 – BBQ, Blues & Bluegrass – St. Joseph, MI

05/28/18 – BBQ & Bluegrass Festival – Pigeon Forge, TN