Jason Moore, the bassist for bluegrass powerhouse Sideline who passed away last fall, was named Bass Player of The Year at the International Bluegrass Music Association Awards held last week in Raleigh, North Carolina.
A founding member of Sideline who was instrumental in bringing the group to Mountain Home in 2017, Jason was a masterful and influential musician whose talent contributed immeasurably not only to Sideline’s music, but to Mountain Heart’s during his long tenure there, to the James King Band before that, and to a broad range of foundational bluegrass recordings made over the past quarter century.
Beyond his deep and enduring musical contributions, his warm, easygoing manner and passion for the music helped to quickly make him, his partners, Steve Dilling and Skip Cherryholmes, and the entire band an integral part of Mountain Home’s musical family.
Jason was also a man of whom it can truly be said that he was a friend to all in bluegrass, whether a long-time veteran or an aspiring newcomer. He is deeply missed, and we are deeply grateful to the IBMA voters who chose to honor his memory by giving him this final award.