Northern California Bluegrass Awards

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards are presented during Bluegrass on Broadway. Here is the complete list of award recipients. In some categories there are two recipients in the same year due to ties.

  • Bluegrass Band:  Sidesaddle & Co. (2008), The Mighty Crows (2009),  Dalton Mountain Gang (2010), The Tuttles With A. J. Lee (2011, 2012).
  • Male Vocalist: Billy Pitrone (2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Yoseff Tucker (2010)
  • Female Vocalist: Diana Donnelly (2008, 2009), A. J. Lee (2010, 2011), Molly Tuttle (2012).
  • Guitar Player: Jerry Ashford (2008), Glenn Houston (2009), Yoseff Tucker (2009, 2010, 2012), Molly Tuttle (2011).
  • Mandolin Player: Butch Waller (2008, 2009), Kim Elking (2009), Ed Neff (2010, 2011), Pete Hicks (2011), Michael Tuttle (2012).
  • Banjo Player:  Bill Evans (2008), Larry Cohea (2009, 2010, 2011, 2012), Luke Abbott (2012).
  • Fiddle Player: Annie Staninec (2008, 2009, 2010), Pete Hicks (2011), Paul Shelasky (2011), Jack Tuttle (2012).
  • Dobro Player: Jim Mintun (2008, 2009, 2011, 2012), Kathy Barwick (2010)
  • Bass Player: Lisa Burns (2008, 2009, 2012), Paul Knight (2010), Dan Booth (2011), Louise Mintun (2012).

The following individuals have been presented with Lifetime Achievement Awards in recognition of their contributions to the Northern California bluegrass scene:

  • Steve Baker (2012)
  • Richard Brooks (2012)
  • Glenn Christensen (2009)
  • Dick Clark (2010)
  • Joyce Clark (2010)
  • Tom Diamant (2011)
  • Dick Dowell (2010)
  • Judy Dowell (2010)
  • Ray Edlund (2011)
  • Bruce Edmundson (2012)
  • “Cuzin” Al Knoth (2009)
  • Mike McKinley (2012)
  • Carl Pagter (2008)
  • Jake Quesenberry (2008)
  • Karen Quick (2009)
  • Eric Rice (2011)
  • Jack Sadler (2008)
  • Mary Tilson (2011)

News

Thanks To The Redwood City Community For Supporting Bluegrass On Broadway

The 11th annual Northern California Bluegrass Society Bluegrass On Broadway Festival brought a fine weekend of music to Redwood City.

This event is only possible due to strong community support for the arts. Thanks to the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Department of Parks, Recreation, and Community Services, the Veterans Memorial Senior Center, the Freewheel Brewing Company, John Dabney, and Debbie Weiner. Thanks also to all of the NCBS volunteers and bands, and to everyone who came out to support our area bluegrass musicians.

See you next year!

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Blue & Lonesome

A Year For Young Bluegrass Performers At The 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards In Redwood City

Although more experienced musicians won their share of honors at the 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards, young bluegrass performers had their year at the Saturday, January 27 ceremony in Redwood City. The 11th annual program was presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society.

The hot young band AJ Lee & Blue Summit (Santa Cruz) was named Best Bluegrass Band. Band members took home individual honors in the female vocalist and mandolin categories (AJ Lee, Santa Cruz), and in the guitar category (Sullivan Tuttle, Palo Alto).

Meanwhile Stockton’s Snap Jackson won Best Male Vocalist and tied with Jesse Personeni (Fiddletown) as the top banjo players. The two are in young bands — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players and The Blue J’s.

Meanwhile longtime favorites Lee Anne Welch (fiddle, Saratoga), Jim Mintun (Dobro, Santa Cruz), and Paul Knight (bass, Marshall) were repeat winners on their instruments.

Lifetime Achievement honors went to five festival organizers who have brought top events to the Northern California area over many years. Mitch Third was honored for his extraordinary service as operations manager of the Strawberry Music Festivals, especially during a crisis period in which the festival lost its longtime home in a devastating fire. He is also a songwriter & performer. Fred Morris was honored for his pioneering work in creating indoor hotel-based bluegrass festivals in the Bay Area during the early 1990s, and also for other promotional, publishing, and retail service to the national bluegrass community.

Eric Burman founded both the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Good Old Fashioned Bluegrass Festival (now in its 25th year) and the Brookdale Bluegrass Festival, affiliated with NCBS and held several times a year since 1998 in the Santa Cruz Mountains. He is also a past president of the Society and a bandleader and songwriter. Larry & Sondra Baker were honored for their high quality, entertaining bluegrass festivals held in California & Arizona. Northern California fans fondly remember the Bluegrassin’ In The Foothills gathering held in Plymouth that sadly ended with the couple’s recent retirement. They continue to produce the Bluegrass On The Beach Festival in Lake Havasu, AZ.

The Northern California Bluegrass Awards are presented by NCBS as part of the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival in Redwood City. The festival is supported by the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission and by other Redwood City-area businesses, agencies, and individuals. NCBS would like to thank these partners for their support of bluegrass music in Redwood City.

Winners — 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards

Band — AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Santa Cruz

Male Vocalist — Snap Jackson, Stockton

Female Vocalist — A. J. Lee, Santa Cruz

Guitar — Sullivan Tuttle, Palo Alto

Mandolin — A. J. Lee, Santa Cruz

Banjo — Jesse Personeni, Fiddletown & Snap Jackson, Stockton

Fiddle — Lee Anne Welch, Saratoga

Dobro — Jim Mintun, Santa Cruz

Bass — Paul Knight, Marshall

Lifetime Achievement Awards — Larry & Sondra Baker, Eric Burman, Fred Morris, & Mitch Third

Saturday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SATURDAY, January 27

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City

Free And Open To The Public

9:50am-5:00pm

9:50am — Film: “Discover Bluegrass — Exploring American Roots Music,” International Bluegrass Music Association & The Foundation For Bluegrass Music (TN)

11:00am — The Wildcat Mountain Ramblers

Noon — Blue & Lonesome

1:00pm – The Brookdale Bluegrass Band

1:30 — Mitch Third

2:00 — The Blue Js

3:00-5:00 — Northern California Bluegrass Awards (with additional musical performances from AJ Lee & Blue Summit, The Blue Jays, Lee Anne Welch, Pete Hicks, The Brookdale Bluegrass band, and Dave Lucky Wilson)

The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival will conclude on Sunday, January 28. NCBS has presented the BOB each January since 2008 with principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

Congratulations To The Honorees At The 11th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards On January 27

Congratulations to the honorees and finalists at the 11th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards in Redwood City on Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Lifetime Achievement: Larry & Sondra Baker, Eric Burman, Fred Morris, and Mitch Third

Bluegrass Band: AJ Lee & Blue Summit, Bean Creek, Blue & Lonesome, Blue J’s, Central Valley Boys, High Country, Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players, Windy Hill

Male Vocalist: Snap Jackson, Billy Pitrone, Chris Smith, Yoseff Tucker, Sullivan Tuttle

Female Vocalist: Kathy Barwick, Sarah Eblen, AJ  Lee, Louise Mintun, Carolyn Sills

Guitar: Kathy Barwick, Jim Nunally, Steve Pottier, Yoseff Tucker, Sullivan Tuttle

Mandolin: Tom Bekeny, Josh Gooding, Pete Hicks, AJ Lee, Ed Neff, Butch Waller

Banjo: Larry Chung, Larry Cohea, Snap Jackson, Jesse Personeni, Max Schwartz

Fiddle: Pete Hicks, Chad Manning, Ed Neff, Paul Shelasky, Lee Anne Welch

Dobro: Leslie Abbott, Kathy Barwick, Tomas Enguidanos, Avram Frankel, Jim Mintun

Bass: Lisa Burns, Isaac Cornelius, Sarah Eblen, Dave Gooding, Paul Knight

The event is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass on Broadway Festival, a free event made possible by principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

The FREE program will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City. The awards show and concert will begin with a bluegrass film at 9:50am and the awards show proper, with additional musical performances, will run 3:00-5:00pm.

Complete Awards Show & Concert Schedule

Eight Bands Are Finalists For Northern California Bluegrass Awards Honors On Saturday, January 27 In Redwood City

Eight bands are finalists for the 2018 Best Bluegrass Band honor at the 11th annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards, set for Saturday, January 27 at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City. The awards show and concert will begin with a bluegrass film at 9:50am and the awards show proper, with additional musical performances, will run 3:00-5:00pm. The program is FREE and open to the public.

Complete List Of Finalists In All Categories

Lifetime Achievement Honorees

Discover Bluegrass Film

Awards Show & Concert Schedule

The event is part of the Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass on Broadway Festival, a free event made possible by a base grant from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission. The finalists are:

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AJ Lee & Blue Summit (Santa Cruz):

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Bean Creek (Santa Cruz):

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Blue & Lonesome (Petaluma):

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The Blue J’s (Dixon):

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Central Valley Boys (Fresno):

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High Country (Berkeley):

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Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players (Stockton):

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Windy Hill (Portola Valley):