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

Six Week Reminder: Northern California Bluegrass Awards 2015 Nominations Due September 30, 2014

Six Week Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on September 30, 2014. Nomination forms will be available at the NCBS Information Booth at the August and September festivals and events.

Nominations honoring Northern California’s primarily non-touring bluegrass bands and musicians may also be submitted by (E-Mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com.

Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass. Each person may nominate up to three in each category.

Seven Week Reminder: Northern California Bluegrass Awards Nominations Due On September 30

Seven Week Reminder: Nominations for the 2015 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due on September 30, 2014. Nomination forms will be available at the NCBS Information Booth at the August and September festivals and events. Nominations honoring Northern California’s primarily non-touring bluegrass bands and musicians may also be submitted by (e-mail) hallmw (at) gmail (dot) com. Categories: Band, Male Vocalist, Female Vocalist, Guitar, Mandolin, Banjo, Fiddle, Dobro, and Bass.

Northern California Bluegrass Awards To Be Presented To Bill Evans & Kathy Barwick This Weekend In Pescadero & Sebastopol

Bill Evans

Bill Evans

Bill Evans (Lifetime Achievement) and Kathy Barwick (Best Dobro Player) will be presented with their 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Awards this weekend by NCBS Bluegrass On Broadway Festival Director Michael Hall.

Evans will receive his award before his performance on Friday, March 7 at the NCBS-welcomed Brookdale Bluegrass & Old Timey Festival at Costanoa Lodge in Pescadero.

Kathy Barwick

Kathy Barwick

Barwick will receive her award before her appearance with the Mike Justis Band on Saturday, March 8 at the Sonoma County Bluegrass & Folk Festival at the Sebastopol Community Center in Sebastopol.

All other awards were presented at the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show during the BOB Festival in Redwood City on January 25.

The Northern California Bluegrass Society’s Bluegrass On Broadway Festival receives principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Public Library, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation & Community Services, and John Dabney.

Bean Creek Named Best Bluegrass Band At 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show In Redwood City

Bean Creek from Santa Cruz was named Best Bluegrass Band at the 2014 Northern California Bluegrass Awards held in Redwood City on January 25. The 7th annual ceremony was presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society as part of the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival.

The Bean Creek band’s lead singer Billy Pitrone (Santa Cruz) won Best Male Vocalist and band members Pete Hicks (Aromas) and Rob Horgan (Santa Cruz) won Best Mandolin Player and Best Banjo Player, respectively. Hicks also performs with The Central Valley Boys, while Horgan is also a member of Sidesaddle & Co.

Voters named A. J. Lee of Tracy Best Female Vocalist, Glenn Dauphin of Oakland Best Guitar Player, and Mark Wardenburg of Palo Alto Best Fiddle Player. The Best Bass Player award went to Lisa Burns (Mountain View), while Kathy Barwick (Grass Valley) was named Best Dobro Player.

Lifetime Achievement Honors were bestowed upon four longtime music teachers: Bill Evans of Richmond, Steve Palazzo of Santa Cruz, Jack Tuttle of Palo Alto, and Lee Anne Welch of Saratoga.

Principal financial support for the Northern California Bluegrass Awards and the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival comes from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission, the Redwood City Department of Parks Recreation and Community Services, the Redwood City Public Library, and John Dabney.

Saturday At The Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

Dusty Moon with Manoj Chopra of Little India on banjo.

Dusty Moon with Manoj Chopra of Little India on banjo.

Dusty Moon kicked off the 2014 BOB in Redwood City with a great Friday night show at Little India. Good food and good friends go great with good music! Next: The big Saturday concert beginning at 10:00am and the Awards Show beginning at 3:00pm, followed at 6:00pm by 27strings’ bluegrass music at Redwood City’s own German beer garden, Gourmet Haus Staudt!

Bluegrass On Broadway Festival

SATURDAY, January 25

Northern California Bluegrass Awards & Concert

NOTE NEW LOCATION: Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center Theater, 1455 Madison Avenue, Redwood City

10:00am – Special Film Presentation: Peter Feldmann: 50 Years In The Bluegrass, Blue Dalmatian Productions (CA). PERSONAL APPEARANCE by Peter Feldmann.

11:00 — Bean Creek

Noon — Dark Hollow

1:00pm — Snap Jackson & The Knock On Wood Players

2:00 — Blaine Sprouse & Peter Feldmann

2:30 — A. J. Lee & Tommy Mizzone

redwood-city-peninsula-map3:00-5:00pm — Northern California Bluegrass Awards

Additional musical performances by Regina Bartlett, Bean Creek, Peter Feldmann, Avram & Dana Frankel, Steve Palazzo & Charlie Rice, and Yoseff Tucker.

6:00-8:30pm — 27strings, Gourmet Haus Staudt, 2615 Broadway, Redwood City.

The FREE January 19 & 24-26, 2014 Bluegrass On Broadway Festival is presented by the Northern California Bluegrass Society at various Redwood City venues.