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)


Redwood City Is The Home Of Bluegrass Music On The SF Peninsula

Redwood City is the Peninsula’s Home Of Bluegrass Music. The city has a strong tradition of supporting the arts and has a deep appreciation of good music. Bluegrass music is a regular feature of local civic celebrations.

For the past 11 years, the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission has awarded a base grant that allows the Northern California Bluegrass Society to present the Bluegrass On Broadway Festival on the last weekend of January.

The highlight of the BOB festival is the Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert, set for Saturday, January 27, 2018 at the Veteran’s Memorial Senior Center Theatre.

The FREE day-long program runs from 10:00am-5:00pm and is open to the public.

Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert Set For January 27 In Redwood City

Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, Redwood City

The 11th Annual Northern California Bluegrass Awards Show & Concert will be held at the Veterans Memorial Senior Center Theatre, 1455 Madison Avenue in Redwood City. The FREE program will run 10:00am-5:00pm.

The program will be part of a weekend of our music in Redwood City, the “Peninsula Home Of Bluegrass Music.”

The Northern California Bluegrass Society will present the annual Bluegrass On Broadway festival with principal financial support from the Redwood City Civic Cultural Commission.

One Week Reminder: Final Ballots For 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Are Due On January 20

One Week Reminder: Final Ballots for the 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards are due from NCBS Members on January 20, 2018.

2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Finalists Announced

The Northern California Bluegrass Society has announced the finalists for the 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards:

1. 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

2. Male Vocalist

Snap Jackson

Billy Pitrone

Chris Smith

Yoseff Tucker

Sullivan Tuttle

3. Female Vocalist

Kathy Barwick

Sarah Eblen

AJ  Lee

Louise Mintun

Carolyn Sills

4. Guitar

Kathy Barwick

Jim Nunally

Steve Pottier

Yoseff Tucker

Sullivan Tuttle

5. Mandolin

Tom Bekeny

Josh Gooding

Pete Hicks

AJ Lee

Ed Neff

Butch Waller

6. Banjo

Larry Chung

Larry Cohea

Snap Jackson

Jesse Personeni

Max Schwartz

7. Fiddle

Pete Hicks

Chad Manning

Ed Neff

Paul Shelasky

Lee Anne Welch

8. Dobro

Leslie Abbott

Kathy Barwick

Tomas Enguidanos

Avram Frankel

Jim Mintun

9. Bass

Lisa Burns

Isaac Cornelius

Sarah Eblen

Dave Gooding

Paul Knight

NOTE: There are more than 5 finalists in some categories due to ties.

One Day Reminder: Second Round Northern California Bluegrass Awards Ballots Due On January 9

One Day Reminder: NCBS Members should vote their 2018 Northern California Bluegrass Awards Second Round Ballots by the due date of January 9, 2018.