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IBMA alumni


I’ve been affiliated with ETSU's Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies in various ways since it’s inception…this program is helping ETSU take the worldwide lead in educational leadership in the field of contemporary music studies. It’s an invaluable resource for the community, bluegrass music, and the future of both.”
Tim Stafford

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The Bluegrass and Old Time Music Studies at ETSU is a unique opportunity to learn and perform the traditional music that has shaped my life. I am proud to be an Alumnus of the program and to be able to watch the steady growth that it has enjoyed.”
Adam Steffey
       

“Thanks for giving me the guidance and the encouragement to get into the music business. Most of all, thanks for your friendship.”
(from a personal note to our program's founder)
Kenny Chesney

 

Some of our alumni have attained international recognition. More succeed in making music a full time career. We believe the lives of all our students are enriched. Below are some examples of highly successful musicians with roots in our program. Yet for each national award represented below, there are many other alumni working as musicians and doing what they love. 

 

 

ALUMNI AWARDS

Barry Bales
(Alumnus, Former Faculty)

CMA
Album of the Year, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack, Various Artists, (2001)
Single of the Year, "When You Say Nothing at All," Alison Krauss and Union Station, (1995)

GMA Dove Awards
Bluegrass Recorded Song of the Year, "Living Prayer," Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (2006)

Grammy Awards
Best Bluegrass Album, Alison Krauss + Union Station Live, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (2004)
Best Bluegrass Album, New Favorite, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (2002)
Best Bluegrass Album, The Grass is Blue, Dolly Parton, Artist, (2001)
Best Bluegrass Album, So Long, So Wrong, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (1998)
Best Bluegrass Album, Every Time You Say Goodbye, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (1993)

IBMA
Album of the Year, Wheels, Dan Tyminski Band, Band Member, (2009)
Album of the Year, Alison Krauss + Union Station Live, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (2003)
Album of the Year, Down from the Mountain, Various Artists, (2002)
Album of the Year, O Brother, Where Art Thou? Soundtrack, Various Artists, (2001)
Album of the Year, The Grass is Blue, Dolly Parton, Artist, (2000)
Album of the Year, Cold Virginia Night, Ronnie Bowman, Artist, (1995)
Album of the Year, Every Time You Say Goodbye, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (1993)
Entertainer of the Year, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (1991, 1995)
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, Stanley Gospel Tradition: Songs About Our Savior, Various Artists, (1998)
Instrumental Album of the Year, The Bluegrass Fiddle Album, Aubrey Haynie, Artist, (2003)
Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions, Various Artists, (2001)
Instrumental Album of the Year, Bound to Ride, Jim Mills, Artist, (1999)
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, "Durang's Hornpipe," Producer, (2010)
Instrumental Performer of the Year, Bass, (2008)
Recorded Event of the Year, Will the Circle Be Unbroken, Vol. 3, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Artist, (2003)
Recorded Event of the Year, Bluegrass '95, Various Artists, (1996)

SPBGMA
International Band Champions, Dusty Miller, Band Member, (1990)

 

Hunter Berry
(Alumnus, Faculty)

IBMA
Album of the Year, Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Various Artists, (2006)

SPBGMA
Bluegrass Album of the Year, All American Bluegrass Girl, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Band Member, (2007)
Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall), Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Band Member, (2002, 2003, 2004, 2006)
Fiddle Performer of the Year, (2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Gospel Group of the Year (Overall), Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Band Member, (2001, 2002)
Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional), Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, Band Member, (2001)
Instrumental Group of the Year, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Band Member, (2005)
Song of the Year, "All American Bluegrass Girl", Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Band Member, (2007)
Vocal Group of the Year, Rhonda Vincent and the Rage, Band Member, (2006, 2007, 2008)

 

Becky Buller
(Alumna)

IBMA
Recorded Event of the Year, Proud to be a Daughter of Bluegrass, Daughters of Bluegrass, Artist, (2009)
Recorded Event of the Year, Back to the Well, Daughters of Bluegrass, Artist, (2006)

 

Kenny Chesney
(Alumnus)

ACM
Entertainer of the Year, (2005, 2006, 2008)
Single of the Year, "The Good Stuff," Kenny Chesney, (2003)
Top Male Vocalist, (2003)
Top New Male Vocalist, (1997)

CMA
Entertainer of the Year, (2004, 2006, 2007, 2008)
Musical Event of the Year, "Find Out Who Your Friends Are," Tracy Lawrence, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney, (2007)
Album of the Year, When the Sun Goes Down, Kenny Chesney, (2004)
Album of the Year (Production), When the Sun Goes Down, Kenny Chesney, (2004)

CMT Music Awards
Hottest Video of the Year, "No Shoes, No Shirt, No Problems," (2004)
Male Video of the Year, "You Save Me," (2007)
Male Video of the Year, "Who You Be Today," (2006)
Male Video of the Year, "I Go Back," (2005)
Male Video of the Year, "There Goes My Life," (2004)
Male Video of the Year, "Young," (2002)
Video of the Year, "Young," (2002)

 

Beth Lawrence
(Alumna)

IBMA
Recorded Event of the Year, Proud to be a Daughter of Bluegrass, Daughters of Bluegrass, Artist, (2009)
Recorded Event of the Year, Back to the Well, Daughters of Bluegrass, Artist, (2006)

 

Megan McCormick
(Alumna)

Recorded Event of the Year, Back to the Well, Daughters of Bluegrass, Artist, (2006)

 

Angela Oudean
(Alumna)

IBMA
Recorded Event of the Year, Back to the Well, Daughters of Bluegrass, Artist, (2006)

 

Tim Stafford
(Alumnus, Former Faculty)

IBMA
Album of the Year, Fork in the Road, The Infamous Stringdusters, Producer, (2007)
Album of the Year, Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Various Artists, (2006)
Album of the Year, 40, Larry Sparks, Artist, (2005)
Album of the Year, It's a Long, Long Road, Blue Highway, Band Member, (1996)
Album of the Year, Every Time You Say Goodbye, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (1993)
Emerging Artist of the Year, Blue Highway, Band Member, (1996)
Entertainer of the Year, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (1991, 1995)
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, Wondrous Love, Blue Highway, Band Member, (2004)
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, "God Moves in a Windstorm," Blue Highway, Band Member, (1997)
Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions, Various Artists, Producer, (2001)
Instrumental Album of the Year, Bound to Ride, Jim Mills, Artist, (1999)
Recorded Event of the Year, 40, Larry Sparks, Artist, (2005)
Song of the Year, "Through the Window of a Train," Blue Highway, Artist, Co-writer, (2008)

SPBGMA
Gospel Group of the Year (Overall), Blue Highway, Band Member, (2005)
Instrumental Group of the Year, Blue Highway, Band Member, (2003)
International Band Champions, Dusty Miller, Band Member, (1990)
Guitar Performer of the Year, (2001)

Bluegrass Now
Emerging Artists of the Year, Blue Highway, Band Member, (1998)

 

Adam Steffey
(Alumnus, Faculty)

IBMA

Album of the Year, Wheels, Dan Tyminski Band, Band Member, (2009)
Album of the Year, Every Time You Say Goodbye, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (1993)
Emerging Artist of the Year, Mountain Heart, Band Member, (1999)
Entertainer of the Year, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Band Member, (1991, 1995)
Gospel Recorded Performance of the Year, Stanley Gospel Tradition: Songs About Our Savior, Various Artists, (1998)
Instrumental Album of the Year, Knee Deep in Bluegrass: The AcuTab Sessions, Various Artists, (2001)
Instrumental Album of the Year, Bound to Ride, Jim Mills, Artist, (1999)
Instrumental Album of the Year, Slide Rule, Jerry Douglas, Artist, (1992)
Instrumental Performer of the Year, Mandolin (2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2008, 2010)
Instrumental Recorded Performance of the Year, "Durang's Hornpipe," Artist, (2010)
Recorded Event of the Year, Livin', Lovin', Losin': Songs of the Louvin Brothers, Various Artists, (2004)
Recorded Event of the Year, Bluegrass '95, Various Artists, (1996)
Recorded Event of the Year, Slide Rule, Jerry Douglas, Artist, (1992)

SPBGMA
Gospel Group of the Year (Contemporary), Mountain Heart, Band Member, (2002, 2003)
Gospel Group of the Year (Overall), Mountain Heart, Band Member, (2004)
International Band Champions, Dusty Miller, Band Member, (1990)

 

Darrell Webb
(Alumnus)


IBMA
Album of the Year, Celebration of Life: Musicians Against Childhood Cancer, Various Artists, (2006)

 

 

        

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