RALEIGH, N.C. — The Grammy-winning Earls of Leicester took home their third entertainer of the year award in a row at the International Bluegrass Music Awards while the band Volume Five won emerging artist of the year and song of the year for their song “I Am a Drifter.”

The awards were given out Thursday in Raleigh, North Carolina. Flatt Lonesome got its second win in a row for vocal group of the year, while Michael Cleveland & Flamekeeper won for the fourth time as instrumental group of the year.

Balsam Range won album of the year, Brooke Aldridge won female vocalist of the year and Shawn Camp won male vocalist of the year. Molly Tuttle became the first ever woman to be named guitar player of the year.

Author photo
The AP is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, as a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members, it can maintain its single-minded focus on newsgathering and its commitment to the highest standards of objective, accurate journalism.