In the bluegrass world, there’s nobody more equipped to lead the way in 2018 than Becky Buller for the Minnesota native scored more IBMA nominations in 2018 than any other artist. The only artist to ever win IBMA Awards in both instrumental (Fiddle) and vocal categories, Becky swept the IBMA nominations for this year’s upcoming ceremonies next month in Raleigh, NC, during the World of Bluegrass festival event with her 8 combined nominations.
In addition to being nominated for Female Vocalist of the Year and Fiddle player of the Year, Becky Buller is also up for Song of the Year for “Calamity Jane,” a song she wrote with Tim Stafford and which features fellow bluegrass icon Rhonda Vincent. That song is also up for Recorded Event of the Year, a category which Becky Buller practically dominates as she’s a part of 4 of the Recorded Event finalists. The other songs featuring Becky Buller include “She Took The Tennessee River” with Special Consensus (she also co-wrote this song). The special song “Swept Away” — which is from Missy Raines’ album — features Missy Raines, Molly Tuttle, Sierra Hull, Alison Brown and Becky Buller. These ladies also have performed together as “The First Ladies of Bluegrass,” as the first women to win IBMA awards in their respective instrument categories.
The fourth song nominated in the Recorded Event category is a second track off of Becky Buller’s fantastic #1 Crêpe Paper Heart album to score an IBMA nomination in 2018. The song “The Rebel and The Rose” features mandolin virtuoso Sam Bush and recently had a music video (Watch below) released for the track.
“This song is special to me on so many levels, from writing it with my dear friend, Tony Rackley, to recording it with my hero, Sam Bush,”Becky says. “The message of hope in this song is timeless; not one of us is so broken that love can’t mend us.”
Crêpe Paper Heart also features Gospel Recorded Performance nominee “Speakin’ To That Mountain,” a song co-written by Becky with Jeff Hyde (a member of Eric Church’s touring band and frequent co-writer) and featuring the Gospel icons The Fairfield Four. The album hit #1 in June and, just last week, Becky Buller hit #1 with “Another Love Gone Wrong.” In the fine Bluegrass tradition of sharing the spotlight, Becky Buller’s fine banjo player Ned Luberecki scored an IBMA nomination for Banjo Player of the Year. Ned is one of the performers on Crepe Paper Heart, a list which includes Professor Dan Boner on mandolin, guitar and vocals; Brandon Bostic on the guitar; Daniel “Hulk” Hardin on bass and vocals; and Nate Lee on fiddle.
The dynamic band helped give Crêpe Paper Heart all the wings it needed to fly but with a guest list including Frank Solivan, Rob Ickes, Claire Lynch, Erin Youngblood, Stephen and Jana Mougin in addition to the previously mentioned Vincent, Fairfield Four and Bush. It’s that combination which helped Crêpe Paper Heart soar to the heights of the Bluegrass music charts where it has topped charts for The Bluegrass Unlimited National Bluegrass Survey in August 2018, the Roots Music Report in June 2018, and has consistently placed in the Top 10 for radio airplay on Bluegrass Today’s charts since releasing in early 2018.
Watch "The Rebel And The Rose":
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