IBMA Nominations 2010, Wayne Benson -Mandolin
I just got my ballot for the IBMA nominations for 2010. I am only one country doctor, and not a pro, so my opinion is only worth so much. On the other hand, it’s my blog so it counts for something, huh? Over the next couple posts I want to share with you the reasons I support certain artists. After that I’ll get back to my physician bluegrass fiction gig.
The first one I want to tell you about is Wayne Benson. Y’all already know him well. Wayne is a multiple SPBGMA winner but somehow has been overlooked for the IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year award.
I first posted about this around the time of the first ballot on May 26, 2010. (see my archives) I always found Russell Moore and III Tyme Out to be one of the most influential groups of the second generation of bluegrass. Except for a brief stint when he toured with John Cowan, Wayne has been the mandolin voice for III Tyme Out almost the entire journey. He has influenced countless numbers of young pickers. To me he reset the bar for bluegrass mandolin excellence in the 90s.
Wayne is a tireless and patient teacher whose depth of understanding of the mandolin fretboard and practical theory is endless. He participates in seminars and workshops, and gives his time to all sorts of mandolin community experiences to share his love of the instrument. (Often with little compensation for his generosity) He and his wife Kristin now have a home studio and they help many emerging bands with their upcoming projects. Wayne is front and center as a performer but does more behind the scenes than most folks will ever know.
I hope you will join me and consider your support for this great artist for IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year, 2010. It is an oversight I feel overdue for correction. I’d be glad to answer any questions about Wayne you might have. Trust me, you won’t find a better mandolin man to represent us anywhere. The cat is too modest to brag on himself, so I’m gonna do it for him.
Thanks so much for your consideration.
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