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17-year-old musician nominated for bluegrass award
Johnathan Dillon nominated for Performer of the Year
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Courtesy Photo: Johnathan Dillon (left), shown here with members of The Johnathan Dillon Band, has been nominated for Mandolin Player/Performer of the Year at the 2013 SPBGMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013


Local musician Johnathan Dillon has been nominated for Mandolin Player - Performer of the Year at the 2013 Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Awards.

Dillon, 17, of Wirtz began playing music 10 years ago at the age of 7. He started out on the fiddle and later moved on to the mandolin, guitar, bass and the banjo.

At the age of 10, Dillon formed The Johnathan Dillon Band with Tim Newcomb, Jim Green, Jack Williams and Josh Wilson.

"I love to talk to the fans (during concerts) and jam with others as much as possible," Dillon said.

Dillon has taken many first-place awards on the mandolin, guitar, banjo and fiddle, including the titles of 2008 South Carolina State Banjo Champion, 2009 Maury River Banjo Champion and 2010 Merlefest Banjo Champion. He also won first place in the 2010 Maury River Mandolin Competition.

Dillon is also a member of a nationally known band from Louisa, "Micheele Nixon & Drive," which has been nominated in 15 different categories at this year's SPBGMA Awards.

This year's SPBGMA Awards will be held Feb. 1-3 in Nashville, Tenn.

"The Johnathan Dillon Band has been on the bluegrass circuit for 5 years now, gaining recognition as

one of Virginia's finest Bluegrass bands," according to

To learn more about Dillon and The Johnathan Dillon Band, visit

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