|Franklin County performer wins big again|
Junior Sisk and Rambler’s Choice brought home three awards from the 39th annual Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) awards in Nashville, Tenn. The group was honored with eight nominations.
Wednesday, February 13, 2013
By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer
Franklin County's Junior Sisk has proven his talents once again at the 39th annual Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) awards in Nashville, Tenn.
Sisk brought home three awards out of eight nominations.
"I feel so blessed to be praised and recognized for something that I truly love to do," said Sisk.
Sisk was named Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary).
Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice won for Bluegrass Album of the Year and Song of the Year.
The winning song, "A Far Cry From Lester & Earl," was co-written by Sisk with his cousin, Tim Massey, and the idea came from Rick Pardue, a North Carolina friend.
"I wrote the third verse up in a tree stand deer hunting," Sisk said.
Sisk has been writing songs for a long time, but this one was his biggest, he said.
The winning album, "The Heart of a Song," was recorded at Eastwood Studio in Cana, Va.
"We were so honored and blessed to be a part of this great event as performers and nominees," said Sisk.
On Sept. 16, 2012, Sisk was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Chesterfield County during the annual bluegrass festival, placing him on a list of honorees that includes Roy Clark, Patsy Cline, Ray Pillow, Jimmy Dean, Larry Stephenson and Dempsey Young, also from Franklin County.
Sisk and his band walked away with two major awards during last year's annual International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) award show in Nashville.
They won for Album of the Year (The Heart of a Song) and Single of the Year (A Far Cry From Lester & Earl).
Sisk said he is pleased with his band members, Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals, Jason Tomlin on vocals and bass, Jason Davis on banjo and Chris Davis on mandolin and vocals.
"I think it's the best combination we've had yet as far as the excitement and energy on stage goes," he said. "People see that and say, "It looks like you're having fun." We feed off the crowd like that."
The band's newest CD has a scheduled release date of March 12.
The title song, "The Story of the Day I Died," was released as a single this past November.
XM Radio will air songs from the new album beginning Feb. 27. "The Story of the Day I Died" has already made it to number 28 on the Bluegrass Unlimited Chart.
Another song featured on the new album, "Lover's Quarrel," is a duet with Sisk and Joe Mullins.
"'Lover's Quarrel' is an old Stanley Brothers song," said Sisk. "This is like our tribute to the Stanley Brothers."
Copies of the new CD will be available Thursday for $15 a copy at Two by Two Barbecue in Rocky Mount.
Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice will have a release party on Sunday, April 7 at Two by Two from 3 to 5 p.m.
"We will play the entire album at that time," Sisk said.
To learn more about Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, visit www.JuniorSiskand RamblersChoice.com.