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Junior Sisk named Vocalist of the Year
Musician still humbled by recognition
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Courtesy Photo: Junior Sisk pauses for a quick interview on the red carpet before winning Male Vocalist of the Year at the recent IBMA in Raleigh, N.C.

Friday, October 11, 2013

By STACEY HAIRSTON - Staff Writer

Local bluegrass musician Junior Sisk has a new award to add to his growing collection.

Sisk won Male Vocalist of the Year at the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) on Sept. 26 in Raleigh, N.C.

His band's (Junior Sisk & Rambler's Choice) hit single "The Story of the Day that I Died," from their latest album of the same name, was also nominated for Song of the Year.

"I'm still in shock," said Sisk. "It is such an honor to even be recognized. I am humbled by the support of my family, band mates, our loyal fans and the IBMA."

"It is an honor to be recognized among some of the most exceptional artists in the genre," he added. "We are so proud of 'The Story of the Day That I Died,' and the response from our fans has been incredibly positive. We are so thankful for the opportunities that we've gotten, and we appreciate our fans for sticking by us and the IBMA for acknowledging our work."

In February, Sisk was also named Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) at the 39th annual Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) awards in Nashville, Tenn.

The band's previous album, "The Heart of a Song," won the 2012 IBMA and 2013 SPBGMA Album of the Year award, and their single "A Far Cry from Lester & Earl" received the 2012 IBMA and 2013 SPBGMA Song of the Year awards.

On Sept. 16, 2012, Sisk was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame during a ceremony in Chesterfield County at 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.

The band's latest CD was released in March and its title song was released as a single in November 2012.

Along with Sisk, band members include Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals, Jason Tomlin on vocals and bass, Jason Davis on banjo and Johnathan Dillon on mandolin and vocals.

To learn more about Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, visit juniorsisk.us.

 
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