|Council recognizes the bluegrass musician for his contributions|
Rocky Mount Town Council recognized Junior Sisk for his award as the IBMA Male Vocalist Of The Year. Above, Mayor Steve Angle presents a plaque to Sisk with a resolution and a key to the town.
Friday, December 13, 2013
By KEN BRADLEY - Staff Writer
Local bluegrass singer and songwriter Junior Sisk was honored Monday night by Rocky Mount Town Council, which declared Dec. 9 -15 to be Junior Sisk Week in the town.
Sisk won the 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 & Ramblers Choice) hit single "The Story of the Day that I Died" from their latest album of the same name was also nominated for the Song of the Year.
The resolution presented to Sisk by town council states that Sisk has established an international reputation as an "extraordinary bluegrass musician and frontman in the tradition of Bill Monroe, Dr. Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs and Del McCoury."
Through his work, Sisk shares the history and tradition of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Franklin County and Rocky Mount with an international audience to convey the "authentic nature of traditional music through his resounding vocals and intricate instrumental arrangements with his bandmates, Rambler's Choice."
The resolution also refers to Sisk's charity work, stating that he often performs to benefit the Free Clinic of Franklin County, Wounded Warriors, Ward Burton Wildlife Foundation, and sick and needy throughout the community.
Sisk has been recognized for his vocal talent as both the International Bluegrass Music Association Male Vocalist of the Year and Society For the Preservation of Bluegrass Music of America (SPBGMA) Contemporary Male Vocalist of the Year. His accomplishments are "legendary."
Sisk was inducted into the Virginia Country Music Hall of Fame in 2012 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.
Monday night, Mayor Steve Angle also presented Sisk with a key to the town "with gratitude for his positive promotion of Franklin County and Rocky Mount.
Along with Sisk, Ramblers Choice includes Billy Hawks on fiddle and vocals; Jason Tomlin on vocals and bass; Jason Davis on banjo; and Jonathan Dillon on mandolin and vocals.
To learn more about Junior Sisk & Ramblers Choice, visit juniorsisk.us.