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Courtesy Photo: Local bluegrass band Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice received 16 total nominations for the upcoming 40th annual SPBGMA Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Local bluegrass band Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice has been nominated for 16 awards for the upcoming 40th annual Society for Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA) Awards in Nashville, Tenn.

The band is nominated in seven categories, including:

•Bluegrass Album of the Year for "The Story of the Day That I Died" on Rebel Records

•Gospel Group of the Year (Traditional)

•Vocal Group of the Year

•Instrumental Group of the Year

•Bluegrass Band of the Year (Overall)

•Entertaining Group of the Year

•Song of the Year for "The Story of the Day That I Died" on Rebel Records

Individual band members are also nominated for several awards, including:

•Bluegrass Songwriter of the Year -- Junior Sisk

•Bass Fiddle Performer of the Year -- Jason Tomlin

•Guitar Performer of the Year -- Junior Sisk

•Mandolin Performer of the Year -- Jonathan Dillon

•Banjo Performer of the Year -- Jason Davis

•Fiddle Performer of the Year -- Billy Hawks

•Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) -- Junior Sisk and Jason Tomlin

•Entertainer of the Year -- Junior Sisk

These nominations come after two very successful years for the band in 2012 and 2013, during which Sisk won the 2013 International Bluegrass Music Awards (IBMA) Male Vocalist of the Year. Last February, Sisk was also named Male Vocalist of the Year (Contemporary) at the 39th annual SPBGMA Awards.

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.

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

Sisk was recently honored by Rocky Mount Town Council, which declared Dec. 9 -15 to be Junior Sisk Week in the town.

Rocky Mount 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, 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.

For more information on Junior Sisk and Ramblers Choice, visit juniorsisk.us or juniorsiskandramblerschoice on Facebook.

 
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