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THE EARLS OF LEICESTER TAKE THE TOP HONOR OF “ENTERTAINER OF THE YEAR” AT THE 2017 IBMA AWARDS SHOW

Posted on September 29, 2017

AirPlay Direct is pleased to announce that Rounder Records recording artist, and AirPlay Direct Artist Endorsee Jerry Douglas and The Earls of Leicester took the top honor of “Entertainer of the Year” at the 2017 IBMA Awards Show.  And, it doesn’t stop there.  The incredible voice of the Earls, Shawn Camp, took home the very well deserved “Male Vocalist of the Year” Award."

Jerry Douglas states, “It’s always a pleasure coming to IBMA’s, and we’re thrilled and honored to win the Entertainer of the Year Award.  Personally, I loved it that so many young people where winning awards last night.  Things are moving in the right direction for bluegrass.”

“It was a true honor to win the Male Vocalist of the year," says Shawn Camp.  "It was especially humbling to win this award after seeing greats like Hazel & Alice, Roland White, and my favorite fiddle player Bobby Hicks get inducted in to the Bluegrass Hall of Fame.  Without those folks, I don’t know if I’d be here.”

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Another highlight of the event was when Earls of Leicester performed alongside Bluegrass 45, a Japanese bluegrass band celebrating their 50th Anniversary. They performed the Flatt & Scruggs classic “Salty Dog”.  The performance was one of the highlights of the evening with energy and comic relief.  It consisted of plenty of bowing to each band and even audience participation with the crowd chanting the Japanese version of a dog bark which is pronounced “wan-wan.”

“We are very proud of the on-going accomplishments and awards granted our Artist Endorsee Jerry Douglas and this incredible group of musicians," says Lynda Weingartz, CEO - AirPlay Direct.   "I have known Shawn for many years now, and I am never surprised, but always proud of his talent and successes. Congratulations to everyone on The Earls of Leicester team that greatly contributed to the success of the band this year.”

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