Doyle Lawson, Ralph Rinzler Join Bluegrass Music Hall Of Fame
Two Music Pioneers To Be Inducted Sept. 27 In Nashville
Bluegrass bandleader Doyle Lawson and the late folklorist Ralph Rinzler will be inducted into the International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame at the International Bluegrass Music Assn. (IBMA) Awards Show at Nashville’s Ryman Auditorium on September 27.
Lawson currently fronts Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver, and had previously been a member of the influential bands Jimmy Martin and the Sunny Mountain Boys, J.D. Crowe and the Kentucky Mountain Boys (later the New South), and the Country Gentlemen. Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver have won the IBMA’s best vocal group an unprecedented seven years in a row.
Rinzler, who died in 1994, was a scholar, musician, writer, promoter, producer, social activist and onetime manager of bluegrass institution Bill Monroe. Rinzler was a member of the legendary Greenbriar Boys, and later won a Grammy award for his production work on “Folkways: A Vision Shared; Roots of Rhythm and Blues.” He also served as curator of American art, music, and folk culture at the Smithsonian.
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