Billy Blue Records, one of today’s premier Bluegrass music labels launched by Jerry Salley under the umbrella of the venerable Daywind Music Group, dominated at the 47th Annual SPBGMA (Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America) Bluegrass Music Awards held in Nashville on Sunday, January 30th. Bluegrass stalwarts Donna Ulisse, Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Alan Bibey and Grasstowne, and Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers pulled down key awards.
The following is a list of 2022 SPBGMA Award recipients for Billy Blue Records:
Donna Ulisse – Female Vocalist and Songwriter of the Year
Alan Bibey and Grasstowne – Instrumental Group and Mandolin Player of the Year (Alan Bibey)
Joe Mullins & The Radio Ramblers – Gospel Group and Bluegrass Band of the Year
Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver – Vocal Group of the Year
REACTIONS FROM WINNING ARTISTS:
“I was breathless, overcome with emotion, and so happy that I could explode as I sat in the SPBGMA audience with my soulmate, Rick Stanley, on my right and Billy Blue’s Ed Leonard on my left as my name was called out for two awards!!! Yes, I am a blessed girl to be recognized as Songwriter of the Year and Female Vocalist of the Year! I think I’ll celebrate the rest of 2022!” – Donna Ulisse
“I feel very humbled to be recognized among all these great players and bands to win Mandolin Performer of The Year and Instrumental Band of the Year. Thanks so much to the fans, DJs, and our wonderful record label, Billy Blue.” – Alan Bibey
“Thanks so very much to the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America for awarding our efforts. I’m so grateful that our Gospel music is touching the hearts of the bluegrass community. We’re certainly blessed and thankful! Randy, Jason, Adam, and Jeff have the years of experience that make our music matter. We try to provide a fun, yet professional, stage presentation every time we get an audience. I’m grateful to lead such an awesome group of entertainers.” – Joe Mullins
“I am most honored and humbled that Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver was awarded SPBGMA’s Vocal Group of the Year. The part I am missing since I stopped touring is singing in harmony for the wonderful folks who love and support Bluegrass music!” – Doyle Lawson
Jerry Salley commented saying, “What a big night! We are so honored and grateful to work with such talented artists, and are excited and proud to see them recognized by SPBGMA for their outstanding contributions to our beloved bluegrass music industry. Big Billy Blue congratulations to Donna, Alan, Joe and Doyle. We love y’all and celebrate with you. Very well deserved!”
Ed Leonard stated, “The vision Jerry Salley brought to us, his ear for talent and great songs, and his hard work in training and overseeing the Billy Blue team portends a bright future for Billy Blue Records. I was honored to be with our artists last night to celebrate much-deserved recognition by the industry and their peers. To say we are proud is an understatement. We are just getting started.”
As Billy Blue Records continues to grow and experience chart-topping album and single success, the roster continues to shine with legendary artists and unrivaled new talent. Please visit www.billybluerecords.com to see the full breadth of this young and mighty label.