Don’t miss the return of the 2016 IBMA Entertainer of the Year, including the Banjo, Bass and Dobro Players of the Year!
Started by dobro master Jerry Douglas as a nod to bluegrass pioneers Lester Flatt & Earl Scruggs, the Earls of Leicester have enlivened and revitalized the origins of the music. The Earls’ SMF debut took place in 2015 and they have since won a Grammy and swept two years of the IBMA Awards. The six-man, all-star band includes Douglas and renowned musicians Shawn Camp on lead vocals and guitar, Charlie Cushman on banjo and guitar, Jeff White on vocals and mandolin, Johnny Warren on fiddle and Barry Bales on vocals and bass. “I hope people who don’t know Flatt and Scruggs hear this and think it’s totally new music,” Douglas says. “Then, I hope they find out what we’re doing and go out and buy every Flatt and Scruggs record they can find.”