Friday, August 26, 2011

Bluegrass Stars Nominated for Multiple Awards

CRACKER BARREL CONGRATULATES THE GRASCALS ON
IBMA NOMINATIONS FROM THEIR JOINT VENTURE
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Bluegrass Stars Nominated for Multiple Awards, Including "Song of the Year" and
"Recorded Event of the Year" for a Song on Their exclusive Cracker Barrel CD
LEBANON, TENN (August 25, 2011) - Cracker Barrel Old Country Store is pleased to congratulate The Grascals for their multiple nominations announced recently by the International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA). The acclaimed group has received four nominations, including "Entertainer of the Year," which they have won twice previously, and band member Kristin Scott Benson is up for her fourth Instrumental Performer of the Year (Banjo) award.

The Grascals & Friends CD cover
Cracker Barrel is glad for its small part in the other two nominations The Grascals have received. These are for "Song of the Year" and "Recorded Event of the Year" for the song "I Am Strong," which is on their CD THE GRASCALS & FRIENDS - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, available exclusively at Cracker Barrel Old Country Store® and online at crackerbarrel.com. Cracker Barrel donated a portion of the proceeds from the sale of each CD to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital.The discreached the #1 spot on Billboard's Bluegrass Albums Chart, and has held a position on that chart for 27 weeks.

"The Grascals are steeped in bluegrass tradition and at the same time are in touch with their contemporary audiences, bringing authenticity as well as freshness to the music," said Marketing Manager Julie Craig. "We have greatly enjoyed working with The Grascals and visiting with them at our Home Office, as well as in all the Cracker Barrel locations they have been to while on tour. They are talented musicians who certainly deserve these honors and more," Craig added.
 
Winners will be announced at IBMA's 22nd annual awards show, scheduled for September 29, 2011 (7:30 p.m. CDT), at Nashville's historic Ryman Auditorium.  

Cracker Barrel's exclusive music program features numerous projects in addition to this past January's release of The Grascals & Friends - Country Classics With A Bluegrass Spin, which debuted at #1 on Billboard magazine's Bluegrass Albums chart and at #26 on Billboard's Top Country Albums chart. In July of this year, Cracker Barrel released Jason Michael Carroll's Numbers with 11 new songs and one previous hit.  In May, Cracker Barrel released Teddy Gentry's Best New Nashville with original music from 12 talented new artists.  Also in May, Cracker Barrel released Randy Travis' self-titled album Randy Travis.  In March, Cracker Barrel released Kenny Rogers' The Love of God, which debuted at #8 on the Billboard Top Country Albums chart and #2 on the Top Christian Albums chart. In November of 2010, Cracker Barrel released Smokey Robinson's Now & Then, which debuted at #19 on Billboard magazine's R&B chart and was nominated for an NAACP IMAGE AWARD.  September saw the release of the self-titled Rodney Atkins, which includes four #1 hits, and also the release of Mandy Barnett's Winter Wonderland, which offers up all the authentic sounds of holiday traditions.  In July, the company released Craig Morgan's That's Why-Collector's Edition, and in May the release of Wynonna's Love Heals debuted at #7 on the Billboard Magazine Top Country Albums chart.  February's release of Dailey & Vincent Sing the Statler Brothers debuted at #1 on Billboard's Top Bluegrass Albums chart, where it spent nine weeks in the top position and 18 weeks overall in one of the three top positions.  One of its songs was nominated for a Grammy® award and the CD was named "Album of the Year" by the International Association of Bluegrass Music (IBMA).  Over the last few years, Cracker Barrel has released exclusive CDs with Alan Jackson, the Zac Brown Band, George Jones, Montgomery Gentry, Dolly Parton, Bill Gaither, Ricky Skaggs, Aaron Tippin, Alison Krauss & Union Station, Josh Turner, Amy Grant, Kenny Rogers, Sara Evans and Charlie Daniels.

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