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2016 IBMA Nominations

Congratulations to Amanda Smith and Kenny Smith on their recent International Bluegrass Music Association Award Nominations! 

Amanda for 2016 Female Vocalist of The Year

Kenny for 2016 Guitar Player of The Year

Sirius/XM Track by Track "Unbound"

Kyle Cantrell welcomes Kenny and Amanda Smith for a first-ever listen to their latest album, "Unbound." Hear the tracks from this outstanding project FIRST on Bluegrass Junction! The show and the album premiere Thursday (9/1) 9 PM EDT. Rebroadcasts: Saturday (9/3) 8 AM EDT; Sunday (9/4) Noon EDT. Also available On Demand on the SiriusXM app.

New Music

There are few things more eagerly anticipated around the Bluegrass Today offices than a new recording from Kenny & Amanda Smith. This husband-and-wife duo has created a sound unlike any other in bluegrass and acoustic music, set off by Kenny’s remarkable flatpick guitar, and Amanda’s lovely singing voice.

But as much as their musical talents mark what they record, perhaps their most noteworthy skill is in choosing and arranging material that fits their distinctive style. You know that the songs will be cleverly written with interesting melodies and an encouraging message – aside from the odd killin’ song – all performed with an understated dexterity and animated sentimentality.

We haven’t heard a lot from them of late, with Kenny touring with Band of Ruhks and Amanda busying herself raising their daughter, Annabelle, born in April of 2015. But they’ll have a new album in September, Unbound, and a new single, You Know That I Would, offered now to bluegrass radio. It’s a beautiful song of true love for a newborn child from Ed Williams, which Amanda sings with her consummate professionalism.

Justin Jenkins plays banjo, Kyle Perkins is on bass, and Jacob Burleson on mandolin, with harmony vocals provided by Kenny and Wayne Winkle.

Radio programmers can download the single now from Airplay Direct, and pre-orders for the full album can be made from Kenny & Amanda’s web site.

Other writers whose songs are featured on the record include Ronnie Bowman, Tim Stafford, Craig Market, Gordon Lightfoot, Barry Bales and Thomm Jutz.

Unbound is set for release on September 23.

Article by: John Lawless/Bluegrass Today 

Amanda Smith Wins IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year Award

 

RALEIGH, NC (October 3, 2014) – Bluegrass songstress Amanda Smith was awarded the 2014 International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year Award last night at the 25th Annual IBMA Awards Show in Raleigh, North Carolina. The event was held at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts and hosted by Lee Ann Womack and Jerry Douglas.


This was the first win for Amanda in the Female Vocalist of the Year category. The mother-to-be accepted the award with a heartfelt acceptance speech that certainly thrilled the audience. Friends and fans were quick to hit Facebook congratulating Amanda on this award to which she responded, “I am so honored to have won the IBMA Female Vocalist award. Thanks so much to everyone who has been so kind to me and encouraged me. I'm truly speechless!”

Born in the small town of Davisville, West Virginia, Amanda grew up singing in church choirs and participating in talent contests at local fairs. “I always sang, my Mom and Dad said, even before I can remember,” she says. She started playing guitar in high school to accompany herself, and soon discovered bluegrass music through female artists such as Rhonda Vincent and Alison Krauss.

Amanda met husband Kenny Smith at a Lonesome River Band concert, and the couple began dating and playing music together almost immediately. In 2003, theKenny and Amanda Smith band were awarded the prestigious IBMA Emerging Artist of the Year Award.

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Download "When Love Was Born" - Our 2013 Christmas Single!

We have released a new single, just in time for Christmas.

It’s When Love Was Born, written by Bernie Herms, Mark Schultz, Stephanie Lewis, and previously recorded by Schultz.

We cut our version recently with Austin Ward on bass, and Andy Leftwich on mandolin and fiddles. Kenny plays guitar and Amanda sings. Alan Bartram was in for harmony vocals along with Kenny, with Steve Thomas engineering.

It could end up on a future full-length project, but for now, download the single at iTunesGoogle Play, CD Baby and other popular download sites!   Merry Christmas!

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