BLUEGRASS LEGEND DEL McCOURY SELECTED AS 2010 GOVERNOR'S ARTS AWARD HONOREE Nashville, TN&First Lady of Pennsylvania Judge Marjorie Rendell recently announced this year's Governor's Arts Awards Honorees, and Del McCoury has been named Artist of the Year. The Award will be presented April 8 in Del's hometown of York, PA.
The annual awards are a 29-year gubernatorial tradition honoring outstanding Pennsylvania artists, arts organizations and patrons who have made significant contributions to the advancement of the arts.
Del McCoury began his illustrious career just 50 miles from York in the bars of the Baltimore waterfront. Now, more than 50 years later, the one-time farm boy has taken Bluegrass music across the country and around the world, earning widespread acclaim as its foremost ambassador by balancing a profound immersion in its traditions with a wide-open appeal to listeners young enough to be his grandchildren. A staple of the mid-Atlantic bluegrass scene for decades, he built a reputation and influenced up-and-comers like Alison Krauss while raising his family in the same area where he grew up. Starting in the early 90s, Del blasted onto the national scene, earning dozens of awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association and NARAS, appearing at venues as varied as Carnegie Hall and the Bonnaroo Music Festival with his own band and with artists ranging from Phish to Dierks Bentley, and accepting induction into the world-acclaimed Grand Ole Opry cast in 2003.
Yet whether he's entertaining a youthful audience numbering in the hundreds of thousands, appearing at a hard-core traditional bluegrass festival or presiding over his own freewheeling DelFest, McCoury has become universally acclaimed as a bluegrass patriarch whose commitment to musical excellence is surpassed only by his geniality and easy rapport with listeners. And though his career has led him to reside near Nashville, TN, Del remains proud to call York County home, and still maintains his Civil War era farmhouse a few miles out of town, where he sneaks away when his schedule allows.
Here's a full list of the awards Governor Rendell will present at 7 p.m. on Thursday, April 8, at the Strand-Capitol Performing Arts Center in York:
· Distinguished Arts Award - Jeff Koons, internationally acclaimed visual artist and York native; · Artist of the Year -Del McCoury, legendary bluegrass artist of Nashville, TN, and raised on a dairy farm in York County; · Patron Award (1st of 2) - Louis J. Appell of York; · Patron Award (2nd of 2) - Arthur J. Glatfelter of York; · Outstanding Arts Leadership & Service to Youth Award - Caroline S. Nunan of Lancaster; and · Pennsylvania Creative Community Award - Ridgway Chainsaw Carvers Rendezvous, the world's largest event of its kind, drawing more than 200 carvers and 25,000 people to the Pennsylvania Wilds, Elk County.
'The achievements of these honorees exemplify the transformative power of the arts in Pennsylvania,' said First Lady Rendell, who was joined by Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Chairman Diane Dalto and Executive Director Philip Horn. 'Each recipient has been a 'game changer' in their community or in their own art form, making lasting contributions to the growth and development of arts and culture.'
The honorees were selected from a field of more than 70 nominations submitted by arts organizations, artists, arts patrons, elected officials and the public. Previous honorees include actor Michael Keaton, author M. Night Shyamalan, Gospel Music pioneers The Dixie Hummingbirds, jazz pianist Bob Dorough, and comedian and actor Bill Cosby.
The awards ceremony in April will be free, open to the public and followed by a ticketed reception.
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