New Ulm's Ian Kimmel won the Mandolin Player of the Year award during the Society for the Preservation of the Bluegrass Music of America's 2014 Midwest Bluegrass Awards.
SPBGMA is a Missouri-based organization annually holding more than a dozen bluegrass festivals throughout the Midwest. Their 40th Annual Bluegrass Music Awards Convention was held Saturday in Jefferson City, Mo.
Kimmel, a 17-year-old senior at New Ulm Public High School, is a multi-instrumentalist and vocalist who began performing at bluegrass festivals and concerts at age 8. He plans to attend Eastern Tennessee State University where he will major in bluegrass music. His band, Barton’s Hollow, won the "Race for the Place" bluegrass band contest sponsored by the Minnesota Bluegrass and Old Time Music Association in November 2013. Ian will perform at SPBGMA’s National Awards Convention on Jan. 31 in Nashville with his father’s band, Dick Kimmel & Co.
For a list of all of the Midwest Nominees for 2014 visit: www.spbgma.com/level2/mwnom2014.html.
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