'O BROTHER'S' Clooney sub, Dan Tyminski, leads nominees for bluegrass awards

Thursday, August 9th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) _ A member of Alison Krauss' band who did the singing for George Clooney in the film ``O Brother, Where Art Thou?'' got a leading 10 nominations Thursday for awards from the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Dan Tyminski, a sideman in Krauss' band, Union Station, was nominated for best male vocalist and guitarist, and the Dan Tyminski Band was nominated for emerging artist. Tyminski's other nominations included three for best song, including one for ``I Am a Man of Constant Sorrow'' from ``O Brother, Where Art Thou.''

``O brother, what a year we've had in bluegrass music,'' the association's head, Dan Hayes, said as he kicked off the nomination announcements.

Bluegrass music is enjoying high visibility because of the film's popular soundtrack. Also, country stars like Dolly Parton and Ricky Skaggs have made high-profile returns to bluegrass in recent years.

The nominations in 16 categories were announced at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum by singers Steve Wariner and Rhonda Vincent.

Winners will be selected Oct. 4 at the Kentucky Center for the Arts in Louisville, Ky. The Carter Family will be inducted into the Bluegrass Hall of Honor during that ceremony.

Vincent and her band, The Rage, got five nominations, for best entertainer, vocal group, female vocalist, song (``Lonesome Wind Blues''), and recorded event for her part in the album ``Follow Me Back to the Fold: A Tribute to Women in Bluegrass.''

Joining Vincent in the top category of best entertainer were Doyle Lawson & Quicksilver, Lonesome River Band, Nickel Creek and last year's winner, The Del McCoury Band.

Nominated with Tyminski for best male vocalist were McCoury, Ronnie Bowman, Dudley Connell and Russell Moore. Best female vocalist nominees were Vincent, Parton, Lynn Morris, Claire Lynch and Sonya Isaacs.

Rock stars Joan Osborne, John Fogerty and Bruce Hornsby all picked up two nominations for work on a tribute album to bluegrass founder Bill Monroe, ``Big Mon: The Songs of Bill Monroe.''

The IBMA's 2,600 members nominate and vote for the winners.