Local fiddle player Becky Buller has been nominated for what could become her ninth International Bluegrass Music award: 2019 Fiddle Player of the Year. The awards will be announced in late September. 

Manchester musician Becky Buller has been nominated for an International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Music Award.


Buller, already an eight-time IBMA award winner, is among the 2019 nominees for Fiddle Player of the Year.

Nominations were announced last week.

The winners will be announced Sept. 26 during a gala awards presentation at the 30th International Bluegrass Music Awards. The show will be hosted at the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, North Carolina, by two of the most celebrated and award-winning artists in bluegrass: Del McCoury and Jim Lauderdale.

Information about the awards show, including ticket availability, can be found online at worldofbluegrass.org/awards-show

For those who can’t make it to North Carolina next month, the awards show will also be broadcast live on Sirius XM Satellite Radio’s Bluegrass Junction station beginning at 6:30 p.m. that evening and streamed via Facebook Live.

Also nominated for Fiddle Player of the Year are Hunter Berry, Jason Carter, Michael Cleveland and Stuart Duncan.


Becky Buller

Buller grew up in Minnesota, playing the fiddle with her parents Gordy and Roxy Shultz in the group “Prairie Grass.”

In 2001, Buller graduated from East Tennessee State University - where she took part in the renowned Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music program.

She met her husband, Manchester native Jeff Haley – also a musician and co-host of an hour-long Saturday morning bluegrass radio program – at a private party through a friend with whom she used to play. Adopting Manchester as her new hometown, Buller moved to Coffee County with Haley roughly a decade ago. The couple now have a 6-year-old daughter, Romy, named after the movie “Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion.”

In 2016, the fiddle player, singer, songwriter, bandleader, wife and mom made bluegrass history by becoming the first person ever to win IBMA awards in both instrumental and vocal categories.

By then, the Becky Buller Band was already traveling extensively throughout the U.S. and Canada.  It still does.  Fans who want to see Buller perform live will want to make note of the following stops in Tennessee.


Middle Tennessee stops

Though official in-state appearances are few and far between, the Becky Buller Band will perform in Middle Tennessee twice this month – once in Murfreesboro and once in Lynchburg.

On Friday, Aug. 9, Buller will perform live with Nashville-based band member Ned Luberecki (IBMA’s 2018 Banjo Player of the Year) from the balcony of Shacklett’s Photography on the historic downtown square in Murfreesboro. The free event begins at 7 p.m. “Bring your lawn chairs and listening ears,” the band website advises.

On Saturday, Aug. 24, Buller and her band will perform the inaugural Lynchburg Music Festival in downtown Lynchburg’s Wiseman Park. Buller appears on the Aug. 24 lineup with another 2019 IBMA nominee: “The Father of Newgrass” Sam Bush. Bush is nominated for Mandolin Player of the Year and the Sam Bush Band is nominated for Entertainer of the Year.

Other scheduled Tennessee stops include performances at The Station Inn in Nashville in November and the South Jackson Civic Center in Tullahoma in March 2020.

For a full schedule, visit beckybuller.com.

Staff writer John Coffelt contributed to this report.  

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