George Hamilton IV, Del McCoury and The Moody Brothers Receive Dove Award Nominations

George IV and Dave Moody

George and Dave in the studio

Nominees for the 2011 GMA Dove Awards have just been announced and among the list of this year’s nominees is Lamon Records’ Bluegrass Song of the Year release I’m Using My Bible for a Roadmap, performed by George Hamilton IV, with bluegrass legend Del McCoury and Grammy nominated instrumentalists The Moody Brothers. The track is from the critically acclaimed duets album by Hamilton, which was produced transatlantically in Ireland and Nashville by Colin Elliott and Dave Moody.  Among the who’s who of country and gospel music artists appearing on the double CD collection entitled Old Fashioned Hymns and Gospel Songs are Pat Boone, Charlie Pride, Ricky Skaggs, Marty Stuart, Connie Smith, Bill Anderson, George Beverly Shea, Cliff Barrows, Gail Davies and many others.

Del and Dave

Del McCoury and Dave Moody in the studio

The brain child of Irish artist/producer Elliott, the 28-track album took several years to complete.  Much of the album’s basic tracks were first recorded in Ireland, with many of the guest artists recording their vocals at Kingswood Studios in Nashville.  The nominated track features Hamilton and McCoury’s duet vocals, with producer Moody on acoustic guitar, bass and mandolin, along with his brother Trent Moody on twin fiddles.   The album was then compiled and completed in Ireland by Elliott before being released in the US by Lamon and in Ireland by Elliott’s label.

The 2011 Dove Awards will be held at the historic Fox Theatre in Atlanta on April 20th, 2011, marking the first time the Awards will be held outside the state of Tennessee. The show will broadcast on the Gospel Music Channel on Easter Sunday.  For a complete list of this year’s nominees, visit the Gospel Music Association.

Photos by Ronny Perry, UMCom.org