Sideline Wins IBMA Song Of The Year Award with "Thunder Dan"


Bluegrass powerhouse Sideline received their first International Bluegrass Music Association award last night when "Thunder Dan," their chart-topping song, was named Song Of The Year at the IBMA Awards in Raleigh.

Telling the story of a lone outsider, "Thunder Dan" quickly reached #1 on the Bluegrass Today Monthly Chart, and later took the #1 spot on Bluegrass Today's Top 30 Songs of 2018. The mid-tempo groove draws the listener in, and the catchy melody, tight picking and emotive vocals make the grim lyrics a surprising counterpoint.

"I really, truly can't believe it. 'Thunder Dan' has been such an amazing trail-blazer for Sideline. Getting on stage and hearing the whole crowd sing along has given me chills," says guitarist and vocalist, Skip Cherryholmes. "When I heard them announce the award, I heard all of those voices pull us through, and the chills came all over me. It was amazing. Thank you so much to all of the Sideline fans, radio DJs, our families and most of all God for blessing us the way He has."

Watch Sideline's video for "Thunder Dan" here.

After their 2018 success, Sideline has continued to release exciting new music, with their most recent single being, "Return To Windy Mountain." Combining sparkling contemporary musicianship with a loving nod to a West Virginia bluegrass hero Melvin Goins, this song "reaches into a soulful, mountain darkness that's paired with a bright, upbeat chorus," according to Cherryholmes. Listen to it HERE.

About Sideline
Sideline is a pedigreed six-piece powerhouse whose style has set the pace in Bluegrass for over two decades. Founders Steve Dilling, Skip Cherryholmes and Jason Moore can all claim their own historical significance to the genre as members of highly awarded groups, multiple Grand Ole Opry appearances and years of national and international touring.

What started as a side project for the seasoned players soon moved to the front and center as the three were joined by talents of Bailey Coe, guitar; Zack Arnold, mandolin; and Daniel Greeson, fiddle; and began to record and release albums in earnest.

To listen to Sideline reminds the fan of why so many people fall in love with Bluegrass in the first place; pulse-pounding drive, songs sung from the heart, perfected timing and dynamics as well as a visceral emotion in the rendering. A band that was started as an off-season fun experiment has become a full-time dream team of players and singers.

The band, recorded or live, move dynamically from well chosen, hard-hitting neo-traditional covers of classic songs to new material curated by a band with a perfect sense of who they are and what they have to say. Combine all this with their on-stage energy and finesse as well as their powerful and affecting harmonies, and you have the embodiment of the North Carolina Bluegrass sound. Sideline has released 4 national projects and records for the highly awarded Mountain Home Music Company based near Asheville, NC.

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