The board responsible for organising and presenting the annual European World of Bluegrass Festival has instituted a new award - the Liz Meyer European Innovation of Bluegrass Music Award - to be presented each year, in addition to the European Bluegrass Band Award (based on the votes of musicians) and Audience Popularity Award (based on audience votes).
The first presentation of the new award was made last night (19 May 2012) to the Louvat Bros of Belgium, who had played on the Thursday night concert. The text of the award, as reproduced below, can be seen on their website.
Liz Meyer (1952-2011) was widely regarded as an accomplished musician and singer-songwriter, and always a great support to other musicians in her field.
In the earlier part of her career, Liz was best known for her innovative songwriting and for performing and recording with a succession of legendary musicians, including Bela Fleck, Emmylou Harris, Sam Bush, and Jerry Douglas.
But beyond her own musical pursuits, Liz’s career is also typified by her generosity towards other musicians. Always willing and able to offer practical advice and creative outlets to aspiring musicians, she helped numerous European bluegrass artists to set and achieve new goals within their art form.
Liz’s own songwriting and musical arrangements stem from a broad range of influences. Likewise, her name is often cited by European bands as an inspiration for implementing aspects of their musical heritage into their songs in a way that is at once tasteful and innovative.
This award was devised both to honor Liz’s memory and to encourage promising musicians to bring their music to a broader audience. The European World of Bluegrass Board is proud to present this year’s Liz Meyer European Innovation of Bluegrass Music Award to the Louvat Bros.
The Louvat Bros, first recipients of the new award