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Critically Acclaimed Pittsburgh folk-Americana sextet Buffalo Rose wins top honors in the 18th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards). They also won Best Group Award as well.

Buffalo Rose is a wildly charismatic six-piece modern folk/Americana band from Pittsburgh. They take the singer-songwriter tradition to a new level by crafting original songs which are emotive, meticulously arranged, and inspired by a world of idiosyncratic influences that never let a dull or predictable moment creep in. Buffalo Rose has a new album, co-written and recorded with Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award recipient Tom Paxton – ‘Rabbit’, with a release date of 2/22/22. The second single off the EP, “I Give You the Morning”, written by the incomparable Tom Paxton and also features his vocals. The song hit #1 on the FolkRadio.org charts, the album is at #6, and the band is ranked #7, tied with Joan Baez. Buffalo Rose has been selected for 2022 Official Showcases at both SXSW in March and Folk Alliance International (FAI) in May 2022.

“We are so excited and honored to have won the 18th Annual IAMA First Prize for Best Group/Duo Award and the Overall Grand Prize! This truly comes at an incredible time for us. The band is just getting back on the road after a very long two years, (due to the pandemic), and we can’t wait to see the new places that this opportunity will take us to. Buffalo Rose is so grateful to be a part of the acoustic music tradition and to be able to create and experience music and joy with the world. A massive thank you to our team and all of our wonderful fans! We have so much new music coming this year and can’t wait to share it with you all!”, said Shane McLaughlin, this year’s top winner who plays guitar and vocals with Buffalo Rose.

Buffalo Rose is made of band members Lucy Clabby (vocals), Margot Jezerc (vocals), Bryce Rabideau (mandolin), Malcolm Inglis (dobro), Jason Rafalak (upright bass), and McLaughlin (guitar, and vocals).


Other notable winners include current Grammy award nominees: Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster and Tom Eaton; the won Best Instrumental for their song “The Confluence”. They are currently nominated for Best New Age album at this year’s Grammy awards, which will take place on April 3rd.

Jonathan Edwards won Best Folk Award for his song “Right Where I Am”, Jonathan is known for his hit song “Sunshine”. The single reached #4 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Here is the list of winners of the 18th Annual IAMA:

FIRST PRIZE: “The Confluence” by Will Ackerman, Jeff Oster & Tom Eaton
RUNNER-UP: “Squirrelville” by Tony Furtado

FIRST PRIZE: “In the Shadow of the Seven Stars” by Jeff Crandall & Swallows
RUNNER-UP: “Heavy” by Elatrasi

FIRST PRIZE: “Bang at the Door” by Donna Herula
RUNNER-UP: “Never Been To War” by Lisa Jeanette

FIRST PRIZE: “Right Where I Am” by Jonathan Edwards
RUNNER-UP: “Emergency Use Only” by Abby Posner

FIRST PRIZE: “The Soil and the Seed” by Buffalo Rose
RUNNER-UP: “Could’ve Been A Good Thing” by Stone & Snow

FIRST PRIZE: “Ballad Of A Young Troubadour” by Julian Taylor
RUNNER-UP: “One Kind Word” by Geoff Bartley

FIRST PRIZE: “Grow Older” by Ada Pasternak
RUNNER-UP: “Houses of Sand” by Sarah Vitort

FIRST PRIZE: “Make It Up” by Randall Hanson & MohaviSoul
RUNNER-UP: “Hills of Swannanoa” by Anya Hinkle


ABOUT IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards)

IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes the art and artistry of acoustic music performance and artistry. In its 19th year, IAMA has a proven track record of winners going on to get signed and hit the Billboard Charts. Notable winners include Ellis Paul, Jonatha Brooke, David Francey, AJ Croce and more. Meghan Trainor was discovered by IAMA ten years ago and is now a global phenomenon with #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts with “All About That Bass” (#1 for 8 weeks) and #1 on The Billboard 200 Charts with her debut album “Title”, won for a Grammy award for Best New Artist. 2nd Annual IAMA winner Zane Williams’s winning song was recorded by country music star Jason Michael Carroll, that song hit #14 on Billboard Country Charts and #99 on Billboard Hot 100 Charts. Jeff Gutt, finalist at the 9th Annual IAMA was a runner-up on X-Factor USA. Charlie Dore (known for her hit “Pilot of the Airwaves”) was the top winner in 2008. Information on winners and finalists, go to: https://www.inacoustic.com/winners

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