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Volume 26, Number 11 — November 2018

ETSU alumni and staff win Grammy awards

Martin Walters
Martin Walters

By Leslie Grace | A! Magazine for the Arts | February 28, 2018

East Tennessee State University alumni Brent Burke and Hunter Berry and all members of Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, took home a Grammy Award for Best Bluegrass Album during the 60th annual Grammy Awards.

The band’s album “All the Rage: Concert, Volume One (Live)” tied with “Laws of Gravity” by The Infamous Stringdusters for first place in the Best Bluegrass Album category.

Burke and Berry are former students of the Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies program in ETSU’s Department of Appalachian Studies. Burke, who plays dobro with Rhonda Vincent and The Rage, was the first graduate to receive the bachelor’s degree in Bluegrass, Old-Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU, and Berry, the band’s fiddle player, serves as an adjunct faculty member in the program.

In addition, Ladysmith Black Mambazo took home the Best World Music Album award for “Shaka Zulu Revisited: 30th Anniversary Celebration.” That album was mixed and mastered by Martin Walters, a lecturer in Jazz Studies in the ETSU Department of Music and also a lecturer in the Department of Media and Communication.