Lunsford Award

Lunsford Award

man in hat holding a banjo and smiling

Image courtesy of David Holt.

The Bascom Lamar Lunsford Award has been given out since 1980 to individuals who have made significant contributions to the folk, musical, and/or dance traditions of the southern mountain region.

Past Winners

2021: David Holt

2020: Festival was held virtually, due to the pandemic, so no award was given
2019 Loretta Freeman

2018 Brian Hunter

2017 Jeff Atkins

2016 Carol Rifkin

2015 Peter Gott

2014 Nick Hallman

2013 George Banks

2012 Boyd Black / Kathryn Parham (Lunsford Youth Award)

2011 Paul Crouch

2010 David Shelton

2009 Leonard Hollifield

2008 Laura Boosinger

2007 Vernon and Ruth Riddle

2007 Doug Phillips

2006 Jerry Sutton

2005 Joe Penland / Donna Ray Norton, Denise Norton O’Sullivan , & Melanie Rice (Lunsford Youth Award)

2004 Bobby McMillon

2003 Marilyn McMinn-McCredie

2003 Mrs. Nelia Hyatt

2002 Terry Freeman

2002 Marvin Faulkner

2001 Ralph Lewis

2001 Vickie Hensley

2000 R. Kirk Randleman

2000 Buddy Davis

1999 Lena Jean Ray

1999 Roger Howell / Josh Goforth (Lunsford Youth Award)

1998 Bailey Mountain Cloggers

1998 Bailey Mountain “Square” Dancers

1998 Don Pedi

1998 Jerry Adams

1997 Sheila Kay Adams

1996 Gary Spence

1996 Hilary Dirlam

1995 Luke Smathers

1994 Johnny Rhymer

1993 Richard Dillingham

1993 Wayne Pressley

1992 Ralph Fox

1991 Danny Johnson

1990 Carroll Best

1989 Arvil Freeman

1988 Ernest “Red” Ivester

1988 Ray Hutchinson

1987 Dellie Norton

1987 Mack Snoderly

1986 Thelma Parham

1986 Chub Parham

1986 Lamar Lunsford

1986 Quay Smathers

1985 Gordon Freeman

1984 Obray Ramsey

1983 Ed Howard

1982 Carl Chandler

1982 Betty Smith

1981 Byard Ray
1980:Tommy Hunter