Lynn Morris Receives Distinguished Achievement Award

Casey Henry

Last week at the International Bluegrass Music Association conference our favorite clawhammer banjo instructor Lynn Morris received a Distinguished Achievement Award from the organization in recognition for her illustrious career in the bluegrass music business. From her early days in the City Limits Bluegrass Band through Whetstone Run and her own Lynn Morris Band, Lynn has always striven for perfection. That dedication paid off when she was the first woman to win the National Banjo Championship at Winfield, Kansas, and again a few years later when she was the first person ever to take the title twice. She was named IBMA Female Vocalist of the Year three times and her band put out five superlative albums. She was at the height of her career when she suffered a stroke, which robbed her of her ability to speak and play. Since then she has worked tirelessly, with tremendous strength and determination, to recover what she lost. She has regained so much ground; we are so proud of her. Currently Lynn works as the sound engineer on the road with Bill Emerson and Sweet Dixie.

This video is of most of her acceptance speech at the Special Awards Ceremony at IBMA on September 30, 2010. I missed the first bit. (Sorry!)

3 thoughts on “Lynn Morris Receives Distinguished Achievement Award

  1. Martin Bacon

    Thanks for this post Casey. I have had the honor of meeting Lynn Morris twice at Bill Emerson shows (in my never ending quest for banjo immersion) and she was very nice to speak to a banjo nobody like me. I was pleased that she mentioned two of my favorite people in her acceptance speech (Tom T and Murphy). It always nice to see people who have such good taste in their friends.

  2. Susan Morrison

    WOW! A woman full of achievements, perhaps the biggest is choosing to really live her life after losing so much. THAT is what I admire her most for! Not sure many folks could have done that! A true testament to the human spirit and her fine character! You go, Lynn!!!

  3. Beth Weil

    It makes me so happy that Lynn made this speech – her husband Marshall wrote me that it reduced him to a puddle, and I had the same reaction. You go, Lynn!

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