Since first hitting the scene in the early 1980’s, Alan has made a name for himself as one of the most creative and technically gifted mandolinists in bluegrass and acoustic music. He was an original member of the ground breaking bands The New Quicksilver, IIIrd Tyme Out and BlueRidge.

Alan won the SPBGMA Mandolin Performer Of The Year  award for 2007, 2009 and 2010. He won the IBMA Instrumental Album of the Year in 2001, Album of the Year in 2006, Recorded Event in 2012 and SPBGMA Album of the Year in 2008. His solo project In The Blue Room was voted Top Instrumental Album by County Record Sales. Side by Side, a 2004 BlueRidge album, was nominated for a Grammy. He was included in the Mel Bay book Greatest Mandolin Players of the Twentieth Century.

In early 2004 the Gibson Company put into production the Alan Bibey Signature line of mandolins, reaffirming his status as one of the most influential mandolin players in bluegrass and acoustic music history. His recent accolades include numerous #1 albums and songs, including the latest Alan Bibey & Grasstowne singles “Cold Dark Ground” and “This Old Guitar and Me”. His project with Wayne Benson, The Mandolin Chronicles, was nominated  for five IBMA awards.

Alan currently plays with his band Alan Bibey & Grasstowne. Their CD Alan Bibey & Grasstowne 4, yielded three #1’s with all 12 songs from the project charting on Bluegrass Today’s Airplay Chart. Their latest project with Mountain Fever Records, Gonna Rise and Shine, continues to impress with such hits as “Gonna Rise and Shine” and “When Jesus Swings the Wrecking Ball”.


Most recently Alan took home the 2019 IBMA Mandolin Player of the Year.

Alan is also currently working on several album projects for various artists which he produces in his studio, Maggie’s Crib, in Surfside Beach, South Carolina.


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