The Boxcars look set to sweep the board at the upcoming International Bluegrass Music Association (Ibma) awards ceremony after scooping 10 nods.

The five-piece is up for prizes including Song of the Year for It's Just a Road and Album of the Year for the record of the same name, while band member Ron Stewart is nominated for Banjo Player of the Year and Fiddle Player of the Year, and Adam Steffey is in line for Mandolin Player of the Year. He also landed a nomination for Best Instrumental Recorded Performance as a solo artist.

The Boxcars are followed by Blue Highway with nine nominations, and The Del MCCoury Band with six nominations. Bluegrass legend Alison Krauss will also compete for Female Vocalist Of The Year at the upcoming ceremony, which will be held on 2 October (14) in Raleigh, North Carolina.

The awards recognise outstanding achievement and pioneering efforts in the bluegrass genre.