The award is presented annually to a person, a place and a tradition that are “outstanding stewards of Maryland’s cultural traditions.” Jay was honored for his work as a bluegrass musician, promoter and organizer as well as radio host.
Jay has been performing since he was ten, and his band Jay Armsworthy and Eastern Tradition is a regular on the festival circuit. He also produces fesitvals and concerts, including Bluegrass for Hospice, a fundraiser for the Hospice of St. Mary’s County and the Hollywood Volunteer Rescue Squad, and Li’l Margaret’s Festival in Leonardtown, MD.
The Heritage Awards will be presented in a ceremony on June 7 at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Bluegrass on the Bay is heard every Tuesday morning from 10 to noon eastern time on Bluegrass Country.