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“Comparing Mr. Shelor to Noam Pikelny, the musician who was the first winner of the Steve Martin Prize, Mr. Martin said Mr. Pikelny “represented a little more avant-garde-type player, with jazz influences, although he came from bluegrass.” He added: “Sammy Shelor represents more of a traditional, Earl Scruggs-type influenced player, who’s very hard-core bluegrass. But Sammy Shelor influenced a lot of players. In fact, accidentally, I found out that our last winner was heavily influenced by Sammy Shelor. He was the No. 1 influence in his youth.”STEVE MARTIN