Last Sunday we had the Grammys, this Sunday we have the Wammies. The local music awards show -- Washington Area Music Awards, if you want to be all formal -- certainly has a few things in common with the national one. For starters, they both feature categories that make you scratch your head (Best Polka Album at the Grammys? Most Supportive of Washington Music at the Wammies?). And both award ceremonies -- how to put this -- tend to skew a bit older. I mean, half of the Artist of the Year nominees for the Wammies don't even have MySpace pages! Hard to find a more telling sign than that right there. The shindig takes place Sunday night at the State Theatre and is open to any curious onlookers, provided they have $25. It's impossible to do a rundown of every category -- here's the ballot if you're interested, and yes, it really is that hard to read -- so let's take a quick look at three of the big ones: Song of the Year, Arist of the Year and New Artist of the Year. After the jump, you'll find a brief description and some sort of link to audio provided, when possible.
Song of the Year
"Who Gets the Fruitcake This Year" -- Honky Tonk Confidential
"Don't Even Start" -- Janine Wilson
"Elegy" -- Zoe Mulford
"They Don't Know About Us" (two-minute sample) -- Billy Hancock
"Grandma Was a Crop Duster" -- Dead Man's Hollow
"My Hope Is" (50 second sample) -- Shane Hines
"If Love Is Blind" (two-minute sample)-- Thrillbillys
"Undertow" -- Cletus Kennelly
Thoughts: If you like roots rock, then boy is this a category for you! The veterans are rewarded heavily here, as even a newer band like the Thrillbillys is comprised of longtime area musicians.
Artist of the Year
Billy Coulter -- "South of Serenity" (MySpace)
Grace Griffith -- "My Life" (one-minute clip)
IONA -- "V'La Bon Vent" (two-minute clip)
Junkyard Saints -- "Big Chief" (30-second clip)
Randy Waller & the Country Gentlemen -- "Oh Mexico" (MySpace)
BT -- "Animals" (MySpace)
Shane Hines -- "Stay" (MySpace)
Fools & Horses -- "Would You Know"
Fort Knox Five -- "Blowing Up the Spot" (MySpace)
Thoughts: A little more variety here, as electronic artists are represented by BT and Fort Knox Five, on-the-rise rockers Shane Hines and Fools & Horses are nominated, as are Baltimore funksters Junkyard Saints.
Best New Arist
Georgie James -- "Need Your Needs" (MySpace)
One Horse Town -- "On the Mountain" (two-minute sample)
Young Lions -- "Last Night" (MySpace)
Ris Paul Ric -- "Purple Blaze" (MySpace)
Benjy Ferree -- "In the Countryside" (MySpace)
Trey Howard -- "Higher" (Web stream)
Great Noise Ensemble -- "Electric Counterpoint" (MySpace)
The Howling Mad
Jette-Ives -- "In the Presence of..." (MySpace)
Thoughts: This category is a nod to some younger acts, including office faves Benjy Ferree and Georgie James. U Street regulars Young Lions and trip-hop duo Jette-Ives are modest surprises.
Have any favorites in these categories or others? Sorely overlooked local favorites? Feel free to chime in.
Posted by: corny rocker | February 24, 2007 6:19 PM | Report abuse
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