Sunday, August 10, 2014

2014 San Diego Music Awards Info & Nominees


The San Diego Music Awards returns to Humphrey’s by the Bay (2241 Shelter Island Drive, San Diego) on Monday, October 6th to recognize the diverse achievements of the talented San Diego music community. Proceeds from the event benefit the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars for Schools program.

The San Diego Music Awards are presented annually to artists and albums of exceptional merit in 28 categories. Nominees are selected by the San Diego Music Academy, which includes press (print, radio and television), music venue staff, and other key members of the San Diego music community. The nominees for this year’s awards are listed below. Online voting for nominees in each of the artist categories is open to the public between August 11th- September 16th , via the official event website at Album-related categories are voted on by members of the San Diego Music Academy. (more info after the jump.)

The 2014 San Diego Music Awards will feature live performances from some of San Diego’s best emerging and established artists including The Donkeys, Euphoria Brass Band, Joshua White, The Midnight Pine, Robin Henkel Band with Horns featuring Whitney Shay, Todo Mundo and Tribal Theory.

This year’s ceremony will also include a Lifetime Achievement award presentation to local blues musician Tomcat Courtney and an industry achievement award for Bob Taylor. Born in 1929, bluesman Tomcat Courtney shows no signs of slowing down. While growing up in Texas, his pianist father owned a nightclub frequented by blues legends like Sonny Boy Williamson which helped develop his lifelong love affair with the blues. As a young man, Courtney pursued tap dancing and began to perform in the Barnum & Bailey Circus and other traveling shows. Once he picked up a guitar, he fell easily into the rhythm of the Delta blues and never looked back. Courtney has traveled the world and made an indelible mark on San Diego as a staple of the local blues scene. Tomcat Courtney remains at the forefront as a unique and much needed voice in music. Bob Taylor is the co-founder of Taylor Guitars, celebrating their 40th anniversary in 2014. As a fresh faced 18 year old Taylor started working at guitar making shop American Dream. Taylor and business partner Kurt Lustig purchased the company just two years later and Taylor Guitars was born. Renowned for blending an innovative use of modern technology with a master craftsman's attention to detail, Bob Taylor is widely recognized throughout the musical instrument industry as the visionary acoustic guitar manufacturer. Both Bob Taylor and Taylor Guitars have been strong supporters of the San Diego Music Foundation since it's inception and Taylor was a major force in the development of the Guitars for Schools program, which is still a very active partnership between the Foundation and Taylor Guitars.

Tickets to the 24th annual San Diego Music Awards will go on sale on Monday, August 11th at 9AM and can be purchased online at Proceeds from San Diego Music Awards benefit the San Diego Music Foundation’s Guitars for Schools Program, which has touched the lives of more than 45,000 students in over 75 schools across the county. The San Diego Music Foundation also produces the San Diego Music Thing, an annual 2-day music and media conference in North Park, to be held on September 12th & 13th at the Town & Country Resort and Conference Center and venues around San Diego. The Foundation seeks to enrich San Diego's diverse and creative music community through music education for youth, professional development for current and emerging industry professionals, live performances for the San Diego public, and recognition for San Diego artists of exceptional merit or service.

Contributing sponsors for this year’s event include Blue Moon Brewing Company, San Diego CityBeat, Taylor Guitars, Deering Banjos, BMI, Bandzoogle and more. For complete event information, visit

The nominees for this year’s awards are as follows:

Best Cover Band
Cash'd Out
Detroit Underground
Electric Waste Band
Lady Dottie and the Diamonds
Liquid Blue
The Bajabugs
West of 5

Best Jazz
Allison Adams Tucker Quartet
Danny Green Trio
Gilbert Castellanos
Joshua White
Red Fox Tails
Steph Johnson
Sue Palmer
Tiffany Jane and The Kicks

Best Singer-Songwriter
A.J. Croce
Dawn Mitschele
John Meeks
Lacy Younger
Gregory Page
Sierra West
Tolan Shaw
Trent Hancock

Best Blues
Bayou Brothers
Bill Magee Blues Band
Mercedes Moore Band
Michele Lundeen
Missy Andersen
Nathan James
Robin Henkel
Tomcat Courtney

Best World Music
B-Side Players
Cumbia Machin
Patric Petrie
Piracy Conspiracy
Restoration One
The Devastators
Todo Mundo
Tribal Theory

Best Americana
El Monte Slim
Jesse LaMonaca & The Dime Novels
Nena Anderson
River City
Sara Petite
The Peripherals
Trouble in the Wind

Best Hip Hop
Brothers Burns & J. Phatts
Demi Daygo
Mitchy Slick
Odessa Kane
Oso Ocean
Parker and the Numberman
The Lyrical Groove
Vokab Kompany

Best Pop
Dr. Seahorse 
Ed Ghost Tucker
Josh Damigo & the Freeloaders
Neon Cough
Nicky Venus
Social Club
The Shifty Eyed Dogs
The Silent Comedy

Best Alternative
Dead Feather Moon
Idyll Wild
New Mexico
Shake Before Us
The Heavy Guilt
The Touchies
We Are Sirens
Wild Wild Wets

Best Rock
Blackout Party
Grand Tarantula
Jet West
Lexington Field
The Beautiful View
The Farmers
The Paragraphs
The Young Wild

Best Hard Rock
Boy King
Head Trip Superstar
Roni Lee

Best Club DJ
Adam Salter 
DJ Demon
Diana Death
DJ Artistic
DJ Heather Hardcore
Gabe Vega
Junior the Disco Punk
Saul Q

Best New Artist
9 Theory
Cody Lovaas
Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio
Neighbors To The North
Soft Lions
The Routine
Triumph of the Wild

Best Pop Album
Alaina Blair - Here I Am
Blaise Guld - Past Forward
Falling Doves - The Basement LP
Gayle Skidmore - Sleeping Bear
Lisa Sanders - Shiver
Neon Cough - The Aquarian
Normandie Wilson - Geography and Other Problems
Sister Speak - Rise Up For Love

Best Rock Album
Boxcar Chief - Vagabond
Danny and the Tramp - All In
Hills Like Elephants - Bedroom Colonies Vol. 1
Playfight – Mutt - EP
Stone Horse - Grit
The Donkeys - Ride the Black Wave
The New Regime - Exhibit A
Wicked Tongues – Wicked Tongues EP

Best Alternative Album
Days of Light Gravity - Games to Play in the Rain
Hocus - Outside Your Door
Ilya - In Blood
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Okapi Sun - Techno Prisoners
The Burning of Rome - Year Of The Ox
Transfer - Shadow Aspect
Drunkin Punkin Idiots - Smashed

Best Hard Rock Album
Boy King – Master
Carnifex - Die Without Hope
Earthless - From the Ages
Eukaryst - Dreams in the Witch House
Killing the Messenger - What Matters Most - EP
My Iron Lung - Relief
Seventrain - Seventrain
Sprung Monkey - Dead is Dead

Best Hip Hop Album
Dag Savage - E&J
Dre Trav - Dualism
Far From Ya Average - The Basement LP
Legacy Pack - Fruit of Knowledge
Lyrical Groove - Spoken Soul
Mitchy Slick - Call of Duty (South East Edition)
Oso Ocean - Whole 9.2 (feat. Mitchy Slick)
Vokab Kompany – V-Sides Vol. 1 (Kollabs and Remixes)

Best Blues Album
Ben Powell - Rise Up Singing
Black Market III - Black Roses
Chet & The Committee - For Love or Money
Euphoria Brass Band - EBB & Flow
Jack City Blues Band - Wide Open Blues
Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact - Rebecca Jade & the Cold Fact
Ruby Blue - Revealed
Sharifah and The Good Thing - Real Soul

Best Jazz Album
Holly Hofmann - Low Life: The Alto Flute Project
Ira B. Liss Big Band Jazz Machine - It's About Time
Justin Grinnell Quartet - Without You
Nathan Hubbard - Encinitas and Everything After
Patrick Yandall - Soul Grind
Peter Sprague - Ocean In Your Eyes
Pocket - The Stick Bag
Wayne Riker – Groovin’ With the Top Brass

Best Americana Album
Erik Canzona - The Narrows
High Rolling Loners - Match and Kerosene
Jimmy Ruelas - I Shall Not Be Moved!
Katie Leigh & The Infantry - March
Peter Bolland - Two Pines
Podunk Nowhere - Crackle and Shake
Soda Pants – Soda Pants
The Midnight Pine - Buried

Best World Music Album
Anoushka Shankar - Traces of You
Island Boy - Basic Instincts
Maka Roots - Hearted One
Project Out of Bounds - Love Tones
SM Familia - La Familia - EP
Todo Mundo - Conexion
Tribal Seeds - Representing
The OSS - 4th Wave

Best Live Band
Rocket From The Crypt
Slightly Stoopid
The Burning of Rome
The Creepy Creeps
The Frights
The Silent Comedy
Whitney Shay

Best Music Video by a San Diego band
B-Side Players - Rocky Road
Burning of Rome – God of Small Things
Jason Mraz - Love Someone
Little Hurricane - Sheep In Wolves Clothes
Neon Cough - Enough of this World
Prayers - Gothic Summer
Sprung Monkey - Dead is Dead
Switchfoot - Love Alone is Worth the Fight

Best Local Recording
Alison Marae - My Heart Can't Take It
Action Andy & The Hi-Tones - High & Lonesome
Cathryn Beeks - Wishing Rock
Mother Belle – Hand Made
Teagan Taylor Trio – Hello
The Lovebirds - Breakup Shmakeup
The Unconditionals - Magic Pill
Triumph of the Wild – Triumph of the Wild Boy

Artist of the Year
Jason Mraz
Joshua White
Little Hurricane
Steph Johnson
The Burning of Rome
The Midnight Pine
The Silent Comedy

Song of the Year
Anoushka Shankar - Traces of You (feat. Norah Jones)
The Burning of Rome - God of Small Things
Jason Mraz - Love Someone
Little Hurricane – Sheep In Wolves Clothes
Nickel Creek - Destination
Switchfoot - Love Alone Is Worth The Fight
Paul Cannon Band - Thinking Bout You
Tribal Seeds - Blood Clot (feat. Don Carlos)

Album of the Year
Jason Mraz – Yes!
Karl Denson's Tiny Universe - New Ammo
Little Hurricane - Gold Fever
Nickel Creek - A Dotted Line
Steve Poltz - The Accident
Switchfoot - Fading West
The Burning of Rome - Year of the Ox
Tribal Seeds - Representing

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