Monday, January 29, 2018

San Diego Music Award Nominees Released

The San Diego Music Foundation announced this year's San Diego Music Awards nominees. Public vote categories can be found here. The full press release is after the jump. This year's award ceremony will be at the House of Blues on Monday March 19.

The 2018 San Diego Music Awards nominees are:

Best Singer / Songwriter
Jimmy Ruelas
Lindsay White
Sarah Rogo
Lee Coulter
Shane Hall

Best Jazz
Danny Green
Euphoria Brass Band
Jason Hanna
Montalban Quintet
Nathan Hubbard
Sue Palmer & her Motel Swing Orchestra

Best Blues
Bill Magee Blues Band
Black Market III
Mercedes Moore
Missy Andersen
Stoney B Blues band
Whitney Shay

Best Country or Americana
Berkley Hart
Morgan Leigh Band
Nena Anderson
Sara Petite
Shawn Rohlf
The Moves Collective

Best Hip Hop/Rap
DJ Pnutz
Odessa Kane
Riston Diggs
TC Doe
Vokab Kompany

Best Indie/Alternative
Authentic Sellout
Bad Kids
Buckfast Superbee
The Bassics
The Heavy Guilt
The Verigolds

Best Pop
Birdy Bardot
The Ordeal
Tolan Shaw
The Phantoms
The Midnight Pine

Best Rock
The Farmers
The Oxen
The Routine
The Schizophonics

Best World Music
B-Side Players
Doornob Collective
Split Finger
Todo Mundo
Tribal Theory

Best Jazz Album
Dave Scott - One Big Beautiful World
Lori Bell & Ron Satterfield - Blue(s)
Matt Smith Neu Jazz Trio - I Am Calm
Patrick Yandall - A Journey Home
Rebecca Jade & Peter Sprague - Planet Cole Porter
Wayne Riker - Soulfully Sliding

Best Blues Album
Chickenbone Slim - The Big Beat
Fuzzy Rankin - The Blues
Robin Henkel - Slippery Like a Watermelon Seed
John January & Linda Berry - Chemistry 101
Mohavi Soul - Hometown Blues
Nathan James - What I Believe

Best Country or Americana Album
Jeff Berkley - Whore House, Hot Sauce & Souvenirs
Nancarrow - Hot Chicken
Ryan Hiller - Big Medicine
Sara Petite - Road Less Traveled
Tim Flannery - Last of the Old Dogs
Trouble in the Wind - Pineapple Moon

Best Hip Hop/Rap Album
1019 The Numberman - Solus Superstes
Audio Cord - Stanz the Six 9teener
Biggie Babylon - Hash Tag Hip Hop N Dance
Bloodstone - Rapolutionary
No1MC - Conditional Struggle
Saviorself - Nasty City

Best Indie/Alternative Album
Aviator Stash - s/t
Grizzly Business - Spanish Old Fashioned
Imagery Machine - Skydriver
Sights & Sages - Double Plus
Skyterra - Over The Edge
Splavender - Hallucinations & Hospitalizations

Best Pop Album
Marie Hadad - Stories from Atlantis
Nina Francis - Between Dreams
Astra Kelly - Chasing the Light
Michael Tiernan - Love & a Gun
Sister Speak - The Stand
Steven Ybarra - The American Dream

Best Rock Album
Electric Mud - Dangerous Promises
Mittens - Endlessly
Superunloader - Twice in Half
Taken by Canadians - s/t
The Paragraphs - It's Always Never
Dirty Sweet - Once More Unto the Breach

Best World Music Album
B-Side Players - California Brown
Mango Habanenro - Live
Marujah - Marujah Rising
Mike Pinto - Hotel Rendezvous
Strictly Skunk - s/t
Tribal Seeds - Roots Party

Best Local Recording
Ambassadors of Soul - Just Make It Funky
Comanche Moon - Derailed
Sham Saints - Out of Tune
The G. Burns Jug Band - The Fever
Veronica May - Awakened
Wish & the Well - Darling Darling

Best Live Performer
Joshua White
Mrs. Henry
Surefire Soul Ensemble
The Creepy Creeps
The Schizophonics
Trouble in the Wind

Best New Artist
Sights & Sages
Well Well Well
Stephanie Brown & The Surrealistics
The Goldettes

Artist of the Year
Casey Hensley Band
Parker Meridien
Gilbert Castellanos
The Redwoods Collective
The Schizophonics
Trouble in the Wind

Song of the Year
Ariel Levine - Sunshine Part 2: On My Color TV
Aviator Stash - Lazy Summer Days
Buckfast Superbee - Sex it Sells
Little Hurricane - OTL
P.O.D. - Soundboy Killa
Switchfoot - If the House Burns Down Tonight

Album of the Year
Cindy Lee Berryhill - The Adventurist
Jack Tempchin - Peaceful, Easy Feeling
Joshua White - 13 Short Stories
Ariel Levine - Let the Machine Get It
Little Hurricane - Same Sun, Same Moon
Parker Meridien - Fists Like Gott

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SDS Events is proud to announce the nominees and performers for the 27th annual San Diego Music Awards, presented by Harrah's Resort Southern California, Taylor Guitars and Karl Strauss Brewing Company. The annual awards gala returns on the evening of Monday, March 19th at 7 pm, in the music hall at House of Blues San Diego, located at 1055 5th Avenue, downtown. The awards gala recognizes the diverse achievements of the talented San Diego music community, with proceeds from the event donated to fund the San Diego Music Foundation’s Taylor Guitars for Schools program.

Since 1991, the San Diego Music Awards has presented awards to artists and for albums of exceptional merit in 20 categories. Nominees (complete list below) are determined in advance by the San Diego Music Academy, which is includes members of the San Diego music community, music media, talent buyers and more. Voting for nominees in each of the genre categories is open to the public between January 28 and February 23, 2018, via the official event website at Each of the album categories is voted on only by members of the San Diego Music Academy.

The 27th edition of the San Diego Music Awards will feature performances from P.O.D., Trouble in the Wind, Whitney Shay, Berkley Hart, Surefire Soul Ensemble and Parker Meridian.
Proceeds help to keep participatory music programs in local elementary and middle schools) through the Taylor Guitars for Schools programs, which have putt instruments into the hands of over 55,000 students county-wide from San Ysidro to San Onofre.. The San Diego Music Foundation's mission is to enrich San Diego’s diverse and creative music community through music education for youth, professional developmentfor current and emerging industry professionals, live performances for the San Diego public, and recognition for San Diego artists of exceptional merit or service. The organization also provides forums to increase local musicians’ understanding of the music business, garner performance exposure within the local and national music communities, and to publicly recognize the breadth and diversity of the San Diego music scene.

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