In front of a tightly packed house, a spectacle of talent graced the stage last night at the Austin Music Awards, all coming to a head with Austin legend Alejandro Escovedo's duel performance with Jakob Dylan and a heartwarming tribute to MC Overlord.
Hosts Laurie Gallardo and Rick McNulty announced the winners of the highly contested local music poll. This year, the competition was stiff, but unlike previous years, the roundup of winners seemed more deserving than in the times past.
2019 AUSTIN MUSIC AWARD WINNERS BY CATEGORY:
BEST MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR -- Shakey Graves
BEST AUSTIN BAND -- Shinyribs
BEST NEW AUSTIN BAND -- Black Pumas
BEST SONG OF THE YEAR -- Black Pumas, “Black Moon Rising”
BEST ALBUM OF THE YEAR -- Bob Schneider, Blood and Bones (Shockorama)
BEST NONE-OF-THE-ABOVE -- Bob Schneider & The Moonlight Orchestra
BEST ROCK -- Bob Schneider
BEST MALE VOCALIST -- Bob Schneider
BEST SONGWRITER -- Bob Schneider
BEST AVANT GARDE/EXPERIMENTAL -- The Octopus Project
BEST BLUES/SOUL/FUNK -- Guy Forsyth
BEST MISCELLANEOUS INSTRUMENT -- Guy Forsyth (Harmonica)
BEST COUNTRY -- Willie Nelson
BEST ELECTRONIC -- Ghostland Observatory
BEST FOLK/BLUEGRASS -- Wood & Wire
BEST HIP-HOP/RAP -- Magna Carda
BEST JAZZ -- White Ghost Shivers
BEST LATIN -- Gina Chavez
BEST FEMALE VOCALIST -- Gina Chavez
BEST METAL -- Black Heart Saints
BEST PUNK -- Sailor Poon
BEST WORLD MUSIC -- Grupo Massa
BEST BASS -- Roscoe Beck
BEST DRUMS/PERCUSSION -- Brannen Temple
BEST GUITAR -- Jackie Venson
BEST HORNS -- Grupo Horns
BEST KEYBOARDS -- Emily Gimble
BEST STRINGS -- Carrie Rodriguez
BEST RADIO STATION -- KUTX
AUSTIN MUSIC HALL OF FAME -- Ruthie Foster
TOWNES VAN ZANDT SONGWRITING AWARD -- Alejandro Escovedo
MARGARET MOSER WOMEN IN MUSIC AWARD -- Dianne Scott
By Ashley Morris
“Keep Austin Weird” is the local trademark of this city. Austin locals take pride in being different, and its music scene is no exception. But what makes Austin’s music atmosphere different from all the others? In the press release announcing the 2019 Austin Music Awards, co-founder of SXSW, The Austin Chronicle Louis Black said:
"What has always truly and uniquely defined the Austin music scene is the work those in it put in. More than critics, industry honchos, scene makers, or even music fans, so many musicians work so hard in this extraordinary community to impress the audience they regard as the most important — other musicians,” acknowledging the special drive and creative energy that makes Austin’s music scene incredible.
By Nathalie Phan
Austin's prince of cool pop and one man wonder Mobley has released an alternate version of his standout song "Swoon," titled "Swoon:Stagger" off of his Fresh Lies Vol. 1 album released earlier this year.
“When I’m writing a song, I explore countless variations while crafting its arrangement. ‘Swoon’ went through multiple incarnations," says Mobley. "I thought it'd be fun to let people in on some of the parallel universes I explore when I’m working on a record.”
What eventually resulted from the artist's masterful reiterations of his own song was the first of three remixes to be released.
By Nathalie Phan
Today, the Texas Music Office and BMI announced that BMI will open an office in Austin by March of 2019, just in time for SXSW. This development is big news for the Austin's musicians and music industry professionals as BMI will be the first major performing rights organization to organize an official office in the city. The creation of music publishing infrastructure gives musicians a chance to develop their relationships with professionals in the licensing and songwriting space, strengthens the naively ignored income stream of music licensing, and will attract publishing and licensing companies to the city.
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