The nominees for the fourth annual Lexington Music Awards have been announced, with familiar names and newcomers among the hopefuls.
Last year’s big winner, The Wooks, earned nods in several categories, including best bluegrass act and best string player for frontman Arthur Hancock and fiddler Jesse Wells, who recently left the group to tour with Tyler Childers. But the band, which swept best album and best song last year, didn’t have a new record this year, leaving the recording categories open to newcomers.
Among the artists earning multiple nominations are Joslyn & The Sweet Compression with five (including bassist Smith Donaldson and trumpeter Jeffrey Doll in musician categories), Whitney Acke with four, and Graveyard Romeos and Beth Dean with three. In an interesting combination, former University of Kentucky choral director Sara Holroyd is nominated for a lifetime achievement award; the Sara Holroyd Singers, a group made up of her former students, is a critics’ choice nominee; and Room 17 Productions, a group of former students actively working to preserve Holroyd’s legacy and spirit, is up for the community service award. Several of her former students and members of the organizations are also up for artist awards. Numerous artists and entities have two nominations.
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Nominations were by popular vote, hosted by the Herald-Leader and LexGo.com, with input from a professionals panel. Winners will be selected by the nominees, who will receive one vote per entity. The awards will be handed out at 6 p.m. Jan. 28 at the Lyric Theatre & Cultural Arts Center in a ceremony hosted by Bill Meck and Angie Beavinof WLEX-TV 18 and featuring numerous area musicians.
Here are the nominees:
Song of the Year: “Go Get Et,” by No Limit Savage (featuring Yo Gotti & Vito); “Tried & Crucified,” Whitney Acke and Ray Adams; “Love on the Double,” Joslyn & The Sweet Compression; “Need That Hoodie Back,” Hybrid the Rapper.
Drummer/Percussionist: Jeff Frohlich of Graveyard Romeos, Tripp Bratton of Berea College and The March Madness Marching Band, Dave Faris of Drum Center of Lexington, John Clay.
Guitar: Ben Lacy, Daniel Phelps, Todd Stricklin of SuperUnknown.
Bassist: Steve Nall of Graveyard Romeos, Brandon May of the Allman Butter Band, Smith Donaldson of the Northside Sheiks, Bob Bryant.
Keyboard: Ryan Allen, Beth Dean, Raleigh Dailey, Tedrin Blair Lindsay.
Best Wind/Brass: Paul Osborne, Miles Osland, Jeffrey Doll, Scott Heerschee.
Best Strings: Raymond McClain, Ishi Wooten of Restless Leg String Band, Jesse Wells of The Wooks, Arthur Hancock of The Wooks.
Best gear/equipment store: Willis Music, Willcutt Guitars, Old Town Violins, DooWop Shop.
Best recording studio: Dojo Studios (Steve White), Long Island (Steve Nall), Sneak Attack.
Best live sound: Billy Moore, Ed Commons, Matt Florez, Wallace “Gator” Harrison.
Best DJ: Debraun Thomas (WUKY), DJ Otis Badass (WKQQ), Joey Truax (WLXU, Lexington Community Radio), Kenny Cummings (Chillin Broadcasting).
Best instrument repair: Wilcutt Guitars, RS Guitarworks, Mike Mankel — Bourbon Barrel Guitars, Casper Reed.
Note: Rich Copley participated in the professionals panel that helped select nominees.
Rich Copley, @copiousnotes.