Sure, music critics and the consuming public don't always agree on what's good, or who deserves a trip to Bonnaroo or whatever. But sometimes the consuming public gets to have its say and choose the winners (even if said music critics, in cahoots with various insiders, got to choose the choices). That is precisely the case with the Nashville Music Awards. (This year marks a revival of the NMAs, which started in 1995 and were last produced in 2000.) Who garners the most votes wins, simple as that.
So vote! Artist, songwriter, country artist, instrumentalist, jazz/blues album and so on and so forth. To whet your appetite, here's category No. 20, Pop/Rock Album of the Year, one I think will be of particular interest to Cream readers:
- The Gabe Dixon Band, The Gabe Dixon Band (Fantasy)
- The Features, Some Kind of Salvation (429 Records/Bug)
- Kings of Leon, Only By the Night (RCA)
- Erin McCarley, Love, Save the Empty (Universal Republic)
- The Raconteurs, Consolers of the Lonely (Third Man/Warner Bros.)
Take note: You have to vote in every category in order for your ballot to count.
Winners, as chosen by you, the adoring public, will be announced at the NMAs, Wednesday, Oct. 7 at The Cannery Ballroom, 6 p.m., as part of the Next Big Nashville festival. Performances by Sonos, Andy Davis, Ben Rector and Ten out of Tenn will follow. I promise to be happy for you and let you finish if you win.