What a ridiculously great year it’s been for music in Charleston. The amount of brand new bands alone has left us all both busy as hell as well as super satisfied. From punk and folk to metal and hip-hop, we’ve heard it all and bought the shirt and CD to prove it. Charleston has seen so many musicians hit the studio more than once, play several local gigs in a week, take the show on the road, and even tour overseas. But City Paper readers didn’t just rack up bar tabs in 2014 — they listened, and then they voted for the music that left the best impressions. So congratulations to the 2014 City Paper Music Awards winners, a few of which are highlighted in the pages to follow. And a big thanks goes out to our readers, not just for voting, but for filling venues, gettin’ loud, supporting bands with shots, buying merch, downloading songs on Bandcamp, turning the volume up, and keeping the Charleston music scene alive and well. We can’t wait to flaunt a few of the victors here in the paper as well as at the Winners Showcase at the Pour House this Saturday night. Head over to CityPaperTickets.com for more details on the CPMA oyster roast, showcase, and after party.

  • Album of the Year
    Chase Your Devils Down, Dead 27s
  • Americana Artist of the Year
    The Travelin' Kine
  • Bassist of the Year
    Oliver Goldstein
  • Bluegrass Band of the Year
    The Dunder Chiefs
  • Blues Artist of the Year
    Elise Testone
  • Country Artist of the Year
    McKenna Andrews
  • DJ/Turntablist of the Year
    DJ Rehab
  • Drummer/Percussionist of the Year
    Daniel Crider
  • Electronic Artist of the Year
    Sexbruise?
  • Guitarist of the Year
    Wallace Mullinax
  • Hip-Hop Artist of the Year
    Savage Souls
  • Jam Band of the Year
    Sol Driven Train
  • Jazz Artist of the Year
    Gino Castillo
  • Metal/Punk Band of the Year
    Dumb Doctors
  • Pianist/Keyboardist of the Year
    Whitt Algar
  • Reggae Band of the Year
    Mystic Vibrations
  • Rock Band of the Year
    Dead 27s
  • Singer of the Year
    Elise Testone
  • Singer-Songwriter of the Year
    Elise Testone
  • Song of the Year
    "Don't Comfort Me," Dead 27s
  • Soul/R&B Artist of the Year
    Elise Testone
  • Up-and-Coming Act of the Year
    Big John Belly
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