It's that time of year again when we celebrate the many hours local musicians have spent relentlessly crafting songs in studios, garages, and living rooms and performing on stages from here to Europe. Thanks to all of you for bringing your art to our ears and to all the fans out there who do what they can to support the music, whether it's by hosting a house show, buying merch, or voting for your favorites in the City Paper Music Awards. We're particularly proud of the brand-new category, Video of the Year, and are excited to announce the victors both here and at the winners showcase at the Pour House this Saturday. Hope to see you there.
By this point, it's safe to say that the people of Charleston like the Dead 27s (see the 2014 CPMAs, when the band took home four accolades), and it's easy to see why when you have a song like "What a Waste." It's just plain fun to listen to. — Heath Ellison
The first time we'd even heard of Stop Light Observations was during the 2012 CPMAs — not because they were on the ballot, but because they were not on the ballot. Scores of the band's fans commented on the ballot link on our site, getting our attention by demanding that the paper redo the ballot. — Kelly Rae Smith
While inspiration has fueled many musicians' careers, few on the local music scene can be said to follow it quite as frequently as Dallas Baker. The ink had barely dried on the 2014 CPMA issues celebrating his work with Big John Belly as Up-and-Coming Act of the Year when he announced his departure to concentrate on his then side gig, Dallas Baker & Friends. Now Bluegrass Band of the Year, Dallas Baker & Friends don't stop at bluegrass. — Isaac Weeks
They're thrilled about winning both awards, but Jump Castle Riot were a little shocked to hear that their Up-and-Coming Band of the Year win was accompanied by a Blues Act of the Year win. —