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
Elise Testone and Wallace Mullinax pull off performances with no time to spare
Elise Testone and Wallace Mullinax pull off performances with no time to spare King and Queen of the Last Minute

The request came at the last minute. In the summer of 2006, guitarist Wallace Mullinax received a call from his cousin who was getting married on Pawley's Island and needed musicians to play during the wedding. — Paul Bowers


Whitt Algar's older brothers gave him the rock 'n' roll love bug
Whitt Algar's older brothers gave him the rock 'n' roll love bug All in the Family

If Whitt Algar wasn't a musician, there's no telling what he'd be doing. The local keyboardist wouldn't last in the corporate family restaurant world, that's for damn sure. — Kelly Rae Smith


Big John Belly discusses metal and some advice from Jimmy Herring
Big John Belly discusses metal and some advice from Jimmy Herring Humble Beginnings

Combine a helping of bluegrass, a smattering of Metallica, and a little bit of Phish. Mix well. Now you have your very own Big John Belly, the Charleston City Paper Music Award winner for up-and-coming act of the year. — Lindsay Anne Bower


DJ Rehab discusses the chirp, beat juggling, and <i>Songs in the Key of Me</i>
DJ Rehab discusses the chirp, beat juggling, and Songs in the Key of Me Spins and Needles

From the Yorktown Countdown New Year's Eve Party to your best friend's wedding, you can find Chris McCoy, better known as DJ Rehab, spinning the hottest parties in Charleston. With an open mind and an ingrained sense of commitment, Rehab has fine-tuned his DJ talents and established a name for himself in the Holy City. — Mia Mendez


Charleston's Savage Souls live and breathe the music they create
Charleston's Savage Souls live and breathe the music they create Hip-Hop, Ya Don't Stop

Savage Souls' studio is a no-frills room in an unassuming house amid the backwoods of Summerville. Inside, there are beat-making machines everywhere, records stashed in corners, and even a turntable in the fireplace. — J. Chapa


Garage-punk rockers &#10;Dumb Doctors discuss Smokey Bear, a new record, and being scuzzy
Garage-punk rockers Dumb Doctors discuss Smokey Bear, a new record, and being scuzzy The Doctors Are In

"Don't fuck with us," is how drummer Antoine Carmine responds when asked if there's anything City Paper readers should know about local garage-punk band Dumb Doctors. After the laughter subsides, frontman Scott Dence chimes in with, "Just have fun, and don't be an asshole." — J. Chapa


Passion fuels the road ahead for The Travelin' Kine
Passion fuels the road ahead for The Travelin' Kine The Americana Dream

Slaton Glover knows what it means to feel pain. He served 13 years as a firefighter in Charleston and lost close friends in the Sofa Super Store fire. — Stratton Lawrence


Pizza Hut Presents Sexbruise?, question, a band, an enigma
Pizza Hut Presents Sexbruise?, question, a band, an enigma Erotic Desktoptronica

Sexbruise? may have come out of nowhere to win this year's award for best electronic act in Charleston, but they're not letting it go to their heads. — Stratton Lawrence


Charleston artist Matt Wilson used old piano parts to fashion this year's CPMA trophies
Charleston artist Matt Wilson used old piano parts to fashion this year's CPMA trophies Lost and Found

Matt Wilson isn't a welder by trade. But looking at some of the metal-based sculptures he's created, it's hard to believe he taught himself welding relatively recently, via his day job. — Kelly Rae Smith


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