I have been fortunate enough to have been around the music industry for the past 15+ years. During that time I have seen and heard some of the most incredible indie music acts, several of which have become household names.
Each year these artists continue to impress me with their creativity and work ethic, and 2012 was no exception. I received a total of 48 submissions for my 1st stab at the LA Music Critic Awards. Reviewing them all has been a challenge, but so worth the effort.
Here are the nominees for the 2012 LA Music Critic Awards. The winners will each receive a full review of their CD, and will be announced next week in a series of articles, with each category getting a separate article.
Best Male CD: Josh Damigo (Hope); Shane Alexander (Ladera); Sam Grow (Reveal); Omar Akram (Echoes of Love); Dave Tucker (In Kind); Steve Carlson (Different Town)
Best Female CD: Amy Dalley (Coming Out of the Pain); Cindy Alexander (Every Rise and Fall); Melody Walker (Gold Rush Goddess); Adjoa (Songs for Tall Women and the Short Men Who Love Them); Kirsten Proffit (My Devotion)
Best Group CD: May Stands Still (When You Come Home); So & So (Ready); Measure (The Air Inside Our Lungs); Karmina (Car Train Ship Plane); Of Verona (The White Apple); Magnolia Memoir (The Perfect Crime)
Best EP: Jason Adamo (Bricks & Mortar); Kat Parsons (Oh! and Talk to Me); Tempest (The Tempest EP); JC Villafan (Sweet Time); The Well Pennies (The Well Pennies); The Rob Michaels Band (The Revolver Sessions)
Best Single: Marina V (Run); Bess (The People The Places); Keaton Simons (Other Side); Autumn Kramer (Power Suit)
Best Folk CD: Poxy Boggards (Wish You Were Beer); Belles of Bedlam (Folked Up); Wren of Iniquity (Wren of Iniquity); The Dread Crew of Oddwood (Heavy Mahogany); The Bards of FoDLA (Sacred Oaks)