NAMA 2010 nominees announced

What would we do without our local musicians? Sure, they get to party like rock-stars most of the time, and sure, they get all the chicks (or dudes, or whatever).

But if you ask me, the musicians in this town can never get enough recognition for making certain that every night of the week, we have an excuse to put on our beer-hats, and our drinking shirts, and our dancing shoes, and our sexy underpants for some rocking and/or rolling at our favorite nightspots. Our events calendar and daily to-do’s would be pretty dull without them.

Today, a bunch of local musicians will get at least some of the recognition they deserve, as the fine folks at the Northwest Arkansas Music Awards announced their 2010 nominees for the 15th annual awards ceremony, to be held at the Dickson Theater on Thursday, April 29.

There are 21 categories this year to vote in, including album of the year, band of the year, and best new band. We noticed the inclusion of a Punk category this year, which wasn’t around last year. The rest of the categories are pretty similar to what they’ve been in years past.

Wade Ogle & Black Elk, The Declaration, LaFuSo and Randall Shreve will play at the award show this year, and Arkansas music historian Bob Cochran, along with KUAF’s Kyle Kellams, will emcee the event.

To vote, you gotta register first, then go for it.

What do you guys think of this year’s nominees? Any glaring omissions? Who are your favorites for this year?

The nominees:

Jam/World Music

1 Oz. Jig
Crazy Neighbor
Kahula Gypsy Band
Mountain of Venus

Album of the Year

3 Penny Acre-3 Penny Acre
Don’t Think It Hasn’t Been Fun- Emily Kaitz
Green & Lonely- Christmas Fuller Project
Lovers and Fighters -Wade Ogle
Off the Record-Hardaway and The Commoners
The Radio Sky- The Radio Sky

Singer/songwriter – male

Jason Paul
Jeff Kearney
Justin Brasher
Keith Nicholson
Randall Shreve
Wade Ogle
Zach Ryan

Singer/songwriter – female

Candy Lee
Shannon Wurst
Tiffany Christopher

Female Vocalist

Amyh Hart (Dreamfast)
Bernice Hembree (3 Penny Acre)
Elise Davis (Elise Davis)
Leah Spears (Leah & The Mojo Doctors)
Opal Fly (Opal Fly)
Tanja Shylock (Mountain of Venus)

Male Vocalist

Ben Wardlaw (Charliehorse)
Benjamin Del Shreve (Benjamin Del Shreve)
Brandon George (Christmas Fuller Project)
Eddie Love (A Good Fight)


Fayetteville Funk Ensemble
The OneUps
Wes Hart Band


Claudia Burson Trio
Drew Packard
Matt Smith Trio
Nathan McLeod
Walter Savage Trio


Beat Bachs
Baby Armie
DJ Shortfuze
Tanner Beam


Apartment 5
Christmas Fuller Project
David’s Pegasus
The Great Scotts
Memphis Pencils


A Good Fight
Benjamin Del Shreve
Family Dogs
The Poggs
Randall Shreve

Southern Rock

Big Uns
Bob Kramer Incident
Joe Giles and the Homewreckers
Maud Crawford
Traveling Wheelbearings
Bill Dollar & Loose Change

Metal/Hard Rock

The Battle Within
Calling Tokyo
Sinking South
Vessels of Wrath


Nathan Aronowitz
Buddy Shute
Eoff Brothers
Isayah’s Allstars
Kory Montgomery Band
Leah & the Mojo Doctors
R.J. Mischo


1 Oz. Jig
3 Penny Acre
Cletus Got Shot
Jamie Wolfe & The Wranglers
Mountain Sprout
Pope County Bootleggers
Shout LuLu
The Smithstonians


The Plaid Jackets
Genome Chomsky
Fire Don’t Care
Well Well Well
Perpetual Werewolf
The Counterlife

Party Band

Boom Kinetic
Full House
Big Bad Gina
Strange Heroes


Hardaway and the Commoners

Best New Band

Adelle & the Matts
Big Bad Gina
The Bobby Drivers
High Magic
Jason Paul & New Wine
Monster Heart
The Rox
Where’s Lawrence

Band of the Year

3 Penny Acre
A Good Fight
Benjamin Del Shreve
Hardaway and The Commoners
Randall Shreve
R.J. Mischo

Best Producer/Studio

Adam Putman – Insomniac Studios
Chris Moore – East Hall
Darren Crisp – Crisp Studios
Dwight Chalmers – Listen Laboratory
Eric Schabacker- Winterwood Studios
Mike Bailey – Dream Makers Productions
Mustin – OneUp Studios