Next Sunday, the results for The 2nd Annual Ghosty Awards shall be revealed. I hope you’ll be there at Three Links when the big ceremony goes down. To help get you ready, here’s another playlist focusing on several of the nominees. Don’t forget that you can continue to vote all the way up until Saturday at 11:59 PM CST. And you haven’t voted yet, you should do so. Because if you don’t vote, crazy things can happen like…
Well, let’s just say you need to make your voice heard. In the meantime, listen to these voices (and instruments).
- Ducado Vega and Zenya Vi, “Octapush”
The duo is nominated for Best R&B/Funk act. Technically, this track was released after the nominating period, but I’m sharing because it needs to be shared.
- (monkeysphere), “Dance Into the Void”
In addition to the plethora of nominations that this (now defunct) band earned, it’s worth noting that their bassist Mikey “Frenchtoast” Branton is the bassist for the Ghosty All Star Band.
- Skinny Cooks, “Glitzkrieg”
Nigel Newton of Skinny Cooks is also in The Ghosty All Star Band. Skinny Cooks received a nod for Best R&B/Funk Act, and Mr. Newton is also up for Musical MVP.
- Alexandria Rhea, “Busy”
I wanted Alexandria to perform at the ceremony, but she’ll be in India at the time of the show. Her friend Maria Demus will be on hand to perform one of her songs. Alexandria earned several nominations, including Best New Act, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Folk/Acoustic Act.
- Hella Zealous, “Beatrice”
Hella Zealous is up for Best Electronica Act.
- Calliope Musicals, “Echo of the Woos”
Calliope Musicals earned a nomination for Best Texas Song with this track. Their album Time Owes You Nothing is up for Best Texas Act, and the band is up for Best Texas Band.
- Tru Def, “All Year”
Here’s a new track from Tru Def, who’s nominated for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act.
- Nervous Curtains, “Devastator”
Technically, I believe this song was released during last year’s nominating period. The video for this song, however, was released during this nominating period, and earned itself a nomination for Best Video. And then there’s the nominations for Best Group, Best Keyboardist (Sean Kirkpatrick), and Best Drummer (Robert Anderson). So they’ve got all that going for them as well.
- VVOES, “Who Do You Know”
This group won Best New Act at The Fort Worth Weekly Music Awards. We’ll see if they win a Ghosty in the same category.
- Bonnie Whitmore, “Hey Babe”
Ms. Whitmore is up for Best Texas Solo Artist.
- Jonas Martin, “Last Night I Had a Dream”
Next year, Mr. Martin can only qualify as “Questionably Local” due to his recent move to New York City. But he was local during the majority of the voting period, and thus earned nominations for both Best Solo Artist and Best Album for The Color Scheme.
- Siren Sea, “Wait”
Unlike Jonas, Siren Sea falls squarely in the Questionably Local category. In fact, they’re nominated for that exact award.
- Charley Crockett, “In the Night”
Not gonna bother listing all of Crockett’s nominations, but believe me, there’s plenty.
- 88 Killa, “The Hulen Mall Legend”
If you wanna hear why 88 is nominated for Best Rap/Hip-Hop Act, check out his set next Sunday at Three Links.
- Cole Risner, “Gun Barrel City”
Mr. Risner is up for Best Country Act.
- Cut Throat Finches, “Reset”
I leave you with this song not just because of the myriad of CTF nominations, but after how difficult last week was for so many, it felt an appropriate choice. I think lead singer Sean Russell’s line that “Love is not a feeling, it’s a choice we can decide” needs to be taken to heart by all of us.