Ghosty season has arrived. Voting begins today, and will continue until Saturday, November 18th at 11:59 CST. Just click on the link that says Ghosty Voting and do your patriotic local music duty. For inspiration, I’ve compiled the first ever Monday MEGAMixteen. It’s double the normal number of songs for the same price (translation: it’s free). All the songs on the playlist are nominated acts, although not all nominated acts could be squeezed in this playlist. Maybe another time…
- Atlantis Aquarius, “Nibirian Sun”
Atlantis Aquarius are up for Best New Act, Best Rock Act, and Best Group Act. In addition, their Nibirian Sun EP earned a nomination as well.
- Ducado Vega and Zenya Vi, “Octapush”
The duo are making a big “Octapush” to get the three nominations they’re up for: Best Live Act, Best R&B/Funk Act, and Best Music Video for the aforementioned song.
- The Motel Pines, “Circadanism”
This is a rock and roll song. How appropriate is it, then, that The Motel Pines are up for Best Rock Act? It’s like fate.
- Andrew Delaney, “Amelia Earhart”
Mr. Delaney has had quite a good musical year. Not only did this song get a Best Song nomination, but the album it came from (The Escape Artist) is up for Best Album. Delaney also gathered another pair of nominations: Best Male Vocalist and Best Songwriter.
- The Cover Letter, “Somethings”
The Austin based act is nominated for Best Texas Act, and their Cities Made of Sand EP is up for Best Texas EP.
- The Delzells, “Snide Reply”
What kind of “Snide Reply” will The Delzells have when they realize they’re up for both Best New Act and Best Punk Act?
- Vandoliers, “The Native”
It’s not as big of a deal as being featured on the Rolling Stone website, but a Best Country Ghosty nomination is also nothing to sneeze at either.
- Ron Bultongez, “The Calm”
If there was an award for best musical recommendation this year, it would go to Droo D’Anna (Droo’s Peace Crush) for turning The Ghost on to Mr. Bultongez. Ron has nominations in the following categories: Best New Act, Best Male Vocalist, Best Folk/Acoustic Act, and Best EP for Thank You, PLANO. If he should win any, he should give Droo a shout-out in his acceptance speech.
- Sonar Lights, “Wake Up”
This year marks the first time for the Best Hard Rock Act, which Sonar Lights is up for. Band members George Miadis and Doug McKenna also earned nominations for Best Guiarist and Best Drummer, respectively. As for this song, it’s up for Best Song.
- Blue, the Misfit, “Died Last Night”
It’s likely no surprise that Blue earned a nomination for Best Hip-Hop/Rap act. What’s perhaps more impressive, however, is that he’s the first rap act to get a nomination for Best Solo Act, and Perfect Night, for a Funeral is the first time a rap album has been nominated for a Best Album Ghosty.
- Acid Carousel, “Summer Girls”
Three is the magic number for Acid Carousel. Their three nominations are for Best Psych Rock Act, Best Group Act, and the ever prestigious Best Live Act.
- Christina Cavazos, “Stay”
This song stayed in my head and heart (pardon the “stay” pun), and earned Cavazos a Best Texas Song nomination.
- Old 97’s, “I Don’t Wanna Die in This Town”
The Beyond the Metroplex Award is designed to acknowledge acts in the Metroplex area who have experienced success on a national level. I’d say that Old 97’s is more than qualified to be in this category.
- Sudie, “Ode to Night”
Sudie Abernathy, known in the music community by her first name, is quite the one woman show. Her talent as a solo artist that can create a live experience that exceeds most full band shows made her a worthy nominee for Musical MVP. In case that doesn’t seem like enough nominations for her, there’s also her nominations for Best Solo Act, Best Female Vocalist, and Best Electronic Act. Oh, and I almost forgot her Best EP nomination for Prism.
- Nite, “Dreamer”
Nite are a Dallas Synth-Pop group. See that word after “Synth?” Do I have to spell out what category they’re nominated for?
- The Angelus, “The Other Side of the Mountain”
My ears felt that The Angelus deserved Ghosty nominations in the category of Best Album for There Will Be No Peace. In addition, my ears approved of Emil Rasptine’s guitar and songwriting talents, hence the Best Guitarist and Best Songwriter nominations. My eyes are what led the band to its fourth nomination, Best Music Video for this song.
- Becky Middleton, “I’m Still Here”
Ms. Middleton released only one song this here. Yet off the strength of “I’m Still Here”, she managed to earn nomination for Best Female Vocalist and Best Pop Act. The aforementioned song is also up for Best Digital Single and Best Song. Ms. Middleton is indeed here, and doing quite well it would seem.
- Calhoun, “Georgia”
Let me break these nominations down: since part of the band no longer resides here (Jordan Roberts in San Francisco and Toby Pipes in Boston), Calhoun is nominated for Best Questionably Local Act. Since lead singer and primary songwriter Tim Locke resides in Fort Worth, he was nominated for Best Songwriter. Any questions?
- Little Beards, “Office Matinee”
Sean Kirkpatrick is no stranger to The Ghosty Awards, having won both The Ghost’s Ghosty and The Reader’s Ghosty for Best Keyboardist last year.
This year, his new project Little Beards is nominated for Best Electronic Act.
- Matt Tedder, “Down the Road”
Tedder is only up for two Ghosty Awards, but both nominations (Best Live Act and Best Guitarist) are pretty big nominations.
- Alyse Black, “My Body Is Burning”
Ms. Black is up for both Best Texas Solo Artist and Best Texas Song for this track.
- The Crystal Furs, “Quit You”
It seems The Crystal Furs don’t want to quit receiving the same Ghosty nominations. This is the third year in a row Kevin Buchanan has been nominated for Best Pianist/Keyboardist, and the second year the band is up for Best Pop Act.
- Chris J Norwood, “Longshot”
Mr. Norwood’s album may be called Longshot, but his odds of being able to nab a Ghosty are not a long shot. He’s nominated in the following categories: Best Solo Act, Best Songwriter, and Best Country Act.
- Sweet Spirit, “The Mighty”
Sweet Spirit is best known as a party band, yet its their beautiful melody and message that earned the Austin band a nomination for Best Texas Song with “The Mighty”. Their skills at writing party songs, however, likely helped them earn a Best Texas Band nomination, as well as a Best Texas Album nod for St. Mojo.
- Matthew Logan Vazquez, “Same”
Mr. Vasquez is the only act from Houston up for any nominations. Still, earning three nominations (Best Texas Solo Artist, Best Texas Album, and Best Texas Song) has him tied with Sweet Spirit for most nominations by a non-local act.
- Reagan James, “Better Than This”
She may still be best known for her appearance on The Voice, but Ms. James has really come into her own as a musician in the past few years. She’s nominated for both Best Female Vocalist and Best Pop Act.
- Pearl Earl, “Meet Your Maker”
Pearl Earl earned four nominations: Best Group Act, Best Psych Rock Act, Best Bassist (Stefanie Lazcano), and Best Music Video for “Meet Your Maker”.
- Garrett Owen, “Rose Hill”
Garrett Owen earned a total of seven nominations, more than any artist. Here’s the list: Best Live Act, Best Solo Act, Best Male Vocalist, Best Guitarist, Best Songwriter, Best Folk/Acoustic Act, and Best Digital Single for “Rose Hill”.
- Reverend KM Williams, “The Runaway Blues”
The Reverend earned himself three Ghosty nominations: Best Solo Act, Best Guitarist, and Best Album for The Real Deal Blues.
- Quentin Moore, “Party Drugs”
Mr. Moore is up for three Ghosty nominations as well: Best Male Vocalist, Best R&B/Funk Act, and Best Album for Black Privilege.
- The Texas Gentlemen, “TX Jelly”
Are you ready for this TX Jelly? The Texas Gentlemen are up for Best Group Act, and member Beau Bedford is up for Musical MVP.
- Salim Nourallah, “Back on the Chain Gang”
As usual, Mr. Nourallah stays busy. In addition to his work as producer, he’s released an album of covers (A Break in the Battle) as well as finish up an album with NDH (his super-group featuring Billy Harvey and Alex Denzen of The Damnwells). It should be no surprise then that Mr. Nourallah is nominated for Musical MVP.