You might have heard that this year’s Ghosty nominations are up and ready to be voted upon. You may cast one vote per day until voting ends on Sunday, November 18th at 11:59 CST. The awards ceremony will take place Wednesday, November 21st. More details on that to come soon.
Right now, let’s take a good listen to the nominated acts. There are a few acts that didn’t make the cut, since they’re not on Spotify (Sub-Sahara, The Cush, and BOUT, I’m looking y’all’s way.) I also included two tracks from the five Best Album nominees. And at 96 songs, this definitely puts the MEGA in the Megamixteen.
- 88 Killa, “Still Skrtn’”
88 won the Ghost’s Ghosty for Best Rap in 2016. Can he pull off a repeat?
- Acid Carousel, “The Letter”
Acid Carousel were The Ghost’s pick for Best Live Act last year. It should be no surprise that they’re up for that award again, as well as Best Group Act and Best Psych Rock Act.
- Alex, “T.G.F.Y.”
Alex is a young and upcoming talent from the Dallas area. She’s up for Best New Act, Best Under 21 Act, and Best Pop Act.
- Andrew Holmes, “England”
One of my big favorite tracks of 2017 was Holmes’ “England”. The Abiliene based singer-songwriter charted at #7 on my year end countdown of 2017, and now he has a Ghosty nomination for Best Texas song to boot.
- Andy Pickett, “Alberta”
Mr. Pickett is up for Best Male Vocalist.
- Ansley, “How to Be Alone”
Last year, Ansley won The Ghost’s Ghosty for Best Female Vocalist. She’s up for that award again, along with Best Solo Act, Best Songwriter, Best Album for Rituals, and Best Song for “How to Be Alone”.
- Becky Middleton, “Tell Me”
Last year was also a good year for Ms. Middleton, earning Ghost’s Ghostys for both Best Female Vocalist. “I’m Still Here” also earned her an award for both Best Song and Best Digital Single. This year, she’s up again for Best Digital Single, this time for “Tell Me.”
- The Belle Sounds, “Like a Villain”
Of non-local bands, Austin’s The Belle Sounds earned three nominations, more than any other act outside the metroplex area. They’re up for Best Group Act, Best Album for The Sea Within, and Best Song for “Like a Villain.”
- Big Red Ants, “Spoonful”
This song rocks. It makes since then that the band is up for Best Rock Act. Ian Brothers also helped the band earn a Best Drummer nomination.
- Bobby Sessions, “Like Me”
One of my biggest struggles in this year’s nominating process was whether to put Bobby Sessions in the regular voting categories, or to put him in the Beyond the Metroplex category. Since Sessions is now on Def Jam and collaborating with Killer Mike, it seemed unfair to pit him against the other locals. That means he’s only up for Beyond the Metroplex, even though I’ll admit that “Like Me” may be the best video to EVER emerge from the metroplex.
- The Bodarks, “The Ghost of Alma Kelmer”
The Bodarks are up for Best Country Act.
- The Bralettes, “Eddie”
This young band is just slightly too old for the Under 21 category, but still earns a well deserved Best New Act nomination.
- Cameron Smith • Sur Dada, “Paper Knife”
In addition to his work with War Party, Mr. Smith is up for Musical MVP. That’s also because of both his solo work and involvement in Dreamy Life Records.
- Carry Illinois, “Scattered”
Carry Illinois is up for Best EP thanks to their fine Work in Progress.
- Caved Mountains, “Take What’s Mine”
Caved Mountains rocked my 11 year anniversary show at Double Wide, and now they’ve earned three Ghosty nominations: Best New Act, Best Psych Rock Act, and Best Guitarist (Ryan Slavinsky).
- Charley Crockett, “Lil’ Girl’s Name”
Charley’s time in Dallas was all too brief, but he’ll always have a special spot in The Ghost’s heart. His spot in the list, however, is relegated to Best Questionably Local Act.
- Chilldren of Indigo, “Keepers of the Fire”
- Chilldren of Indigo, “In the City”
COI kept their fire going strong all year long. The band is up for Best Live Act and Best Group Act. Keepers of the Fire also netted them a Best Album nomination, and Tito Indigo is up for Best Drummer.
- Christina Cavazos, “Mile Marker”
Ms. Cavazos has relocated to New York, but she’s still eligible for this year’s Awards. The song is the title track to her EP, which is up for Best Texas EP.
- Christine Hand, “You’re Not Alone”
Ms. Hand picked up a nomination for Best Folk/Acoustic act.
- Claire Hinkle, “Take Your Money”
This Fort Worth youngster is nominated for the Under 21 Category.
- Claire Morales, “All That Wanting”
- Claire Morales, “No Telling”
Ms. Morales may have only received two nominations, but Best Solo Act and Best Album are pretty darn big nominations.
- The Cover Letter, “Lies”
This song is up for Best Texas Song, and the band is up for Best Texas Group Act.
- Creamer, “Drugs No More”
It’s also Dallas No More for Phillip Creamer. But once a Dallasite, always one, right? OK, we’ll call him “Questionably Local.”
- The Crystal Furs, “In the Mirror”
Technically, The Crystal Furs didn’t receive any nominations. But since Stephanie Buchanan is up for Best Singer-Songwriter and Musical MVP, it seemed only right to include her work with this band.
- Cure for Paranoia, “No Refills”
Blue, the Misfit. is featured on this track. He won last year’s Best Hip-Hop/Rap award. Could this be good luck for Cure for Paranoia, who are up for the same award?
- Cut Throat Finches, “New Age”
Sean Russell is up for Best Songwriter, thanks to gems like this.
- Daniel Markham, “Velvet Elvis”
Two nods for Mr. Markham: Best Solo Act and Best Songwriter.
- Danielle Grubbs, “Trees (I Don’t Want You)”
My props to Brittany Griffiths for turning me on to the talented Ms. Grubbs. She’s up for Best Female Vocalist and Best EP for Venus.
- David Joshua, “Ocean”
David Joshua is up for both Best Male Vocalist and Best Folk/Acoustic.
- Dead Beat Poetry, “Mourning Sickness”
Two members, two musician nominations: Lulio Guvera (Best Guitarist) and Brandon Keebler (Best Drummer).
- Dead Flowers, “Somebody’s Something”
Three nominations for DF: Best Live Act, Best Live Act, and Best Bassist for Evan Winston Johnson.
- Dead Vinyl, “Till the Cosmos Fall”
Is rock dead? Both Dead Flowers and Dead Vinyl are up for Best Rock. In addition, the band’s Tyler Vela is up for Best Guitarist.
- The Delzells, “Repopulate”
The Delzells are up for Best Punk Band again, and Jon Rose is up for Best Drummer.
- Devy Stonez, “Angels in Los Angeles”
Up for Best Hip-Hop/Rap act.
- Droo’s Peace Crush, “Connections”
- Droo’s Peace Crush, “Vinyl”
Not only is Droo’s Peace Crush up for Best Album with ’79 Playlist, but lead singer Droo D’Anna’s championing of local musicians through this regular Open Mics earned him a Musical MVP nomination.
- Ducado Vega and Zenya Vi, “Somethin’ Kinda Beautiful”
Five nominations for the team of Ducado and Zenya? Not bad. I don’t feel like listing them here. That’s what the voting ballot is for.
- Electrik Ants, “Circuit Tree”
Electrik Ants are up for Best New Act.
- Eleven Hundred Springs, “Nobody Falls in Love in a Place Like This”
Eleven Hundred Springs up for Best Country Act? Who’d a thunk it?
- Elijah Heaps, “Frankenstein”
Nominated last year for Best Hip-Hop/Rap act, nominated again this year.
- Emmeline, “If You Don’t Love Me”
I’m sure that once Rise is released, Emmeline will earned a gazillion Ghosty nominations. Alas, that won’t happen until next year. This year, she’ll have to settle for a Best Pianist/Keyboardist nomination.
- Falgoo, “Safe Passage”
Ashley Falgout’s vocals punch me in the feels every time. So of course she’s nominated for Best Female Vocalist. This song’s pretty swell alsom and it’s up for Best Song.
- Fat by the Gallon, “Calm Down”
Wonder how calm FBTG will be when they realize they’re up for a Ghosty in the Best Punk Act category.
- Frankie Leonie, “Johnny Cash”
I’m not sure that Frankie was old enough to even be aware of Cash’s existence when he passed in 2003. She is, however, young enough to be eligible for the Best Under 21 category.
- French 75, “If You Love”
French 75 is up for Best Electronic Act.
- Giant Kitty, “You Suck”
Giant Kitty may be no more, but they made a big enough impression on The Ghost to be nominated for Best Texas Act, and Rampage is up for Best Texas Album.
- Heart of the City, “The River”
Paco Estrada is definitely from Dallas. Brandon Callies is definitely from Austin. This definitely qualifies as Questionably Local.
- Hello Shannon, “Slowly”
Hello Shannon. Hello Best Electronic Act nomination.
- Jack Barksdale, “My Mother”
I’m not crying over the lyrics; you’re crying over the lyrics. Jack, at a mere eleven years of age, is the youngest in the Under 21 Category.
- Jackie Venson, “Transcends”
- Jane Ellen Bryant, “Take Me as I Am”
Both Ms. Venson and Ms. Bryant are up for Best Texas Solo Act.
- Jessie Frye, “Why So Serious? (It’s Just Love)”
Why so serious? It’s just pop music. And that’s what Ms. Frye specializes in.
- Joe Savage, “Patriot”
This is the third year in a row Mr. Savage has been up for Best Country Act. Third time’s a charm, perhaps?
- Kirk Thurmond & The Millennials, “Hangman”
The song is up for Best Digital Single, and the band is up for Best R&B/Funk.
- Leon Bridges, “Beyond”
The song “Beyond” is such a fitting choice, since Mr. Bridges was the inspiration for the Beyond the Metroplex award.
- Ley Line, “Respiração”
No habla espanol, but The Ghost speaks good music. This track earned a well deserved nomination for Best Texas Song.
- Little Father, “Violence”
The Austin band’s EP is called 3, but the band came one short of that many nominations. They’re up for Best Texas Band and Best Texas EP.
- Madison King, “Livin’ Right”
Ms. King is up for Best Country Act.
- Matthew Logan Vasquez, “Sierra Blanca”
Last year, Mr. Vasquez won Ghost’s Ghostys for both Best Texas Solo Act and Best Texas Album. He’s up for Best Texas Solo Act again, and Texas Murder Ballads earned him a Best Texas EP nod.
- Maya Piata, “Same Way”
Ms. Piata is up for a total of three awards: Best Solo Act, Best Female Vocalist, and Best R&B/Funk.
- Meach Pango, “Personal Wealth”
If there was an award for Best Guest Vocalist, it should go to The Ghost when he joined Meach Pango onstage during “Personal Wealth”. On second thought, how about I just nominate Jorge Vasquez for Best Bassist.
- Mean Motor Scooter, “Sea Serpent”
It was a good year for MMS, earning five Ghosty nominations.
- Medasin, “Home”
I don’t think Medasin currently calls Dallas home anymore, and his name is known in the electronica world far beyond the metroplex area. So yes, a Beyond the Metroplex nomination is in order.
- Medicine Man Revival, “Voodoo Queen”
Did voodoo hold any role in helping MMR receive three Ghosty nominations? This Ghost ain’t saying a word.
- Mind Spiders, “Ice Bear”
Peter Salisbury helped the band earn its solo nomination for Best Keyboardist/Pianist.
- Mitchell Ferguson, “Cry”
Mr. Ferguson has nothing to cry about, with nominations for Best Male Vocalist and Best Digital Single.
- M’Lynn, “Gave All My Love Away”
Until M’Lynn returns permanently from the University of Miami, she will be up for Best Questionably Local Act.
- Mobley, “Torch”
Fresh Lies, Vol. 1 is up for the Best Texas Album, and that’s the truth!
- Monoculture, “Head Down”
Monoculture held the 2nd Paisley Maze Music Festival, specializing in psychedelic rock. Guess what category the band is nominated for?
- Nobody’s Girl, “What’ll I Do”
Rebecca Loebe, Grace Pettis, and BettySoo are all well known Austin musicians in their own right. As “supergroup” Nobody’s Girl, they are a force to be reckoned with. This song is up for Best Texas Song.
- Northern National, “Slow Down”
Northern National makes pop music. It’s what they do. I give Ghosty nominations for Best Pop Act. That’s what I do.
- Onetwothreescream, “Fault Lines”
I wonder if they counted to three before screaming upon the realization that Lit is up for Best Texas EP.
- Pass the 40, “Super Duty Tough Work”
Pass the Best Electronic nomination.
- Rakim Al-Jabbaar, “The Antidote”
Interesting fact: four of the five Best Hip-Hop/Rap nominees from last year were nominated again this year. Rakim is the lone new act in this category.
- Remy Reilly, “26”
Yes, of course the 14 year old Ms. Reilly is up for Best Under 21 Act. But so much has been made of her age. Instead, let’s talk about her nominations in the categories of Best Solo Artist, Best Songwriter, Best New Artist, and Best EP.
- Richard Gilbert, “But, Here I Am”
But, here is Richard Gilbert again, up for Best Folk/Acoustic Act.
- Ron Bultongez, “Learning to Love”
Mr. Bultongez managed quite a nice haul of Ghosty Awards last year. This year, he’s only up for one award: Beyond the Metroplex artist. Hey, that’s what happens when you hang out with Lionel Richie and get into American Idol’s Top 24.
- Rosegarden Funeral Party, “Seeing You Here and Now”
At seven nominations, no other act appears on the list more than Rosegarden Funeral Party. I’m not gonna list all the nominations, but I will say that this track is up for Best Song.
- Samantha Clemons, “No Room”
Ms. Clemons’ name isn’t well known in the metroplex. Perhaps this nomination for Best R&B/Funk will rectify that situation.
- The Schisms, “Private Eye”
Thanks to Justin Casey (The Delzells) for turning me on to this act. If The Schisms win Best Texas Album for Moon, they should totally mention him in their acceptance speech.
- Sealion, “Break My Bones”
It took Sealion four freakin’ years to follow up the HEAVY FIZZ album with the four song EP Nothing Nowhere. Was it worth the wait? Well, it’s up for Best EP, so that says something, right?
- Secrecies, “Hole in My Heart”
The secret’s out: the duo is up for Best Electronic Act, and Shawn Magill just might win a 2nd Ghosty for Best Keyboardist/Pianist.
- September Moon, “Freeway”
The duo is nominated for Best Country Act.
- Shadows of Jets, “Houndstooth Coat”
Taylor Tatsch is up for Musical MVP, this song is up for Best Song, and it’s from the Going Up to Space EP, which is up for Best EP.
- Simone Nicole, “Whiskey Cola”
Ms. Nicole is up for Best Folk/Acoustic.
- Sleepspent, “Come Smile With Me”
The only El Paso act nominated this year, Sleepspent is up for Best Texas Band and Best Texas EP.
- St. Vincent, “Los Ageless”
People talk about St. Vincent as if she’s a local act, yet Annie Clark’s act never made a dent in the music world until she left Dallas. While her Dallas ties at this point are indeed questionable, her national success makes the act better suited for the Beyond the Metroplex category.
- Sunbuzzed, “Sylvia”
The buzz is strong with this band. Cari Elizonda is up for Best Guitar, and the group is up for Best Psych Rock.
- Tennessee Stiffs, “Thirty Pieces”
No, they’re not from Tennessee. They are a Texas band (Austin, to be specific), and this song is the title track from their Ghosty nominated Texas album.
- Tilly and the Flowers, “Charlatan”
I previously mentioned that Stephanie Buchanan is up for Best Songwriter and Musical MVP. In addition, this band is up for Best Pop Act.
- TOMKAT, “Phoenix”
- TOMKAT, “Teardrops”
Did you know that TOMKAT won the first Reader’s Ghosty for Best Electronic act? Pretty impressive, considering they beat out Ishi. They’re not up for Best Electronic Act this year, but they did manage a total of four Ghosty nominations.
- War Party, “No Exit”
- War Party, “Heavy Cream”
Finally, I leave you with War Party, nominated for Best Album for Pure Destroyer, and Best Rock Act.