So, next Monday is kind of a big deal. You see, that’s when The Ghost will announce the nominees for the 4th Annual Ghosty Awards, which will be held Wednesday, November 21st. I’ll share more with you in the coming weeks and months. I was originally going to just reflect on past winners of the award, but that was just too straight forward and obvious. Instead, The Ghost added a twist to the equation. While all the artists in this week’s Monday Mixteen were previous Ghosty winners, these featured tracks were released during the current nominating period.
- Cut Throat Finches, “New Age”
The 2nd Annual Ghosty Awards were kind to the CTF Crew. Their video for “Boundaries” won the Reader’s Ghosty, in addition to Best New Act and Best Album Ghostys.
- The Cover Letter, “Lies”
The Cover Letter tied with Sweet Spirit for the Reader’s Ghosty last year, but managed to win a Ghost’s Ghosty single-handedly.
- Leon Bridges, “Shy”
Leon Bridges crushed pretty much all his competition at the 1st Ghosty ceremony. In fact, the addition of the Beyond the Metroplex award was largely inspired by his dominance that year. Let’s face it; no one likes to watch Goliath beat down David.
- Acid Carousel, “Killer on the Moonbeam”
This band earned a well-deserved Ghost’s Ghosty for Live Act. If you’ve seen their live sets, you’ll understand how this happened.
- Ansley, “Merely”
Ansley is quite a diverse vocalist. Comparing her work in Panic Volcanic to her solo release is like comparing the sun to the moon. Ansley’s ability to switch musical gears so seamlessly helped her earn a Ghost’s Ghosty last year for Best Female Vocalist.
- Ron Bultongez, “Learning to Love”
At this time last year, only those that were musically in the know were aware of the talent of Mr. Bultongez. It was through his dominance last year at The Ghosty Awards that he became such a well known name in the local music scene. And yeah, I guess his gig on American Idol earlier this year didn’t hurt matters.
- Gaston Light, “Lights Out”
I made up my mind during the first Ghosty Awards that Jason Corcoran’s project of Gaston Lights deserved a Ghosty. “Make Up Your Mind” was my choice for Best Digital Single.
- TOMKAT, “Teardrops”
Here’s another act that managed a win during the first Ghosty Awards. Tomkat earned a Reader’s Ghosty for Best Electronic Act, managing to beat out Ishi. Ishi!!! That’s no minor feat.
- Sealion, “Break My Bones”
Samantha Villavert managed to win a Ghosty for Best Bassist at the first Ghosty Awards.
- Charley Crockett, “How Long Will I Last”
While Mr. Crockett missed the 2nd Annual Ghosty Awards, I caught up with him a few months later and managed to give him his awards.
- Beth//James, “Wasted on Sundays”
Beth//James managed a nice feat by earning a Reader’s Ghosty with the All My Life EP, as well as a Ghost’s Ghosty for their song “Bring Your Fire to Me”, It’s not as nice of a feat as having your song “Lion Eyes” featured in a Spike Lee Joint, but it’s still nice.
- Bloody Knives, “Midnight Hour”
Bloody Knives earned a Ghost’s Ghosty for Best Texas Album with I Would Cut Your Heart Out for This. If only there was a Ghosty for Best Album Title, they would’ve won that as well.
- Becky Middleton, “Tell Me”
Ms. Middleton’s song “I’m Still Here” was a track of heartache and triumph that won over The Ghost’s heart. It also earned Becky a Ghost’s Ghosty for both Best Digital Single and Best Song.
- Reddening West, “Marjorie”
It was during The 2nd Annual Ghosty Awards that the Texas awards were first given. Reddening West nicely dominated that year’s Texas awards, with Ghost’s Ghostys for Best Texas Band, Best Texas EP (Stare), and Best Texas Song (“All You Need”). That track also managed to tie with Calliope Musicals for Reader’s Ghosty for Best Texas Song.
- The Delzells, “Repopulate”
Last year was the first year that there was a Best Punk category, and The Delzells earned a Ghost’s Ghosty.
- Andrew Delaney, “Scattered”
Andrew Delaney managed several nominations last year, and managed to take home a Ghost’s Ghosty for Best Songwriter.
Will Ron Bultongez learn to love more Ghosty Awards? How long will Charley Crockett’s winning streak last? Will Cut Throat Finches be cut out of this year’s list of Ghosty nominees? Will TOMKAT’s teardrops be those of joy or defeat? The answer to those and other Ghosty questions will be answered next Monday… Same Ghost Time, Same Ghost Channel.