Mike Breen's " Spill It" column had some nice coverage of the recent Cincinnati Entertainment Awards … HERE
I don't care what anyone says about city entertainment awards. I think they are a great thing. It's too bad most cities gave up on them.
God forbid a city should highlight its local artists, who are constantly dragging their sleeves through the muck of an endless parade of local stages, with all the bar owners padding their pockets with alcohol sales, as the bands walk out with 15 bucks and a huge bar tab.
Maybe it's time to say thanks for a change?
The CEA's did just that.
Of course, I have no idea if the CEA's suffer from nepotism. That's always been one of the arguments against city entertainment awards.
But the winners looked pretty diverse and well deserved from my perspective. The Seedy Seeds seemed to be the big winners, with two awards:
New Artist of the Year: The Seedy Seeds
Album of the Year: Wussy's Left for Dead
Artist of the Year: Buffalo Killers
Live Act: 500 Miles to Memphis
Musical Ambassador for the City: Over the Rhine
Electronic/Experimental: The Seedy Seeds
Hip Hop: Animal Crackers
Bluegrass: Rumpke Mountain Boys
Country: Straw Boss
Folk/Roots/Americana: Tupelo Honey
World Music: The Pinstripes
Rock: 500 Miles to Memphis
Hard Rock/Metal: Banderas
Singer/Songwriter: Kim Taylor
Alternative/Indie: The Sundresses
Punk: Caterpillar Tracks
Blues: Sonny Moorman Group
Jazz: Blue Wisp Big Band