Sunday, February 18, 2024

ALERT: Lifetime Achievement Recipients, Performers, Tickets, After-Party Info!

LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT RECIPIENTS: It is an honor to announce the following recipients of our annual Lifetime Achievement Award!

Tripp Bratton
Devine Carama
Lee Carroll
JK "JK 47" Wyche



TICKET INFO: Purchase your tickets (only $20 (including fees) direct from the Lyric Theatre here:




PERFORMERS: Thrilled to announce this year's performers! 

Mojo Tones (house Band)
Miles Osland (anthem)
Bob Bryant Band
Serena Hutchens
Phoebe White
Tripp Bratton's M'Power Rhythm





AFTER-PARTY: The main event at the Lyric Theatre runs from 6pm until roughly 8pm and catered by Goodwood....so our after party will start roughly 8:30pm at the amazing Goodwood Lexington (at 200 Lexington Green Cir Suite 110, Lexington, KY 40503). Molly & Richard have worked out a special "finger food" menu and will be serving their amazing drinks, including the Official Lexi Awards Beer! Exclusives include Ale-8 sodas, Highbridge Springs water, and Three Chord Bourbon.

Please visit our sponsors Three Chord BourbonThe Botany BayHighbridge SpringsAle-8-One, Feels Right, and Goodwood Lexington!



Monday, January 29, 2024

All Performers at Lexi Music Awards by Year!

Below is a list of all performers at the Lexington Music Awards by year!

A complete list of all Lifetime Achievement Awards can be found HERE.

2024
Miles Olsand (anthem)
Bob Bryant Band
Serena Hutchens
Phoebe White
Tripp Bratton's M'Power Rhythm

house band: Mojo Tones

2023
The Wallace Sisters (national anthem)
Devine Carama & JK-47
Trippin' Roots

house band: The Mojo Tones

2022
Paul M. Osborne (national anthem)
Rags and Riches
The Wallace Sisters
house band: The Mojo Tones

2021

no music - private ceremony of only a few awards due to COVID

2020
Phoebe White
Liza Binford & Vanessa Davis
LaFayette HS Drum Line
Ivy Rye
Whit Whitaker was replaced by Kristy Kirsh due to illness
house band: The Mojo Tones

Kallie Settles (pre-show)

2019
La'Shelle Allen
Rachel Crowe (with Jonathan New & Kenneth Meredith)
Emily Woxihara
Taylor C. Hughes Herbert & Taylor Austin Dye (backed by Paulie Felice)
Lisa Osland & Michaelle Perros
miss Phoebe White 

house band: Ray's Music Exchange. 

preshow by miss Aisley Stuebs.

2018

COMPLETE LIST??? 
house band: Ray's Music Exchange

2017
Jessie Laine Powel (anthem)
Hip-Hop Summit: Devine Carama, Rayul, Hallelujah the Don
Osland/Dailey Jazztet
Avery Crabtree
Apotheosis Percussion Duo
Beth Dean 
Sara Holroyd Singers

house band: Twiggenberries

2016
Alan Robinson (anthem)
Sydney Cubit, Rhyan Sinclair, Jeana Pillion (w/ Thomas Suggs)
Blues Harp Summit: Ronn Crowder, David Harrod, G-Busy (Greg Thomerson), Goose Marshall
KY United Pipes & Drums
Hip-Hop Collab w/ Devine Carama, Hybrid the Rapper, Hendrick Floyd

House band: Twiggenberries

2015
Miles Osland
Ben Lacy w/ Alan McKenzie
Blakely Burger & Lucy Becker (w/Fred Kearns)
Heather Parrish w/ Palmer Tolly

Peter J Felice (pre-recorded theme music)
Donald Mason (pre-recorded style themes)

A List of All Lifetime Achievement Recipients by Year

A complete list of ALL the Lexi Music Award Lifetime Achievement Award recipients, by year!

List of performers by year is HERE.

2024
Tripp Bratton
Devine Carama
Lee Carroll
JK "JK 47" Wyche

2023
Les McCann
Jessie Laine Powell
Les Campbell
Ron Browning

2022
Dr. Kevin Holm-Hudson
Paul M. Osborne
Todd Copeland

2021
Les Taylor
Wallace "Gator" Harrison
Tom Martin
Walter Tunis

2020
LaFayette HS Marching Band
Tony Briggs (Vale of Tears, & more)
Ed Commons (Red Barn Radio)
Everett McCorvey (UK Opera)

2019
Greg Austin
William Harry Clarke
Jarrod Figgs
Caroll Hall
Jeff Hood

2018
Montgomery Gentry
Sara Holroyd

complete list????


2017
Dwight Yokem
Nick Lawrence
Homer Ledford
Gail Wynters
John Michael Montgomery

2016
J.P. Pennington
J.D. Crowe
Ricky Skaggs
McLain Family Band
Vince DiMartino

2015
Michael Johnathon
Jay Flippin
Bill Monroe
Loretta Lynn







Monday, January 22, 2024

...and the 10th Lexi Music Awards Nominees Are...

...and with another HUGE thanx to our sponsors (without whom this event wouldn't be a reality), The Botany Bay, Highbridge Springs Water, Ale-8-One, Three Chord Bourbon, Feels Right, and Goodwood Brewing (with nod to our small private donors, also), our media partner WLEX-TV, and our event partner Lyric Theatre, I'm honored to announce the nominees for the 10th Lexi Music Awards!

 
Looking forward to seeing you ALL at the gorgeous Lyric Theatre, Sunday, March 3, 2024, at 6pm!

NOMINEES - please send your email contact (with your name/band/org) to lexingtonmusicawards@gmail.com so you get all the info!


INDUSTRY awards nominees

Venue of the Year
Austin City Saloon 
The Burl
Manchester Music Hall
Proud Mary BBQ

Music Store
Doowop Shop - Lexington
Drum Center of Lexington
Earl Brooks Music Center (Somerset)
Willis Music - Lexington

Music Company
Black Mountain Management
CD Central
Indie Artist Booking & Management
Overtones/Listen Locally

Recording Studio/Engineer/Producer
Austin Jones - Burgundy Box
Chris Wheeler - Anagram Media
Jason Groves - Sneak Attack
April Edwards - Raven Records

Live Sound Tech
Mike Hulliger
Wallace "Gator" Harrison
Nolan Dunn
Matthew Florez

Radio DJ
Adam Banks - WLXU
Kenny C Cummings - TMV Cafe
"Deadair" Dennis Dillon 
Deidre Ransdell - WVLK

Gear Repair
Don Brandenberg
Frazzell Guitars
Isaac Bane 
Willcutt Guitars 

Jay Flippin Music Educator Award
Tripp Bratton 
Vanessa Davis
Trish Torline
Paulie Felice


PERFORMANCE awards nominees

Female Vocal
Dolly Burnett
Taylor Hughes
Trish Torline
Vanessa Davis

Male Vocal
Cam Davis 
Kevin Kross
Tanner Whitt
Jeremy Zeller

Bass Guitar
Justin Conn
Tom Covello
Jackson Ward
Dalton Rose

Brass/Wind
Kirby Davis
Jacob O'Donnell
Matthew Polashek
Jordan Robson

Drums/Percussion
Ned Bellau
Tripp Bratton
Blake Phelps
Peyton Whitt

Keyboard
Lee Carroll
Raleigh Dailey
Andrew Moore
Steven Miller

Strings (including pedal steel, madolin, etc)
Lucy Becker
Maggie Lander
Emily Miller
Logan Henry

Ben Lacy Guitar Excellence Award
Tanner Blevins
Gabe Crockett
Stephen Lynch
Connor Wilson


STYLE awards nominees

Americana/Folk
Katie Burkhardt 
Anthony Joe Highley
D. Boone Pittman & the Fugitives
Jeremy Zeller

Bluegrass
EKU Bluegrass Ensemble
Goodwin Brothers
Mama Said String Band
McLain Family Band

TeeDee Young Blues Excellence Award
Rachel Crowe
Robert Frahm
Treyvon King
Dane Sadler

Classical
EKU Guitar Ensemble
Keith McCutchen
UK Symphony Orchestra
Whit Whitaker

Country
Blacktop Rodeo
Cody Lee Meece
Paint Creek
Taylor Hughes

Funk/R&B/Reggae
Boogie G & the Titanics
Honey Child 
Martia Gill
Rob Dread & the KMA

Hip-Hop/Rap
Slyme Bucci
Kevin Kross
StarBookie Msp
Tony Wavy

Jazz/Latin/Big Band/World
Big Sugg &The Jazz Funkers
Lee Carroll's C The Beat
Enrique Gonzales & No Rulez Banda
The MetroGnomes Big Band

Metal
Graveyard Romeos
Gravel Switch 
Storm Toker
Taylor Road

Pop
Andrew Moore & Hooch
Rags & Riches
Shantelly Lace 
Vinyl Richie

Punk
Ciggy Tuna
Sempervivi
Whalerus
Urameshi

Rock
Bedford Band
Five Below Band
Mojo Thunder
Wicked Peace

Singer-songwriter
Vanessa Davis
Anthony Joe Highley
Taylor Hughes
Kevin Kross
Trish Torline
Jeremy Zeller

Variety/Cover
Andrew Moore & Hooch
Five Below Band
Second Hand News
Vinyl Richie

SPECIALS awards nominees

Song of the Year
"Anxiety" - Kevin Kross
"B-List Celebrity" - Vanessa Davis
"Girl's Night Out" - Trish Torline
"Hey Dad" - Andrew Moore & Hooch
"Holiday" Rags & Riches
"Jesus & Jail" - Taylor Hughes

Album of the Year
"Anxious Always" - Kevin Kross
"I Need a Holiday" - Rags & Riches
"Resurrection Noise" - D. Boone Pittman & the Fugitives
"The Triplets" - Vanessa Davis

Critics' Choice
Cam Clark
Bryce Ernest Taylor
Garrick Howell & John McHugh
Jeremy Zeller

Community Service
Devine Carama
Ned Bellau/Canvas
Five Below Band
Renee Collins Cobb

Lifetime Achievement

TBA soon!!







Thursday, November 2, 2023

Public Ballot is LIVE - Let's VOTE!

That's right, the public ballot for the 10th Lexi Music Awards is now LIVE and you can vote and share!

To review, the public ballot will be used to nominate 2 of 4 nominees for each category, while to pro panel will choose the other 2 of 4 nominees in each category!

Find the ballot HERE.

MUSICIANS - please vote and then share with other musicians plus friends, family, and fans!

MUSIC BUSINESSES - please vote and then share with peers & clients/customers!

MUSIC LOVERS - please vote and then share with family, friends, and other music lovers (and be sure to tell your favorite bands & musicians about it, too)!

The 10th Lexi Music Awards event will take place Sunday, March 3, 2024 at the historic Lyric Theatre in Lexington, KY!

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

9th Lexi Music Awards: "...and the winner is..." & Wrap-Up

CONGRATULATIONS, ALL!

"We don't compete with each other - we complete each other." - Jonathan Goodwin (Goodwin Brothers)

Photos/Videos - I will edit this to include links to photos & videos of the event, so check back periodically. But we can sure start with the video of The Wallace Sister's performance!

EDIT: See photos at the official FB group HERE and videos are at the playlist HERE....and check photo link again as we're up-loading photos today and tomorrow.

Apology - As stated in my brief at the beginning of the show, I dropped the ball and didn't leave proper correction time...which mattered as soon as 50k homes and hundreds of businesses were suddenly without power following the Friday storm.

That we had major issues with the program and several plaques is NOT the fault of printer or plaque shop. They were dealing with hardships of their own, and I didn't factor in adequate space for redirection. I will do better next year. My apologies to everyone whose name was butchered or left off...like Austin Jones of Burgandy Box Studio being omitted and Miles Osland suffering the insult of 3 different misspellings of his name, and the like. The proper list of nominees is found HERE.

That said...it was an amazing show AND amazing after-party!

The Team - My undying gratitude to Bill Meck and Dave Medley of WLEX TV-18, the entire staff & crew of the Lyric Theatre, Linda & Roy at Highbridge Springs, Sheila at Ale-8-One, Ginny at Botany Bay, Molly & Richard & the entire staff at Goodwood, and Teri, Michael, & Neil at Three Chord Bourbon, as well as our anonymous private sponsor!

In addition, a monster thanx & huge hugs to Edd MacKey & The Lexington Fashion Collaborative (& Keegan for stepping up to the plate under pressure), my partner-in-crime Angelee Feltner for managing performance flow, Max Corona for organizing our presenters,Teresa for being ready for anything, Jay Hamon for video, Damien McLean for photography, Joshua McLean for this year's event poster...and to Rachel & Eric at Lexenomincs!

And as always, to everyone who voted, organized others to vote, wrote in suggestions, helped track down contact information, & more....with extra nod to Donald Mason and Dane Sadler, who for several years have led the charge to award Les McCann the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Performances - Our house band Mojo Tones kicked 15 minutes of pre-show music to set the mood and then the lights dropped for the beginning of the event. The Wallace Sisters opened with the national anthem and then Bill Meck brought them back up for a second song, their stellar cover of the classic "Killing Me Softly".

Devine Carama & JK-47 set the house on fire and reminded us all that hip-hop turns 50 this year! The Lexi-Fest "Unplugged Battle" champions Trippin Roots stepped up with their full electric band and were just as incredible, and the Mojo Tones had everyone dancing on the way out at night's end!

Award Recipients - without further delay, here - ladies & gentlemen - are your 9th Lexi Music Awards award recipients!


(INDUSTRY awards)

Venue of the Year
Manchester Music Hall


Music Store of the Year
Drum Center of Lexington


Music Company of the Year
Overtones/Listen Locally


Recording Studio/Engineer of the Year
Sneak Attack/Jason Groves


Live Sound Tech of the Year
Wallace "Gator" Harrison


Radio DJ of the Year
Kenny C. Cummings


Instrument Repair of the Year
Don Brandenburg


Jay Flippin Music Educator Award
Miles Osland - UK School of Music


(PERFORMANCE awards)

Female Vocal of the Year
Vanessa Davis


Male Vocal of the Year
Cody Morgan


Bass Player of the Year
Steve Nall


Brass/wind Player of the Year
Matthew Polashek


Drums/percussionist of the Year
Trey Bledsoe


Keyboard Player of the Year
Jonathon Goodwin


String Player of the Year
Emily Miller


Ben Lacy Award for Guitar Excellence
Tanner Blevins


(STYLE awards)

Americana/folk Artist of the Year
Trippin' Roots


Bluegrass Artist of the Year
Goodwin Brothers


TeeDee Young Blues Excellence Award
Rachel Crowe


Classical Artist of the Year
Whit Whitaker


Country Artist of the Year
Taylor Hughes


Funk/R&B/Reggae Artist of the Year
Brett Higgins


Hip-Hop/Rap Artist of the Year
Devine Carama


Jazz/Latin/Big Band/World Artist of the Year
Bigg Sugg & the Jazz Funkers


Metal Artist of the Year
Grave Yard Romeos


Pop Artist of the Year
Vinyl Richie


Punk Artist of the Year
Ciggy Tuna


Rock Artist of the Year
Bedford Band


Singer-Songwriter of the Year
Vanessa Davis


Cover/Variety Artist of the Year
Five Below Band


(SPECIALS awards)

Song of the Year
"No Peace" City Awake


Album of the Year
"Can't Get There From Here" Eric Bolander


Critics Choice
Goodwin Brothers


Community Service
Five Below Band "Honor Flights"


Lifetime Achievement Award

Les Campbell
Ron Browning
Jessie Laine Powell
Les McCann




Monday, February 13, 2023

ALERT: Lifetime Achievement Recipients, Performers, After-Party, More!

Its my great honor to convey the following information:

1) Lifetime Achievement Award Recipients

The recipients for the 8th Lexi Music Awards are.....

Les McCann
Jessie Laine Powell
Les Campbell
Ron Browning

Congratulations to all!


2) Ticket Info

Due to hardships on the music & arts community, ticket price for the event have been REDUCED from $20 (plus fees) to $15 (fees included). Tickets are available exclusively through the Lyric Theatre box
office. PUBLIC tickets are available starting Valentine's Day

Call (859) 280-2201 or go HERE.

Also, please feel free to respond, invite, and share using the Facebook Event Page!


3) Performers

Due to city restrictions, we have had to drastically reduce the backstage staffing as well as the number of performers. While we anticipate returning to a full performance line-up next year, we are extremely happy to announce the return of our house band and the following incredible guests!

Mojo Tones (house band)
The Wallace Sisters (national anthem)



4) After-Party

The main event at the Lyric Theatre runs from 6pm until roughly 8pm and catered by Goodwood....so our after party will start roughly 8:30pm at the amazing Goodwood Lexington (at 200 Lexington Green Cir Suite 110, Lexington, KY 40503). Molly & Richard have worked out a special "finger food" menu and will be serving their amazing drinks. Exclusives include Ale-8 sodas, Highbridge Springs water, and Three Chord Bourbon.

Just gonna add, on a personal note, that Goodwood has an excellent bourbon barrel stout!

Please visit our sponsors Three Chord Bourbon, The Botany Bay, Highbridge Springs, Ale-8-One, and Goodwood Lexington!