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BAND OF THE YEAR This award is based on a group musical performance on a band album or single release. Qualifications are for bands operating without a named front man/woman.
The Farmers Daughters
Hitchvillehas quickly solidified themselves among the upper echelon of regional talent. Under the foundational leadership of dynamic lead vocalists Heidi Owens and Matthew Kneefe, the group’s trademark harmonies, down home personalities, and kinetic stage energy leads to an unforgettable live show in which the band works tirelessly to produce.
The group’s brand new, highly anticipated sophomore album “Soundtrack to Life” is now available everywhere! It includes their first iHeartRadio #1 single “Even When It’s Bad It’s Good”, as well as their newly crowned 2nd iHeartRadio #1 single “Love is the Road” which climbed the iHeartMedia charts faster than ever. This project has been 4 years in the making, with songs written by some of Nashville’s biggest hit-makers, along with the first song ever written and recorded by members of the band. They also recently realized another big dream of theirs: to start their own country music and camping festival…and so it began! The First Annual Hitchville Hootenanny took place in August, 2015 with some of the region’s most sought after talent and was a resounding success! 2016’s Hootenanny finished up again with an award winning lineup and as many memories and there were country music fans in attendance, and 2017's Hootenanny artist lineup has now been announced featuring the biggest lineup yet!
They trekked to Nashville in 2012 to record their self-titled debut release which spawned their first hit single “Whoop It Up”. The song has since become an anthem that proves relevant to not just the summer months, as it garnered major market radio support year round, everywhere from the upper Midwest, to Florida, Texas, and Nashville. The group’s second single “Fly” hit radio soon afterwards, and can still be frequently heard (as well as “Whoop It Up”) in between innings at Minnesota Twins’ home games at Target Field in Minneapolis. Hitchville’s third single, “I’ll Be Right There”, penned by two-time Grammy winner Ben Glover, also received rave reviews once it hit the air, and remains a crowd favorite at their live shows. In their time together, Hitchville has graced the main stages of some of the region’s largest festivals, including Moondance Jammin’ Country, Country Fest, Country Jam, Ramble Jam, and 4 years straight at the biggest country music and camping festival in the nation, WE Fest. They have been blessed to open those stages for some of the biggest superstars in country…from Carrie Underwood and Rascal Flatts, to Kenny Chesney, Toby Keith, and Luke Bryan, to Big & Rich, Sugarland, Zac Brown Band, and Blake Shelton. The band has even recently returned from their second consecutive headlining concert in the form of a huge beach party for Miller Lite and the NFL’s Minnesota Vikings at the Hard Rock Hotel in Cancun, Mexico. Over the past few years, fans have come to know to expect the unexpected at a Hitchville show. There’s really only one place where the beer is always cold, the people are always friendly, the music is always world class, and the energy is always palpable…they’d like to welcome everybody home… to Hitchville.
The Plott Hounds
Coming together on the Mississippi River in 2014 The Plott Hounds have created a dedicated grassroots following with their blend of Southern Rock & Roll, hints of Funky Blues and paying homage to the Outlaw Country legends of old. The Plott Hounds played their first performance at The Terminal Bar in Northeast Minneapolis, MN on July 14th 2014 and have not looked back since. The Plott Hounds take pride in expressing their passion and dedication for songwriting and it’s call to playing original music found deep in the soul. Burning the midnight oil playing shows that stretch across the United States, along with a UK Tour in the Summer of 2018 and dates set for a return trip in 2019, The Plott Hounds addictive energy has paved their way to join the stage with names that started off as heroes and inspirations like Cody Canada, Band of Heathens, Charlie Daniels, Jason Boland and more. Since inception, the band has released – “Thirsty For Something” EP (2016) and “Lost Summer Day” EP (2017) along with a double live album "Blue Collar Hippie Music" (2016). “Lost Summer Day” was recognized as one of the top 40 Americana albums released in 2017 from The Americana Music Show. Saving Country Music recently tabbed The Plott Hounds as one of the new bands rising with the torch in the world of Southern Rock n Roll. The Plott Hounds are set to release their anticipated debut full length LP – “Damn The Wind” on March 19, 2019. The current line up helped solidify the songs and sounds that the band now calls home. Each coming from a history in music, some going back twenty years playing together, to create the nostalgic sounds on stage. The Plott Hounds Feature: Noah Alexander (Atlanta, GA) Lead Vocals & Guitar, Jeff Powell (Charles City, IA) Lead Guitar, Catfish Kirk - (Champlin, MN) Lead Guitar & Vocals, Kevin Coughenour - (Plymouth, MN) Bass Guitar & Vocals and Tater on Drums (Vadnais Heights, MN). As one, the band is more than just strings and drums but a family; whether it's jam sessions on the river bank or three am breakfast detours.
UPNORTH, ORIGINAL, GOOD TIMEY TUNESFeeding Leroy began as a duo, when Lee Martin and Sonja Bjordal started performing together in Park City, UT. They had a weekly gig through out one fateful summer and decided they had found what they were meant to do. The two took their show back home to Duluth, MN, on the shores of Lake Superior where they have been performing regularly ever since.
They took on a few more band members, recorded an album, had a couple name changes, but it has all led them to become... Feeding Leroy, living a simple life, playing tunes around the country and finding inspiration along the way.
Feeding Leroy came out of the collaboration of Sonja and Lee’s original songs, blending into a unique project, with their songwriting and vocal harmonies as the focus of this bands sound. It’s kind of a family affair now, with brother Luke stepping in on the harmonica and long time friend and bassist, Adam Staupe on the upright bass, both adding their vocal harmonies, creating somewhat of a gospel undertone that acts as it’s own instrument in the band.
You can find this foursome around the twin ports of Duluth, MN and Superior, WI, but they have also recently taken to the open road, bringing this up north sound to new cities across the nation. Think Gram Parsons and Emmylou meets the Jayhawks... its country music at its core, it’s fun, its original, it’s Feeding Leroy.