Trouble in the Wind is top winner at 2018 San Diego Music Awards
- Here are all the winners of the 2018 San Diego Music Awards, which was held Monday night at House of Blues.
- Trouble in the Wind won a field-leading two awards, including Artist of the Year.
- Performers included P.O.D., Whitney Shay, The Farmers, Berkley Hart, Whitney Shay, Parker Meridian, Surefire Soul Ensemble and surprise guest The Farmers.
- Since its inception in 1991, the San Diego Music Awards has raised more than $600,000 to support the Taylor Guitars for Schools program.
Trouble in the Wind was the top winner at the 27th annual San Diego Music Awards, which were held Monday night at San Diego’s House of Blues.
The five-man band from Carlsbad won in two of the three categories in which it was nominated, including for Best Country or Americana Album, for “Pineapple Moon.”
Trouble in the Wind also took home the most coveted prize of the night — Artist of the Year — beating out fellow nominees The Schizophonics, the Casey Hensley Band, Parker Meridien, Gilbert Castellanos and The Redwoods Collective.
“We’re very grateful and very flattered,” Trouble in the Wind’s lead singer, Robby Gira, said later in the evening.
“We were in the same (category) as some very good musicians. Winning is very inspiring.”
Trouble in the Wind was also nominated in the Best Live Performer category, which was won Monday by The Creepy Creeps, an 18-year-old band whose members traditionally perform wearing masks.
Dia de los Creep (real name: Aaron Zepeda) accepted the award — unmasked — and later said it was an honor to be recognized by the San Diego music community.
“A lot of times when you go see a band that’s done an album in a studio, it’s a disappointment,” he said. “We take a lot of pride in our live shows, taking the energy and time and putting our heart into it for our fans.”
The Album of the Year award went to Little Hurricane for “Same Sun, Same Moon.” The duo, which has won multiple times in the past in various categories, seemed generally delighted with its victory Monday.
“We love you San Diego! There’s no better place in the world,”said Little Hurricane drummer Celeste “C.C.” Spina.
The garage-rock-championing band The Schizophonics — which won last year’s award for Best Rock and was up for three awards this year — went home empty-handed, but won some of the loudest cheers of the night when their name was announced as a nominee.
Birdy Bardot won the Best Pop award. She was knocked unconscious at the 2017 San Diego Music Awards, after being struck in the head by a piece of Schizophonics’ member Brian Reilly’s electric bass guitar, which he smashed to bits at the culmination of The Schizophonics’ performance. Happily, she was unscathed when she accepted her award Monday.
The roots-rocking trio The Paladins was the recipient of the Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award.
Together since 1980 with very few lineup changes since then, the band has toured the world numerous times, recorded a series of memorable albums and sustained a loyal fan base.
Their praises were sung on stage by Casbah owner Tim Mays, who managed The Paladins for several years early in the group’s career. On hand to accept was bassist Thomas Yearsley and Diane Gonzalez, the mother of the band’s fleet-fingered guitarist, Dave Gonzalez.
“We’d like to thank the families that hung in there for us while we were doing our work... out on the road about 300 days a year for about 30 years,” said Paladins’ co-founder Yearsley, who thanked his deceased former wife, Candye Kane, and his musician son, Evan CalebYearsley.
“This is Dave’s mom,” Yearsley said. “She was there on day one, when I met Dave in high school and we decided to go over to her house and play some guitars, and that’s where it all started.”
“I’m their No. 1 fan!” Diane Gonzalez exulted. “Years ago, Dave came to me, and said: ‘Mom, I’ve gotta go on the road with The Paladins. I told him: ‘Follow your heart’.”
The San Diego Music Awards are presented under the auspices of the nonprofit San Diego Music Foundation.
Through last year, the annual awards have raised $595,600 for its Taylor Guitars for Schools program, which has provided free instruments and lessons for more than 55,000 students across San Diego County over the past three decades.
This year’s awards show raised more than $19,700, according to awards show founder Kevin Hellman, who proudly noted that Monday’s event was running exactly on schedule.
Better yet, it was the most streamlined edition of the San Diego Music Awards in years, beginning just 16 minutes after its scheduled 7 p.m. start time and clocking in at just two hours and 14 minutes.
As in most previous years, some of the most memorable moments came during the live performances.
Highlights Monday included P.O.D. ripping through ferocious versions of “Soundboy Killa” and “Youth of the Nation,” Best Blues-winner Whitney Shay and her band delivering an accelerated, Memphis soul-styled rendition of Leadbelly’s “Midnight Special,” and the pairing of Berkley Hart and Best Rock-winners The Farmers for a high-octane take on the Beat Farmers’ chestnut, “My Baby’s Liquored Up.”
Best Blues Album-winner Robin Henkel accepted his award with a declaration that was surely shared by all of the other nominees and winners. “It’s a privilege,” he said, “just to be playing music at all.”
San Diego Music Awards 2018 winners
Artist of the Year — Trouble in the Wind
Song of the Year — Ariel Levine, “Sunshine Part 2: On My Color TV”
Album of the Year — Little Hurricane, “ Same Sun, Same Moon”
Lifetime Achievement Award – The Paladins
Best New Artist — Jumbotron
Best Singer/Songwriter — Lindsay White
Best Jazz — Danny Green
Best Jazz Album — Rebecca Jade & Peter Sprague, “Planet Cole Porter”
Best Blues — Whitney Shay
Best Blues Album — Robin Henkel, “Slippery Like a Watermelon Seed”
Best Country or Americana — Sara Petite
Best Country or Americana Album — Trouble in the Wind, “Pineapple Moon”
Best Hip Hop/Rap — Vokab Kompany
Best Hip Hop or Rap Album — 1019 The Numberman, “Solus Superstes”
Best Indie/Alternative — Authentic Sellout
Best Indie/Alternative Album — Grizzly Business, “Spanish Old Fashioned”
Best Pop — Birdy Bardot
Best Pop Album — Marie Haddad, “Stories from Atlantis”
Best Rock — The Farmers
Best Rock Album — Mittens, “Endlessly”
Best World Music — B-Side Players
Best World Music Album — Marujah, “Marujah Rising”
Best Local Recording — Wish & The Well, “Darling Darling”
Best Live Performer — The Creepy Creeps
8:23 a.m. The name of Evan Caleb Yearsley was omitted from the original version of this article and the name of another musician appeared in its place.
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