Wilmington Cleans Up at the 2013 Carolina Music Awards!

Karen Kane, James Ethan Clark, Crissie McCree, and Bootleg Dynasty win awards

Carolina Music Award winners Crissie McCree and Karen Kane

A few weeks ago we posted about our local Wilmington nominees for the Carolina Music Awards and encouraged everyone to vote for our talented Wilmington representatives. Well, at the awards this weekend Wilmington artists won EVERY category in which they were nominated!

Congratulations to the following winners: Crissie McCree, Best Rock Female (who received her award from our dear friend Andy Washburn of NC Local Music, an avid promotor of local music in the Raleigh area); James Ethan Clark, Best Rock Male; Bootleg Dynasty, Best Americana Artist; Karen Kane, Best Producer (which we already knew, since she’s worked with Folkstar on both of their albums).

Further proof that Wilmington is becoming a music scene to be noticed. If you’re not out supporting local music, now is a good time to start!

Carolina Music Award winners James Ethan Clark and Crissie McCree

Carolina Music Award winners Bootleg Dynasty

Carolina Music Awards – Local Nominees!

The Carolina Music Awards honor Carolina artists in Rock, Hip Hop, Country and R&B, and we wanted to note that this year there are a few nominees from Wilmington.  Check them out below, and send them your votes here: http://carolinamusicawards.com/cma/vote/.

Americana: Bootleg Dynasty http://bootlegdynasty.com/

Rock Male: James Ethan Clark http://www.jamesethanclark.com

Rock Female: Crissie McCree http://crissiemccree.com/

Producer: Karen Kane http://www.mixmama.com/

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KFR Live in Wilmington #5: featuring James Ethan Clark

James Ethan Clark debuts Southern Hotel at Brooklyn Arts Center

Last month, James Ethan Clark hosted his CD release party at Brooklyn Arts Center in support of his debut album Southern Hotel. After well-known local openers Sean Thomas Gerard and Mike Blair & The Stonewalls, Clark played his new record in its entirety from start to finish.

We’ve seen James Ethan Clark play numerous times in town, including many times at solo acoustic shows. With a band backing him up, it’s a whole different experience. Not The Renegades we’ve seen before, but a new line-up featuring a couple members of the Stonewalls. In fact, Stonewalls’ guitarist Michael Graham nearly stole the show playing amazing guitar riffs and emanating pure joy as he played. The Stonewalls’ Keith Butler, Jr. and Tripp Cox of Onward, Soldiers formed the rhythm section, on drums and bass respectively. The set also included guest appearances by a violinist and pedal steel guitar player.

While Southern Hotel consists of several mellow tunes, it also includes some raucous americana-influenced rockers and the crowd at the Brooklyn Arts Center went wild during these songs in particular. “Destination” and “Anna Mae” filled the venue with raw rock energy and it was easy to see this impact the crowd. Speaking of the crowd, it was like a who’s who of the Wilmington area music community with Rio Bravo, Justin Lacy, and Graham Wilson among the crowd, just to name a few.

Pick up a copy of Southern Hotel at Gravity Records and then head out to catch the energy of James Ethan Clark and The Renegades live in person.

James Ethan Clark's Southern Hotel CD + booklet