Sunday, November 3, 2019

New Partnerships for YOU!

Tyler Childers accepting award at 3rd award show!
I will come back and edit this post with up-dates.....and obviously, these are all subject to change at any time, given the volatile nature of the music industry (haha!)....but am announcing here our partnerships to add value to the awards per our aforementioned REASON #8 (expanding artist opportunities) for the existence of the Lexi Music Awards.

The entire WHY WE DO IT article (13 reasons) is also available...and we hope you can lend a hand there, too!

First, I want to thank Highbridge Springs, Harrod Concrete & Stone, Collins Consulting Group, Ranada's Bar & Bistro, and Ale-8-One (our confirmed sponsors SO FAR for the 2020 event!) for making this happen!

We've forged agreements with various music businesses & media listed below, as well as our partnerships with area festivals and venues for guaranteed gig slots!

Emily Woxihara performing at 5th awards show!

*Michael Cavitt of KYJams has arranged for the non-profit music organization/recording studio to select one award winner to record at ZERO cost to artist (who keeps ALL their rights)! More info as we solidify details!

*Conn Craig of Rebel Alliance Tattoo Studio in Versailles, KY ($50 gift certificate to one winner)

*Ginny Saville of Botany Bay in Lexington (gift cards to several winners)

*Daveron Chenault of Dream Chaser Tattoos in Lexington ($100 gift certificate to one winner)

*Steve Baron of CD Central in Lexington (ten $10 gift certificates for 10 winners)

*Kris & Phillip of DooWop Shop Lexington (gift certificates for several winners)

*Bob Willcutt of Willcutt Guitars ($100 repair certificate for "best guitarist" award winner)

*David Maynard of Willis Music Lexington (multiple gift certificates for multiple winners)

*Joe Hislope from Old Town Violins (a gift certificate for "best strings" winner)

*Russ Highland of Drum Center of Lexington (gift certificate to "best drummer" winner)

*Jessica Bray of KY Country Music (interview with "best country" winner)

*Renee Collins Cobb of Lex Community Radio (interview with "best educator" for her Grey Matters series, and interview with both "best jazz" and "best pop" for her Overtones series)

*Ed Commons & Warren Cobb of Red Barn Radio (main guests on a broadcast of Red Barn Radio for winners of "best singer-songwriter" and "best folk/americana")

DeBraun Thomas accepting award!
And working on more NOW!

As stated above, we are also securing gigs at festivals and venues (ALL, thusfar, are pay gigs) across the state for winners....and hopefully, soon after, nominees.

This process, for the record, is a tad more laborious for all involved. Many of those running the festivals have a larger organization and other people to whom they have to answer (like clearing details through an entire board or decisions are pending due to contractual obligations with sponsors or, in the case of venues, any decisions are always subject to change at the discretion of tour managers, and the like). So the below list is not exhaustive of those involved in talks, it only reflects those who have been able to confirm.

In alphabetical order:

*Blues Between the Bridges Festival in Lexington (winner of "best blues" category)

*BBQ Festival Lexington (category TBA)

*Festival of the Bluegrass in Lexington ("best bluegrass" winner)

*Hot August Blues in Hardin, KY (winner of "best blues")

*Lexi-Fest Festival (categories TBA)

Hoping to announce many more soon!

PLEASE feel free to make suggestions in the COMMENTS section below.....and if you run a venue or festival (or know someone who does), or if you own or operate a music-related business or business that would like to support artists in the manners outlined above (or know someone who would), please reach out!

Friday, August 30, 2019


Ballot goes live September 1st.....

6th Lexington Music Awards public ballot.

Please share!

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Awards: How Do We Nominate?

While I've talked about this on social media, traditional media (TV, radio, print), and more, it occurs to me that perhaps we haven't done a good job here at the blog or over at the official website explaining the nominations process.

So without further ado....

The Lexington Music Award (also known as Lex Area Music Awards and Lexi Music Awards) has a unique, 3-tier nominations process.

1) The general public can vote for whomever they please in each category.

This is a recognition of the role that MUSIC FANS play in the scene. By numbers, they are the majority of the scene, but more importantly, it needs to be recognized that without music lovers, the rest of us are just practicing in our basements.

Their votes net TWO of the 4 nominees in each category.

2) An annually rotating professional panel votes for their choices in each category (plus they choose the Critics Choice recipient).

Our pro panel is made up of about half a dozen industry pros each year....from performers to producers to venue managers to educators and more. We try to make sure we have people knowledgeable on various areas of the scene and multiple styles of music, as well as a good span of age range and the like. The members of the panel have their names published in the awards show program, but are not known to the public prior to the event each year.

Their votes net the other TWO of the 4 nominees in each category.

3) The nominees themselves vote in the final round to choose the award recipient in each category.

The ultimate in peer review, as it were. And with nominees changing each year, this changes the make-up of the voters for the finals each year.

I'm happy to speak more in depth on this issue if anyone has any questions.


Friday, February 1, 2019

5th Lexi Music Awards Wrap-Up

Ben Lacy & TeeDee Young Awards

Sunday, January 28, 2019......what an amazing day.  What an amazing evening.

In addition to the 30+ awards given, we saw 5 Lifetime Achievement awards given (including a posthumous award given to Jerrod Figgs). We saw a tie in the horn category (recipients were Michael Cruse & Paul M. Osborne), the Jay Flippin Music Educator Award went to Paulie Felice, the first Ben Lacy Guitar Award went to Ross Whitaker, and the first TeeDee Young Award for Blues Excellence went to Rachel Crowe. The community chose the late Freddie Moore (of Fred Moore Music) for the Community Service Award and our panel chose  Chester Grundy for the Critics Choice Award.

See the entire list of award recipients HERE.

"....and the winner is...." 5th Awards Recipients

Congratulations to this year's award recipients:



   The Burl

Gear Store:

   Willcutt Guitars

Music Business:

  CD Central

Sunday, January 13, 2019

LIFETIME recipients and more!

Our 5th Lexi Music Awards Lifetime Achievement recipients are.....

Greg Austin
William Harry Clarke
Jarrod Figgs
Caroll Hall
Jeff Hood

Congratulations on your achievements!

Awards show is at the Lyric Theatre, Sunday, January 27, 2019!

After-party at Ranada's Bistro & Bar!

Announcing performers soon!

Tickets are HERE!

Tuesday, January 1, 2019

Details Coming!

Announcements rolling out over the next few days include:

Lifetime Achievement Recipients

After-party Location

Ticket Info

5th Award show sponsors

Performer Line-up

Sooo....stay tuned!