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Best Folk Artist 

Dave Landreth

Once he brought old-time music to the hipsters at Tangerine; now banjo maestro Dave Landreth spends his Tuesday nights outside the Cabin Inn at the City Museum, leading a group of players half his age through fiddle tunes as labyrinthine as the tree branches and mangled metal above them. Outwardly, nobody dances; inwardly, they're spinning like a cotton gin. Landreth's banjo, worn as Willie Nelson's guitar, reels off notes like a tornado skittering over a chrome scrapyard. Chiming and clanging, with little spark-like fills, his frailing style is punk-fast and Constitution-deep. Landreth knows the twists and turns of a thousand tunes, but he wears his learning lightly and always translates the history behind these old songs into the pealing, swinging sound of fun.
(Sorry, no information is currently available for other years in this same award category.)

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