June 10, 2008

RFT Music Awards, The Winners, St. Louis

The votes have been counted. Here's a slide show of the RFT Music Awards winners for 2008, as chosen by visitors to this Web site, mail-in voters and those at the RFT Music Showcase on June 1.
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Best Blues Artist 
Bottoms Up Blues Gang: 
If you haven’t come across the Bottoms Up Blues Gang yet, you must be either dead or in jail. — Christian Schaeffer
Best Blues Artist Bottoms Up Blues Gang: If you haven’t come across the Bottoms Up Blues Gang yet, you must be either dead or in jail. — Christian Schaeffer
Best DJ
Flex Boogie: 
Flex’s urban sound is soulfully funky and frequently incorporates the necessary vocals-heavy hip-hop and pop tracks required to initiate Midwestern booty-shaking. — Kristy Wendt
Best DJ
Flex Boogie: Flex’s urban sound is soulfully funky and frequently incorporates the necessary vocals-heavy hip-hop and pop tracks required to initiate Midwestern booty-shaking. — Kristy Wendt
Best Untraditional Americana/Folk
The Bottle Rockets: 
The Bottle Rockets should have exploded ages ago, and they continue to explore just how much soul can be drawn from the rock and country well. — Roy Kasten
By Dana Plonka
Best Untraditional Americana/Folk
The Bottle Rockets: The Bottle Rockets should have exploded ages ago, and they continue to explore just how much soul can be drawn from the rock and country well. — Roy Kasten
Best Americana/Folk
Rum Drum Ramblers: 
It’s nearly disturbing to witness the little white boys in the Rum Drum Ramblers do the blues so well. — Jaime Lees
By Lyle Whitworth
Best Americana/Folk
Rum Drum Ramblers: It’s nearly disturbing to witness the little white boys in the Rum Drum Ramblers do the blues so well. — Jaime Lees
Best Garage Band
The Trip Daddys: 
Whether you call it punk-infused rockabilly, rock-infused country or swing-tinged blues, the Trip Daddys channel everything that is pure and nostalgic about rock & roll.  — Shae Moseley
By Kristan Lieb
Best Garage Band
The Trip Daddys: Whether you call it punk-infused rockabilly, rock-infused country or swing-tinged blues, the Trip Daddys channel everything that is pure and nostalgic about rock & roll. — Shae Moseley
Best Punk/Hardcore
The Pubes:
The four lads in the Pubes celebrate a return to punk’s charming naiveté while using the wit and fury of their mohawked forebears.	— Christian Schaeffer
Best Punk/Hardcore
The Pubes: The four lads in the Pubes celebrate a return to punk’s charming naiveté while using the wit and fury of their mohawked forebears. — Christian Schaeffer
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Midwest Avengers:
It’s no small feat to make rap-metal cool again, but the two emcees and three instrumentalists in the Midwest Avengers do their best to revive the subgenre.  — Christian Schaeffer
By Kristan Lieb
Best Rap/Hip-Hop Artist
Midwest Avengers: It’s no small feat to make rap-metal cool again, but the two emcees and three instrumentalists in the Midwest Avengers do their best to revive the subgenre. — Christian Schaeffer
Best Hip-Hop DJ
Needles: 
If you thought Lil’ Wayne sounded hot on the original hook to “Hello Brooklyn,” check it as Needles envisions it, with a sick horn break that combines the best of the Jay’s high-powered production with the soulful sound of NYC’s jazz rap extraordinaires. — Keegan Hamilton
By Kristan Lieb
Best Hip-Hop DJ
Needles: If you thought Lil’ Wayne sounded hot on the original hook to “Hello Brooklyn,” check it as Needles envisions it, with a sick horn break that combines the best of the Jay’s high-powered production with the soulful sound of NYC’s jazz rap extraordinaires. — Keegan Hamilton
Best Indie Band
Bunnygrunt: 
By night, Matt Harnish and his merry cast of ’Grunt workers unleash foaming-at-the-mouth twee-punk that will tickle your pop fancy. — Annie Zaleski
By Lauren Winchester
Best Indie Band
Bunnygrunt: By night, Matt Harnish and his merry cast of ’Grunt workers unleash foaming-at-the-mouth twee-punk that will tickle your pop fancy. — Annie Zaleski
Best Jazz Artist
Erin Bode: 
With a new CD — the first in two years centered on her work with her own band — due out in a few weeks, Erin Bode seems ready to move into the spotlight as a national and international artist. — Dean C. Minderman
By Todd Owyoung
Best Jazz Artist
Erin Bode: With a new CD — the first in two years centered on her work with her own band — due out in a few weeks, Erin Bode seems ready to move into the spotlight as a national and international artist. — Dean C. Minderman