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I hate popularity contests, however I still fill out an Austin Music Awards ballot
because I know others care and if that helps my friends get recognized then it's worth the cost.
That being said, in a city that at least was partially built on the many bands that played at the Rome Inn, Antone's, the Victory Grill, and has a statue to Stevie Ray Vaughan, I'm annoyed that you've chosen to group blues/soul/funk into a single category in the Austin Music Awards. This is even worse because you've gone out of you way to separate bluegrass/folk from country music, Latin music from world music, and separate rock, punk, and metal into three separate categories, all justifiably so. However, I'd say aside from the country scene, blues has a larger, more vibrant, and historically significant presence in Austin than rock, punk, metal, Latin, world, or perhaps even folk/bluegrass. When I fill out my ballot each year, I generally put a traditional blues band such as the Peacemakers (Greg Izor, Keller Brothers, Johnny Bradley, and Willie Pipkin) because I know that funk/soul will probably grab most of the votes in that category. However, I would still like to acknowledge the great funk and soul bands in a way where my vote would not come at the expense of the blues. In my short five years in Austin, I have made sure to comment on my ballot about how I would like to see blues as its own category. Obviously you never listened there, so I'm writing this letter to the editor so that head person can hopefully at least read my request.
I hope this gets to you and if so, thank you for reading.