Votes have been tallied in the South Florida Country Music Awards contest, and Luke Combs took top honors for 2019 Entertainer of the Year.
The awards list is peopled with celebs like Combs, but up-and-comers closer to the organization’s home base state are also favorites.
One top award winner, Eli Mosely, served in the US Marines, and with lines like “You’re my trailer park princess,” his work stands out as authentic country rising to the top in a music genre where pop has blended itself into mainstream country.
Mosely won several awards, including Favorite Local Band and Favorite Song by a local artist. I didn’t know his music until I read the awards announcement and checked him out. You can check out his work at his website, and follow links to social media from there.
Other up-and-comers include Diamond Dixie, a duo from Orlando who deliver some really nice harmonies and most definitely know how to work social media—they have more than 900,000 followers on Facebook alone. The duo plays venues from Nashville to Florida, and then some. Diamond Dixie won Favorite Local Band—Female Lead Singer.
Cassidy Daniels won Favorite Local Solo Artist—Female. Daniels hails from Nashville. Her bio notes a “love for old school rock and roll and Southern roots,” and she credits Johnny Van Zant for being “one of her first mentors.”
The full list of winners is posted at the South Florida Country Music website.
Nominees for the award were a talented group of musicians all around. I didn’t vote for Luke Combs, but I do admire his music.
Congratulations to those who won the votes, and to those who were in the running. Florida is a definite hotbed for music of all types, and SFCM does a great deal to advance the interests of indie and other musicians in the Sunshine State.
(Kay B. Day/Jan. 21, 2020)
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