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2015 Readers’ Choice Awards

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This year, The Southland Music Line presented an opportunity to its readers to participate in our first Readers’ Choice Awards. The voting took place during the entire month of November and first week of December.

The awards were made up of 4 categories and one question. We asked our readers to select 2015’s Music Artist of the Year, Album of the Year, Top Music Venues (indoor and outdoor) and a question pertaining to the number of live music shows attended in 2015.

The votes were received from a wide range of places across U.S., Canada and Europe. The vast majority were from the southern portion of the United States, including Nashville, Atlanta, New Orleans, and Austin. In the end, though The Gulf Coast sent in the most votes.

Readers’ Choice Music Artist of the Year:
Those artists receiving the most votes were Chris Stapleton, Sugarcane Jane, Kacey Musgraves, Jason Isbell, The Mulligan Brothers, Willie Sugarcapps, and Larry Campbell & Teresa Williams.

After all votes were counted, the husband/ wife duo, Sugarcane Jane, received the most number of votes.

Sugarcane Jane

Chris Stapleton;
The Mulligan Brothers (tie)

Readers’ Choice Award for 2015’s Album of the Year:
The readers’ choice was “Dirt Road’s End” by Sugarcane Jane.

"Dirt Road's End" by Sugarcane Jane“Dirt Road’s End” by Sugarcane Jane

“Traveller” by Chris Stapleton;
“Via Portland” by The Mulligan Brothers (tie)

Congratulations to Anthony and Savana Crawford, aka Sugarcane Jane, for taking the two above awards. (Votes for them were received from a wide range of places, including the MS/AL/FL Gulf Coast, Atlanta, GA; Austin, TX area; Nashville, TN; Roanoke, VA, Bowling Green, KY; Birmingham, AL and more.)

Readers’ Choice Award for 2015’s Venues of the Year:
Under the categories of top live music venues, it came down to three places with the overwhelming number of votes being two indoor venues and one outdoor venue.

Live Music Venue (indoor):
We kept waiting for a tiebreaker, but the votes kept going back and forth to the end.

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club in Mobile, AL;
Jack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS (tie)

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1970611_10155194321645632_4376856365140606221_nJack’s by the Tracks in Pascagoula, MS

Eddie’s Attic in Decatur, GA;
The Thirsty Hippo in Hattiesburg, MS (tie)

Live Music Venue (outdoor):
The number of votes received for The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm in Silverhill, AL were the easiest to count because The Frog Pond was consistently selected by 1 out 3 voters.

The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm

Levitt Shell – the historic open-air amphitheater located in Overton Park, Memphis, TN.

Year-End Question:
finally, the question asking approximately how many live music shows did you attend in 2015?

Our readers are fans of live music: the average number was 35That’s nearly three shows each month. Excluding The Southland Music Line staff, Jeff and Suzanne Zimmer of Alabama have seen the most shows with approximately 200.

Thank you for participating!


Click Here to visit Sugarcane Jane’s website
Click Here to Purchase “Dirt Road’s End” by Sugarcane Jane
Click Here to visit Callaghan’s Irish Social Club website
Click Here to visit Jack’s by the Tracks’ website
Click Here to visit The Frog Pond at Blue Moon Farm

Related Articles:
*The Mulligan Brothers 2015 Music Artist of the Year
*Music Venue Spotlight: Callaghan’s of Mobile, AL – One of the South’s Best Places for Live Music
*Willie Sugarcapps: 2014’s Artist of the Year
*Why We Love Sugarcane Jane as Told by the Friends & Fans of Sugarcane Jane
*The Road Leads To Birmingham: Sugarcane Jane Opens Show For Steve Winwood


Click Here to read:
(Decided by a panel of voters set up by The Southland Music Line)

The Southland Music Line 2015: Favorite Albums, Shows & Live Music Venues according to Johnny Cole, Stephen Anderson and Robby Amonett (also links to Johnny Cole’s Complete & Extended Lists)
The Southland Music Line 2015 – Robby Amonett: A Year in Music-Inspired Art
The Southland Music Line 2015 – Stephen Anderson: A Year in Photos
The Southland Music Line 2015 – A Year in Review
The Southland Music Line 2015 – Johnny Cole: A Year in Travelin’ and 300+ Shows

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