After a great run and an extended period for extra voting, we are excited to announce the winners of the 2014 Golden Fork Awards.
We had only 4 races this year and all of the races were very tight. One category came down to a handful of votes to determine who would walk away with one of our coveted trophies.
Without further addeu, here are the WINNERS of the 2014 Golden Fork Awards:
Best Album-Manchester Orchestra: Hope
Taking the exact same songs from a previous album and releasing alternate takes (recordings) of them is a risk by any artist. However, this works well for Manchester Orchestra here, in an album that dives into deeper and more reflective realms of the songwriting. It’s no surprise that our fans and listeners picked Hope for the Golden Fork Award this year. When music does more than simply provide an outlet to tap your toe, it creates a connection that is vibrant and personal. Expect to see and hear more of Manchester Orchestra in the future on our show.
Best Indie Artist-Dick LeMasters
Beaumont, TX is home to our carrier station KVLU. It’s also where indie folk-rock/country artist Dick LeMasters resides. Over the past several years LeMasters has emerged as a leader in the songwriting community. His audience spans the globe, with radio airplay going far beyond the US and into the realms of the UK and Europe. His fan base was especially vocal in the voting, leading Dick to take this award by the greatest majority of all the categories.
Best Indie Band-St. Paul & The Broken Bones
In just a short year and a half this indie act out of Birmingham, AL has earned a very prominent role in the indie music world. Their throw-back sound recalls the days of the Big Band era as well as Motown. Lead vocalist Paul Janeway’s incredible range is belted out in measured doses. Their album Greetings from St. Paul and The Broken Bones was one of the most requested of the year.
Feature Artist Of The Year-Dry The River
The closest race in our competition this year came down to Wendy Colonna and Dry The River for Feature Artist Of The Year. The fate of the race literally came down to just a handful of votes. Dry The River, the indie rock sensation from the UK re-emerged this year with the breakout album Alarms In The Heart, drawing nearly every song a placement on at least one episode of our program this past year. Our interview with frontman Peter Liddle was one of our favorite conversations with an indie artist and the feature piece became something that fans across the globe connected with us on.