BEST COUNTRY ACT
United States, Dayton, OH
Ludlow Creek comprised of Allen Seals (guitar, mandolin, vocals), Dave Benson (guitar, vocals), Jeffrey Friend (drums, vocals), Michelle Scarpelli (keyboards, vocals), and Tom Scarpelli (bass, vocals), this group of seasoned musicians and close friends has a bond that transcends their music.With two full-length albums already making waves and a third on the horizon, Ludlow Creek is rapidly gaining recognition in the Indie/Americana/Roots Rock music scene. Their genuine approach to music, free from formulas and full of passion, makes them a standout nominee for Best Country Act.
Canada, Grande Prairie
Brad Sims, an Alberta-born country singer, has long been a vibrant presence in the Canadian country music scene. From a young age, Brad has nurtured his passion for music, honing his skills through contests and performances in small-town shows. Over the years, his journey has seen him grace stages at numerous festivals, rodeos, charity events, and venues across Canada, especially within his home province.
A proud member of his local Metis Association, Brad is deeply committed to his community. He actively participates in traditional and addiction recovery shows, demonstrating the power of music as a medium for cultural connection and healing.
United States, Nashville
Glass Cabin, a Nashville-based alt-country band, has made a significant impact in the music industry with their unique blend of country rock and Americana. Formed by the talented singer-songwriter Jess Brown and the versatile studio musician David Flint, Glass Cabin is known for their thought-provoking lyrics set against a rich folk-infused sonic landscape.
After a decade of co-producing other artists, Jess and David embarked on their own musical journey with the release of their self-titled album, "Glass Cabin," in October 2021. Their music has not only captured the hearts of listeners but has also gained recognition in the entertainment industry, with their songs being licensed on major networks like NBC, CBS, ABC, and streaming platforms such as Netflix, Hulu, and Hallmark.
United States, Savannah, GA
Jim Huddleston, a Christian country singer-songwriter from Irving, Texas, whose life story deeply enriches his music. A disabled veteran, Jim's journey back to music is a testament to resilience and faith. Growing up in a small mobile home park, his early exposure to country music came through his father's participation in local bands. This early influence laid the foundation for his musical path.
After serving in the military and starting a family, Jim reignited his passion for music in 2020. His songs are expressions of his strong faith and the life experiences that have shaped him. Through his music, Jim aims to inspire and uplift, reminding listeners of the enduring power of faith and perseverance.
United States, Chapel Hill , N. C.
Steven Hicks, hailing from Georgia, has long been a dynamic force in the Atlanta music scene and beyond. As a founding member and the principal songwriter for The Painkillers and Truckstop Confidential, Steven has carved a niche for himself in the Americana and Roots music genres. His talent has been showcased across renowned venues like The Cotton Club, Smith’s Olde Bar, and The Masquerade, among others. He has also been a staple at various festivals in North Georgia, including multiple performances at the iconic Bubbapalooza festival.
Steven's work with Truckstop Confidential gained considerable acclaim, with their recordings being featured on over 160 radio stations nationwide and achieving success on the AMA chart. This recognition is a testament to his songwriting prowess and the resonant appeal of his music.