You know we had to end this thing somehow and it was impossible to give all of our favorite performances awards. After what seemed like days of arguing in the CXCW offices we came to a solution. Each of the CXCW staff members would have one post, ONE POST, to talk about the performances we each thought deserved recognition.
Now, there were 275 videos posted total during the fest and in that 275 there was a whole lot of awesome. I have decided to talk about some of the ones you might have missed. I mean of course you folks all saw the Ray Wylie Hubbard, the Will Kimbrough, the Jimbo Mathus, the Mic Harrison, the Shonna Tucker, the Gretchen Peters (if you haven’t seen those, please go watch them now). Those were all amazing performances and we are grateful for those artists’ agreeing to play. This helps bring in traffic so that other, less established bands may get some exposure as well (this is pretty much our business model folks). So let me just take a brief minute to thank all the artists who performed for our crazy little festival, every one of you. Without the great performances that were sent to us we would be just another website posting the same old youtube links. It’s thanks to you, the performers willing to take a chance, that this festival was a success.
So without further ado, here are some of my picks from the CXCW festival
Favorite Overall Perfomance: Chase 56 – Mary Jane
This one has everything I look for in a great CXCW video. Great song, well shot, interesting location, fairly unknown band, giant dog, Macguyver’d drums, beer, just a great damn performance.
Favorite Overall Song: Tom Savage Trio – Train Keeps A Rollin’
If you can watch that without bobbing your head and singing “Train Keeps A Rollin’, Train Keeps A Rollin’” you deserve some kind of an award. Actually you deserve some kind of ear test or possible mental evaluation.
Some other favorites:
Magnolia Collective – Girl From Guadalajara
The Bailey Hounds – Those Devil’s Don’t Scare Me
Huke Green – Gaslight
Aaron “Woody” Wood – Shooting Star
Mic Harrison – Colonel Is Dead
Now, I was lobbying for an award called “The Lebowski” but was over-ruled, therefore I will put my picks for The Lebowski Award here
Ruby The Hatchet – Nowhere
The District Attorneys – Worry About Your Health
Favorite Rock Song:
The End Men – Run Away
Another great moment:
When you hear the train go by in the Black Twig Pickers campfire performance
and finally I don’t think the awards could have picked a better performance to end with. If you haven’t watched Gretchen Peters – Hello Cruel World, plese watch it now, and thanks again to all who paid attention and all who sent us performances. Thank you truely