Gregory Page defeats Switchfoot and Jason Mraz for top honors at 2021 San Diego Music Awards
San Diego veteran troubadour Gregory Page was the biggest winner on Tuesday night at the 30th Annual San Diego Music Awards at the Humphreys Concerts by the Bay, where his “One Hell of a Memory” won top honors from the album of the year and best pop album.
“Wow, thank you so much,” Page said accepting her album of the year award. After individually thanking some of the musicians who contributed to the album, he concluded his comments with a call for unity during the ongoing pandemic, saying, “Thank you, San Diego. We have to stay together … through this.
Page, who had four nominations at the top of the field, was the only multiple winner of the evening. Carlsbad band Aviator Stash, which had three nominations, won the award for best independent / alternative album for “Pisyh”.
Two Grammy Award-winning San Diego artists, Switchfoot and Jason Mraz, were each nominated in two categories. But Switchfoot returned home empty-handed, while Mraz – a guest artist on Page’s album – shared Rebecca Jade’s song of the year victory for “Bad Wolves,” which stars Mraz, Miki Vale and Veronica May.
Keyboardist Ed Kornhauser, the only artist nominated this year for Album of the Year and Best Jazz Album, won in the latter category for “The Short Years”. Singer Whitney Shay, who topped the national Billboard blues charts last year, took home the award for best blues album on Tuesday for “Stand Up!”
San Diego music mainstay Jerry Raney became the first artist in the event’s three-decade history to win a second Country Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award. The first took place in 2006 as a member of The Beat Farmers, the pioneering roots rock group that guitarist and singer-songwriter Raney co-founded in 1983 with drummer-singer Montana, who died during a Canadian performance of the group of four men in 1995.
Raney, 73, was honored on Tuesday for his musical work, which began in the 1960s with his first benchmark group here, Thee Dark Ages. He will next perform with The Farmers, as the group is now known, on Thursday at the free-entry La Mesa Car Show in downtown La Mesa.
“It’s nice to get a second lifetime award,” Raney told the Union-Tribune. “But I’ll be happy when it’s over, because I’ve been getting a little too much attention lately!”
Raney was one of eight artists scheduled to perform at Tuesday’s awards ceremony. The others included Kornhauser, Cindy Lee Berryhill, Chickenbone Slim, Marujah, Electric Mud (which won the award for best rock album) and The Frets (which won the award for best independent / alternative song).
The San Diego Music Industry Award 2021 went to Liz Abbott, publisher and co-founder of San Diego Troubadour. The monthly publication, a staple of the local music scene, celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.
Nearly 1,200 tickets were sold for Tuesday’s event, according to San Diego Music Awards founder Kevin Hellman. The $ 53,993 raised this year in box office revenue and donations will benefit the San Diego Music Foundation and Guitars for Schools, a partnership between the foundation and Taylor Guitars.
A two-hour edition of the awards show will be televised on September 5 on Fox 5. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, last year’s awards show became the first in the event’s history to be held. virtually unwind.
“I’m just glad we can bring everyone together,” Hellman told the Union-Tribune Tuesday.
“I was thrilled to do the virtual thing last year; it worked really well and gave people something to do during a really tough time. The music community needs to recharge, and I hope the 2021 San Diego Music Awards live show gives us a little boost.
2021 San Diego Music Awards Winners
Album of the year: Gregory Page, “A Hell of a Memory”
Song of the year: Rebecca Jade, with Jason Mraz, Miki Vale and Veronica May, “Bad Wolves
Pays Dick Montana Lifetime Achievement Award: Jerry raney
Music Industry Award: Liz Abbott from Troubadour
Best blues album: Whitney Shay, “Get up! “
Best Jazz Album: Ed Kornhauser, “The Short Years”
Best American Song, Jazz or Blues: Shane Hall, “Under my voodoo”
Best American or Country Album: Coral Bells, “Treehouse Tapes”
Best Folk or Acoustic Song: Lee Coulter, “Look Away”
Best Hip-Hop or Rap Song: Sloat Dixon, “Sloat Style”
Best Hip-Hop or Rap Album: Black Hesher, “Saints and Sirens”
Best Pop Song: TonyaJae, “Leave the house”
Best Pop Album: Gregory Page, “A Hell of a Memory”
Best Rock Song: Suede Radio, “The Premonition”
Best rock album: Electric mud, “Communication”
Best Independent / Alternative Song: Les Frettes, “Daisy”
Best Independent / Alternative Album: Aviator Stash, “Psiyh”
Best Music Album in the World: New sheet, “I feel like …”
Best R&B, Funk or Soul Album: Kahlil Nash, “Transcendence”
Best local recording: Skyler Lutes, “Rewind”
Best Video: Heavy Hawaii, “Boy Don’t Drown”