By Sam Van Schie, Nelson Star
Cranbrook youth band The Good Ol’ Goats were the big winners in this year’s Kootenay Music Awards.
The six-piece bluegrass band, whose members range in age from 16 to 17 years old, was named Artist of The Year, as well as Best Roots and Blues artist.
Too young to legally enter Spiritbar in Nelson, where the awards were handed out Friday night, one of the band member’s dad accepted the trophies on their behalf.
Kootenay Music Award nominees were shortlisted by a panel of five music industry pros, then the public had a chance to vote daily online for their favourites. The awards went to the artists who collected the most votes.
More young talent was highlighted in the Best New Artist category, with 18-year-old Selkirk College music student Dylann Heidi taking the title.
Other winners included Fernie’s Shred Kelly in the Song of the Year and Best Live Act categories. Nelson’s Brian Rosen won Album of The Year for his 2012 release Choose Your Choice.
Nelson’s Thus Far won Best Rock/Punk/Metal; Castlegar’s Motes and Oats received Best Country/Folk; Nelson’s Yan Zombie took home Best Electronic Producer; and Nelson’s Rafferty Funksmith was named Best DJ.
The Kootenay Music Awards is an annual event, now in its second year. Proceeds from the event support a foundation that gives scholarships to musicians.
The Kootenay Music Awards are presented by Nelson Brewing Company and Black Press.
Platinum sponsors include Kootenay Co-op Radio, Vantage Point, Nelson and District Credit Union, AM Ford, Selkirk College.
Other sponsors are Wapiti Music Festival, Kootenay Savings Credit Union, Bee Kissed Body Piercing, Nelson Kootenay Lake Tourism, Chatterson Drive, Our Glass, Ric’s Lounge and Grill, Tribute Boardshop and Whitewater Ski Resort.