2014 WAMI Award nominees

Artist of the Year

Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Hugh Bob and the Hustle


Volcano Choir


Album of the Year

Blessed Feathers, Order of the Arrow

Doozey, Almost Magic

Fatty Acids, Bolero

I’m Not a Pilot, The Story So Far

Mojo Radio, Rise

Vic and Gab, Love of Mine

Volcano Choir, Repave

Whiskeybelles, Nothin’ Says Christmas Like Whiskey


Song of the Year

Boogie, Klassik

Bye Gone, Volcano Choir

Easy Eyes, Fever Marlene

Elevation, Anthony Lamarr

If I Was the Last Man, Buffalo Gospel

Let You Down, Vic and Gab

Mess with Me, Hugh Bob and the Hustle


Female Vocalist of the Year

Rhonda Begos, Streetlife

Esh, Red & Reckless featuring Esh

Lyndsay Evans, Sexy Ester

Miranda Freimuth, Daphni

Leah Kowalewski, Crooked Keys

Monica Martin, PHOX

Nicole Rae, The Traveling Suitcase

Heidi Spencer, Buffalo Gospel


Male Vocalist of the Year

Marc Ballini, Marc Ballini

Cory Chisel, Cory Chisel and the Wandering Sons

Rich Hoffman, Almighty Vinyl

Joe Neary, Joe Neary Band

Ryan Necci, Buffalo Gospel

Pat Schor, Shaker and the Egg

Matt Tyner, Matt Tyner, The Carpetbaggers

Mike Wendland, Rooftop Jumpers


New Artist of the Year

Green Screen Kid

The Incorruptibles

Joe Neary Band

Jacobi and the Pillow Snatchers

Twin Brother


Singer Songwriter of the Year

Rob Anthony

Nora Collins

Roxi Copland

Myles Coyne

Beth Kille

Anna Vogelzang


Rising Star of the Year

Bad Habitz

The Batterman Ensemble

Stephanie Erin Brill

Thief & Rascal

Travis Drow

Hannah Mrozak


Alternative Rock/Rock Artist of the Year


The Delta Routine

The Family Business

The Fatty Acids

Ivy Spokes

The Lately

Midnight Reruns



Bluegrass/Americana Artist of the Year

Buffalo Gospel

Burnt Toast & Jam

Chicken Wire Empire


Horseshoes & Hand Grenades

Hugh Bob and the Hustle

The Mad Polecats



Blues Artist of the Year

Alex Wilson Band

Altered Five

The Jimmys

Howard Luedtke & Blue Max

Katz Sass

Rev Raven & the Chain Smokin’ Altar Boys

Serious Trouble


Christian/Gospel Artist of the Year

Cory Cifax



Masonic Wonders

Saved by Grace

Tae Spears


Country Artist of the Year

Back Home Boys

Bella Cain

Chasin’ Mason

Diamond & Steel

Doghouse Flowers

Grand Union

Rebel Grace

Saving Savannah


Cover Artist of the Year

Cherry Pie

Half Empty

Metal Men

Rabid Aardvarks


Road Trip

The Toys


Folk/Celtic Artist of the Year

Blessed Feathers

Lil’ Rev

Macyn Taylor

Myles Coyne and The Rusty Nickel Band


Robert J

Whiskey of the Damned


Hard Rock/Metal Artist of the Year

Beyond Fate



Dead Modern Villains



Red Light Saints

Venus in Furs


Jazz Artist of the Year

Chanel le Meaux & the Dapper Cads

Jamie Breiwick

Jazz Orgy

Kevin Hayden Trio

Nineteen Thirteen

Roxi Copland



Polka Artist of the Year

Brewhaus Polka Kings

Gary’s Ridgeland Dutchmen

Goodtime Dutchmen

The Happy Schnapps Combo

Rhythm Playboys

The Squeezettes

Steve Meisner


Pop Rock Artist of the Year

Boy Blue


I’m Not A Pilot

Sexy Ester

The Traveling Suitcase

Vic and Gab


Hip Hop/ Rap Artist of the Year


Legacy Musik


Rob Dz

Yo Dot


R&B/Soul Artist of the Year

Charles Walker Band

Tweed Funk


The People Brothers Band

Keep’n It Clean (KIC)


World/ Reggae/Ska/Latin Artist of the Year

The Aluar Pearls

The Carlos Adames Group

De La Buena

Max & the Invaders

R.A.S. Movement

The Tritonics

Unity the Band


Club DJ/Dance/Electronic Artist of the Year



D.j. Manny

donny and the robot




Horn/Big Band of the Year

All-Star SUPERband

Big Mouth & the Power Tool Horns

Bill Sargent Band

Cold Sweat and the Brew City Horns

Extra Crispy Brass Band

The Magnificents

Uptown Savages

Vic Ferrari Symphony


Tribute Band of the Year

5 Card Studs

The Prince Experience

Project Pink

Reckless Life

Separate Ways


Bass Player of the Year

Timm Buechler

Jeff Hammes

Eric Hervey

Eric Madunic

Andy Mertens

Conway Powell

Erik Sikich

John Wartenweiler


Drummer of the Year

Alan Arber

Dave Braun

Brian Dale

Andrew Klaus

Mauro Magellan

John Medler

Ryan Schiedermayer


Guitarist of the Year

Dean Arndt

Dan Johnston

Brian Kirchner

Jason Klagstad

John Minard

Joe Perz

Perry Weber

Tony Warpinski


Keyboard Player of the Year

Jeff Arnold

Alex Drossart

Sam McClain

Danny Moore

Jeff Stoll

Thomas Wincek

Aaron Zinsmeister


Reeds/Brass Player of the Year

Travis Drow

Aaron Gardner

Seth Jorgensen

Kevin Klemme

Mary Rodgers

Andy Spadafora

John Vollmar


Strings Player of the Year

Tommy Greywolf

Matt Muelling

Ryan Ogburn

Janet Schiff

Phil Smith

Peter Thomas

Kimmy Unger


Best Studio Engineer/Producer

Tony Anders, Studio H.

Authi Music

Marc Golde, Rock Garden Studio

Steve Hamilton, Makin’ Sausage Music

Vinnie Millevolte, Millevolte Studio

Mike Zirkel, Audio for the Arts


Best Recording Studio

Cherry Pit Studios

The Exchange Recording Complex

Makin’ Sausage Music

Renwood Messenger

Rock Garden Studio

Studio H.