Rocks Off likes to think we're man enough to admit when we've made a mistake, and now's our chance to prove it. When we clicked through the nomination ballot last month, and then went over the pages and pages of documents with the results, somehow we managed to miss Best Zydeco both times.
Since the category is traditionally one of the least-voted and least competitive of any HPMA field (which has always made us sad), we figured it had been done away with. Then we ran into Mike Vowell of the Zydeco Dots outside House of Blues before Troubador Tuesday evening, and he assured us it had not been.
So today we went back into the folder with all the nomination results, and sure enough, there was Best Zydeco. Rocks Off is not sure how we missed it, except that there were a lot of documents in there and maybe we didn't scroll down far enough. Or maybe we are just very, very stupid.
We have just finished tallying up the nominations. This year Best Zydeco was still a very low-voted category, but it is also very much still a category. It will be on the ballot that comes out online tomorrow and in print next Wednesday/Thursday.
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Rocks Off would like to offer our sincerest apologies to the local Cajun/zydeco music community. We do not have it in for you; in fact, we strongly encourage our readers to hunt around and go see this for themselves. It's not always easy to find, but it is well worth it. Don't just wait for iFest.
So then, late as it is, we are proud to give you our 2010 Best Zydeco nominees. Good luck to them all.
Bayou Roux Brian Jack & the Zydeco Gamblers Lady D & the Zydeco Tornadoes J. Paul Jr. & the Zydeco Nubreeds Step Rideau & the Zydeco Outlaws Zydeco Dots