Reviewed by Harry Kaplan
For those of you that need a refresher, Ameripolitan is the moniker given to “real” country music. It encompasses such categories as honky tonk, outlaw, rockabilly, and western swing. All of the four food groups are represented. These awards are very important because this is the ONLY forum to recognize the men and women that have, and are, dedicating their lives to preserving these forms of music. This isn’t a revivalist movement at all because that would mean that these musical genres went somewhere. Not true. They have been here all along, it just needs to be returned back to the people.
Here are the nominees for Outlaw Male 2018:
James Carothers A master of impressions of the greats like Cash, Nelson, Jennings, and Kristofferson, James in far from a one trick pony. Carothers also has his own style that is deeply rooted in the classics. Raised in rural Tennessee, Carothers grew up leading acapella singing every Sunday in the Church of Christ. That training has served him well.
Scott H. Biram This troubadour has been on tour for the last 20 years. Scott is a musician, record producer, and ordained minister. He has appeared on national television shows such as The Tonight Show and performed in legendary venues such as Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York City, CBGB in New York City and The Fillmore in San Francisco, California.
Prag Padilla Throughout the course of his musical journey, Prag has won over the hearts of music lovers from all walks of life. Performing at a variety of venues, making dozens of appearances, all the while writing and recording new music, Prag has earned the admiration and affection of countless fans, serving as both inspiration and a driving force to “Keep country music alive”.
Steve Griggs The category is Outlaw Male and Steve Griggs actually does live up to this moniker. Steve spent 22 years in federal prison on drug charges. He has turned his life around since being released and is poring his heart and his stories into song. If you are looking for authenticity, you found it. Not only does Steve have the cred, he has an amazing voice and a unique song writing style.
Cody Jinks From lead singer of a thrash metal band called Unchecked Aggression to a country music superstar. Cody made the switch back to country music, the music of his upbringing, in 2005. Junks has built up a huge following by adhering to adage, “one fan at a time and one gig at a time”. Jinks is constantly touring, playing well over 100 live gigs a year.