My Unbiased Assessment of the 2010 Wammies, Country Recording Category
There are three nominees for Wammie Awards in the Country Recording category: “Should’ve Been By Now,” by Michael Butler, “Word to the Wise,” by Bill Kirchen, and “Elusive Online Dreams,” by Honky Tonk Confidential.
Now, Mr. Butler’s latest video is “Charm City,” a paean to, as the song puts it, “my home town.” Charm City is, of course, Baltimore. Inclusiveness is all nice and everything, but an organization called the Washington Area Music Association should, I suggest, cater first to Washingtonians. Which includes inside-the-Beltway Silver Springers.
On the WAMA-affiliated Crosstown Arts page listing award-winners, I count 57 Wammie Awards for Mr. Kirchen, including his induction into the Wama Hall of Fame. As if that weren’t enough, Kirchen is represented here in a duet with none other than Dan Hicks. Bringing in a San Franciscan superstar just seems inherently unfair, don’t you think?
Which leaves us with Honky Tonk Confidential and “Elusive Online Dreams.” Yes, HTC has earned a respectable 14 awards. But I do not get to share any of them. I will happily display the 2010 Wammie Award for Country Recording should voters choose wisely. Because I wrote and produced the song. So much for unbiased. I am completely biased. Also, in the full disclosure department, I helped make a WAMA video for last year’s event.
But, really, why do I care? It’s true that the Washington Area Music Association has earned its share of criticism. My pal Steve Kiviat took the group to task last year. My pal Sarah Godfrey raises some questions about this year’s nominations. And I cannot say I entirely disagree with these assessments.
Still, an award is an award. I want to win. As Prof. Clint Eastwood once said, “Deserve ain’t got nothing to do with it.”