Independent Music Awards Announce 2011 Winners

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The results for the 11th Annual Independent Music Awards are in. Judges for the forward-thinking, 70-plus category contest included Keith Richards, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan, Del McCoury, Ozzy Osbourne, Bettye LaVette, Jim Lauderdale, Joshua Redman, Shelby Lynne, and me! (Seriously.)

Among the first-time winners were JD McPherson (Rock/Hard Rock), a punk-inspired artist who’s our current Writer of the Week, Company of Thieves (Indie/Alt Rock), and The Soul of John Black (Blues). Elsewhere, Pokey LaFarge (Americana), Girl In a Coma (Indie/Alt Rock), Seth Glier (Social Action) and The LeBoeuf Brothers (Eclectic) capitalized on their previous winnings with fresh victories in their respective fields.

One of our favorite artists, Amy Correia won the Folk/Singer-Songwriter album prize for You Go Your Way. Spring Creek’s “Mockingbird” was voted best Americana song, and Alan Hampton picked up the best Folk/Singer-Songwriter song nod for “Change Your Mind.”

“With winning entries from the United States, Canada, France, Israel, Australia, Mali, Ukraine, Egypt, Norway, Colombia, Taiwan and the UK, this is the most diverse mix of international, independent artists in the program’s history,” said Martin Folkman, Executive Director of The Independent Music Awards, in a statement. “Whether it’s from break out acts such as JD McPherson, Alexandre Desilets, and The Carper Family, or more established artists like Girl In A Coma, The Wilders, Michael Torke, Company Of Thieves, and Spottiswoode And His Enemies, independently released music delights in taking risks and winning over new fans.”

Check out the full IMA results here.

You can enter submissions for The 12th Annual Independent Music Awards here.


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