Listen to the albums nominated in the 2020 Steamtown Music Awards in Scranton
The 2020 Steamtown Music Awards are coming up fast, and with so many artists and music industry professional nominated in 36 categories, it’s easy to be overwhelmed by all the great local music to discover.
Today, NEPA Scene is breaking down three of the biggest and most varied categories – Album/EP of the Year, Song of the Year, and Music Video of the Year. Below, the nominees for Album of the Year are listed in alphabetical order by artist, along with a way to stream the song, basic info on the artist, and links to learn more.
The nominations were made by the public earlier this year, and while the winners are decided by a nonpartisan committee, everyone was able to vote for an additional People’s Choice Award in every category via Facebook this year. “Savage ’20” by Gus the Savage, who was interviewed in Episode 125 of the NEPA Scene Podcast, won the popular vote in the Album of the Year category.
All the award winners will be announced on Sept. 10, 11, and 12 at The V-Spot in Scranton. Limited indoor and outdoor seating is available, and media production company Ionic Development will live stream the entire event for free on all three days on NEPA Scene’s Facebook page as well as TheVspot Bar and Electric City Music Conference pages. 25 live performances at The V-Spot will be featured in addition to the awards – see the full schedule here.
Artist: Adam Farley
Album title: “Disrupt the System”
Genre: Pop, rock, rap
NEPA Scene coverage: 2019 live stream of The MDG Crew at the Irish Wolf Pub in Scranton
Artist: Brendan Brisk
Album title: “Relaxylvania”
Genre: Psychedelic funk jazz pop
NEPA Scene coverage: Episode 135 of the NEPA Scene Podcast, Episode 101 of the NEPA Scene Podcast
Album title: “Warrior”
Genre: Heavy metal
NEPA Scene coverage: Carbondale drummer Carl Canedy unleashes solo album ‘Warrior’ with new Scranton band, REVIEW/PHOTOS: Metal warriors Canedy blow away blues fest with heavy debut
Artists: A Fire With Friends and Sweetnest
Album title: “Bearings” split EP
Genre: Indie rock, alternative rock
NEPA Scene coverage: ALBUM PREMIERE: Scranton bands A Fire With Friends and Sweetnest find their ‘Bearings’ in split EP
* People’s Choice Award winner *
Artist: Gus the Savage
Album title: “Savage ’20”
Genre: Rap, hip-hop
NEPA Scene coverage: Episode 125 of the NEPA Scene Podcast, Juicebox Sessions live stream at The V-Spot in Scranton
Artist: James Barrett
Album title: “The Price of Comfort”
Genre: Indie rock
NEPA Scene coverage: REVIEW/PHOTOS: ‘Come Together’ benefit concert represents the best of NEPA music and resilience, Episode 87 of the NEPA Scene Podcast, Juicebox Sessions live stream at The V-Spot in Scranton
Artist: Tom Flannery and the Shillelaghs
Album title: “Peace and Love and Dollar Pints”
Lead photo of Gus the Savage by Rich Howells/NEPA Scene