November 8, 2004

Three Win Just Plain Folks Music Awards

Congratulations to two of my musician friends, Joe Rathburn and Eve Selis, who each won two categories in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards during a ceremony held last night at the Galaxy Concert Theater in Santa Ana! I shot the photo below of Joe last November and the one of Eve about two years ago.

Joe Rathburn Eve Selis

Joe wrote and recorded "The Dad I Had," which won Best Traditional Folk Song, while a compilation CD he produced, "Life After Debt (The Save Mikey’s Project)," took Best Compilation. Eve won Best Americana Song for "Tear This Old House Down" (written by Eve, Marc Intravaia and Doug Crider) and Best Country Song for "Do You Know Me" (written by Kim Patton-Johnston and Lisa Brokop). Eve also took 2nd place for Best Country Album for "Do You Know Me," while another song written by Joe, "Dear Dad," received 6th place for Best Traditional Folk Song.

Congrats also to Danielle LoPresti & The Masses, another of my friends and her band, who won 2nd place in the Alternative Song category for "Easier Than This" (written by Stewart LoPresti).

Just Plain Folks is a grass roots organization that was created by Brian Austin Whitney in 1998 to bring together disparate segments of the global independent music community. The group has grown into a powerhouse of talent and business savvy whose 25,000 members include songwriters, recording artists, music publishers, record labels, performing arts societies, educational institutions, recording studios, engineers, producers, legal professionals, publicists, journalists, music publications, music manufacturers, and retailers. The organization began giving music awards in 2000, and this year's competition saw 2,600 judges choose winners from amongst 140,000 songs and 10,000 albums submitted from 85 countries! There were nominations for Best Song in 48 genres and Best Album in 57 categories.

Here's a press release from Joe:

Singer-songwriter Joe Rathburn's song "The Dad I Had" won Best Traditional Folk Song in the Just Plain Folks Music Awards during a ceremony on November 7 at the Galaxy Concert Theater in Santa Ana, California. Another Rathburn song, "Dear Dad," was awarded 6th place in the same category, and a Joe-produced compilation CD, "Life After Debt (The Save Mikey’s Project)," also won for Best Compilation.

In answer to positive response he'd received from performing "The Dad I Had" at his various San Diego area shows, Rathburn produced a CD called "The Dad Single." Done at home, it contained his two dad-related songs as well as a third original composition. He'd only made a hundred or so copies and didn't even remember submitting one to Just Plain Folks. Many months later he got an e-mail telling him he'd been nominated. "The Life After Debt" CD had been submitted on his behalf by his main online music retailer, who is a Just Plain Folks sponsor and partner. The CD features all San Diego artists and was made to help stave off the closure of a beloved Poway music venue named Mikey's Coffee House.

Posted at 9:16 AM in Music