Best Rock Band

Nathan Asher & the Infantry

Honorable Mention:

The Moaners

Best Rock Record

Loose Lips Sink Ships, Des Ark

(BiFocal Media)
Released: March 8, 2005.
Recorded at Mango’s Place & Quiet Places.
Produced by J. Mascis & Zeno Gill.

Honorable Mention:

Birds Make Good Neighbors, The Rosebuds

(Merge Records)
Released: Sept. 13, 2005.
Recorded at Brian Paulson’s studio.
Produced by Brian Paulson.

Best Rock Song

“Ghosts of Germany,” STRANGE

from Things in Night.
Written by David Mueller.

Honorable Mention:

“Boxcar,” The Rosebuds

from Birds Make Good Neighbors.
Written by Kelly Crisp & Ivan Howard.

Best New Rock Band

Birds of Avalon

Honorable Mention:

A Rooster for the Masses

Best Hip Hop Group/Artist

Little Brother

Honorable Mention:


Best Hip Hop Record

The Minstrel Show, Little Brother

(Atlantic Records)
Released: Sept. 13, 2005.
Recorded at Chop Shop Studios.
Produced by 9th Wonder & Khrysis.

Honorable Mention:

Cave Livin’, Endless Mic

(Trekky Records)
Released: Nov. 25, 2005.
Produced by Zano, Deez & Sleepy D.

Best Hip Hop Song

“Lovin’ It,” Little Brother (with Joe Scudda)

from The Minstrel Show.
Written by Little Brother.

Honorable Mention:

“Comfortable,” Median (with Spectac & L.E.G.A.C.Y.)

from The Path to Relief EP.
Written by Median.

Best Country Group/Artist

Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell

Honorable Mention:

Tres Chicas

Best Country Record

Begonias, Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary

(Yep Roc)
Released: June 14, 2005.
Recorded at Alex the Great Recording.
Produced by Brad Jones, Thad Cockrell & Caitlin Cary.

Honorable Mention:

Home is Loud, Tift Merritt

Released: Nov. 1, 2005.
Recorded live at the N.C. Museum of Art in June 2005.
Produced by Zeke Hutchins.

Best Country Song

“Louisiana Freight Train,” Chatham County Line

from Chatham County Line.

Honorable Mention:

“Please Break My Heart,” Caitlin Cary & Thad Cockrell

from Begonias.

Best Folk Group/Artist

Jon Shain

Honorable Mention:

Tad Dreis

Best Folk Record

Promise of Light, Jamie Anderson

Released: April 2005.
Recorded at Outlaw Hill Records.
Produced by Kiya Heartwood.

Honorable Mention:

Moving Day, Chris Titchner

(Bridgefolk Records)
Released: May 2005.
Recorded at Overdub Lane.
Produced by Thom Canova & Chris Titchner.

Best Bluegrass Band

Chatham County Line

Honorable Mention:

Kickin’ Grass

Best Solo Artist

Shannon O’Connor

Honorable Mention:

Kenny Roby

Best Solo Record

Low in Paradise, Shannon O’Connor

(Varrga Records)
Released: Sept. 13, 2005.
Recorded at Overdub Lane.
Produced by Michael Binikos.

Honorable Mention:

Skeletons for Tea, Jane Francis

(Eskimo Kiss Records)
Released: July 26, 2005.
Recorded at home.
Produced by Jane Francis.

Best R&B/Soul Group

Corey Parker Band

Honorable Mention:

The Remix Project

Best Jazz Group/Artist

John Brown Quintet

Honorable Mention:

Tyson Rogers

Best Salsa/Reggae/International Group


Honorable Mention:

Saludos Compay

Best Blues Artist

Cool John Ferguson

Honorable Mention:

Mel Melton & the Wicked Mojos

Best DJ


Honorable Mention:

DJ Marco