Best of Burque Music 2017
Myles Chavez, the guitarist and vocalist for The Riddims, takes home this year’s honors as Best of Burque Music Reader’s Poll winner for Best Songwriter. Chavez, who was also named this feature’s Best Musician of 2016, leads a band of extra-spicy local musicians whose band took home the number one trophy for Best New Band as well as placing in several other categories of this year’s awards.
2) Russell James Pyle
3) Adam Hooks
Kyle Martin/David McGuire/Adam Hooks (Three Way Tie)
Ah, now the competition begins. Here we have a rare three-way tie that represents the ultimate, stupendously suave essence of our local music scene. Sharing top reader’s rating this year for best composer are alien-country-cowboy west-rocker Kyle Martin—whose latest effort, “Alien Cowboy,” is jangly and searing, casual vocals and all; The Composer-
2) Steve Hammond
3) Russell James Pyle
Ryan McGarvey/Myles Chavez (Tie)
Perennial Best of Burque favorite Ryan McGarvey faced stiff competition this year. Despite a yuuge touring career (he spent much of 2016 touring Europe)that means McGarvey the axe-master performs in his home town about once a year (he last did it for the locals at the zoo in May 2016), he still knotted things up with local hero Myles Chavez, he of The Riddims, y’all. While McGarvey continues to enjoy the fruits of what jamming at places like Tin Star Saloon in Mayschoss, Germany will get you, Chavez is spreading his roots around here through a growing number of daring performances. In both cases the fretwork of these two is notable for attention to detail, timbres that are electrifying and solos that kill.
2) Dimi DiSanti
Bassist Artha Meadors has been playing music since he was 14 years old. Artha spent most of his youth cutting his teeth in the local rock scene, co-founding bands like Falling Process, and being a sideman for bands like Old Man Shattered and A Summer’s End. Growing up simultaneously in the gospel and R&B scene, Meadors studied under local gospel pianist Ricki Warren. In 2014, Artha became the Musical Director for JDS (The James Douglas Show) while also working with local guitarists Ryan McGarvey, Eric McFadden, and Chris Dracup. Currently he and his cohorts, Josef Scott and Chris Gadson, are in the middle of finishing the first EP for their new project, Citizens of Tape City, a mixture of progressive rock switches, R&B hooks and funk prowess.
2) Aidan Gardner
3) Maren Hatch
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