Best Instrumental Artist Winner El McMeen Performs On Video


Best Instrumental Artist Winner El McMeen Performs On Video

Virtuoso Guitarist El McMeen performing his winning song “Le Mans” and talks about it. He won the Best Instrumental in the 6th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards).  El McMeen clearly stands head and shoulders above other instrumentalists we have seen. His heartfelt solo acoustic steel string guitar works such as “Le Mans, “Song For Sheila” and “Breakout” showcases his guitar chops as well as his knowledge of composition. His music is truly outstanding, heartfelt and spiritual. His music should do well on Sirius XM Spa Channel as well as Guitar Player Magazine and Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. Even established acoustic guitarist out there would appreciate this artist. Watch out for this instrumentalist, he is going places!


Results Out For 6th Annual IAMA


The winners of the 6th Annual IAMA have been announced. Liz Longley wins the overall grand prize. See details below:

Liz Longley, Top Winner of the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards

Liz Longley, Top Winner of the 6th Annual International Acoustic Music Awards


When You’ve Got Trouble – Liz Longley

1st Prize: Hurricane – Alathea
Runner-up: Cold – Hey Negrita

1st Prize: Falling Up – Michael Brandmeier
Runner-up: She Breaks – Vienne

1st Prize: Waterfalls – Meghan Trainor
Runner-up: Nurse Me Back to Health – Angela Saini

1st Prize: Simplify – Henhouse Prowlers
Runner-up: Yellow Butter Moon – Doug Spears

1st Prize: Sing Your Heart Out – The Trews
Runner-up: Heartbreaker – Jenn Grant

1st Prize: I Will Bleed For You – IVO
Runner-up: 21 Days – Gary Procyshyn

1st Prize: Le Mans – El McMeen
Runner-up: Vorizo – The Marc Atkinson Trio

1st Prize: When You’ve Got Trouble – Liz Longley
Runner-up: Glenrio – Melissa McClelland


Top 10 Best Venues and Clubs For Acoustic Music In USA


Top 10 Best Venues and Clubs For Acoustic Music In USA by Jessica Brandon

10. The Grey Eagle (Asheville, NC)
A good listening room-style club in United States. They attract a lot of touring national and regional artists in all styles of Acoustic music: Bluegrass, Zydeco, Folk, etc. It is a centerpiece in Asheville’s  folk music community.

9.  Tin Angel (Philadelphia, PA)
This is an intimate acoustic venue. Right from the opening night, Tin Angel has presented an wonderful array of stars from the world of blues, rock, folk and country. This has long been a perennial favorite among Folk acts in the country.

8.  White Eagle (Portland, OR)
It is good to see a venue supporting local musicians where many established venues do not. The interesting tibit is that the club is also a small inn run by the McMenamins Brewing Company.

7.  The Bitter End (New York, NY)
They host songwriters night along with national touring acts. The venue has lived through generations of folk singer-songwriters.

6. Cactus Cafe (Austin, TX)
This has been a main stay for the venerable SXSW Music Conference, which takes over Austin, TX every March. It’s schedule indicate the who’s who in the singer-songwriter world.

5. Douglas Corner Cafe (Nashville, TN)
This venue was created for showcasing new singers and songwriters in Nashville. It soon grew to become a well known “Home Away From Home” for Nashville’s top songwriters and future music stars.  It host open night for songwriters. It has been a showcase venue for such big stars as Alan Jackson, Trisha Yearwood, The Kentucky Headhunters, Billy Dean, John Berry, Blake Shelton and many others.

4. The Living Room (New York, NY)
This venue is great for acoustic musicians in an intimate stetting. This space generally imposes a one-drink minimum per set and the standard passed bucket of  tips. Touring acts will tell you that this venue is a best kept secret for great selection of live music and reasonably priced drinks.

3.  Club Passim (Cambridge, MA)
This is a non-profit, smoke-free, all-ages venue has become the centerpiece for one of America’s most lively and talented communities of traditional and contemporary acoustic acts. They host regular open mic night, and always attracts great touring acts. They also host campfire series for Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend.  Club Passim has served as a launching pad for several legendary folk musicians such as Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, and Joni Mitchell.

2. Eddie’s Attic (Decatur, GA)
Eddie’s Attic is located just on the outskirts of town of Atlanta. They host open mic nights as well as national touring acts.  Shawn Mullins got his start here before hitting the big time. Touring acoustic acts will tell you that this is a “must  play” for their  gigs.

1. Bluebird Café ( Nashville, TN)
The legendary Bluebird Café  takes the top spot of the best venue for a reason. There’s nothing particularly aesthetically special about the place which is located in an ordinary strip mall in Nashville. However, A&R representatives from record labels can tell you that it is one of the best places to check out talent. Songwriters from all over can tell you that they want to perform in the cool venue so bad. The famous ‘Songwriters-In-The Round” was invented here by Amy Kurland, founder of the Bluebird Café. They host regular writers night where you can hear the orginal songwriters performing on their hit songs, what a better place to listen to your favorite songs right from the source!


Free Compilation CD Giveaway Ends This Month


Early entrants for the 6th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) will each receive a free IAMA Compilation CD. However, only the first 1,000 entrants entered by September 30 or earlier will each receive a IAMA Compilation CD, which features the current winners such as The Refugees, Larry Pattis, Wayne Southards, Katy Kinard, Wendy Colonna, Jeanette Williams Band, Kate Lush, Victoria Vox, and more. Please obtain the entry form at:

Or enter online via Broadjam:

Or enter online via Sonicbids:


6th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) Kicks Off


The 6th Annual IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) is currently accepting entries. IAMA (International Acoustic Music Awards) promotes excellence in acoustic music performance and artistry. Acoustic artists in various genres can gain exciting radio and web exposure through this competition. Participating sponsors include D’Addario Strings, New Music Weekly, Loggins Promotion, AirplayAccess.com, Tanager Audioworks, Superdups, Broadjam.com, Acoustic Cafe Radio Show and Sirius XM Satellite Radio.

Unlike American Idol, IAMA is open to all independent artists and labels, there is no age limit and people from all countries can enter. Also, entrants do not have to stand in line for hours or days in order to audition. Entrants need to mail in an entry form along with a CD recording or enter online on IAMA’s website.

Win prizes in 8 different categories: Folk/Americana/Roots, AAA/Alternative, Instrumental, Open, Bluegrass/Country, Best Male Artist, Best Female Artist, Best Group/Duo. There will also be an Overall Grand Prize winner awarded to the top winner worth US$11,000, which includes radio promotion to over 250 radio stations in US and Canada. Therefore, winning songs will be heard on radio. Winners and runner-ups will also be featured on IAMA’s compilation CD.

Last year’s winner went to acoustic folk group “The Refugees”, fronted by hit singer-songwriter Wendy Waldman, who wrote Vanessa Williams’s #1 hit song “Save the Best for Last’.

Judging is based on excellence in music performance,songwriting/composition and originality. Winners are selected by a panel of established artists and industry professionals. Other past winners include: UK singer-songwriter Charlie Dore (2008 winner). Charlie Dore is most famous in the United States for her 1980 pop single, “Pilot of the Airwaves,” which hit Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 Charts and shot to international worldwide fame. Fertitta and McClintock (USA), Jen Foster (USA), Mistin’ (Australia), David Francey (Juno award winner from Canada), April Verch (Canada) and Millish (USA).

Winners and finalists of the Awards will be featured in the IAMA website and e-newsletters, read by music press, talent buyers, promoters and other industry insiders. All songs submitted must be submitted must be original and submitted on CD, the artist may perform original material not yet released and written by other songwriters or composers. Deadline to enter is November 9 ’09.


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