The Divorcees Win Another ECMA!
The Divorcees Win Another ECMA!
Well, I can’t believe it. No wait. I can. There’s a little Seagull Pewter trophy shaped like a treble clef sitting on my mantlepeice.
The Divorcees, recently back from The East Coast Music Awards, have won an award for Country Album Of The Year 2010 for our latest release, “Last Of The Free Men”.
It’s wonderful to receive one of these awards, due in large part to the fact that many East Coast Music Association delegates are our peers.
The ECMA’s are a celebration of East Coast talent – from the very celtic to the very loud and everything in between. Imagine all your musical brothers and sisters congregating in the party capital of the Maritimes – Sydney Nova Scotia – and you can readily picture just how big a celebration the ECMA’s are. It’s a fantastic event, both for fans of East Coast music and for the people in the business as well.
Moncton was in luck this year, with bands like The Motorleague winning two awards and our good fiddlin’ friend Sam Robichaud winning one as well. Also, many of our friends – like In Flight Safety and Joel Plaskett, for example – took multiple awards. We couldn’t be happier about that.
We were in the running with folks we respect a great deal – hard-working guys like JD Clarke, Rik Reese and Neon Highway, Melanie Morgan and George Canyon. It’s one thing to be in the running with the elite of the elite. It’s another thing altogether to be nominated alongside musicians that easily work and tour as hard as you, if not harder. So we are truly grateful and very appreciative of both the nomination and the award.
Also, to be handed your award with a generous hug from our good friend Gordie Johnson is almost as thrilling as winning the award itself.
Now that our heads are somewhat clearer from four straight days of revelry, we wanted to thank a whole wack of people for helping us win Country Album Of The Year. They are:
Shelly Nordstrom (who arranges bringing in Export delegates to the ECMA’s)
Serge Samson (our rep at Hay Sale Records)
Josh Finlayson (our producer)
Terry Sawchuk (not the hockey player, heh – the fella who mixed our album)
Aaron Holmberg (a great, great engineer)
Nathan Jones and The Postman Studios
Chris Smith (album design and photography)
XL96 and Choix 99.9 (two great Moncton Country stations)
Tracy Petukhov (owner of Plan B and The Divorcees ‘Mom’)
Murielle Savoie (from NB’s MID funding program)
Tim Hardy (our trusty east coaster with SOCAN)
Robbie (our favorite soundman)
all the hard working guys at Moncton’s Long and McQuade
The CBC (including their “Heartland” tv show)
The Atlantic Film Festival
Troy Greencorn and the fine folks at Stan Fest
Will Foster and Peavey Electronics
Bruce Morel (who’s been in our corner more than once)
Jean Surrette and the staff of Music New Brunswick
Ray Legere (for the great fiddles and mandolin on the album)
Coco McGraw (a great pedal steel player)
Angela Desvaux (who sang beautifully on “After The Storm”)
Michael Johnston (who played those tasty keys on our album)
Ooooole Doolang (aka Duane Kelly – for great preproduction)
our loving, patient partners – Lisa Roy, Jocelyne Vautour, and Melanie Cassidy
our families for helping in any way they could
our many many friends
many, many bands we call friends
The Grass Mountain Hobos (for the moonshine and the Hank III rendition at the hotel)
Plan B – The Divorcees favorite watering hole
Darrin Muck at Molson
Willie, Waylon, and The Boys
John R Cash
…and a special holler goes to our wonderful fans and supporters at the Merritt Desert Inn, The Can Ho’, Saxby’s, Times Change(d) High and Lonesome Club, and every great honky tonk across this great land.
Lastly, we’d like to thank…well…you! Yeah, you! For being intersted in us, for coming to our shows, for believing in us, and for keeping good ole outlaw country alive. We salute you!