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2011 Southern Art & Music Award (Moddys) Winners

01 Jan 2012

written by Valso

2011 Southern Art & Music Award (Moddys) Winners

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With over 1000 votes from New Orleans to Birmingham you gave recognition to the South’s artists and musicians with the 2011 Southern Art & Music awards.

The Moddys were awarded by averaging our readers’ poll with our writers’ poll which was submitted by journalists and bloggers from around the South.

Old 27 Grill Award: Best Song – Alabama = Alabama Shakes, “I Found You”
This song off the Shakes debut EP narrowly edged out competitors in public polling.

Optera Creative Award: Best Album – Alabama = Delicate Cutters, Some Creatures
While the writers’ poll was divided among several great albums, Birmingham’s Delicate Cutters won the public poll.

Best Album – Louisiana = (tie) Givers – In Light; Mutemath – Odd Soul
The public poll was a tie between Givers’ first album and Mutemath’s latest.

Best Song – Louisiana = Sun Hotel, “Alchemy”
Sun Hotel’s single “Alchemy” off their EP Gifts took both the public and writers polls.

Best Album – Georgia = Manchester Orchestra – Simple Math
Manchester Orchestra edged out the competition in the public poll.

Best Song – Georgia = Black Lips “Family Tree”
The Black Lips “Family Tree” dominated the public poll.

Patches Lounge Award: Best Song – Mobile Bay = Ryan Balthrop, “Way Down Low”
While the writers’ poll was evenly divided, Ryan Balthrop’s song off his self-titled album narrowly beat out Kurt Wielkens Band and El Cantador in public polling.

Callaghan’s Irish Social Club Award: Best Album – Mobile Bay = El Cantador, Fools For Light
El Cantador’s Fools for Light, which showed a new direction for the band, was strong in both the writers’ and readers’ polls.

Parrish Walker Realty Award: Best New Band – Alabama = Banditos

Soul Kitchen Award: Best New Band – Mobile Bay = Underhill Family Orchestra


These special awards are given by Mod Mobilian editors to bands who released their first albums in 2011.

Bienville Books Award: Best Book – Mobile Bay = Carolyn Haines, “Bones of a Feather”
Although she was competing against a National Book Award winner, Haines dominated both the readers’ and writers’ polls.

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SoAl Film Festival Award: Best Feature Film – Alabama = “Man in the Glass, the Dale Brown Story”
The documentary on Dale Brown by Birmingham’s Patrick Sheehan dominated the writers’ poll.

Ashland Gallery Award: Best Short Film – Mobile Bay = “Jobless”
Jobless edged out the competition on the public poll.

Serda’s Coffee Award: Best Feature Film – Mobile Bay = “The Night Shift”
Fighting Owl Films’ locally made fantasy dominated the public polling.

OK Bicycle Shop Award: Best Scramble Film – Mobile Bay = “Woo: A Zombie Love Story”
Scotty White and Stupid Mop Studio’s incredible write-in campaign led us to create an award for best scramble film.

Centre for Living Arts Award: King of Mobile (Mod Mobilian of the Year) = John Nodar

WKRG meteorologist, and general community supporter, John Nodar was named Mod Mobilian of the Year.

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Thanks to all who voted. Pay attention to local, state, and regional albums, films, and books throughout 2012 as we will be doing it again.


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