It all starts with a ballot. Well, actually, it all starts with listening to a lot of local music, but let’s say that’s implied. To compile the ballot every year, I solicit write-in votes from a gaggle of local movers-and-shakers: venue owners, talent buyers, my writers, other North Texas writers, veteran musicians, and others. I tally their votes, add a few of my own, and –– viola! –– we have ballot.
The next step is where it gets a little tricky. I’ve got to book at least 10 nominees at Eagle Audio Recording to lay down live tracks for our annual charity compilation CD and 48 nominees for our annual Music Awards Festival. Confirming the lineups requires only a pencil, a chart, a sextant, a telescope, a crystal ball, and lots of caffeine and alcohol.
The whole time, my writers and I are also working on the issue in which we break down all of the nominees. On the sales side, associate publisher Michael Newquist, marketing manager Dana Crumbliss, and their in-house crew are rounding up sponsors. In the production department, manager Scott Latham and art director Bonnie Mays are lining up images and laying out the issue and the handy-dandy pocket guide. (Thanks to photog Vishal Malhotra for his great snaps and to Corporate Image on Brentwood Stair, Eagle Audio Recording on the Near Southside, and Miss Molly’s Hotel in the Stockyards for allowing him to shoot some pics on location. Thanks also to Fort Worth artist Cody Soape for the dynamic, colorful cover art.)