Given Greater Cincinnati’s rich Americana music scene, it’s fitting that there are several great area venues to support it. One of the best is indisputably Newport, Ky.’s Southgate House Revival. The venue is not just especially friendly to local Americana artists — it also hosts some of the biggest acts and most promising up-and-coming performers on the international Roots music scene.
At the last Ameripolitan Music Awards, SGHR was on the final ballot for best “Ameripolitan Venue,” and the nomination process for the next awards show (to be held early next year) is now officially on its way. In the latest SGHR newsletter, the venue is requesting that patrons and fans help get the club back in the running once again.
“Ameripolitan” is a term used to encompass an even wider range of musical styles than is included in the catch-all “Americana” descriptor. The Ameripolitan Music Awards' website touts the term as describing “music with prominent roots influence, (including) Outlaw (Country), Western Swing, Rockabilly (and) Honky Tonk.”
The Southgate House Revival certainly fits that bill, having hosted, in just the past few years, Dale Watson, Reverend Horton Heat, Junior Brown, Pokey LaFarge, Wayne Hancock, Mojo Nixon, Big Sandy & His Fly Rite Boys, Unkown Hinson, Rosie Flores and many, many other Ameripolitan-flavored artists. Heck, just look at the lineup for September alone if you need to see more credentials.
Click here to put in your vote now, and don’t be afraid to vote for your other local favorites. But be sure to check the “nomination rules” beneath the ballot to make sure they fit. Cincinnati’s Dallas Moore Band won the Outlaw Country Group category in 2017, for example, so, per the rules, cannot win it again until next year.
The poll is open through late October.