2020 New Mexico Music Awards Winners

The 2020 New Mexico Music Awards was held virtually from the Uptown Funk Piano Bar, part of the Revel Entertainment complex in Albuquerque. Because the rest of the state had been shut down due to the COVID 19 pandemic, we were fortunate to be invited by Revel Entertainment to host the program there.

In an effort to stay safe and normalize, as much as possible, the event, we recorded our performances a day in advance. We had fine performances from Keely Mackey a/k/a Celloquacious, Kristy Hinds and Claudio Toulouse and the blues band Silver Crow Asylum. Find performances from the 2020 awards show here.

Our audio and video sponsors, Quickbeam Systems, also set up a big screen in the parking lot of Revel Entertainment so that participants could come by and watch the awards presentation on Sunday in real time while staying safe.

Photo by Brian Mathews

The 2020 NMMA’s fielded 725 entries in 41 categories. Thanks to our sponsors Quickbeam Systems, Guitar Center of Albuquerque, Revel Entertainment and Uptown Funk Piano Bar.

Eric Larson Lifetime Achievement Award Recipient

Elizabeth Scarinzi

Elizabeth Scarinzi, Betsy to her friends, has been an entertainer in the Santa Fe community for a decade with her group, The Hollyhocks, but she is more than just a pretty face and talented artist. Betsy is always busy doing good work in the community, from delivering pizza and other goodies to Santa Fe’s first responders to collecting and distributing donations of food and supplies for cancer patients and those essential workers on the front line every day, not just during COVID crisis. Of course, having spent a lifetime as a nurse, she’s been doing this kind of thing for years.

Whenever there was a need, a business in trouble or a kid in the community that needed some help, Elizabeth was there. View a tribute video here.

The Eric Larson Endowment at UNM provides unrestricted funds for juniors or seniors who have chosen music or the recording arts as their major and have maintained a 3.0 GPA. Eric Larson was co-founder of the New Mexico Music awards and passed away in 2005. The New Mexico Music Awards contributes annually to the scholarship fund. To donate, go to ericlarsonendowment.com

Listing for each category are as follows except where indicated on specific categories.

Artist

Title

Producer

Studio

City

Adult Contemporary/Adult Pop

Memoryy

First Love

Memoryy

Neon Moon Studio

Albuquerque

Ambient/Contemporary Instrumental

Keely Mackey a/k/a Celloquacious

Out at Sea

Keely Mackey-Gonzales

Moonlight Recording/Lesman Pro Audio

Albuquerque

Americana

Jamie Michaels

Bag ‘o Bones

Jono Manson

The Kitchen Sink

Santa Fe

Arrangement

St Petersburg

for

Sylvia

Bluegrass

David Kuncicky & the Biscuit Rollers

Come Home to Roost

David Kuncicky

La Barberia Studios

Santa Fe

Blues

Silver Crow Asylum

Something’s Cookin’

Jody Vanesky

Route 66 Music

Bernalillo

Children’s Music

Susie Tallman, Peter Farnan

El Alfabeto (ABC Song)

Susie Tallman, Peter Farnan

Mountain Road Recording

Albuquerque

Country

Lucky Mays

Drop It Down (Into Low Gear)

Lucky Mays

Unfurnished Studio

Albuquerque

Country CD

Moody Little Sister

Great Big Mama Sunshine

Rob “Berto” Stroup

Tumbleroot Studios

Truth or Consequences

Cover

Blue Rhapsody

Virtual Insanity/Stayin’ Alive Mashup

Brant Leeper

Brant Leeper Music

Santa Fe

Electronica

Nicholas Campos

Big Fish

Nicholas MC

Nicholas MC Recording Studio

Rio Rancho

Recording Engineer

Ron Crowder

for

Ron Crowder

This Is the Moment

Folk

David Martin

Say a Prayer for Me

David Martin

Hitman Music

Santa Fe

Hip Hop

Nohelia Sosa-K Dutch-Kabby

Soy Latino

Kabby

Kabby Sound Studios

Santa Fe

Indie

The Laughing Remains

Life Underground

John Wall and The Laughing Remains

Wall of Sound

Albuquerque

Instrumental

The Curio Cowboys

for

The Curio Cowboys-The Teardrop Waltz

Jazz

Michael Druxman

What One

Doug Geist

Santa Fe Center Studios

Albuquerque

Latin

Nosotros f/ Chaman

Todos Somos/We Are

Dennis Javier Jasso

Fw Studios

Santa Fe

Mastering Engineer

Will Dyar

for

Nathan Dunton-Sunrise Lullabies

Metal

Rumaldo Ortiz

Temple of the Elders

Rumaldo Ortiz, Paul Sabu

RoProDIGITALMuse_IC Digital Recording Studio

Santa Fe

Modern Rock

Jamie M Harrison

Devil’s Kiss

Jamie M Harrison

Santa Fe Center Studios

Albuquerque

Native

Danny T & the Stealing Thunder Band

REZ DOG

Daniel Talache

ATM STUDIO

Hernandez

Novelty

Kristy Hinds

Miss Morocco

Kristy Hinds

Third Eye Studio

Tijeras

Package Design

Lucky Mays, Stephen Maes, Kayleigh Maes, Blake Boamer & Steven Minnaar

for

Lucky Mays

Pop

Ron Crowder

This Is the Moment

Ron Crowder

In Crowd Studio

Albuquerque

Pop CD

Madalena Roeber-Tsiongas

Wolf Biting

John Wall

Wall of Sound

Albuquerque

Rhythm & Blues

Grayhill

My Love

David Madik

Madik Innovation Recording Studio

Albuquerque

Reggae

Mister Kali

Fiyahand

Greg Kaiser

Ceremony Studios

Santa Fe

Religious/Gospel

Randy Heddon

While You’re Alive

Randy Heddon

Louraine Street Studios

Santa Fe

Rock CD

The Ordinary Things

Stories

The Ordinary Things and Matthew Tobias

Empty House Studios

Albuquerque

Singer/Songwriter

Eb & Hal

Take the Gamble

Eb Lottimer, Hal Howren, David McCrae, Anna Darrah

Third Eye Studio

Tijeras

Best Song

Ron Sanborn, Bernard Bowers

for

American Rock Symposium-Truth over Lies

Video

Umar Malik

for

You I Am-Old Town (f/ Courtney Hampton)

Elephonic Recording

Albuquerque

Best Vocal Performance

Jono Manson and Joan Osborne

Loved Me into Loving Again

Western

Rich Rajacich

Somehow, Somewhere, Someday

Jono Manson

The Kitchen Sink

Santa Fe

World

Sol de la Noche

Fire

Matthew Tobias

Empty House Studios

Albuquerque

Norman Petty Producer’s Award

Jono Manson & Kito Peters

for

Kito Peters-Normal

The Kitchen Sink

Santa Fe

Best of the Year

The Hoth Brothers

Workin’ and Dreamin’

Bard Edrington & Boris McCutcheon

Old Dog Run & Torreon Studio

Santa Fe