Scott Taylor Band sweeps Texas Music Awards nominations
Feb. 5, 2014 at 6:04 p.m.
Updated Feb. 4, 2014 at 8:05 p.m.
Victoria's country artists are dominating the nominations for the Texas Music Awards.
The 12th annual awards presentation, which recognizes Texas musicianship, is set for March 22 in Linden, but voting for the awards is open now through Sunday.
Victoria native Scott Taylor and his band, The Scott Taylor Band, are up for eight awards, including Male Vocalist of the Year, Vocal Group of the Year and Musician of the Year.
Taylor said this is the first time his band has been nominated for Texas Music Awards.
"Once we got all these nominations, which are done by fans and DJs, it verified for me that we're doing what we're supposed to be doing," Taylor said. "I'm glad to get some positive feedback."
Jarrod Birmingham, a Victoria native, received a nomination for Song of the Year for work included on the Scott Taylor Band's most recent album, "Beautiful Sin."
Birmingham previously won Song of the Year, Album of the Year and Entertainer of the Year in 2005.
Bands that sell more than 100,000 albums are disqualified from being nominated. Taylor joked that he hopes to become ineligible soon.
Taylor said the nominations came as a shock.
"This is a record-breaking amount of nominations," Taylor said.
David Stockton, who plays bass and sings harmonies for the band, is up for Musician of the Year.
Before Taylor's band became a household name in Victoria, he would play at The Barn in Mission Valley.
Robert Schaefer, a bartender at The Barn, said Taylor started playing there about five years ago and still performs monthly.
"They pack the place every time they come out here, and it's always really fun working," he said.
Schaefer isn't worried about success causing the band to forget its roots.
"I think he's got loyalty for us," Schaefer said. "I wish them luck and hope they receive all the awards they're nominated for."
If all goes well at the awards ceremony in March, Taylor and the band could be on their way to more radio play and more success.
"My dream is to win awards and play original music," Taylor said.
Taylor's band is hosting its third annual Eat Tail Suck Head Crawfish Fest on April 12 at the Victoria Community Center, which includes live music on two stages by 14 bands, 4,000 pounds of crawfish from LaFayette, vendors and a live auction to benefit Warrior's Weekend.
Birmingham did not return multiple messages for comment.