Folk: Meet the 2015 RFT Music Award Nominees



The 2015 Riverfront Times Music Showcase is set to be the biggest local music festival in St. Louis history. On June 20, nearly 100 local bands will play across ten venues in the Grove Neighborhood, including just about every genre possible, sans polka. From now until the showcase, we will supply you with the lowdown on every act nominated for an RFT Music Award, so you can be in the know with regards to your vote. Read on and get familiar with your local scene. And don't forget to mark your calendar for June 20!

See also: Vote Now For the 2015 RFT Music Awards

The Aching Hearts

  • Photo provided by the band.

Kelly Wells (Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals) Ryan Spearman (Banjo, Fiddle, Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals)

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Arthur and the Librarian

Catch Arthur and the Librarian at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: SoHo Lounge at 7 p.m. - PHOTO BY JASON STOFF.
  • Photo by Jason Stoff.
  • Catch Arthur and the Librarian at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: SoHo Lounge at 7 p.m.

Arthur Crittenden (Guitar, Piano, Vocals) Aubrey Howard (Ukulele, Vocals) Chuck Crittenden (Guitar, Mandolin) Sean Gartner (Bass, Guitar) John (Drums)

Official Website | Bandcamp | Facebook

Read more about Arthur and the Librarian in our review of Island of the Lotus Eaters:

You can't act too surprised when a band called Arthur & the Librarian turns out to be a bit bookish, and you can't fault a bookish band for cribbing from the Western canon's all-time greatest epic for a literary-inspired album. The local quintet took inspiration from Homer's The Odyssey for its Island of the Lotus Eaters LP, but the title is about as direct as the band gets in referencing Odysseus' long voyage home.

The 24-section poem has inspired grade-A art ranging from James Joyce's Ulysses to the Coen Brothers' O Brother, Where Art Thou? -- hell, even Sting drops a ten-pound reference to Scylla and Charybdis in "Wrapped Around Your Finger" -- but Arthur & the Librarian is intriguingly oblique with its source material. Instead, the band wraps pretty, mannered chamber-pop and strummy psych-folk around rich themes -- the narcotic call of sweet oblivion versus the humanizing pain of memory, the allure of the journey versus the bone-deep comforts of home -- that are grandly told in Homer's epic, but scaled for modern times across these twelve songs.

Grace Basement

  • Photo by Nate Burrell.

Kevin Buckley (Guitar, Vocals)

Official Website | Bandcamp | Facebook

Letter to Memphis

Catch Letter to Memphis at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: HandleBar at 8 p.m. - PHOTO BY JOE SCHMIDT.
  • Photo by Joe Schmidt.
  • Catch Letter to Memphis at the 2015 RFT Music Showcase: HandleBar at 8 p.m.

Devon Cahill (Ukulele, Vocals) Gene Starks (Guitar) Paul Niehaus (Bass, Vocals) Sarah Velasquez (Violin, Vocals)

Official Website | Bandcamp | Facebook

Cassie Morgan and the Lonely Pine

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Cassie Morgan (Guitar, Vocals) Melinda Cooper (Drums)

Official Website | Bandcamp | Facebook

Previously: - Americana - Country - Cover Band - DJ - Electronic (Eclectic) - Electronic (Dance) - Emo - Experimental

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