Carson Valley band Buster Blue’s “Still on Conway” has been nominated for EP of the Year in the roots-country genre by The Independent Music Awards.
The album is named after the band’s near death experience while trying to navigate a mountain pass during a 2011 tour.
“It is a huge honor for us. We’ve been recording a new album for the past several months, and we’ve barely come out of the studio,” band member Rachael McElhiney said. “This was a really wonderful surprise that our EP from the summer is still getting noticed.”
Other bands nominated for the award include Bright Eyes, Langhorn Slim & the Law, and Diego’s Umbrella.
“If we win this award, it will validate our years of hard work as well as being successful, independent artists,” McElhiney said. “We are all really happy with how far we’ve come.”
Along with McElhiney, Buster Blue is comprised of Bryan Jones, Andrew Martin, Brendon Lund, and Billy Dohr who all but the latter graduated from Douglas High School from 2000 through 2006.
The Americana indie-folk artists are known for using a laundry list of instruments. Besides piano and trombone, they play accordion, banjo, guitar, bass, tenor sax, baritone sax, clarinet and bass clarinet, ukulele, drums and percussion instruments including chains.
“I think our style is constantly developing. The band started as a duo with guitar, vocals, and laundry soap buckets. As we added members and instruments, we became this folk, Americana, chain gang with horns,” McElhiney said. “Now, with ‘Still on Conway’ and this new album that we’re working on, we’re moving in on the indie music scene.”
Buster Blue’s first album, “This Beard Grows for Freedom,” was released February 2009. Their second CD, “When the Silver’s Gone,” was recorded inside Piper’s Opera House in Virginia City in 2010.
The band is currently running a Pledge Project: www.pledgemusic.com/projects/busterblue to help raise money to fund their latest album.
“We don’t have a release date for the hard copy of the record, but anyone who pledges will be getting the digital download of the album,” McElhiney said. “There are other exclusives for pledging, one of which is a hard copy of the album. This will be our fourth album. We’ve completed two EP’s and one full length, so this will be our second full length album.”
Buster Blue has appeared at Strawberry Music Festival, Millpond Music Festival, Neon Reverb Music Festival and Capitol Hill Block Party.
They will be playing at the Reno Acoustic Festival on Saturday, The Reno River Festival in May, and The Bounce in Twain, Calif., June 20-24.
For more information, visit www.busterblue.com.