Seven U.S. Bands and Solo Artists Earn Spots on 2021 Interstate Music Award List; Fans Asked to Choose Their Favorite Nominee

Online voting begins January 16 – January 22 for the first annual Interstate Music Awards competition. The winners will be announced on January 25, 2021.

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – (January 13, 2020) – With goals to seek out and support artists looking to bring people together through their music, Interstate Music launched the first-ever Interstate Music Award competition in November 2020. Musicians from all across the nation submitted set videos to be considered for an award, and fans are now being asked to vote for their favorite band or artist. Voting will begin online on Saturday, January 16, thru Friday, January 22, 2021. One grand prize winner, one second prize winner, and one third prize winner will be announced on January 25, 2021.

“This contest has been such an awesome opportunity for us to help artists during a time when their audiences just can’t explore new or live music the way they would like to due to the pandemic,” said Jeff Peterson, CEO at Interstate Music. “But over the last few months, these insanely talented musicians made it possible to create an online community with a positive vibe for all to enjoy and discover through their music. A special thanks to everyone who participated and congratulations to the finalists.”

Beginning at 5 PM CST on January 16, online voting will open and allow fans and the music community to decide who is worthy of an award. Finalists include bands and solo artists of all genres from across the country, including:

  1. Alley Eyes (Milwaukee, Wisconsin)
  2. Billie Jo (Grand Saline, Texas)
  3. Card Reader (Long Island, New York)
  4. Ethon Dorrity (Ogden, Utah)
  5. The Stephen Hull Experience (Racine, Wisconsin)
  6. Tink Bennett & Tailor Made (New York, New York)
  7. Tragic (Tallahassee, Florida)

The top seven picks have a chance to win the grand prize of $5,000 in gift cards and generous national exposure reflected in today’s music scene. Second place and third place winners will also earn prizes, including music swag totaling more than $10,000 and opportunities to gain top recognition with industry leaders.

To vote for your favorite Interstate Music Award artist, visit starting on January 16, 2021, at 5 PM CST. Votes must be cast before January 22, 2021, at 11:59 PM CST.

Sponsors for the virtual music award contest include Blackstar, Blue, D’Angelico, Fender, Focusrite, Gibraltar, König & Meyer, KORG, Line 6, Ludwig, MXL, Nord, Novation, On-Stage, Peral, Pigtronix, Shure, Vox, and Zildjian.

For more information about the contest and Interstate Music, visit


About Interstate Music: The roots of Interstate Music were founded in 1946 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, earning a five-star reputation by musicians and educators for over 75 years. Today, Interstate Music embodies both social and experiential opportunities for music lovers and musicians. We do this through information, instruments, and all things trending and with a relentless mission to develop a movement of people, ideas, cultures, and, most importantly, connect artists with everything they need to feel creative, supported, and needed.