ROCKINGHAM — Local band Reverend Ruckus and His Heathen Deacons has been nominated for a Carolina Music Award as the Best Country Group.
The band was formed in January 2016, with its 3 original members: Chance Carico, Doug Fanning and Eddie Sampson. Guitarists Carico and Fanning are both from Virginia, and met through mutual friends in September of last year. Sampson is a neighbor and friend of Fanning, and joined the band as a banjo picker in January.
By April, they were signed with Exitus Strategem Records. Set to have their debut album to release in October, they have a busy agenda. Along with their Carolina Music Award nomination, they are scheduled to perform over Labor Day weekend in Hillsville, Virginia for the annual Hillfest event.
The band is set to appear on Aug. 6, at the Duke Energy Center in Raleigh.
“Being nominated for the Carolina Music Awards is a tremendous achievement for Reverend Ruckus and His Heathen Deacons,” Carico said. “We are humbled by the talent of all the musicians in every genre here in the Carolinas.
To be considered worthy of standing among that talent is beyond anything we could have imagined,” he continued. “We are grateful to be a part of this awesome event and for the fans who brought us to where we are.”
Online voting for the awards ended Monday.
The focus of the Carolina Music Awards “is to recognize Carolina artists in Rock, Hip Hop, Youth, Bluegrass, Americana, Country and R&B,” with the objective of “the music industry in the Carolinas while encouraging growth in our music, both present and future,” according to its website.
While its primarily for musicians in North and South Carolina, awards are also given to artists outside the region, the website states.
For more on the event, visit www.carolinamusicawards.com.
Katey Smith is a summer intern for the Daily Journal and a rising senior at Richmond Senior High School.