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MILWAUKEE AREA MUSICIAN SHARES EXCELLENT COMPANY AS A 2010 INDIAN SUMMER MUSIC AWARD NOMINEE
August 10, 2010 (Milwaukee, Wisconsin) The Indian Summer Music Awards (ISMA) committee recently announced finalists in a wide variety of categories for this annual competition with a posting on the Indian Summer Festival web site (www.indiansummer.org). Local musician, Candice Nokes, was thrilled and honored to see her song, A Whole Long While, listed as one of the finalists in the Blues Category. This is ISMA’s 7th year providing a musical platform and recognition for Native American artists, specifically at the Milwaukee-based Indian Summer Festival, hosted on the Henry Maier Festival Park grounds, September 10 – 12, 2010. The Award winners will be announced on Saturday, September 11, 2010 at a special show on the Miller Stage, 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. Candice Nokes and Mark Truesdell (The Spirals) will be performing at the festival on Friday, September 10, 2010 from 8:30 – 9:30 p.m. Details can be found at www.spiralsmusic.com.
The ISMA competition is for all Native American people, both emerging and established artists, including many Canadian finalists this year. Other finalists hail from locations such as Minneapolis, MN and Nashville, TN. Nokes’ work is the only Wisconsin-based nominee for ISMA 2010. “I am honored to be recognized among such talented company,” reports Nokes. “A Whole Long While was written with the East Side as the song’s cityscape, during a formative time in my life. It was also recorded in a Milwaukee studio with Milwaukee musicians. This is a proud moment.”
Candice’s recording was made in 1997 as a member of Mark Truesdell and the Lost Pioneers, at Walls Have Ears Studio, Milwaukee, WI (owned by Bill Stace). Brian Egeness, formerly of Die Kreuzen, co-produced, engineered and mastered this song. Other members playing on this song include Lost Pioneers’ founder, Mark Truesdell, background vocals / instrument arrangement, Tom Plutshack, guitar and mandolin, Brian Hill (guest Pioneer), trombone, Jared Drake, bass guitar, and Bob Mueller, drums. Candice now plays both solo and as a partner in the Spirals, with her husband, Mark Truesdell (www.spiralsmusic.com). Candice is part Oneida as well as Bad River, Lac Courte Oreilles, and Lac du Flambeau Ojibwe. Nokes reported that she is very grateful for this recognition by the American Indian community.
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Candice Nokes - Press Release (Aug 10, 2010)