We're getting in a Dallas Observer Music Awards tizzy here at DC9 at Night headquarters. The whole thing will come to a head just two weeks from tomorrow, when we announce the winners during the free-to-attend awards ceremony at the House Of Blues on Tuesday, October 18.
On that note, this edition of This Week In Dallas Music History is a bit non-traditional -- mostly because, hey, it didn't actually happen this week. We're hoping that you can take a step back with us and see the big picture, though, as we look back 20 years to the 1991 Dallas Observer Music Awards.
It was the fourth annual installment of the contest, and much like big winner Sarah Jaffe last year, the sweeping winners in 1991 were Course of Empire, who picked up a whopping 10 awards. Unfortunately, most bands, even ones as revered as Course Of Empire, haven't lasted the 20 years since. That band broke up nearly a decade ago.
But there are a few 1991 DOMA winners who are still making music: Sara Hickman, who has since moved south to Austin, won four DOMAs in 1991, including Musician of the Year; Brave Combo took home two including Best Latin Act (?); Cricket Taylor, who now fronts the Electro-Magnetics, won the ZuZu Bollin Memorial Blues Award, which was once a thing we did; and Reverend Horton Heat won the Progressive Country Award.
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There are others, too, if you're curious. You can find them in the original article, posted after the jump for your perusing pleasure.