P.E.I. acts hit the jackpot at ECMW

By James Ferguson
April 7, 2014

Meaghan Blanchard, Death Valley Driver and Back Alley Music were a few Island winners from the East Coast Music Awards in Charlottetown April 2 – 5..
The week featured a wide assortment of music, from metal to country, to rap to electronic.
Death Valley Driver was awarded the Loud Recording of the Year, Meaghan Blanchard won the Country Recording of the Year and Back Alley Music won the Music Merchant of the Year.
It has been an impressive event for Island musicians and while the fan favourite of the event, Paper Lions, didn’t win an award, they were nominated for almost every award and had constant support from the Island community.
Blanchard said two ECMAs for country recording in her hometown makes her feel so blessed.
“I’m going to put it up on my shelf and really appreciate it for what it is – a pat on the back from the industry,” said Blanchard. “It took a lot of work. It means a lot to have that recognition. It’s a beautiful piece of pewter but it means so much more than that.”
Nick Doucette, lead guitarist of Death Valley Driver, said he is surprised their band won the Loud Recording for the EMCAs. It’s not every day you can receive an award twice, from last year to this year, he said.
“We didn’t really make much of a speech because we were shocked when we won but thanks to the ECMA jury, Hunters Alehouse, Ric Rumbolt, Red Tentacle, Diminished Fifth Records, Josh Hogan, John Dohe, Dave Skinner, Billy Anderson and everyone who helped with making the record as heavy as ever. All of you rule.”