|2008 (Jan. - Feb.)
(most recent post appears at the top of the list)
Feb. 10: Surprise honor from radio show
Dom was a repeat winner when WSTW presented its 2nd Annual Homey Awards during this Sunday's edition of the weekly "Hometown Heroes" program.
Though not on the official ballot in any of the major categories, Dom received enough creative write-in nominations to be named Most Supportive Artist, and his 2007 release, Remember Me: New, Original Folk Music for the American Soldier, earned Best Benefit Album honors.
The Homey Awards, the program's answer to the Grammys, were voted by listeners and announced by DJ Mark Rogers to recognize the best independent music in the station's (93.7 FM) broadcast area, which includes Delaware, eastern Pennsylvania, eastern Maryland and southern New Jersey. WSTW is located in Wilmington, Del., and is Delaware's largest commercial radio station.
Dom won three awards, including Best Male Singer/Songwriter, last February during the inaugural Homey Awards.
Feb. 9: Video features 'Remember Me'
Author Larry Jameson of Sherwood, Ark., created a video montage of photos from U.S. military personnel. The soundtrack for the tribute is Dom's song, "Remember Me."
The video shows images of U.S. servicemen and servicewomen performing a variety of duties while deployed in combat zones. A copy of Mr. Jameson's work is posted at YouTube.
Feb. 8: Dom, Junction join forces again
Delaware-based bluegrass band Chapel Street Junction invited Dom to be the supporting act at its Friday-night show at Home Grown Cafe in Newark, Del. As he had done in October, Dom performed about an hour between sets by the headlining band in this large bar/restaurant in the University of Delaware section of the city.
The kindness of Junction members Scott, Dave, Ron and Paul not only gave Dom the opportunity to play twice at this venue, but the stage time also helped Dom land a three-hour solo appearance at Home Grown Cafe in March.
Jan. 19: Area band brings Dom to Swedes Cafe
South Jersey original rock band The Essentials teamed with Dom for another dual bill, only this show occurred at a new venue for Dom.
As they had done the previous year at the Crerand Ale House in Claymont, Del., The Essentials brought Dom to be the opening act at Swedes Cafe, the refurbished ground-level restaurant and bar in the historic Old Swedes Inn building in Swedesboro, N.J. The large dining room, where the stage is located, was overflowing with customers, some of whom waited in line for a table to open up in order to catch the live music.
Playing to a combination of Swedes Cafe regulars and The Essentials' strong following -- the band is a consistently big draw in its hometown -- Dom got to slam 10 songs into the first hour of the show. All but one of Dom's selections was an original song. The Essentials likewise filled their two long sets with their own material, delving into covers only a couple of times.
The kind gesture by the headlining band is the latest in a series of shows in which they've asked Dom to join a live performance, stretching back to the Children of Fallen Soldiers Relief Fund benefit from September of 2006. Art, Nancy, Ed and newest members Louie and Kevin are helpful friends to have in the music scene.
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