Backhand Sally Earns ISSA Awards 2020-Vocal Duo of the Year Silver Category 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE AUGUST 22ND, 2020

BACKHAND SALLY AWARDED ISSA AWARDS DUO OF THE YEAR-SILVER CATEGORY

Backhand Sally, Texas Rock/Americana duo, with Ginger Grace and Brock Hard, has been awarded the 2020 ISSA Awards  Duo of the Year Silver- Category. This was Backhand Sally's first year to be nominated and first award from the ISSA (International Singer-Songwriter Association). 

Please join us in congratulating Backhand Sally on this accomplishment. 

Based deep in the heart of Texas, the vivacious Dallas band Backhand Sally has served up a rich BBQ’d mix of country rock and Americana blended with a spicy sauce of traditional rhythm and blues for nearly a decade. 

Backhand Sally’s latest album, No Instructions, is overflowing with energetic and bold. The band’s epicenter is a rock-n-roll/Americana duo featuring Louisiana native and vocalist Ginger Grace and Texas-born and raised musician Brock Hard. 

The band’s music is propelled by Ginger's soulful, rock-inspired vocals backed by Brock's vintage style guitar. 

BHS has been called among the last of the ‘classic rock-n-rollers’, but their blend of country, soul, roots, Americana and blues influences, with scruffy vocals and sharp guitar riffs, stands out in a sea of music performers from the south.

 

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BACKHAND SALLY NOMINATED FOR 6 JOSIE MUSIC AWARDS AND 2 ISSA AWARDS 

For Immediate Release June 16th, 2020

BACKHAND SALLY NOMINATED FOR 6 JOSIE MUSIC AWARDS AND 2 ISSA AWARDS

Backhand Sally, Texas Rock/Americana duo, with Ginger Grace and Brock Hard, has been nominated for 6 music awards for the Josie Music Awards and 2 ISSA Awards. The 6th edition of the world’s largest independent music awards will be held on September 5th, 2020. NASHVILLE, TN, USA,. The ISSA Awards show will be available on their YouTube channel August 15th, 2020 (the in person awards show was cancelled due to COVID-19 restrictions.) 

The Texas rock/Americana duo Backhand Sally Josie Music Award nominations include: Duo of the Year, Entertainer of the Year, Musician of the Year (Brock D. Hard) Folk/Americana Vocalist of the Year (Ginger Grace), Album of the Year (No Instructions), Folk/Americana Single of the Year (No Instructions). 

ISSA Award nominations include: US Vocal Duo of the Year and Us Band Single of the Year for No Instructions. 

 

 

The Josie Music Awards is a brand of The Josie Network, LLC owned by the highly-respected partnership team of Josie Passantino and Tinamarie Passantino.  This team set out and successfully created an award show where winners are selected on their talent, skill, material, professionalism, and more and NOT by button pressing voting.  Nominee suggestions go through a lengthy review process by a team of industry leaders and the official nomination list is created from their final decisions.  Winners are also selected by this industry leader team (this review team has no connection to independent artists). Nominees were chosen from more than 30,000 submissions. For a full list of announced nominees, please visit https://www.josiemusicawards.com/official-2020-nomination-list.html

The International Singer Songwriters Association was founded by Tamanie Dove, a singer songwriter from Nashville, now residing in Atlanta who is dedicated to supporting and serving independent artists, and encouraging aspiring and professional singers and songwriters in all genres of music worldwide. For a complete list of announced nominees, please visit https://issasongwriters.com/2020-official-finalists/

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The singing on Text You When I Drink is great and there are some nifty guitar licks on here as well. Plus I think the lyrics and the subject matter are vivid material that a listener would remember.” - Equisite Noise Records

Based deep in the heart of Texas, the vivacious Dallas band Backhand Sally has served up a rich BBQ’d mix of country rock and Americana blended with a spicy sauce of traditional rhythm and blues for nearly a decade.

Backhand Sally’s latest album, No Instructions, is overflowing with energetic and bold. The band’s epicenter is a rock-n-roll/Americana duo featuring Louisiana native and vocalist Ginger Grace and Texas-born and raised musician Brock Hard. 

The band’s music is propelled by Ginger's soulful, rock-inspired vocals backed by Brock's vintage style guitar. 

BHS has been called among the last of the ‘classic rock-n-rollers’, but their blend of country, soul, roots, Americana and blues influences, with scruffy vocals and sharp guitar riffs, stands out in a sea of music performers from the south. 

Critics have given the album high marks, including blogs like Indie Rock Cafe, Opening Bell Coffee, Voyage Dallas, Ava Radio and others. Opening Bell wrote that  No Instructions: “is a tapestry of stories told through lyrics and melodies that tell the human narrative” with “eclectic, edgy and inspired” songs. 

"We waited a while before putting an album together," Brock says. "Ginger sort of pushed me to write songs and once we started the process was what had been missing in our music, creating our own songs to play for our fans and audiences." 

The result of their efforts is an eclectic mix of the various styles that make the south so rich in music. Unable to live in one genre, Backhand Sally is forging the way for a sound that incorporates the best of their favorite influences and natural sound. 

There are many standout songs on the album. "One Pack of Cigarettes" exemplifies their love of a gypsy guitar with a story for the listener, while the title track, "No Instructions," is a ballad that has a classic, haunting sadness to it. 

Equisite Noise Records wrote of the hot track, “Tragic Love,” that: “it has a breezy, natural-sounding appeal to it, coming across as very catchy without sounding forced. Sonically, it kind of blends a modern sound with some throwback elements, in particular, those treasured hits of the 80s. The guitar that comes in about halfway through features some nice unexpected crunch.” 

The album also features Ginger and Brock's musical influences and music styles, including traditional country two-steps, bluesy ballads, and rocking anthems. 

"We found something in each other that really took our own talents to the next level," says Ginger. "The way our different playing and performance styles organically blended together was something we hadn't heard before and we knew we had to explore it." 

Ginger has been listening to and creating music since she was a child growing up with such influences as Carly Simon, Willie Nelson, The Beatles, and Dolly Parton. 

“When I write a song, it might come from the mood I’m in, or a situation I feel like describing, something specific I want to write about, or something as simple as a chord progression I like on the piano,” she adds. 

“We write together often, and when we collaborate it’s usually something we have had a conversation about and think will make a good song.” 

“There are times when we sit down and have a writing session and write a song from start to finish in 30 minutes. Other times, it’s a few days or weeks as we either individually or together work through an idea until it becomes the song we want it to be.” 

Backhand Sally regularly performs in and around the Dallas area and is already working on new songs.

Their first single "Text You When I Drink" was Hellcast Radio's song of the year, 2017,  they were honored to also be Hellcast Radio's fan-favorite band of the year, 2017.  They have most recently been featured in The Voyage Dallas Magazine, ETX Rocks Show and Kandid with Kadie Lynn.  

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