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Local band nominated for two WAMIs

Carry Nation rocks WAMI committee

Donna Lenz Wright/The Week

(Published April 25, 2007 10:45 a.m.)

What: 27th Annual WAMI Awards Show featuring Carry Nation as one of the live performances
Where: Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee
When: April 30 at 7 p.m.
Info: Tickets are $40 and can be purchased through Northern Lights box office or www.ticketmaster.com

Carry Nation, a local rock/pop band with members calling Delavan, Lake Geneva and Silver Lake home, have been nominated for two Wisconsin Area Music Industry (WAMI) awards.

Nominations are best CD/recording with their newest release, Lucky 13 and best bassist to Todd Richardson, of Delavan.

Carry Nation has rocked audiences locally and nationally for the past 20 years with members Chris Humphreys of Lake Geneva, on guitar and vocals; Todd Richardson of Delavan, on bass guitar and vocals; Jim Newman of Delavan, on drums and vocals; and newest member Vernon Voss of Silver Lake, on guitar and vocals.

"The guys are all phenomenal musicians," Voss said. "Chris is an all-out rocker, Jim is an incredible drummer and I've been playing with Todd since we were kids-he's amazing."

Carry Nation's fifth release, "Lucky 13", is a rock-out CD so tight and strong instrumentally and vocally that it's easy to see why the WAMI committee chose to nominate them. Their voices make perfect harmonies, making their rock ballads especially riveting.

Previous releases are "Atomic Love", "Driven", "Control" and "Circa", and their next is "Greatest Hits".

A Carry Nation show can't be described in just one way--their shows depend on the audience and can take many different forms.

"We can fill a show with all originals, covers, '80s hits or anything people want to hear," Voss said. "We can make it any way the audience wants it to be."

They've shared the stage with the likes of Saliva, Ratt, The Nixons, Slaughter, Blue Oyster Cult, Warrant, Tonic, Firehouse, 3 Doors Down, Extreme, Blackfoot and Rhino Bucket.

They've also been featured in a number of rock industry magazines across the country, are winners of the 2007 WAMI Battle of the Bands and been nominated for 11 WAMIs overall with three won to date.

More information, photos and music downloads are available at www.sonicbids.com/CarryNation3, www.carrynationband.com and www.myspace.com/carrynationrocks.

About WAMI

WAMI is a volunteer organization whose purpose is to educate and recognize the achievements and accomplishments of individuals in the Wisconsin music industry, according to their Web site.

It was organized in 1980 to improve communication and interaction among members; honor and celebrate the accomplishments of the Wisconsin music industry; produce industry and business seminars and workshops; establish a Wisconsin music industry directory; partner with other similar Wisconsin-based organizations with a shared mission; and encourage, promote and educate musicians.

The 27th Annual WAMI Awards Show is April 30 and features Carry Nation as one of the live performers. The event is at Northern Lights Theater at Potawatomi Bingo and Casino, 1721 W. Canal St., Milwaukee. Doors open at 6 p.m., the house band begins at 6:30 p.m. and the show runs 7-9 p.m. A free post-show party, also at the Northern Lights Theater, is open to the public and will immediately follow at 9 p.m.

Tickets are $40 each and can be purchased through the Northern Lights Box Office daily or at www.ticketmaster.com.


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