On Tuesday, February 28th, NPR announced Tank And The Bangas as the winner of their 2017 Tiny Desk Contest. Here at JPR, we wanted to acknowledge some of best regional submissions again this year, plus announce our favorite - King Roy Wing - who will be invited to do a JPR Live Session with us later this year!
We assembled a small panel of experts and casual observers, and watched/listened to all 68 submissions from our region. We were not unanimous in our decision this year, with quite a few videos garnering first place votes. We had to resort to a ranking system to determine an overall winner.
The Ashland folk band King Roy Wing took home top honors for us by a nose! We loved the song and harmonies, and the quirkly "Mando from The Heavens" approach to the video. We can't wait to have them come perform this song in our studios.
There were a lot of other submissions we enjoyed this year, including:
Halie and the Moon
The Gatehouse Well
The Brothers Reed