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Red Dirt Skinners

British Blues Awards Folk rock Supertramp

Red Dirt Skinners
Rob and Sarah Skinner
Rob and Sarah Skinner
Background information
OriginSouth East England
GenresAcoustic music, contemporary folk music, progressive folk, folk rock
Years active2011 (2011)––present (–present)
Websitereddirtskinners.com
MembersRob and Sarah Skinner
Sarah Skinner in 2017

The Red Dirt Skinners are an Anglo-Canadian multi-genre duo, who formed in 2011. The duo consists of Rob and Sarah Skinner, both multi-instrumentalists originating from South East England and now residing in Ontario, Canada.


History

In 2012, the couple's home was the subject of a burglary. Home Sweet Home is a collection of songs written about the events of the weekend of the burglary. .[1]

In 2013, the Red Dirt Skinners became the first band in history[2] to succeed at both the British Blues Awards (Winner Instrumentalist of the Year 2014, Runner-up 2013)[3]) and the British Country Music Awards (Horizon Act of the year and People's Choice).[4] Since then they have been nominated at the International Acoustic Music Awards.[5]

The Red Dirt Skinners released Sinking The Mary Rose in 2013 and subsequently Live in Aberdeen in 2014.[6]

In 2014, Sarah Skinner became the first female artist to be endorsed by Trevor James Saxophones.[7]

Their fifth album, Behind The Wheel, was voted in several polls as Folk/Roots album of the Year in 2016.[8] Behind The Wheel was released on 24 March 2016.[9]

Their sixth album, Under Utopian Skies, was voted in several polls as Alternative album of the year in 2018.[10]

In 2020, Rob Skinner became endorsed by Breedlove_Guitars.[11]

Influences

Supertramp, Roger Hodgson, Pink Floyd, Queen (band), David Bowie, Stoney LaRue, The Civil Wars, Traveling Wilburys, Dream Theater.[12] [13]

Instrumentation

Discography

Awards and nominations

Year Association Category Nominated Work Result
2012 British Blues Awards[14] Song of the Year Cheap Champagne Nominated
2012 British Blues Awards[14] Instrumentalist of the Year Sarah Skinner Nominated
2013 British Blues Awards[14] Song of the Year The Neighbour's Rooster Nominated
2013 British Blues Awards[14] Instrumentalist of the Year Sarah Skinner Runner-up
2013 Phoenix FM Awards[15] Instrumentalist of the Year Sarah Skinner Won
2013 British Country Music Awards[16] Horizon Act of the Year Red Dirt Skinners Runner-up
2013 British Country Music Awards[16] People's Choice Red Dirt Skinners Runner-up
2013 UK Country Radio Awards[17] Song of the Year Mr Jones Nominated
2014 UUK Country Radio Awards[17] Act of the Year Red Dirt Skinners Finalist
2014 British Blues Awards[14] Instrumentalist of the Year Sarah Skinner Won
2014 British Blues Awards[14] Acoustic Act of the Year Red Dirt Skinners Nominated
2015 British Blues Awards[14] Instrumentalist of the Year Sarah Skinner Runner-up
2015 UK Americana Music Association Awards UK Artist of the Year Red Dirt Skinners Nominated
2015 UK Americana Music Association Awards UK Instrumentalist of the Year Sarah Skinner Nominated
2016 UK Songwriting Awards[18] Folk Song of the Year Behind The Wheel Semi-finalist
2016 International Acoustic Music Awards[19] Duo of the Year Red Dirt Skinners Nominated
2016 JUNO Awards[20] International Album of the Year Behind The Wheel Nominated
2016 Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016[21] Folk/Roots/ Acoustic Album of the Year Behind The Wheel Won
2018 Bluesdoodles Picks of 2018[22] Alternative Album of the Year Under Utopian Skies Won
2018 Music News Picks of 2018[23] Album of the Year Under Utopian Skies Nominated
2018 International Acoustic Music Awards[19] Duo of the Year Red Dirt Skinners Nominated

References

  1. ^ "Red Dirt Skinners Blog about their heartbreaking burglary". Reddirtskinners.blogspot.ca. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  2. ^ Weale, Darren. "Interview with the Red Dirt Skinners", Blues in Britain, London, October 2013
  3. ^ "Winners 2014". British Blues Awards. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  4. ^ "British Country Music Association – Supporting and Recognising the best in British Country Music". Bcmawards.co.uk. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  5. ^ "IAMA | Home". Inacoustic.com. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  6. ^ McKenna, Brittney. "Red Dirt Skinners – Live in Aberdeen". Nodepression.com. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  7. ^ "Trevor James Official Webpage". TJSaxes.
  8. ^ "Picks of 2016 Recorded Music". Bluesdoodles.com. 31 December 2016. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  9. ^ "Official Site". Red Dirt Skinners. Retrieved 18 July 2017.
  10. ^ "Picks of 2018". Bluesdoodles.com. 20 December 2018. Retrieved 7 January 2018.
  11. ^ "Breedlove Guitars Official Webpage". Breedlove Guitars.
  12. ^ "Red Dirt Skinners interview with Folk Roots Radio".
  13. ^ "Red Dirt Skinners influences listed on website".
  14. ^ a b c d e f g "Past Winners - British Blues Awards". Britishbluesawards.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  15. ^ "Red Dirt Skinners". Facebook.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  16. ^ a b UK Country Radio website no longer active
  17. ^ a b "UKCountryRadio.com". Ukcountryradio.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  18. ^ "2016 Results". Songwritingcontest.co.uk. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  19. ^ a b "International Acoustic Music Awards". Inacoustic.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  20. ^ "Juno Awards". Junoawards.ca. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  21. ^ "Bluesdoodles Picks of 2016". Bluesdoodles.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  22. ^ "Bluesdoodles Picks of 2018". Bluesdoodles.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  23. ^ "Top Albums of 2018". Music-news.com. Retrieved 9 January 2020.