MTV’s 24-hour college network, mtvU, announced last week that The Lonely Biscuits, a band consisting of Belmont students, took home the first-ever Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie Award, which honors the best emerging musicians on campus. After winning the online voting competition, the band opened the “2013 mtvU Woodie Awards” at the SXSW Music Festival in Austin, Texas on March 14. MTV and mtvU will air the “2013 Woodie Awards” special on Sunday, March 17 at 7 p.m. CT, and viewers will get a glimpse of The Lonely Biscuits during the half-hour show. The band’s journey to Austin will also be profiled on-air on mtvU, MTV and on MTV.com.
“It’s an honor to win the first ever Chevrolet Sonic College Artist Woodie Award,” said The Lonely Biscuits. “This is huge for us. We’ve only been a band for a year and a half, so this is definitely the biggest opportunity we’ve gotten, and we’re just hoping to take advantage of it and have an awesome time at SXSW.”
The Lonely Biscuits, formerly known as Gravy and the Biscuits, have been together since September of 2011. Founding members Grady Wenrich and Sam Gidley were roommates in Belmont’s Maddox Hall, where they started jamming and making music in their dorm room. John Paterini, current lead singer of the band came into the picture in September after hearing some of their tunes from his room across the hall. Then, two months later, Nick Byrd joined as an official Biscuit, playing bass guitar. Blending soul, funk and pop with rap, The Lonely Biscuits have created a unique sound that appeals to a wide array of people.