BEST LOCAL MALE VOCALIST
A repeat winner. Whatever on- and off-stage shenanigans Mr. Hughes gets up to, that croon of his can melt the frost off any cynic’s heart. Still riding high on last year’s A Love Extreme, arguably the party (double) disc of the season, Hughes’ vocal range suits his songs to a tee, whether celebrating the party in full swing or rear-viewing the lonely aftermath. Too bad the knuckleheads at New West aren’t gonna put out the disc he did with Bill Botrell, which may be even better.