DAVENPORT, IOWA (November 24, 2023) — Every single year, the Grammy nominations come out, and there are typically a few old homies that get a nod for something. But what more often tends to be the case is that all of the most deserving artists — the deserving ones that we here at the Raccoon Motel/Codfish Hollow/The Fox Den and in past lives through ten years of Daytrotter and other iterations see on a regular basis — tend to be snubbed in these year-end awards. Not that getting a Grammy is the end-all/be-all, but there should be some accountability for TRUE musicianship and those who actually deserve the accolades, rather than giving another trophy to the Foo Fighters (even if they are cool).

TODAY, we are starting The Steeles — named for our infamous MC Mike Steele — an awards show to beat many, if not all awards shows. We are opening the ballot boxes starting Wednesday, November 23, through December 15, at which point we will then send final ballots to all artists who have performed at either of the Raccoon Motels.

We will be hosting our live awards show at the Raccoon Motel January 26, featuring live performances by some of the winners (most likely — but we have no idea who's going to win, obviously). Tickets for the awards show will be on sale on Black Friday, November 24, 10AM. Limited to only 100!

We would LOVE it if you would take a few minutes to tell us what you think the best records and songs of the year are. Surprise us, thrill us, enlighten us! Feel free to list as many in each category as you'd like. We will tabulate everything and whittle it down to the top five in each category. Then, on January 26, we can all celebrate what the ACTUAL best records and songs of the year are, right here at the Raccoon Motel, with Mike Steele shouting them the hell out! As they deserve!


(Send this link on to any and all of your friends who would love to chime in!)


November 24 — The Black Napkin w/Muddy Ruckus & Worst Impressions

November 25 — LIFE IS BEAUTIFUL: Nami Benefit w/Dynoride, Jerm Theory, The Horse Flies, King Supr3me, and Bubble Pig

November 26 — Hexis w/Midwestlust, All You Need Is Kill!, and Everlasting Light

November 28 — Lily and Madeleine w/Brian Dunne

November 29 — Teenage Halloween w/Hembree

November 30 — Daisychain w/Ira Wolf

December 2 — Duke Oursler and The American Dream

December 3 — Ronnie & The Redwoods w/Bryce Johns

December 4 — Samantha Henson w/Damsel.

December 5 — Arkansauce w/Fireside Collective

December 6 — Archer Oh w/Plunkett & Waldemar

December 8 — Body Void

December 9 — Adeem The Artist w/Disco Doom and Scott Stowe


December 17 — Mom Rock w/Half Wolf

December 20 — Angela Meyer's Country Christmas w/JD Aguilera

January 6 — Mötley Scrüe: Mötley Crüe Tribute Band

January 12 — The Last Revel

January 18 — Chicago Farmer and The Fieldnotes w/The Heligoats

January 20 — Darren Kiely w/Kyndal Inskeep

March 12 — Post Sex Nachoes w/Fox Royale

April 20 — Coco

May 15 — Matthew Logan Vasquez

GRAB ALL YOUR RACCOON TICKETS HERE :: raccoonmotel.tixr.com


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