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Maygen & the Birdwatcher

Minneapolis folk sextet Maygen & The Birdwatcher took home wins for Album of the Year and Americana Artist of the Year on April 23 at the Midwest Country Music Organization’s annual awards show in Arnolds Park, Iowa. The band led by Maygen Lacey and Noah Neumann received the accolades for their acclaimed 2022 release Bootleggin’ at the Flower Shoppe. The honors cap a year that has found the band touring and sharing stages with Old Crow Medicine Show, Paul Cauthen, and Travis Tritt, and it has also been a fertile period for a group that continues to make strides in the field of progressive folk-rock-country, all fueled by the unique interplay between Maygen Lacey and Noah Neumann. The critical acclaim for the group continues, and their summer and fall 2023 tour promises to bring their good home to old fans and new.

The 2023 awards follow the 2022 Americana Artist of the Year and Album of the Year wins for their debut album Moonshine. With Bootleggin’ a companion piece to their debut—their sound has evolved into a stunning amalgam of country and folk, with the songs displaying a new level of complexity and maturity—the accolades mark the ascendance of one of Americana’s most intriguing ensembles.