This category is a tough one to vote on, and we know that. So many talented people make music in this town and are worthy of our patronage. But as is the way with any art form, a handful are standouts, including this year's winner, Rebecca Scott. She has been recognized in this category repeatedly, by virtue of her talent. Scott's incomparable voice and skills on the guitar have long made her a favorite among BW readers. For her sake, we hope a major record label discovers Scott, but for ours, we hope that never happens. We would miss her--and who the hell would we write about next year?
Second place: Doug Martsch, Built to Spill
Third place: Thomas Paul