Hendrickson lands four nominations for Midwestern country music – Reuters

ROCHESTER — A local singer-songwriter has earned four nominations at this year’s Midwest Country Music Awards.

Luke Hendrickson, whom readers might know from a 2020 Thesis Beer Project residency or

opening for Lindsay Ell

at the 2021 Down By the Riverside concerts, received nominations for Songwriter of the Year, American Artist, New Artist and Album of the Year for ”

A night at the Crystal Lounge


Hendrickson found out about the nominations when they were announced in early January. He will learn the results at the awards ceremony

Sunday February 20 in Medina


Either way, he’ll be there.

“It’s really cool to even be considered,” he said.

Hendrickson believes there were over 2,800 competitors in total.

He released “One Night at the Crystal Lounge” in February 2020 – but the cancellation of the 2021 awards meant two full years of music counted towards the 2022 awards.

The album was named after a watering hole in Billings, Montana where Hendrickson spent one hell of a night some time ago.

It was partially funded via Kickstarter, recorded at Carpet Booth Studios over the summer and fall of 2019.

Since then, Hendrickson has released and toured with “A Place to Call Our Own”, his second studio album.

What did Hendrickson say resonated with listeners about his debut?

“It’s just a (really) good national record,” he said.

Still, Hendrickson is most proud of a different nomination – Songwriter of the Year.

“It represents the unseen work that makes up all of ‘Album of the Year,'” he said. “You can’t have an album without songs.”

Listen to “A Night at the Crystal Lounge” on

band camp


Apple Music