Review Written by Victoria Scott & Staff
The W.A M. Awards celebrate the year’s most outstanding independent artists from around the world in multiple genres and categories. "Best Song" and "Best Album" nominations were based on Artistry, Musicianship, Originality, Professionalism, Diversity, and Excellence. W.A.M. stands for "We Are the Music Makers.' The Kricket's "These Games" was the 2020 W.A.M. Award Winner for Best Song in the Singer-Songwriter/Folk music category. Love is not a game in the song “These Games” by the Americana group Kricket. A tight percussion and bass groove introduce the Krickets heavenly vocals. The guitar and bass resonate purely over the beat. Vocal harmonies overlay the simple rhythm and subtle guitar progressions into the bridge. The Kricket’s dynamic vocals are breathtaking as they tie everything together beautifully. The production and arrangement of “These Games” is simply exceptional. “These Games” is about not playing with the heart. You should never manipulate someone into loving you. The Krickets write about how frustrating and difficult it can be to walk away from someone who is toying with your heart. The song’s somber tempo sets the vibe as the Kricket’s sing the chorus beautifully:
“Stop playing, stop playing these games Stop feeding these flames or this fire’s gonna rage Out of control, I can’t say no, I sure can’t let go Stop playing stop playing these games.”
The Krickets are a phenomenal group of artists who can raise your heart to the sky with just the sound of their voices. Their message is genuine and heartfelt. With a free-spirited sound, their song translates beautifully through the music. The band is generous in their stunning performance, and they are graceful and intelligent songwriters.
About The Krickets
The Krickets are a female Americana group from the gulf coast who's music is what Paste Magazine called a "a truly stunning, one-of-a-kind sound." Two-time winner of a 2016 and 2019 Independent Music Award for Song of the Year in both Folk and Alt Country categories, the band's music is a genre-bending Americana cocktail steeped in their signature folk harmony.
Muscles Shaols producer Ben Tanner of Single Lock Records helped them find this sound on their 2016 debut Spanish Moss Sirens and Nashville's Sam Ashworth (Joy Williams, Lone Bellow), helped them dive further into it on their 2018 sophomore LP, Redbird.
Their award-winning single, These Games, is a true first for them, as it is fully self-produced. A portion of proceeds from every album sale benefits the Sacred heart Hospital Guild’s “Cricket Fund” in honor of Cricket Russell (namesake of the band) providing screenings to the uninsured in rural north Florida. The "K" was interchanged to give space to Buddy Holly's fabulous Crickets.